Saga’s G1 bound

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saga’s  g1 bound duo!

Real  Saga finished his  debut stallion season last year as one of the most promising prospects in the  land and in front of some very big names on the Australian 2YO Sires table. In fact, in finishing 4th nationally, there were only 3 in  front of him and they are three of the very best – Exceed And Excel, Northern  Meteor and Snitzel.

Saturday’s  results confirmed that Real Saga is far from a one season wonder though  and he can truly be classified as a sire on the rise as the young Glenlogan  Park resident continues to go from strength with strong performances across  the entire country.

At Eagle Farm  Real Saga registered another city winning double with the ‘tough as teak’  2YO No Problem proving unstoppable and the very promising 3YO stayer  Solo Saga stepping out against the older horses over the 2100m to deliver  the performance of the day in Brisbane.

Couple this  with the excellent run by Real Surreal to finish a closing 2nd in the G2 Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm and the future is looking very  rosy indeed for the young stallion.

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Real  Surreal, who was  having only her second run back from a 13 month break, showed she is right on  track to peak at her next outing, the $600,000 G1 Coolmore Stakes due to  be run on March 22 with a very gutsy performance to finish a neck behind  Thump.

The classy  filly is just getting fitter and fitter and will be a force to be reckoned with  if she can draw a favourable barrier in 2 weeks’ time.

Her jockey,  James McDonald, was full of praise for her after the race and will be entering  the Coolmore confident he is on board a filly with the right credentials to  figure in the finish.

Another  Real Saga youngster headed for a G1 date over the Sydney Autumn  Carnival is the Bevan Laming trained Solo Saga.

Solo Saga - Trackside photography

solo  saga “grew wings” to come from the tail of the field to beat the older horses  .

Photo Courtesy  Trackside Photography

Solo  Saga has just been  crying out for distance this whole preparation and his effort at Eagle Farm on  Saturday against the older horses over 2100m was nothing short of astounding.

“I’ve been  saying for a long time now that I think this fellow is a very good horse,”  Laming said not long after the race. “All we have needed is 2000m or further, an  opportunity to ride him quietly and then let him attack the line – and that’s  exactly what he got on Saturday.

“We have  always had the ($2million G1) AJC Derby in mind as his target and  I can see no reason to deviate from that now.

“We know he  will relish the distance and we know he has a really good turn of foot when he  is allowed to relax into his races.

“He will  probably have one more start in 3 weeks and then, all going well, it will be  another 2 weeks into the Derby (run on April 12).”

Solo  Saga’s effort to  come from the rear of the field and reel off an astonishing burst of speed over  the final 300m came just 2 races after his paternal sibling No Problem had claimed yet another impressive victory.

No Problem- Trackside photography

real  saga’s consistent 2yo, no problem, kept on his winning way  .

Photo Courtesy  Trackside Photography

No  Problem can lay claim  to being one of the toughest 2YO’s seen this season as he is still in his first  racing prep – which kicked off back in November of last  year.

However, the  Len Trelour prepared youngster keeps taking all before him and has already  pocketed almost $200,000 in prizemoney with the promise of much more to  come.

From his last  5 starts, the Real Saga colt has won 3 times and finished in the placings  the other 2.