Trainer Chris Gangemi believes his Group 1 aspirations will take a giant stride forward when Samizdat lines up in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.
Victory in the $150,000 Asian Beau Stakes on Saturday will gain Samizdat an automatic start in the Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 23.
A $325,000 sale topper at the Magic Millions Perth sale in 2017, Western Australia’s premier mile race has long been Gangemi’s primary target.
Samizdat has returned four wins and a third placing from seven starts with the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) in February his biggest success to date.
A last-start fifth in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) when he flashed home from the tail of the field has piqued the interests of punters.
After opening at $3.50 on Thursday his quote has shortened to $2.80. The son of Not A Single Doubt is second favourite behind Regal Power ($2.75).
With the addition of blinkers and other key factors, Gangemi is confident Samizdat had race conditions to suit in the Asian Beau Stakes.
“He is spot on for Saturday and has found the right race,” Gangemi told Tabradio.
“He has got the small field, he’s got the sting out of the track which is ideal and he has got the blinkers on.
“He has got no excuses and hopefully he can sit back and relax early with the blinkers on and I think he should be very hard to hold out.”
Samizdat has drawn barrier seven in the field of eight. Brad Parnham has the ride.
“Hopefully they can roll along quickly enough so he can settle,” Gangemi said.
“He can throw his head and over race a little bit sometimes.
“The instruction to Brad (Parnham) in a small field will be to go back to last almost and put him to sleep.
“Save him up for one big run from the last 600m.
“It looks a nice race for him and he is a nice horse.
“With the sting out of the track it’s ideal and the blinkers just top it off.
“I think he should be very hard to beat.”
Gangemi also said Battle Hero ($20) and Durendal ($34) were over the odds in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m).