Lawson weighs up options for Starlactic
By TONY WHITE
BEATEN Ramornie Handicap favourite Starlactic has been kept in work and is likely to start in Brisbane early next month.
Trainer Wayne Lawson said he was monitoring the four-year-old, who finished a gallant fifth to For Valour in the feature Listed event.
"I've just kept him ticking over and in work," Lawson said.
"There are a couple of Quality handicaps in Brisbane that look suitable provided the horse shows me he is not over the top. "He's had three hard runs in the Lightning, Healey Stakes and Ramornie and the last thing I want to do is bust him and put him over the top.
"I'm happy, not stoked with him, but the next couple of weeks should tell where we're at."
Starlactic was taken on in earnest in the Ramornie and under the circumstances did well to finish just behind the placegetters.
"The problem we've got is if we tip him out now, he'll be back in December and there's really not a lot around for him.
"I'm not keen on Melbourne, never really have been, and if we want to look at Brisbane next winter and maybe the Ramornie again, tipping him out now isn't ideal.
"There is a Quality in Brisbane on August 5 and what happens after that will be dependant on what he does. There are a couple of other races there for him, then he could spell and the time frame would be a lot better.
"But if I'm not happy, the horse will tell us, I'll just tip him straight out."