|Sutton Grange trainer Robbie Laing is looking forward to the upcoming spring
carnival with a number of his stable representatives being targeted at feature events.
Bonny three-year-old filly Ruby Slipper has made a positive start to
the premier racings period with an encouraging second in Saturdays listed Sir
John Monash Stakes at Caulfield.
Laing was pleased with the way the filly pulled up after
chasing home the Newmarket Handicap winner Rubitano in a race which provided the former
champion galloper and now leading sire Rubiton with a trifecta.
"Shes pulled up in great shape," Laing said
at Werribee yesterday. "The Bletchingly will be next on her agenda and were
just hoping perhaps Rubitano may not be there."
Ruby Slipper isnt the only horse in the stable which
is being aimed at some of the riches over the Victorian carnival with Rohatyn, Pantani and
Roman Arch also back in work.
Rohatyn, already a stakes
winner in Melbourne and Group winner in Adelaide (defeating Blur), has come back to the
stable in great shape according to his trainer.
"He (Rohatyn) looks superb," Laing said.
"Hes into his fourth week and the Vain Stakes will probably be the race we kick
him off in."
Laing is expecting to press on to the Ascot Vale Stakes at
Flemington before a couple of Group One targets the Caulfield Guineas and Victoria
Meanwhile, the South Australian Derby winner Pantani is
also showing good early signs since returning to work recently.
"Pantani is due to trial on Friday along with Roman
Arch," Laing said.