Henry?s dream run continues
By TONY WHITE
THE dream run continued for Grafton trainer Wayne Lawson and the owners of four-year-old Starlactic at Doomben last Saturday when the gelding pulverised his rivals by a whopping seven lengths.
And now the stage is set for a possible fairytale start in the $125,000 Ramornie Hcp during the July Racing Carnival in Grafton.
Ridden by apprentice Rick McMahon, Starlactic sped away soon after straightening to win the final event, the City Pacific Finance Hcp (1200m).
"He just gets better and better. It's incredible I can't believe it's all happening," Lawson said.
Lawson, or 'Henry' to his mates, said Starlactic would now have one more start before spelling.
"I was originally going to spell him after Saturday but I put him in the paddock on Saturday night and all he wanted to do was kick up," Lawson said yesterday.
"He's come home and eaten up. He's jumping out of his skin and I made the decision this morning to send him around again.
"There's a Class Six race over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm in a fortnight. If he can win that he'll be eligible for open company and deserves it."
When Lawson hinted to apprentice McMahon he may have one more run following the Doomben win, the youngster quickly said: "Wherever you go I'm on it."
Starlactic has had six starts this campaign winning three of his past four in Brisbane and an overall record of six wins and over $85,000 in prizemoney from 13 starts.
If the son of Celestial Dancer can win at Eagle Farm next start he will have graduated to open company in just over 12 months since winning his maiden at Coffs Harbour on January 9 last year.
Lawson is unsure of the gelding's future but said there were a number of options including the Ramornie.
"There are a couple of $100,000 races during the Brisbane winter carnival that he could probably get away with and a race like the Ramornie is worth considering," he said.
"I still don't know how good he is, he's still on the way up.
"He ran 1.10.6 on Saturday on a slow track. That's a pretty good effort and at his previous start he broke 33 seconds for his final 600m. We know he can get to the line strongly.
"He's just thriving and he's just one of those horses that love his racing.
"When you don't work him in the morning and I come into the yard later he sort of comes up to me and goes 'right we're off to the races' whereas another mare I've got is completely the opposite.
"When she knows it's race day she runs away to the other end of the paddock.
"I'm still learning with the horse, but I'm sticking along for the ride."