Soldier battles to debut victory at Canberra

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MIDNIGHT SOLDIER took on the older horses at Canberra on Friday afternoon and emerged victorious after a battling display to hold off the race favourite Imitation Game.

The two-year-old was having his first career start at the track and leapt from the gates in the manner expected of a veteran of the game as he eased up to race on the speed under Nick Heywood.

Entering the straight and the leading pair drew clear of the field to contest a thrilling finish, with the son of Sepoy just able to hold off his rival and take a fantastic victory.

Triple Crown’s exceptional run of winning form continues as Midnight Soldier brought up a fifth win from our last six runners, and he became the second two-year-old to strike on debut in the space of a week following Moss Trip’s quite remarkable success at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

Peter Snowden was delighted with the run, and said there could be improvement to come from after this fantastic start.

“It was good to see him win today. The idea was to put him in an environment where he can be competitive and that’s what we saw today,” said Peter Snowden. “He did everything right and behaved well.

“A great result first-up and he can continue to improve at that level.”