SAMIZDAT PRIMED FOR PINJARRA CLASSIC

15
Feb

Co trainer Michael Gangemi is confident Samizdat can continue his campaign in a blaze of glory ahead of an interstate campaign.

Samizdat will look to add Sunday’s Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and next month’s Bunbury Stakes (1400m) to his previous victory in the Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m).

The classy chestnut charged home to defeat Flirtini by a short half-head in the Scenic Blast Stakes, his first victory and second feature race success since claiming the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m).

With three runs under his belt this preparation, Gangemi couldn’t be happier with Samizdat’s condition and expects the five-year-old to run well in the Pinjarra Classic.

“I wish this race was tomorrow (Tuesday) because he is going so well,” Gangemi told The Races WA.

“This is the second of three races we have targeted and he is ready to explode.

“The step up in distances from 1200m to 1300m and 1400m will suit him.”

Gangemi said collecting a feature race treble will be the ideal launching pad for Samizdat as he targets a spring campaign in Melbourne.

A similar plan to send Samizdat over east was on the cards last year, but were squashed because the gelding suffered persistent hoof issues.

“It’s been the plan all along to send him east, but he had all those feet issues,” Gangemi said.

“But he is ready now, the boy has turned into a man.

“There are a number of races for him and the softer tracks will suit.

“That’s the plan, but there is plenty of water to go under the bridge yet.”

Meanwhile Gangemi said he was excited by the recent purchase of Ord from the Hayes and Dabernig team in Melbourne.

The Written Tycoon three-year-old has raced on five occasions for five minor placings.

“He should have won at least three of those races,” Gangemi said.

“There is good form around him, but we will be taking our time.”

Another former eastern stater is closing in on a return to racing after an impressive Belmont trial today (Monday).

Crystal Spirit came with a strong finish from second last position and won heat seven in style, clocking 58:53sec for the 1000m.

“He has been a work in progress, but let down confidently,” Gangemi said.

“We’ve waited a long time, but he looks back to his best.

“He’ll kick off in a couple of ratings races, but we are really happy with him.”

Gangemi also said Lockroy had been retired after running last in the Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m).

Stable mate, Saracino, who finished one spot ahead of Lockroy in the same race, has gone for a spell.

“He jarred up and will have a break,” Gangemi said.

Lockroy won the Batavia Sprint (1300m) and New Season Sprint (1000m) after transferring from Victoria.

Julio Santarelli