Saintorio pleases coach Stephen Miller
Lark Hill coach Stephen Miller is very fond of the way his talented youngster Saintorio handles his business.
Gelding Oratorio picked up another victory on Saturday to mark his claim to the rich two-year-old racing that looms in the coming months.
Saintorio fell heavily after jockey Shaun Mcgruddy ducked out of a wide draw and beat last start winner Fiorucci Mama by just under a length.
The Amelia Park Plate (1100m) success was two in a row for Saintorio after claiming an equally impressive top spot from another wide gate two weeks previously.
Miller says Saintorio is a laid-back customer who adapted easily to his first introduction to racing.
“He’s a ripper,” Miller told Tabradio.
“He got up well.
“He just eats, sleeps and works, it’s about him.
“He’s just an occasional little bugger, but he does his job very well.
“He’s not really big, but he’s strong.
“Where it leads I don’t know, but it’s a gem.”
While Saintorio is on a Karrakatta Plate course (1200m), Perth’s richest run for two-year-olds, Miller also has his sights set on a three-year run with Bell Lap.
The son of Bradbury’s Luck maintained solid form as he took his second victory in six starts in a Class 1 1650m race at Belmont last Wednesday.
Miller hopes Bell Lap can move on to the WA Derby (2400m).
“He’s got a really good heartbeat for me,” Miller said.
“I will put him in a 2000m race and see where we are.
“He will have to live up to the class, but I think he will definitely stay.
“That’s one thing in his favor.”
Meanwhile, Miller says Last Of The Line’s future with a tendon injury should soon become clearer.
Gelding Blackfriars, winner of the Detonator Stakes (1800m) 12 months ago, has not raced since the Northerly Stakes (1400m) last October.
“He’s in the paddock and will be scanned in probably three weeks,” Miller said.
“We’ll see how he is after that.”
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