Although much of trainer David Harrison’s focus this week will be on Jericho Missile in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m), he scored a nerve-settling win with another two-year-old Silkinize in the D’Orsogna Maiden (1100m) at Ascot this afternoon.
Silkinize settled outside race leader Joyrize in running, before eventually proving too strong in the closing stages to win by a long head in an impressive debut performance.
Harrison said he had ambitions to get Silkinize to the Karrakatta Plate, but an unfortunate incident prevented him from racing the gelding prior to today.
“I was pretty happy with his run, he’s still pretty new,” he told The Races WA.
“We had a bit of trouble naming him, there was a bit of confusion over all the names.
“Otherwise he would’ve been racing a few months ago.
“I think that much of him, he probably would’ve been in the Karrkatta.”
Harrison said he expected the son of Patronize would have a prosperous career.
“He’s got a big future this horse.
“He’s a big raw boned fella that just knows nothing.
“He’s scared of his own shadow at the minute.”
Meanwhile, the Neville Parnham-trained City Circle relished the drop in grade to take out the Seacorp Handicap (1000m) for the three-year-olds.