Pearcedale’s Robbie Laing is looking at a first-up run as early as the Quezette Stakes in mid-August for his Thousand Guineas 2016 bound filly Missrock this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock has won two of her four career starts as a juvenile, the rising three-year-old a dual stakes winner.
She won the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on debut last October before a third to Concealer at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in Group 3 class.
Missrock backed up later that month at Sandown, but finished a well-beaten ninth behind Jackson in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m), the filly suffering a fractured pelvis that forced her to the sidelines.
The filly returned to racing for just the one autumn run when winning the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, her first Sydney assignment, during April’s ‘The Championships’.
Now Laing is stepping her work up ahead of her spring bid that will kick off in either the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 13 or the $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington a month later.
“She spelled at her birthplace, Cressfield Stud, for two months after the Percy Sykes and she arrived home a fortnight ago,” Laing told AAP.
“She’s going along beautifully.”
In 2014 Sabatini won the Quezette Stakes before a third in the Thousand Guineas behind Amicus later that campaign.
Laing also has his filly heading towards this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 8.
Current all-in Thousand Guineas odds are firmly led by David Vandyke’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Yankee Rose whose earlier spring target is Sydney’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10.
Missrock is also in the top end of futures Thousand Guineas betting at around $15 to hand Laing with his first win in the race he has to date saddled-up just the one starter in.
Among Laing’s other favourites in his current crop of rising three-year-olds are the likes of Sharkbite gelding Jaws Of Steel, lightly-raced Gio Ponti colt Ridgway and So Si Bon.
Along with Missrock, beautifully-bred So You Think colt So Si Bon is the other youngster Laing paid first acceptance fees for in this year’s Golden Rose Stakes.
The up-and-comer has had two winter starts without success, but is out to break his maiden status at Flemington on Saturday in the first – the $80,000 Murray Cox Handicap (1400m).
So Si Bon finished a mid-field sixth over 1200m at Caulfield from a wide barrier (12 of 13) last Saturday, Laing tipping improvement on the quick back-up returning to the Flemington straight.
“He drew second from the outside last Saturday and we had planned to get in about fifth or sixth but they raced in banks of three so he just couldn’t get in,” Laing said.
“Then when they got to the home turn the leader ran off the track and took three parts of the field off the track, and he was the widest.
“He only got beaten three lengths and just kept coming.
“I think he’s a really good colt.”
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