BENDIGO trainer Rod Symons is happy to throw filly Savannah Moon in at the deep end in Saturday's $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
The traditional lead-up to Thursday's $1million VRC Oaks (2500m) has attracted Australia's premier staying fillies and, while Savannah Moon will be the outsider of the field, Symons expects the three-year-old to run well.
"Her last two runs in strong maidens have been promising and she's crying out for more ground,'' Symons said.
"We decided to throw her hat in the ring and if she can improve by three or four lengths over the extra ground she'll be competitive.
"If she could beat half the field home we'd be happy."
The 2000m of the Wakeful won't be an issue for Savannah Moon - she is the half-sister to Olympic Win which won the Sandown Cup over 3200m.
"We purchased the filly to be an Oaks filly,'' Symons said. "We'd like to take her to Adelaide in the autumn for the South Australian Oaks."
Bendigo Advertiser general manager Margot Falconer, Bendigo Business Council executive officer Patrick Falconer, Horizon House Bendigo chairman Robert Cook and Shamrock Hotel owner Jim Hogan are part-owners of Savannah Moon.
"It's great to have some Bendigo people involved in the filly,'' Symons said. "We'll have a Bendigo flavour at Flemington on Derby Day, which is nice."