Silver Lining For Samizdat Before The Golden Eagle

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Jul

Boom three-year-old Samizdat will get a chance to enhance his Golden Eagle credentials in Sydney, with connections eager to run the gelding in the Silver Eagle (1300m) on October 12.

Samizdat produced a courageous performance in taking out yesterday’s Nola Schlam 90th Birthday Handicap (1200m) under the heavy impost of 62kg.

It took the Chris Gangemi-trained galloper’s record to four wins from five starts, his only blemish a third to Double Bubble in March.

Gangemi played down the trip to Sydney post-race, but part-owner Michael Gangemi told TABradio it was full steam ahead to the $500,000 Silver Eagle and the $7.5 million Golden Eagle three weeks later.

“We are definitely looking at heading to Sydney,” he said.

“We’ll most probably have a short little break at Amelia Park and bring him back probably for one run here.

“Our main aim is obviously the Golden Eagle, but the first stepping stone is the Silver Eagle.

“If you run top three in the Silver Eagle you qualify for the Golden Eagle.

“You’ve got to have a plan and it doesn’t always come off.

“We’ve still got a long way to go before heading there.

Samizdat went back to last during yesterday’s event and slightly improved his position mid-race.

The son of Not A Single Doubt then wore down Essential Spice in the last 50m, who had to settle for second once more.

“There was a little bit of pressure going into it,”

“We had faith in the horse and we know Jarrad’s worth more than 2kg and he knows the horse inside out.

“It was more important that he had a nice run rather than a gut buster because we have got big plans with him.

“It was a bit of a risk, but it’s all good when it pays off.”

Gangemi also said he was “absolutely wrapped” with Thaad’s fourth placing in the Crown Perth Handicap (1200m) yesterday and hoped the gelding would stretch out over more distance in coming runs.

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