Monday, 21 May 2012
: Karaka graduate Solzhenitsyn led home a New Zealand-bred trifecta in Saturday's $115,000 G3 Lord Mayor's Cup at Doomben for trainer Robert Heathcote.
Ridden in his black-type debut by Michael Rodd, Solzhenitsyn (St Petersburg x Tri Victory) went straight to the lead and maintained his front running position when challenged by G1 winner Gathering (Tale Of The Cat) at the 800 metres.
In the straight the five-year-old was never really in any danger, racing clear and holding his margin to the post to win by a length over the late finishing Firebolt (Stravinsky) and Ginga Dude
A solid performance from a tough horse, Solzhenitsyn
ran the last 600m of the G3 in 33.45 seconds and brought up back-to-back victories at Doomben after winning with James McDonald in the saddle on 12 May over 1350 metres.
Trained by Richard Otto before moving to Australia, Solzhenitsyn raced nine times in New Zealand for three wins and three placings and ran third to subsequent stakes winner Fazzle (Johar) at his last NZ appearance at Ellerslie on New Year's Day in 2011.
Solzhenitsyn was offered by Grande Vue Lodge at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2007 National Weanling Sale and was purchased by Paul Willetts for $10,000. He has now won an impressive eight of his 20 career starts for over $300,000 in stakes.