Jockey Jarrad Noske is optimistic Salorsci can bounce back and atone in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday.
Salorsci, trained by Noske’s father, Jeff, suffered a surprising loss two weeks again when he faded to fifth after controlling the race until the turn.
It was a rare failure from the talented Discorsi colt who displayed above average ability in winning the first three races of his career.
Salorsci set a high standard early when on debut at Bunbury in January he sprung the gates to lead and won easily by 4 ¼ lengths.
He then made a successful jump to city grade when he held out the fast-finishing Precious Memories at Ascot before being spelled.
Salorsci’s anticipated return from a short let up in May again hit the mark when the three-year-old posted a fighting win over Dainty Tess.
But the hard fought victory over a tough rival could have taken the edge off Salorsci who three weeks later suffered his first career loss.
His unblemished record came to a sudden halt at Belmont Park when he ran fifth of eight to Minus Looks, beaten 4 ¼ lengths on May 25.
Noske (Jarrad) believes Dainty Tess and not a step up from a 1000m to 1300m off a three week gap proved the undoing of Salorsci.
“He was gone at the top of the straight and I think his first run took more out of him than we thought,” Noske said on Tabradio’s The Sports Daily.
“First up over 1000m against Dainty Tess was a gut buster and probably took the edge of him.
“But he seems a lot better going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) race and hopefully he can bounce back.
“I rate him as the best of my rides on the programme.”
Salorsci, drawn to get the run of the race from barrier one, is rated a $6 chance with the TAB. His last-start conqueror, Minus Looks, heads an open betting market at $4.
Meanwhile Noske says he is keen to jump aboard Cappo D’Oro for the first time in the Auto Classic BMW Handicap (2200m).
The Fred Kersley-trained gelding is knocking on the door of victory after three consecutive runner-up placings.
“He is racing well and looks like a genuine stayer,” Noske said.
“It looks a real suitable for him.”
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