Savabeel son’s delivers special victory
30 October 2016
A WS graduate has credited Welsh jockey Emily Farr with the biggest win of her flat racing career. She combined with the hardy stayer Pump Up The Volume to claim top honours in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup at Awapuni yesterday.
“It’s wonderful and I’ve had a lot of support and I feel very privileged,” Farr said. She settled the of Savabeel toward the back of the field before picking up ground across the top and the Ralph Manning-trained gelding held a sustained finish to post the seventh win of his 50 start career.
“He’s better coming on the outside than through the field,” said Farr, who is also an accomplished jumps jockey and won last season’s Hawke’s Bay Hurdles on Just Got Home. “He was always travelling well and I know he always finishes off in his races.”
The winner of last year’s Gr.3 Rotorua Cup, Pump Up The Volume has been in good touch this preparation with success at Awapuni in the winter and more recently he strung three placings together, including a runner-up finish in the Listed Taumarunui Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old is now likely to head south to Riccarton for the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup. He is currently a $12 chance for the November 12 contest. Bought out of WS’s 2009 weanling draft to Karaka for $14,000, Pump Up The Volume is a son of Group Three winner Nat The Brat.