CONDOR A HERO FOR GANGEMI’S & OWNERS

7
May

He was bought for $10,000 and has now returned $60,080 in stake earnings.

He’s had two starts in Perth and is unbeaten in both.

It’s easy to understand why Condor Heroes has become a firm favourite of the Gangemi stable and his group of owners.

“He’s a serious animal and boy oh boy, the people who are in him are having an absolute ball,” managing owner Michael Gangemi told The Races WA.

“We are rapt and whatever happens now is a bonus.

“We just love him, he’s got the best attitude going around the stables.

“Everybody loves him and you wouldn’t think it’s the same horse that gets on the track, because he is a lamb around the stables.”

Condor Heroes was secured at an on line sale. With leg injuries and an episode of exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH), the asking price minimal.

The Gangemi’s took a punt on the son of Not A Single Doubt, trusting their judgement and experience in reviving the careers of eastern states galloper.

Rock Magic their prototype with the rising 10-year-old still competing and racing at the top level.

Previously with Gerald Ryan in Sydney and the Hayes-Hayes-Dabernig set-up in Melbourne, Condor Heroes was a Warwick Farm winner and stakes placegetter three years ago.

“He is a serious animal but we are mindful because of past issues he is a race by race proposition,” Gangemi said.”

“But who knows how long he can go on for, we’ve been saying the same thing about Rock Magic for the past six years.”

Condor Heroes made the perfect start to his new life in Perth when he won first-up at Ascot on April 11, leading from barrier to post.

In defeating State Attorney by a head, it ended an 1116-day winless streak. Fortunately it took just three weeks for his next victory.

Last Saturday, in a devastating burst of speed, Condor Heroes led all the way and defeated his next rival by 4 ¼ lengths.

From modest expectations, Gangemi is tempted to raise the bar.

“He pulled up good and he will go around again in another 1000m race in a couple of weeks,” Gangemi said.

“I’m sure if we tried he could go out to 1200m, but because of his legs we will keep him at the short-course.

“He might have one or two more and then a freshen-up before maybe a race like the Beaufine Stakes.”

The Beaufine Stakes is a Listed race run over 1000m at Belmont on July 11.

Julio Santarelli