League Of Nations Can Rule Belmont


Chris Gangemi says it’s the right time to unveil stable newcomer League Of Nations in the Sterling Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Wednesday.

League Of Nations, previously under the guidance of Peter and Paul Snowden in Sydney, was purchased for $130,000 by Gangemi stable.

The Medaglia D’Oro three-year-old has been placed on six occasions from his eight starts and goes into his first race since January without a trial.

In-form jockey Peter Knuckey will ride League Of Nations for his Perth debut. In a field of 13 starters, he has drawn barrier six.

Gangemi admits he has set League Of Nations a big task first-up, but believes the stable debutant is set for a bright future.

“I could have raced him in a maiden, but there were a couple of things I considered,” Gangemi said.

“II was keen to race him away from rain affected tracks and he has been working well.

“A class three race is a tough ask, but I don’t think he is out of it.

“Whatever he does he will improve and we have a good opinion of him.

“The purchase price might seem high, but it also means he has some ability.

“He has been pretty consistent and raced against some handy horses.

“He will be winning a Saturday race and is not impossible on Wednesday.”

Tabtouch has installed League Of Nations the $3.90 favourite.

Gangemi said he was also delighted by the winning performances of Samizdat and The Fugazi at Belmont trials on Monday.

Samizdat, a son of Not A Single Doubt, caught the eye when he sprinted from last to win unextended over 1000m.

“They have both pulled up really well and I couldn’t be happier with both of them,” Gangemi said.

“I have a huge opinion of Samizdat who never got out of second gear.

“If all goes right he will race next Saturday.”

Meanwhile Gangemi says Disposition, bought for $45,000 at the Perth autumn sale, is being set for the Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m) in September.

And stable star Rock Magic is a week away from returning to work if he gets the all clear from Murdoch vets.

A knee injury in a stable accident denied Rock Magic a start in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) at Belmont in June.

Julio Santarelli