Sunspeed-bred galloper Solsay is gearing up for his first black-type success under the care of Victorian trainer Mick Kent.
Solsay (6g Mosayter – Fimdal by Fimiston) overhauled Tackleberry to win the 1Print Hcp (1200m) on Friday evening. It was his second victory at Moonee Valley since transferring east twelve month ago.
The gelding had won five races at Ascot and Belmont for local owners Sarino Ballia and Josif Jacob. “We got a call out of the blue from Western Australia,” Kent recalled. “It took me a while to figure him out. He needs to be ridden aggressively and I thought Moonee Valley would suit – it’s a tough horse’s track.”
Solsay will now be set for the LR Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) in Hobart on February 9. “There are heaps of races for him,” Kent explained. “But I think stretching out to seven furlongs and putting him on the speed is the best option.”
His sire Mosayter (Storm Cat) was imported to WA in 2004 and initially stood at Fairfields Stud. After siring Group 1 winner Mr Moet, he was relocated to Argyle Thoroughbreds in NSW.
Solsay was bred by Serpentine based Alwyn Park. His dam Fimdal was covered by Rivercrest Park stallion Famous Roman last year.
Alwyn Park studmaster John Andrew is prepping 19 yearlings for the Perth Magic Millions next month including 14 on behalf of clients. Among the latter is a Kendel Star colt for Rivercrest Park owner Steve Hoare.
Kendel Star stands at Rivercrest Park and his colt from Belle Heed (Lot 19) is a brother to stakes winning mare Mabel Grace.