Godolphin trainer James Cummings is extremely confident in Savatiano’s chances in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington

Godolphin trainer James Cummings is predicting a tough time for Savatiano’s rivals in Saturday’s Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Savatiano won the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up at Caulfield last month but missed the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) after falling over in a tie-up area shortly before the race.

The Let’s Elope Stakes is an alternative race in Savatiano’s preparation but Cummings is confident the six-year-old shapes as the one to beat back in mares’ grade.

“She’ll be fighting fit and dangerously hard to beat,” Cummings said.

“This might be Plan B after missing the Memsie Stakes, but she carries winning form against the males over this distance into a race that suits a mare who has won 10 races and close to $2 million.”

“Her win in the Lawrence maintained her great first-up record, and there’s not a lot wrong with her second-up form either.”

Arcadia Queen and jockey William Pike will team up again in the Let’s Elope Stakes. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)Source:AAP

Savatiano is the $2.60 favourite in Let’s Elope Stakes betting ahead of Perth mare Arcadia Queen at $3.20.

Arcadia Queen was also scratched from the Memsie Stakes after the five-year-old developed a foot abscess, which required treatment.

The setback meant owner Bob Peters decided to tackle the Let’s Elope Stakes rather than the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes with the daughter of Pierro.

Mark Zahra will stick with Savatiano in the Let’s Elope Stakes after riding the six-year-old in her Lawrence Stakes win.

Originally published asGodolphin danger looming in Let’s Elope

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