Steve White says dual Group 1 winner Sennachie has pulled up a treat after finishing a gutsy runner-up in the Group 3 Sandown Speed Star (515m) last Sunday.
At his first appearance since winning the Maturity Classic at The Meadows on July 27, an underdone Sennachie just managed to stave off Black Signature in his Speed Star match race, clocking the second fastest overall time of 29.54s.
White expects Sennachie to derive great benefit from that testing first-up effort when he steps out in Saturday night’s FFA Sprint at The Meadows.
“That was always going to be the case in the Speed Star,” White said.
“I never thought he was going to run the fastest time but I was very happy with him, especially considering the track.
“I wasn’t happy at all when it started raining because being underdone I didn’t want him to have a gut-buster. But he fought on and still ran the second-fastest time.
“The main thing is that he’s pulled up a treat and that run and this Saturday night at The Meadows will top him off for Adelaide.
“He’ll run in the State of Origin at Angle Park next Thursday (September 26) and then onto the Adelaide Cup and the Topgun after that.
“He didn’t have a major issue. It just set him back a week and after that I decided to miss the Million Dollar Chase. Group 1s are more important to him because he’s got a stud future.”
White will also have another excellent chance at The Meadows on Saturday in Sennachie’s litter sister Gwydion, which will be chasing her third win from four starts since stepping up to middle distances in the sixth event over 600m.
“She’s well-boxed in the pink and I’m hoping she can ping the lids,” said White.
White has already enjoyed a very successful week at The Meadows, preparing a double on Wednesday.
Group 2 Launching Pad heroine Tauwitchere was a runaway winner of a 600m Grade 5 heat and former Queenslander Chief Fernando clocked a best of day 29.79s at his Meadows debut.