Danny O’Brien believes Saracen Knight is beautifully placed for a Moonee Valley Cup assault after his classy 1 ¼-length victory in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield.
The eight-year-old gelding showed all his nous and experience – and so did his jockey Jamie Kah – after he found the front with 300m to go in the Group 2 feature over 2400m worth $300,000.
He won comfortably from there, and Kah was delighted with the manner in which he put away his opponents.
“Jeez this horse is flying. They’ve just got this horse in the zone. He’s really wanting to do it at the moment,” she told racing.com.
“That was a great win. I didn’t want them to get around me. He just got there probably too soon because he was just cruising.
“He had so much left. If he got challenged I think he would’ve found a bit more, too.”
Kah said punters could do a lot worse than putting their hard-earned cash on Saracen Knight for the $1 million Moonee Valley Cup on October 22.
“No reason not to push on. He’s perfect for that style of race. You can put him anywhere in the run, so I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
O’Brien said Saracen Knight was only getting better after his second consecutive win, following his triumph in the Ansett Classic also over 2400m at Mornington on September 24.
“The longer he’s been in work the better he’s got,” he said.
“We shifted him down to Barwon Heads about three months ago after he ran poorly one day at Flemington and done not much with him, other than take him up and down the beach.
“He carried a couple of big weights, and his last two he’s dropped right down. He’s fit and is a very happy horse.
“But we’ve got a million dollar Moonee Valley Cup in two weeks’ time, so I suspect we’ll head there.
“We’ll just pick off the races that we can.”
2022 Herbert Power Stakes Race Replay – Saracen Knight
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