STARGALACTIC FLIES HOME
By TONY WHITE
STARLACTIC, a gelding who loves to kick and bite his handlers, shocked even local hobby trainer Wayne Lawson with his 'out of this world' win at the Grafton races yesterday.
"I was pretty confident he could win ? I had something on him ? but not like this," Lawson, an electrician by trade, said after Starlactic ran his rivals ragged to win the Rove Live - Class Three Hcp (1000m) by 2-1/4 lengths.
Sky Channel race caller Damien Seaton was equally impressed after the three-year-old showed blistering pace to lead by six lengths coming to the home turn.
"One of the best performances I've seen in this grade for a long, long time," Seaton said.
"Yeah, he was stepping up a couple of grades and when that happens you're just hoping," Lawson added. "This is the first horse I've trained and I bred him."
Starlactic is by Irish stallion Celestial Dancer out of Himmo, a mare Lawson purchased after she retired from racing due to injury.
Lawson, who had dabbled as a racehorse owner for a decade with moderate success, took out a trainer's licence in August last year.
"I learned what I could from various trainers like John Patterson and decided to have a crack at training myself," he said. "This (training) is just a hobby. It's a bit nerve wracking but enjoyable.
"I've had a few horses over the years -Norfolk Lover won four races ? but I got rid of some of the others after a couple of starts because they were no good.
"I'm just hoping Starlactic is THE one."
Lawson admitted Starlactic 'can run a bit' but quickly added he was 'one of those horses'.
"He's got a mind of his own," he said. "Not many people can handle him. He loves to kick and bite.
"He's been all right with me but my mate and strapper Andrew Woods has love bites and bruises all over him.
"Obviously Starlactic loves him," Lawson joked.
"And I'm sure he knows what he's doing. I swear he (Starlactic) laughs at you when he gets stuck in. I'm sure he knows what he's doing.
"He just waits until you're unsuspecting and clamps down (with his teeth). Everything is forgiven now though."
Taken straight to the front by jockey Stephen Traecey, Starlactic ($4.80) beat School Dance ($13.00) and favourite Cosmic Dream ($2.50).
"He pinged the lids and brained them," Traecey said on dismounting.
Lawson said he would 'go back to the drawing board' before deciding Starlactic's next start.
"He may spell or I'll give him one more run," added the happy trainer.