Stars Of Carrum trainer Robbie Laing not lacking in confidence ahead of Australian Derby

Apr 05, 2019

Although Stars Of Carrum finished fourth in the Mornington Cup the run convinced his trainer Robbie Laing that he’s the horse to beat in the Australian Derby. Is he right?

Although Stars Of Carrum finished fourth in the Mornington Cup the run convinced his trainer Robbie Laing that he’s the horse to beat in the Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 6.

He also believes contesting the Mornington Cup over 2400m would prove a better lead in to the Australian Derby for last year’s Victoria Derby runner up than if he had run in the Rosehill Guineas against his own age group instead on Saturday.

He also said Stars Of Carrum’s run was a superior trial for the Australian Derby than any handed in by any Rosehill Guineas contestant.

“It was a good run. He’ll be back against his own age and he’ll be better suited by the big long straight at Randwick,” Laing said.

Laing has booked Hugh Bowman to ride him in the Randwick feature.

Laing watched the Rosehill Guineas with interest and said he wasn’t too fearful about taking on any horse from that race in the Australian Derby.

“The Autumn Sun looked below his best. He looked tired before the race and he raced tired and he beat a wet tracker. Chapada ran third

and we always beat Chapada,” Laing said. Laing said the form from last year’s Victoria Derby in which

Stars Of Carrum finished second to Extra Brut was a great form line.

“Extra Brut came out a week later and almost won the Mackinnon Stakes. You can’t get better form.”

Laing believes running Stars Of Carrum in the Mornington Cup over 2400m would prove a better lead in to the Australian Derby on April 6.

“If we find out later in his career he’s a great wet tracker

I’ve mucked up but he’s a big striding horse and if he goes up there and runs ninth we’d be saying was that the wet track or hasn’t he come up.”

“As it is he’s run well on a track which didn’t suit him.”

“He went from having six horses behind him at the 1000m to third

last when a couple took off. Froggy (Craig Newitt) didn’t go with them as he knew Hang Man was behind him. He said he ran well.”

Stars Of Carrum finished fourth beaten a length and three-quarters behind seasoned stayers in Self Sense, Tarquin and Trap For Fools.

Stars Of Carrum is a $9 chance with TAB fixed odds with Chapada a $5 favourite.

Story by Michael Manley for Herald Sun / news.com.au 

Image: Bruno Canatelli