Quality galloper Salorsci’s Group 1 ambitions gathered momentum yesterday when he made a sparkling return to racing in the D’Orsogna Handicap (1000m) at Belmont.
Trained by Jeff Noske and ridden by his son, Jarrad Noske, Salorsci launched his Ascot carnival campaign in style with an impressive victory over Lockroy and Flying Time.
Salorsci, who improved his record to five wins from six starts, stalked favourite and pacesetter, Caipirinha and hit the lead passing the 100m
He then fought on and held out an inside challenge from Lockroy, the margin a long-head with another half-length to Flying Time.
The Simon Miller-trained Caipirinha, who shaded Salorsci for favouritism, faded to fourth after setting a hot speed out in front from barrier three.
Jeff Noske said Salorsci showed toughness to win first-up.
“He pulled through and showed he had a bit of guts,” said Jeff Noske.
“He is a bit of a fighter and likes to get his head out in front.
“At the moment the plans are up in the air and we take each day as it comes.
“We are heading for the mile and the Railway, but you never know things can change.”
Jarrad Noske said with a weight advantage over Caipirinha it was always his intention to ride Salorsci positive.
“We had the 3 ½ kg favour in weight so I wanted to make her (Caipirinha) carry it, “said Jarrad Noske.
“Half way down the straight I thought we were going to win easily, but it probably just told on him the last little bit.
“He wants further and with this run out of the way we’ll step him up and it should be good.”
Miller missed out with Caipirinha, but he had success in the race earlier when Meteoroid won an exciting edition of the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m).
With a long-neck separating four horses on the line, Meteoroid, ridden by Joe Azzopardi, burst clear to edge out the fast-finishing Silverstream with Whispering Brook and Rebel King dead-heating for third.
Meteoroid gave Miller his second Birthday Stakes and claimed her second feature win after taking out the Belmont Newmarket (1200m) at her previous start in August.
“Possibly because she is so sound now she is looking for further,” Miller said.
“So we will go to a 1400 to see if she can race a bit more.
“One thing she does is dig in for a fight, she did that last time and did that again today (Saturday).
“Silverstream is a very good horse, Whispering Brook is going super and Rebel King as well.
“She is no slouch to fend them off and did a good job.”
Meanwhile delighted trainer Bill Doughty may have to raise his sights with Rockon Tommy who has quickly emerged as an Ascot carnival horse after extending his unbeaten sequence to three.
The three-year-old has continued to improve with each start, winning a maiden at Northam, a mid week event at Belmont before progressing to his maiden Perth Saturday victory in the Amelia Park Beef Plate (1300m).
The Vital Equine gelding remains green and raw, but once he knuckled to his task he booted clear with sharp acceleration over the final 200m, defeating Reykjavik by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths.
“We thought we would step him to see where he is at, but it looks like has more,” Doughty said.
“He is still green and learning and the only way to learn is race.
“Three from three is not bad is it.
“We are hoping he can get to the Guineas.”
The Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m), Perth’s premier race for three-year-olds, will be run at Ascot on November 25.