Into the big time like Lightning



BRISBANE. ? Grafton gazelle Starlactic could propel hobby trainer Wayne Lawson into the big time during the spring after another slashing win in the Lightning Hcp (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Starlactic ($1.90 fav) scorched home on the rain-affected track to down Imprisoned ($15) by 1-1/4 lengths with Helter Skelter ($21) a further three-quarters of a length away third.

Lawson, 35, has held a trainer's licence for only two years and prepares only two horses at his Grafton property.

"I can't train any more than two because I've only got the two paddocks," Lawson said.

Lawson originally intended to give Starlactic an ease up after the Lightning before aiming for a hometown victory in next month's Ramornie Hcp (1200m) at Grafton.

However, he's now seriously considering backing up the Celestial Dancer four-year-old in next week's $200,000 Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1200m) at Ipswich.

"I'll see how he pulls up in the next 48 hours but I might give him a chance in the Eye Liner," Lawson said.

"He's definitely going for the Ramornie, but I'm getting a bit concerned now about what weight he might get."

Long term, Lawson is giving serious thought to sending Starlactic to Sydney and possibly Melbourne for the spring.

"I'm not sure what I'll do yet and I'll sit down with his owners first and talk about it," he said.

"There's some nice races coming up in Sydney like the Missile Stakes and everyone has been talking about him for the Salinger Stakes in Melbourne."

Lawson, an electrician by trade, described Starlactic as a nightmare horse to train.



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