Laing Confident Polanski Can Deliver First-Up in Australian Guineas

Following a less-than-ideal start to his 2014 campaign, trainer Robbie Laing is confident talented sprinter Polanski will be in peak form when he lines up for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st, despite heading into the event first-up.

Trainer Robbie Laing is confident Polanski will perform in the 2014 Australian Guineas

Trainer Robbie Laing is confident Polanski will perform in the 2014 Australian Guineas. Photo: Steve Hart

Having been scratched for the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) two weeks ago after contracting a nasty case of ringworm, Laing was hopeful of a delayed first-up run for Polanski in the Group 2 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this past Saturday until discovering the infection had not cleared by Friday morning.

Forced to scratch the Rakti colt from the CS Hayes Stakes on medical grounds, Laing revealed Polanski is in top form and would have remained competitive had he been left in the final field.

“I reckon I could have run him, but it looks terrible” Laing told TVN.

Laing also revealed Polanski had scrambled in his float whilst being transported to track work last week which had aggravated and even torn skin from his hindquarters.

Polanski ended a memorable 2013 spring campaign with three consecutive victories including the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) ahead of Complacent and Thunder Fantasy; winner of the Autumn Stakes two weeks ago.

Having shared early favouritism with eventual winner Hucklebuck for the CS Hayes Stakes last weekend, Polanski has slipped dramatically in markets for the 2014 Australian Guineas on March 1st, currently sitting 10th favourite behind several well-trialled rivals including Bull Point, Eurozone and 2013 Cox Plate champion Shamus Award. is currently displaying the best odds for the 2014 Group 1 Australian Guineas, with Polanski currently offered at a generous quote of $16.

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