Loveable rogue a Ramornie Chance
BRISBANE. ? One-man band Wayne Lawson and his wonky-mouthed galloper Starlactic will chase more Queensland winter carnival pickings after the exciting sprinter's breathtaking win in the $50,000 Doomben Dash (1020m).
In a brilliant display of sustained speed, Starlactic ($4.20 fav) shared the lead with Any Suggestion ($10) before Ric McMahon let him down in the straight and the four-year-old raced away to defeat Sir Breakfast by 2-1/2 lengths with Shysu ($4.60) 3-3/4 lengths away third.
Saturday's win took Starlactic's career record to nine wins and five placings from 16 starts with prizemoney nudging $150,000.
Lawson, a Grafton electrician first and hobby trainer second, declared the QTC Lightning (1000m) on June 12 was the next mission on Starlactic's hit list en route to the $125,000 Ramornie Hcp (1200m) on his home track on July 12.
"I thought about starting him in the Eye Liner, but I have always wanted to win the Ramornie," Lawson said.
"At this stage he will definitely go to the Lightning at his next run and then on to the Ramornie which has been his been main target from the start of this preparation."
The Starlactic story is the stuff of racing dreams.
Lawson was given the gelding's dam Himno as services rendered for some electrical work he had done for the mare's former owners and Starlactic is the third horse he has bred from her.
Himno's first foal, a full brother to Starlactic, and the second, a filly by Sequalo, didn't make it to the track because of bad legs and Starlactic's illustrious career was almost over before it started.
"He had two paddock mishaps and he almost died after the second one," Lawson said.
"He needed a lot of stitches to repair some gaping wounds in his side and almost tore his bottom lip right off.
"We have to get the dentist to him every month because he eats through the side of his mouth and he grinds his teeth on one side when he eats."
Described by Lawson as a loveable rogue, Starlactic resents being boxed and is trained out of the Grafton backyard he shares with the other horse Lawson has in work.
"If I lock him in his box, he almost kicks it down until I let him out," Lawson said.
"He just loves showing you who's the boss, he will bite or kick you if you're not careful but it's not malicious, he loves playing."
Despite receiving sizeable offers for Starlactic, Lawson said the gelding was definitely not for sale.