Gangemi To Take Patient Approach With Floyd


Any thoughts of Floyd tackling the Ascot carnival later in the year have been shelved by Chris Gangemi.

The Ascot trainer says he will take a patient approach with the four-year-old who gave his rivals a galloping lesson at Belmont on Saturday.

Floyd was never in danger of defeat and after finding the front he bolted clear under jockey Jarrad Noske to score by 5 ½ lengths from Blitzem Someday.

Floyd brilliantly turned the tables and exacted revenge after being run down by Blitzem Someday when racing first-up this campaign a fortnight ago.

Gangemi said Floyd was delivering on his potential and although tempted he will resist running the gelding in upcoming Ascot feature races.

“I think he is good enough, but it might be a bit too soon for him,” Gangemi said on TABradio.

“If he keeps racing and winning he might need a break anyway come carnival time.

“I think in 12-months’ time he will be a carnival horse.

“We’ve had a huge wrap on him for a long time knowing what he could do.

“Up until yesterday (Saturday) he hadn’t done it in a race and we were starting to look silly, so I was relieved.

“He is one of the smartest horses I have had to deal with so hopefully he now can go with it.

“He is still learning and is physically and mentally immature.

“Hopefully he can go on with it and go through the classes.”

Julio Santarelli