Gemini scores game win on Devonport synthetic

19 / 04 / 2017 Article by: Peter Staples

Gemini (Nathan Punch) scores a game win in a class 1 handicap over 1350m at Spreyton on Monday. icon Click to enlarge

SPREYTON trainer Barry Campbell prepared a double on Monday and it came as a bit of a surprise to the Hall of Fame mentor.

Campbell’s winners were three-year-old fillies Gemini and Aljazmic.

Gemini was well ridden by Victorian apprentice Nathan Punch who had the filly settled just beyond midfield before weaving a passage through the field from the 500m and she then ground out a game win over Airlie Magic and Westerly Haze.

Aljazmic was stepping up to 1650m for the first time but she appeared to relish the task scoring a runaway win with Daniel Ganderton aboard.

“I came to the meeting thinking I had a couple of chances of running money so to get a double is a bonus,” Campbell said.

“Gemini is a nice filly that needed to get a bit of luck in the run and that came but in saying that she still had to find the line and she was strong at the end.”

Gemini is by West Quest from former star sprinter-miler Angel’s Jewel that earned prize money from 25 of her  29 starts comprising nine wins and 16 minor placings.

“She’s not in her mum’s league but she’s got plenty of ability and this definitely won’t be her last win.”

“Aljazmic was stepping up from 1200m to 1650m and while it was a bit of a big step she proved she was up to it.”

“It was a very confident ride from Daniel (Ganderton) who had to ride her for luck.

“She is by Moshe and they are usually dead set sprinters but this filly has always given the impression she wanted more ground.

“She has no pace so she is always going to get back in her races but today she showed how strong she can be at the end of a mile race so her future looks bright.”