Promising galloper Back To A Walk has given trainer Gino Poletti some cheer after the Ascot trainer recently losing his star galloper, Luckygray, to Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon.

Poletti is as enigmatic as the famous Sphinx when he reminisces about his famous grey but he has always considered Back To A Walk a talent that will blossom.

At Belmont yesterday the three year old son of the American sire and Breeders Cup winner, Artie Schiller, toyed with his rivals to win the Jackson’s Restaurant Handicap (1400m). This made his record two wins and a second (at his previous start) from four runs.

Jockey Shaun O’Donnell had gelding bowling along early with only two behind him in the eight horse field. But his presence was quickly felt when he was asked for an effort, for home, tracking up beautifully to glide to the lead, before going on to win by two lengths.

It’s A Bity Shady finished well from the rear to claim second by a nose over Futurism.

“He settles well, has all the attributes and felt good,” is how O’Donnell reported back to the connections after the topweight had made light of his 58kg.

Part owner and breeder Michael Cox, a former WA wicketkeeper, has been racing horses since 1990 and breeding them over the last six years.

He readily conceded that this was his best ‘catch’ on the track.

“He has a certain X factor about him and will probably be a good miler,” Cox said.
Poletti will probably test his rising galloper over the 1600m journey in a fortnight before turning him out, with a view to later preparing him for the summer carnival plums if he continues to develop.


The TVH Sartorial

It was a case of no race this week in the TVH. The voting was done for me by Mabel Chadwick and Peter Gangemi.

Their choice: Me. (An excellent choice).

I knocked Mabel’s socks off as soon as I arrived on course and he was busy spruiking down the phone to someone about how my orange shirt with orange, purple and brown tie was an absolute winner of the TVH. (Complete of course with my Parker & Co sports coat and chocolate cords)

 Committeman Peter Gangemi coveted my tie because it matches his racing colours.

In the meantime James Miorada was doing a bit of coveting of Lori Gangemi-nibbling her hands as they descended the escalators as I was ascending (surely some symbolism there).

I don’t know whether James took off his coat at the foot of the escalator to allow Lori to traverse on, (in a touch of Sir Walter Raleigh), but it would not surprise as there is a touch of the old world charm about him.

I might add Pete was with them but was far more interested in my tie than James’ activities.

 But I think this affair has the potential to sweep the Gai v Singo case off the front pages and if it does remember where you first read it.

Think about it. It could be unbridled passion on the part of James. Then again it could be a cunning long range Miorada strategy to get back on the PR committee by leaving no stone unturned, including the wife of an existing committeeman.

But at least the venerable James is kissing an adult, in his campaign, rather than a baby-and there will be a surfeit of the latter between now and the Federal Election on September 14.

Speaking of Lori Gangemi, her beautiful grey beastie (Grey Cheval to you), the winner of four races and a runner up in her five starts, should be back on track in about six weeks.

I am looking forward to that as much as James is looking forward to kissing Lori’s hands again.

Everyone is a winner at Belmont!