Samizdat settled in for sprint Showdown
Co-trainers Michael and Chris Gangemi are confident Samizdat will handle his first shot at a Victorian Group 1 race when he lines up in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
The Western Australian raider is 51.00 to beat the 17-runner field, with Craig Newitt taking the reins, and Michael Gangemi is pleased with how his charge has taken his journey to Melbourne.
"We couldn't be happier with him," he said. "He's probably surprised us a little bit with how he's coped with it. He's a bit of a quirky horse but a trip away seems to be agreeing with him."
The six-year-old gelding heads in off a third placing in the Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes over 1300 metres at Belmont, which followed a first-up win in the Listed Belmont Newmarket over 1200 metres at the same venue.
The Rupert Clarke will be Samizdat's second attempt at a Group 1, with his other start at the top level resulting in a fifth placing in the 2019 Railway Stakes at Ascot. Samizdat carries the minimum of 52 kilograms.
"When I found out he was getting that weight our eyes lit up," Gangemi continued. "He's a big boy but that's a lot of weight to drop and he won't know himself with 52 on his back.
"If he gets out at the right time and can let down like we know he can with only 52 on his back, hopefully he's right in the finish."