Sahara Symphony can earn a Melbourne Winter campaign

Adelaide stayer Sahara Symphony can earn himself a Melbourne Winter campaign if he can score back to back wins at Morphettville on Saturday.

Another win at Morphettville by Sahara Symphony could earn him a trip to Melbourne.

Another win at Morphettville by Sahara Symphony could earn him a trip to Melbourne. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Sahara Symphony won over 2023m in a BenchMark 90 with 59kgs at Morphettville two weeks ago and trainer Samantha Barr thinks if the six year old wins over 2250m with a big weight again she will have to consider a trip to Melbourne.

“We tried to time it so he would have a long winter campaign, but is going to be hard finding races for him,” Barr told the Sportsman.

“It is a good problem to have but he is racing himself out of Adelaide that’s for sure.”

If the Desert Sun six year old earned a trip to Melbourne, it will be his second venture to the Victorian capital and Barr will be looking for a better result this time.

Barr took Sahara Symphony to Caulfield during the Spring last year after winning over 2400m at Morphettville only to beat one runner home when twelfth in a 2400m BenchMark 84.

“When we took him over to Caulfield he didn’t handle the trip too well,” Barr said.

“We are going to have to look over the border and maybe we will have to leave a few days earlier to let him settle in over in Melbourne.”

Five of Sahara Symphony’s six wins have been from 1950m to 2400m and the 2250m of the Sportingbet Handicap at Morphettville on Saturday looks ideal for him.

Bookmakers agree, with installing Sahara Symphony the $1.90 short priced favourite in the ten horses field.

Second and third top weights Texan Warney and Bredlign share the second line of betting at $4.80 in front of Gossip Guru ($6.50) from the stables of Leon Macdonlad and Andrew Gluyas and the Darren Kolpin trained Gatalistic at $9.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.