Soldi Domani confirms potential at Doomben with Caulfield Guineas on radar
SMART colt Soldi Domani confirmed his rating as a potential top liner and put himself in line for a trip to Melbourne with his win at Doomben on Saturday.
Sporting blinkers for the first time, Soldi Domani ($8) held on to win The Courier Mail Three-Year-Old Handicap (1350m) by a neck to Life At Sea ($6).
The favourite Dansolei ($2.60) was a long neck back in third.
“He is entered for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and that was the first step to him being on a float to Melbourne,” trainer Bryan Dais said.
“You have to dream and I think he is potentially the best horse I have been associated with. He will come back here in a fortnight and if he races up to expectation we will be on our way to Melbourne.”
Dais said he had been around horses for 25 years as a trainer and strapper and Soldi Domani was potentially up with the best.
“I strapped the Cox Plate winner Surfers Paradise and was involved with a lot of the horses for the O’Sullivans (New Zealand’s famous racing family),” Dais said.
Winning jockey Brad Stewart said he had been able to get a lovely run just behind the pace.
“The inside barrier was a big help. He is a promising horse,” Stewart said.
Michael Cahill, who rode Dansolei, said the filly had walked out of the boxes but run on well late.
“I don’t think a better barrier would have made much difference. She was slow to go and she probably needs to step up a level.”
Soldi Domani was bought for $52,500 at the Magic Millions Ready To Run Sales in 2013 but has taken time to mature.
“He finished second at his first start in the fastest maiden ever run over 1000m at Eagle Farm. The winner Pienkna is also in line to go to Melbourne so it was a good standard race.”
“Then he didn’t handle the wet track at his previous start,” Dais said.
TEGAN STILL ON A HIGH
Tegan Harrison celebrated her win as Queensland’s Apprentice of the Year with a superb ride to on win on Uno Five.
As part of her apprentice title prize she has won a month with top English trainer Ed Dunlop.
But after her win one punter yelled over the fence she might teach the English a few things.
Harrison showed she had the potential to be one of Australia’s best jockeys with her efforts in group races during the Brisbane winter.
She lived up to that form when she gave Uno Five ($7) every chance before hanging on by a half neck to Lee Ho Fook ($7) in the The Jetty Handicap (2100m).
Trainer Jeremy Sylvester, who is based at Cessnock, missed Saturday’s win but is keen to keep Uno Five in Queensland.
Stable representative Jeff McCarter said Harrison had followed instructions to the letter after getting Uno Five just in behind the pace going out of the straight.
“That is exactly how we told her to ride Uno Five who can be tricky. But Uno Five seems to be racing well here and likes the Queensland sunshine.”
McCarter said Uno Five would be set for a similar race at Doomben in a fortnight.
Harrison said Uno Five had the run of the race and fought on well when tackled after hitting the lead.
“He has had a real spring in his step of late,” McCarter said.