Solsay Tasmania Bound
Jan 25, 2014
It took a little while for the talented Solsay to really wind up at Moonee Valley on Friday night but once into his gears he really found, taking out the 1PRINT.COM.AU Handicap in gutsy fashion.
Sitting outside the leader in the 1200m ratings contest, Solsay looked to be under pressure 500m out but really found over the final stages - getting clear late to win by half a length.
Sent out favourite having run two nice races in stronger stakes company (fourth in the Listed Christmas Stakes and the Group Three Standish Handicap), Solsay recorded his second victory for the stable having also been successful at Moonee Valley last spring.
Also a six times winner in his native Western Australia, Solsay will be given another chance to prove himself at black type level with the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes in Tasmania on February 9 a likely target.
"I am very keen to get him to seven furlongs and put him on speed again, "Michale Kent said - "I think that's when he'll be really good."
Adding that apart from the Thomas Lyons that there are "heaps of races" for Solsay, Kent is pleased to have the six-year-old in good form, admitting that it took a little while to work him out.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Grant Courtney.