Pressday runner up in first US start

The former Chris Waller trained Pressday finished 2nd in a $60,000 Claiming race at Santa Anita (1300m) in the United States today.

The four year old was having his first outing for US trainer John Sadler after being sent  to America after having bled at last Australia start.

“He was a top horse before going off form in Australia, “ Sadler told USA Daily Racing Form. “I was looking at the Group 2 Arcadia Stakes last Saturday but decided to start him down the hill course,” Sadler said.

Pressday is still in the ownership of Lee Fleming from Eliza Park stud in Victoria who purchased the stallion as a stud prospect but decided to send him to America where the laws enable bleeders to be treated while racing.

Pressday had an outstanding two year old season having been undefeated in three runs during the 2010 Brisbane Winter Carnival when trained by Waller.

He won the Group 2 Bollinger Champange Classic over 1200m at Doomben then took out the Eagle Farm two year old feature double of the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Racetree TJ Smith over 1600m.

The son of Domesday also took out the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in November at the end of the 2010 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Pressday was shipped to America after suffering a bleeding attack when unplaced in the Group 2 Sebring Sprint over 1300m won by Master Of Design.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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