Saxon Saxoff landed some big bets with tearaway tactics in a stayers race at Belmont on Saturday.
Jockey Jerry Noske had the race-fit gelding the best part of 25 lengths in front mid-race and they were still two lengths ahead on the line. “I didn’t have anything to do it,” owner-trainer Kevin Green laughed when queried about the market move. “My $50 wouldn’t make that much difference.
“He’s been in good form at the provincials and was down in the weights. He’s one-paced but Jerry got a break and that was the plan.”
Saxon Saxoff (4g Saxon – Pride Of Surtee by Surtee) had won at Esperance and Northam before landing a $17 to $8 gamble in town. Green trains him at Karnup and also bred him from a mare with connections to the Forrest family’s Karendale Stud.
“I’ve got his younger (Blackfriars) half-brother at home,” Green said. “He’s better than this bloke if we can get him right!”
Named The Karnup Kid, he won a Lark Hill barrier trial in October but failed to fire at Bunbury and Pinjarra on either side of a summer spell.
Saxon (Danehill) has sired over 60 individual winners – his oldest are six year-olds. He stood at Heytesbury Stud before fertility issues led to an early retirement last year.