Samizdat’s Golden Plans

25
Jun

Michael Gangemi says any future plans for quality three-year-old Samizdat won’t become clearer until after he completes a winter campaign in Perth.

Gangemi and his brother Chris, who prepares Samizdat, have always held a high opinion of their promising galloper and are keeping their options open.

Samizdat has carried high expectations for the Gangemi stable since he brilliantly won the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra in February.

The $325,000 sale topper at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions Yearling sale entered the race as a leading fancy and he didn’t let his supporters down.

Under regular jockey Jarrad Noske he came with a powerful finishing burst from the tail of the field and defeated Zetorio and Chix Pic with promise.

However, Samizdat’s reputation took a hit next start when he placed third to Double Bubble at Ascot, the March loss was later put down to a virus.

But last Saturday week’s first-up win at Belmont has restored confidence in the son of More Than Ready who bounced back strongly.

On a rain affected track and over an unsuitable 1000m trip, Samizdat proved too strong and classy for his rivals.

Gangemi (Michael) said Samizdat will look to make it back-to-back wins when he steps up to a 1200m event for three-year-old’s at Belmont on Saturday.

“He was underdone first-up and on a rain affected track,” Gangemi told The Races WA.

“You would think he will only improve on that run.

“He will probably have another run again after Saturday.

“If he gets through these two races we will look at plans about going east.

“It all depends on how he goes here and his next couple of runs.

“I’m not sure about Melbourne, there is possibly Sydney and the Golden Eagle.

“It’s a race for four-year-old’s and it’s worth a lot of money.

“You only get to have one crack at a race like that.

“But everything depends on how he races here at home.”

Gangemi also said Floyd and Lockroy, second and third respectively in the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m), will have a freshen up before targeting the New Season Sprint (1000m) at Belmont on August 4.

Julio Santarelli
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