Savabeel 3YO dives through late

Bunker Hut had favourite backers on edge on Monday afternoon before he made winning use of a late split at Warwick Farm.

The Waikato Stud-bred and sold son of Savabeel settled back in the field after an awkward beginning at the 1300 metre start.

The Michael Freedman-trained Bunker Hut was hemmed in behind horses until a gap appeared and he took full advantage to dash through for the second win of his 10-start career.

“He didn’t get much luck at the start and nearly went down on his head so we got out of position early,” Tyler Schiller said.

“We got the gate late and I was very happy with him.”

Bunker Hutt was a A$520,000 purchase at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Sledmere Stud on behalf of the Matamata farm, for the China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Mitchell Bloodstock.

He is a son of the Pins mare Pretty and is a half-brother to stakes winners Bonny O’Reilly and Pretty To Sea and to the dam of the G3 James HB Carr S. winner and Group 1 placegetter Espiona.

Pretty is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winners Glamour Puss and Vision And Power and to the G2 Stan Fox S. winner Rare Insight, who produced the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Steps in Time.

In foal to Ocean Park, Pretty has an unraced two-year-old sister to Bunker Hut and her Ocean Park colt sold for $360,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale to trainer Chris Waller and agent Guy Mulcaster.

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