2014 Mornington Cup Prelude Final Field – Laidback Larry Chasing Fifth Straight Win

Progressive stayer Laidback Larry will be chasing his fifth straight win when he makes his black type racing debut in the 2014 Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Laidback Larry will be stepping up in class when he contests the 2014 Mornington Cup Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday.

Laidback Larry will be stepping up in class when he contests the 2014 Mornington Cup Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart

Laidback Larry (barrier 13) finished his winter campaign with a comfortable win at Newcastle and has recorded three dominant victories since returning to the races at the end of 2013.

The O’Reilly gelding resumed with a two lengths victory in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1580m) at Canterbury on December 18 and scored a most impressive five and a half lengths win at Royal Randwick on New Year’s Day.

Laidback Larry went into the TAB Rewards Handicap (2000m) at Royal Randwick on January 18 as an odds-on favourite and lived up to his short quote with yet another comfortable victory.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident that Laidback Larry can earn a ballot-exempt start in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) by winning the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m), but he will face the toughest test of his racing career when he jumps from barrier 13 this Saturday.

Waterhouse isn’t the only Sydney trainer with a strong chance in the Mornington Cup Prelude; with Chris Waller including imported stayer He’s Your Man in the nominations for the Listed event.

He’s Your Man was competitive at the highest level of racing in England, finishing second behind Lost In The Moment in the Listed Fred Archer Stakes (2414m) and fifth in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m), and has performed well since making his racing debut in Australia on New Year’s Day.

The Cape Cross entire finished a narrow second behind the in-form Anlon in the George Watson Handicap (1400m) and worked home fairly when third behind Eraset and Prince Of Penzance in the Craftsman Handicap (1720m).

Like Laidback Larry, the Mornington Cup is the major 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing target for the five-year-old; with connections hoping that he can be competitive at Group 1 level during the spring.

He’s Your Man is not the only imported stayer that has been included in the 2014 Mornington Cup Prelude final field; with Prairie Star (barrier 12) and Motivado in the field for the Listed event.

The 2014 Mornington Cup Prelude final field also features Perth-based veteran God Has Spoken, Darley mare Sindarin and consistent stayer Prince Of Penzance.

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2014 Mornington Cup Prelude Final Field And Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x0x500470 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 3 60kg 108
2 3x044x06x9 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien Oisin Murphy (a) 12 57.5kg 102
3 03×7986002 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 55.5kg 98
4 85901113×8 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 4 54kg 95
5 242×044263 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Williams 10 54kg 94
6 43226×5918 OREGON SPIRIT Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 14 54kg 94
7 4x512x099x MOTIVADO (GB) David Hayes Stephen Baster 11 54kg 93
8 4x51625x23 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 8 54kg 91
9 0750248×50 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Chad Schofield (a) 9 54kg 91
10 0870684255 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes Damian Lane 5 54kg 90
11 231112×886 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney Jake Noonan 2 54kg 87
12 4x9161x111 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 13 54kg 85
13 13121×712 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 1 54kg 81
14 308×054664 SINDARIN Peter Snowden Chris Symons 7 54kg 78

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