Moonee Valley Double

Nov 23, 2013

Having walked the Moonee Valley track on Saturday and deciding that the better going was out a bit, Michael Kent was content with Solsay’s outside barrier draw in the City Jeep Handicap – and happy to instruct Jackie Beriman to sit wide on the gelding.

And she rode him to script, keeping the horse in clear running and when she asked for his effort in the run home he gave a nice kick – holding off late challenges to win by a length with a bit in hand.

Having his first run since June, the former Western Australian recorded his first local victory – Kent admitting that “it took me a while to figure him out.”

“He needs to be ridden aggressively,” he noted, adding that he thought Moonee Valley would suit him – “as it is a tough horse’s track.”

Beriman, who had ridden Solsay only once before, said the gelding gave her a good feel – “he is a beautiful horse to ride,” she enthused.

“He has a high cruising speed,” she added – “he sits at that high speed and just keeps going.”

Describing Solsay as “a big, strong horse,” Beriman said he was just “too strong” for his rivals.

Raced by Western Australians Sarino Ballia and Josif Jacob, Solsay became a member of the stable when his owners rang out of the blue looking for a Victorian trainer to take over.

Whilst unable to win a race during his first preparation for us, Solsay did show above average ability and we were confident of a bold showing first up in metropolitan class.

A son of the well related Storm Cat stallion Mosayter, Solsay is out of the winning Fimiston mare Fimdal from the family of stakes winning sprinter Walenska.

Whilst the stable cheered home a winning double at Moonee Valley it was also a sad day for us with another former Western Australian galloper in Ambers Kingdom suffering a fatal injury in the 3000m event. Condolescences to owner James Miorada.