Solzhenitsyn a Chance for 2012 Cox Plate Field

September 11th, 2012

Queensland gelding Solzhenitsyn is a chance to force his way into the 2012 Cox Plate field after an impressive victory in the Hanrick Curran Handicap (1350m).

The Robert Heathcote-trained six-year-old looked at times like he was struggling in the running but finished strongly to beat Bold Glance by a length.

Jockey Damian Browne admitted after the race that he thought his mount would be beaten.

“I thought he had no hope until the 800m, but he started to move and then I knew he was going to win even though he still was a fair way from the leaders,” Browne said.

Solzhenitsyn will now join stable mate Buffering in a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival assault.

“I probably will give him an exhibition gallop here on the Saturday before he goes to Melbourne just to make sure he is sharpened up,” Heathcote said.

Solzhenitsyn will run in the Group 3 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on the 30th September and if he is competitive will push forward to the 2012 Cox Plate.

The St. Petersburg gelding was one of the finds of the 2012 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

He defeated Firebolt and Ginga Dude to win the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) and triumphed in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) despite being caught three wide at the tail end of the field for the majority of the race.

Leading jockey Michael Rodd had big wraps on the horse after the race.

“He won pretty convincingly. He’s just pure class,” the impressed jockey said.

Solzhenitsyn is currently priced at $101 to win the 2012 Cox Plate at but that price will be slashed if he puts in a quality performance in the Rupert Clarke Stakes.

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