Marsh eyes 2YO riches after smart win by Sai Fah21 Jul 2019

A notable gear change for Sai Fah made a significant change to the juvenile as the colt made easy work against his five rivals in the $22,500 NZB Insurance Pearl Series (2YO) over 1100 metres on Saturday.

With blinkers applied for the first time, the Rios gelding settled kindly for rider Michael Coleman until bolting clear from his opposition, demolishing them by nearly seven lengths. Roc Cha (T.Thornton) was a distant second and Elliot Power (A.Calder) was another one and a half lengths back in third.

“He (Sai Fah) improved with the blinkers on this time, so it was excellent,” Coleman said.
The win also provided Coleman with a late 50th birthday present.
“They say you get better every year so now that I’m 50 I will be at my peak form. It was nice of Stevie to give me a birthday present,” Coleman added.

Sai Fah’s winning time was 1:07.66 (last 600m in 36.44) on a Heavy10 track

“He’s a tough little bugger as he won the first two-year-old race of the season and is still going strong,” Marsh said.
“His last couple of runs have been good but he lacked focus so we put the blinkers on.”
“He sat nicely in third then took over and won very well.”

Marsh will now throw the colt into the deep end, starting him in the final black type race for the season, the Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki next Saturday.
“We’ll back him up in a week now and run him in the Ryder.”

Sai Fah was purchased at the 2017 NZB Weanling Sale for $6000 from Waikato Stud’s draft by Mission Downs Trust who races him. Sai Fah’s second win from seven starts, which also include two placings, has earned the Trust $27,310 in stakes.