Gangemi Stable Gear Up For Big Weekend

22
Mar

The Gangemi stable will be out to maintain their hot streak when they launch an interstate feature race double at Bunbury on Thursday.

In what shapes a lucrative pay day for the team, Chris Gangemi will saddle up Eleven Seconds in the XXXX Gold-Bunbury Cup (2200m).

He then turns his eye to Rock Magic who meets a crack field in the Group One William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Rock Magic’s autumn campaign is back in full swing after a minor setback had him miss the Group One Galaxy (1200m) at Rosehill last weekend.

The son of Redoute’s Choice, who generally races well fresh, resumes after running third in last November’s Group One Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Eleven Seconds will need to overcome favourite Material Man and a minor distance query to post a career-best victory in the Bunbury Cup.

Material Man from the Justin Warwick camp is showing all the signs of being a top horse and looms as the one to beat.

He earned short-priced favouritism after notching a dominant win in the Listed Prince of Wales Hotel Cup (2019m).

Eleven Seconds enters the Bunbury Cup with confidence after winning over 1800m last-start. Before that he fell just short at his only attempts at 2200m.

He ran third to Tarquinn Shadow, beaten one length and finished a short-neck second to Toppa Dawozza, fading late after leading.

“I have no concerns with him over the distance and running out the trip,” said stable representative, Michael Gangemi.

“This will be his seventh start this time in and I’m sure he is going to be one of the fittest horses in the race.

“He will be ridden a bit more conservatively and won’t take off and get rolling early in the race as he has done.

“He is a talented horse who we have a bit of time for and we are still learning and getting to the bottom of him.

“Material Man is obviously the hardest to beat, but we are in it to have a decent crack at it.”

Eleven Seconds, to be ridden by Brad Parnham, is rated a $12 chance with the TAB. Material Man heads betting at $2.35.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli