Black Piranha trials well at Newcastle
Stradbroke Handicap winner Black Piranha tuned up for his resumption in the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle with a pleasing barrier trial at Broadmeadow on Wednesday.
The Con Karakatsanis-trained gelding had his first look at the Broadmeadow track where he will make his seasonal return in the September 16 Group Three race.
Black Piranha finished 2-1/2 lengths second to Gravitas in the 1100-metre heat with regular rider Tye Angland in the saddle.
It was his second trial this time in after he finished an eye-catching second in a 900m heat at Rosehill last month.
“He had a good hitout on Saturday in town in between races, so we’re just keeping him ticking over,” Karakatsanis said.
“He’s got two weeks into the Cameron and now that he’s fit we don’t need to do much with him, that’s why we got these two trials out of the road.
“Now we can just finetune him.
“He’s only 85 to 90 per cent but that’s all you want them to be going into a first-up run.”
Black Piranha has not raced since breaking through for a deserved victory in the Group One Stradbroke at Eagle Farm in June.
Karakatsanis said the six-year-old was likely to tackle the George Main Stakes after the Cameron with the Cox Plate his ultimate spring goal.
Newcastle also hosted the first two-year-old barrier trial of the new season on Wednesday with the five-strong heat taken out by the Neil Godbolt-trained Soi’vebeentold.
A son of Commands, Soi’vebeentold is out of Hippy’s Sister, a two-time city winner and sister to Godbolt’s former smart juvenile Hipwell who finished second to Danbird in the 2003 Pago Pago Stakes.
Trainer Bindi Cheers, who won the first two-year-old race in NSW last season when Lucky Elmo scored at Tamworth on September 26, had two youngsters in the trial with Our Red Rabbit third and Raccoon fifth.