Quality gelding Samizdat is primed to create an impact when he makes his much-anticipated return to racing if an impressive trial win at Belmont on Monday is any guide.
At his first public outing since recording an outstanding win on debut at Belmont in July, Samizdat cruised to the line untouched for jockey Jarrad Noske.
Trainer Chris Gangemi was happy with Samizdat’s performance and said after an injury layoff he expects further improvement from the son of Not A Single Doubt.
Gangemi has earmarked the Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra on February 9 as the return date for Samizdat.
“I’m very happy with the way he is coming along,” Gangemi told Tabradio.
“He was nowhere near fully wound up and had to go there for a good experience which he did.
“Obviously he is a really nice horse who we have a real good opinion of.
“He is on the target for the Magic Millions 3YO race in about 2 ½ weeks and has come through the trial real well.
“He will go straight to that race first-up.”
Samizdat, the $325,000 sale topper at the 2017 Magic Millions Perth yearling sale, created a big impression when he stepped out for his first race experience last year, storming home from the tail of the field to win the Crown Towers Plate over 1200m.
The half-brother to Perth and Melbourne winner Samovare was ruled out of the Ascot carnival and feature three-year-old races including the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) after going shin sore.