Talented Kiwi filly Sardaaj (Iffraaj x Sardonyx, by Ebony Grosve) will make her Gr1 debut in the NZ$240,000 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday and trainer Stephen Marsh says she will be at peak fitness for the 3YO feature, reports NZ Racing Desk.
“It’s not the strongest field, but having said that Huka Eagle has done very little wrong and he’s only been beaten once and that was by Volkstok’n’barrell,” Marsh said.
Sardaaj boasts a similar record and after effortless wins at Ruakaka and Te Rapa she came off a six week let-up to finish a close second in the Gr2 Royal Stakes on Boxing Day behind Saavoya, who franked the form with her victory in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie.
“It was her first run for a while and this is probably a step down in some regards,” Marsh added. “She had her final gallop on Tuesday morning and I’m really happy with her – it’s full steam ahead.”
To be ridden as usual by the country’s leading jockey Danielle Johnson, Sardaaj is owned by Victoria’s Rosemont Stud and her long-term future has yet to be decided.
“At this stage this will probably be her last run before she heads to the paddock and then a decision will be made. It’s up in the air at the moment,” Marsh said.