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Laser win blows plans for Melbourne trip

06 / 12 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Jockey Stephen Maskiell - impressed with Laser Strike's win at Devonport last Sunday
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SPREYTON trainer Mark Ganderton’s plans to take his lightly raced sprinter laser Strike to Melbourne for a race at Caulfield next week were blown out of the water when the gelding produced a barnstorming finish to win in the $20,000 Fay’s Jewellers Diamond Bracelet over 1000m at Spreyton on Sunday.

Laser Strike was having only his second start this preparation; in fact it was only his second outing in almost a year.

Ganderton said the win was well received but now leaves connections with a dilemma.

“We had picked out a 0-72 ratings race at Caulfield for his next start but we were told that his rating would go up 10 points if he won this race (Diamond Bracelet) so he won’t be eligible,” Ganderton said.

“There aren’t too many options for him here in Tasmania except for the weight-for-age races but I’m not keen to go there just yet.”

“He’s got to that level (weight-for-age) too quickly – he’s only won four races and $40, 000,” he said.

Laser Strike has had a horror run of mishaps in the past year.

He was very unlucky not to win last year’s 3YO Cup with most pundits agreeing he probably should have won the race had it not been for bad luck in running.

But as a result of that race he jarred up and while the vet advised he could be treated to enable him to continue racing, the gelding’s owner Bruno Calabro opted to give the horse a six-week break.

“When he came back from the break the horse got very sick.”

“It started off as ringworm and got progressively worse and it took him four months to recover,” he said.

If those dramas weren’t enough to frustrate connections, more was to follow.

“When we brought him back to try and get qualified for a start in the Newmarket he whacked his leg, got a splint on his canon bone and had to go out for another spell,” Ganderton said.

Laser Strike was ridden by Stephen Maskiell who was impressed with the way the gelding finished his race.

“The way he finished off suggests he has come back a very nice horse,” Maskiell said.

Laser Strike was the second leg of a winning double for Maskiell who also scored with highly promising three-year-old filly Toughtee that blitzed her rivals in a class one handicap over 1175 metres.

Toughtee’s trainer Leanne Gaffney has set her sights on the Thousand Guineas over 1600 metres under lights in Launceston on January 27.

“She’s still green and has a lot to learn,” Gaffney said.

“She hasn’t raced beyond 1200 metres so I want to run her over 1400 metres next start to get a better idea of where’s she’s at in terms of progressing to the Thousand Guineas,” she said.