Susscessful Tasmanian sire Savoire Vivre is out of 1985 Fillies Triple Crown heroine Oh So Sharp (above)PICTURE: Getty Images
Oh So Sharp son making impression in Tasmania
ARMIDALE Stud sire Savoire Vivre signalled a changing of the guard in Tasmania's stallion ranks when his promising stayer Methuselah won the Listed Tasmanian Derby at Hobart in Australia on Sunday.
Methuselah had won twice on the mainland for Mornington trainer John McArdle before crossing Bass Strait to defeat the favourite Barysh Quest (West Quest) at Elwick.
The gelding is the fourth stakes winner for the regally-bred Savoire Vivre, a son of Sadler's Wells and the 1985 Fillies Triple Crown heroine Oh So Sharp. He ran only three times for John Gosden and Godolphin, winning a maiden at Ascot and running second in the Group 2 Geoffrey Freer Stakes.
Savoire Vivre has sired the winners of 53 races in Australia this season for earnings of A$806,000. His lead at the top of the table is growing week by week over West Quest (30 wins and A$652,000), who has won the last six Tasmanian titles.
The Derby completed a hat-trick of wins for Savoire Vivre on Sunday. He started the day with restricted winners Rialto Miss and Packedtotherafters.
Methuselah (3g Savoire Vivre - Dazzling Vintage by Weasel Clause) is an Armidale product through and through. The Carrick nursery sold him for A$30,000 at the 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions. His dam Dazzling Vintage is a full sister to the 2000 Tasmanian Derby winner Father Floyd.
Savoire Vivre, who stands at Armidale Stud for A$4,400, has six yearlings catalogued for the Tasmanian Magic Millions in Launceston on February 21