May 25, 2018

Missrock headed to Morphettville last Saturday where she contested the Group 1 Goodwood Stakes, a race she had run 2nd in last May. After she finished 8th 2 weeks prior in the UBET Classic, when ridden completely against her pattern, we were quietly confident in her chances. Piloted by Ben Thompson, who could not have ridden her any better, she had a dream run just behind the speed. She weaved thru on the home turn and got an inside run to burst to the lead at the 200m, where she looked the winner. Just as we were about to start popping the champagne bottles Santa Ana Lane started to fly home and our jubilation turned to despair as he raced past us in the last 50 metres. We are incredibly proud of her performance and we are sure her Group 1 day in the sun will arrive soon. She has now earned in excess of 1.3 million dollars in prizemoney. We congratulate all her connections.

Missrock might be the stable star right now but our future steps out over the weekend. On Friday night at Cranbourne our 2yo son of So You Think named Degrasse debuts over 1000m. He has shown loads of promise at home and after a number of trials he is now ready to go racing. 1000m will probably be a shade too short for him but when he gets to 1400-1600m he might be pretty special. Also at Cranbourne on Friday night we have Way Too Hard making his 1st racetrack appearance. He was a brilliant trial winner last Monday and we expect him to run a really big race there on Friday night. Last but not least on Saturday over in Adelaide our 2yo son by Fastnet Rock in Thorondor makes his long awaited debut. From Day 1 he has had star potential, he trialled particularly well back in March before a very promising trial, flashing home late, at Cranbourne last Monday. We have high hopes for him in the spring hoping he can measure up to the very best races for 3yo’s.

As a racehorse owner when you hear “your horse needs a throat operation” you immediately think “oh no”. This was the case with Ritorno, he had always displayed talent but he wasn’t getting the subsequent oxygen to allow him to perform at his best. The call was made to have the dreaded procedure but its proven to be a blessing. A devastatingly good winner 1st up at Pakenham, he chased home hard at Pakenham before heading to Moe on Thursday to contest a BM58. Courtesy of a sweet ride by Jamie Mott, the horse was close enough on the turn to let rip. At one stage it looked as if he might run 2nd again but he knuckled down the last 100m to get the chocolates. It just goes to show not all throat operations are bad. We will look to step him up in class now and hopefully he can keep on winning. We would like to congratulate all the owners on his win.

What do stallions Rubick and Reliable Man have in common? Both were gifted racehorses who we never saw the best of, both names start with the letter R and both sire recent yearlings we have purchased. A Rubick x Miss Provocative colt was our buy at this Melbourne Premier Yearling sale. We also picked up a colt by Reliable Man out of Renediym at the 2017 Karaka Yearling sale. They were both purchased for less than $100,000AUD. Both colts are extremely well put together and we are keen to start working with them. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact either Rob (0413 926 060), Brent (0447 766 555) or Matt (0432 263 435).

It is going to a very busy week ahead with about 15 runners over the next few days. We certainly are looking forward to, hopefully, a couple of winners in that group. Good luck to all our owners with horses racing. Until next week “Go Laing Racing”