Piranha Farms 2011 George Main Stakes Claims

Dual Stradbroke Handicap winner Black Piranha will return to Warwick Farm this Saturday to contest the day’s feature race ahead of a, hopefully, successful Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign targeting the George Main Stakes 2011.

Black Piranha

Black Piranha resumes in the Warwick Stakes in Sydney this Saturday

Trainer Con Karakatsanis is full of confidence that his evergreen veteran, eight-year-old Clang gelding Black Piranha, can resume with a competitive performance in the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) which will be their first run at Warwick Farm since January of 2007.

“He is just starting to come good,” Karakatsanis said.

“1400 metres, fresh, at weight-for-age is perfect.”

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Despite having raced across four states during their 57-start career to date, Black Piranha has had just won run for one win at Warwick Farm.

Karakatsanis is not worried, however, tipping Black Piranha to give the likes of Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel and Queensland Derby winner Shootoff a run for their money.

“He goes into the spring pretty fresh….he’s only had four starts this year,” Karakatsanis said.

A genuine sprinter-miler, Black Piranha’s last run was a close fifth when beaten only two lengths by Jerezana in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton on July 13.

The old warhorse enjoyed a strong winter campaign in Brisbane prior to that, their best effort being a narrow third to Beaded and Love Conquers All in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

This spring carnival Karakatsanis plans to start Black Piranha in weight-for-age showdowns only, with the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 17 a very appealing goal.

Last year Black Piranha finished fifth to Gai Waterhouse’s glamour mare More Joyous in the George Main while in 2009 they came within a half-length when second to Road To Rock in the Sydney spring showdown.

“It’s getting too hard for him at the top of the weights now,” Karakatsanis said in regards to Black Piranha and the handicap races.

“There’s always going to be a younger horse on the way up who is probably equal in ability with him and he has to give them too much weight.

“But you can’t complain. Black Piranha was in the same position as he came through, getting weight off other horses.”

Saturday will be a star-studded affair at the ‘Farm’ with plenty of major spring carnival contenders kicking off their seasons.

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