Veteran seven-year-old stayer Lang could possibly be aimed at the $6 million Melbourne Cup this November if things go to plan for trainer Gwenda Markwell and owner John Stevens.
A Kiwi-bred Lord Ballina gelding, Lang has had 55 starts over his career for just three wins, but is going strong after suffering a nasty injury last year and could be the comeback story of the season.
Lang bowed a tendon during his run in the 2009 Sydney Cup where he placed a gallant fourth despite the setback, and has worked hard to return to racing this season.
After working his way towards a sting in the prestigious winter staying features, Lang ran a solid second to Strike One at Rosehill in the Stayers Cup (3200m) on June 16, and most recently finished an eye catching fourth to Ironstein in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Saturday’s performance has encouraged Lang’s connections to continue on with their plans to run him in the Queensland Cup over 3200m this weekend.
Longer distances of 3200m and above favour Lang the most, and the upcoming Queensland Cup will show whether he can still match it over the longer trips.
If the gelding puts in another solid performance in the Queensland Cup, then Stevens’ dreams of getting to Flemington for the 150th Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November will move one step closer.
To go on and run in the richest handicap race in the world would be a near-miracle for Lang, a horse that just a year ago vets were saying would never race again.
Check out the odds for this weekend’s Queensland Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au, and if there’s a bit of rain around Lang, who loves the wet tracks, will be the horse to back.