Trainer Robert Heathcote with Solzhenitsyn / The Australian (p)

Trainer Robert Heathcote with Solzhenitsyn / The Australian (p)

By St Petersburg

Summerhill resident sire, St Petersburg, was a prolific source of winners in Asia before his acquisition by Mark Yong of T’men syndicate and perennial Singapore Owner of the Year, Fred Crabbia. Yet surely his crowning achievement must be his dual Group One winning son Solzhenitsyn, who holds the distinction of being one of only two horses to have won the time-honoured Toorak Handicap (Gr.1) twice, ranking him squarely among the best exponents of the “miler” art in Australasia.

The horse has been retired after pulling up lame in the BRC Sprint (Gr 3, 1350m) at Doomben last weekend. “We don’t know the full extent of the injury to his fetlock, but we are not going to try and rehabilitate him,” trainer Robert Heathcote said. “He has been a wonderful horse for us. To win two Group Ones and over a million dollars in prize money is great for any $10,000 horse. Solzhenitsyn can now enjoy the rest of his life in a lush paddock.”

Extracts from ANZ Bloodstock News