|A few weeks ago Sutton Grange based trainer Robbie Laing thought he had a
fabulous five in the stable, an elite group of gallopers that would keep his name in
lights for the coming spring carnival later this year.
Pantani, Rohatyn, Roman Arch, Magnus Bay and Transferral were the five gallopers
Laing had earmarked to lead his charge up the trainers premiership table and into a
swag of feature race success.
But now Laing admits his fabulous five has now grown to be
a sizzling six. Joining the ranks of the team that already houses an SA Derby winner and
The Jansz victor, is a lovely filly by Rubiton.
Ruby Slipper, as she is know to most of us, has now won her
past three races after a comprehensive win in the Jayco Caravans Handicap (1000m) at
"I was only thinking a few weeks ago I had a five
horse group that would hold the stable in good stead in the near future," Laing said.
"Now this filly (Ruby Slipper) has to have joined them, shes so professional
and has loads of ability."
Despite backing up just
three days after a four length demolition of her rivals at Moonee Valley on Wednesday,
Ruby Slipper again cruised to victory, even after a two kilogram penalty for that win.
"If she was to be beaten today, there would have been
only one person to blame," Laing said referring to himself.
"Plus people must realise I would certainly not have
backed her up if she had not pleased me in every way since Wednesday," he added.
Laing, who won two Group races during the recent smoke-free
Adelaide Cup Carnival in South Australia, is based at a magnificent complex just outside
of Bendigo. With the new stables able to house dozens of horses and the best facilities at
his disposal, its no surprise to see the Laing colours being continually carried to
success in recent weeks. The Sutton Grange stable is owned by well known racing and
breeding enthusiast Peter Sidwell.
While not admitting to
adding pressure to himself by declaring he should be one of the big improvers on the
Melbourne training premiership next season, Laing knows there will be expectations for him
to do such a thing.
"I know Peter will be hoping so," Laing said when
asked whether he feels he should be high up in top ten of the trainers table in
twelve months time.
With the support of Sidwell, a "great staff" and
family, a large stable, first class facilities and a great eye for horseflesh,
Laings recent strong form around the country is expected to continue for many years
And lets not forget the Sutton Grange complex also
houses one of the countrys most promising jumpers, yesterdays Australian
Hurdle runner-up Regal Royal.
After getting back in the field in yesterdays feature
the recent Flemington and Moonee Valley Hurdle race winner powered home over the final
stages. He looks on track for the Grand National Hurdle at Flemington.
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