Exciting talent Samizdat is the popular pick to take out the $150,000 Listed Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra on the weekend.
The Chris Gangemi-trained son of Not A Single Doubt is hot favourite to remain unbeaten and add to his impressive debut victory at Belmont nearly a year back.
Samizdat has been heavily backed since TABtouch markets opened yesterday (Monday), his opening price of $5 has now been slashed into $2.40 for Saturday.
Smart Fox ($4.80), Chix Pic ($5) and Fire And Rain ($5.50) sit behind him.
Gangemi said Samizdat, who topped the 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale at $325,000, had improved since winning a Belmont trial two weeks ago.
“He just had his final gallop this morning (Tuesday) at Belmont and went quite nice,” Gangemi told Tabradio.
“He is a horse that we have a huge opinion of and everyone is pretty excited about his return on Saturday.
“He is in great order and obviously we haven’t seen the barrier draw yet, but at this stage with even luck in running he will be very hard to beat.”
Samizdat’s older half-sister Samovare won the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot before winning multiple races in Melbourne for the David Hayes operation.
Jarrad Noske will ride Samizdat. The gun hoop is chasing his fourth Magic Millions 3YO Trophy win after guiding Enchanted Dream (2017), Let It Slip (2016) and Express Service (2013).
Meanwhile Gangemi said stable mate Battle Hero was on his way to Melbourne later this week after an eye-catching Belmont trial win on Monday.
The Stratum gelding, who missed the Ascot carnival because of injury, won by four lengths, covering 1000m in 1.01.19sec, the fastest heat.
Gangemi said Battle Hero had benefited from his unplanned spell.
“He had a good break which wasn’t the plan,” Gangemi said.
“He should have been running over the carnival.
“We had a couple of dramas with a foot abscess.
“He is definitely looking better than ever.
“He is working as good as ever.
“We were hoping he would do that in the trial.
“He probably needed it to book a trip over east.
“He was very impressive.
“If he settles well we will nominate him for The Lightning or the Oakleigh Plate.
“From there we will see if he measures up.
“If not we will find something easier.”