Laing’s big gam­ble on Frankel colt

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

ONE look at a Frankel colt at a Syd­ney Easter year­ling sale was enough for Rob­bie Laing to hunt out po­ten­tial buy­ers.

With a re­serve of $500,000, Laing took gam­ble on the colt af­ter he was passed in at auc­tion for $475,000.

That 2016 pur­chase, named Frankel My Dear, makes his race­track de­but in the VRC Mem­bers Pav­il­lion Hand­i­cap (1000m) at Flem­ing­ton to­mor­row.

Laing ex­pected the colt to fetch con­sid­er­ably more than the re­serve and be­gan in­ves­ti­ga­tions soon af­ter the colt left

sale ring. “There was a prob­lem with his off fore,” Laing said. “It could have been bone, it a cal­lous or lig­a­ment but a soft tis­sue scan re­vealed he’d had a knock on his sesamoid.

“There was a lit­tle bit more bone than nor­mal, but the sus­pen­sory in the right spot and the lig­a­ments were all okay.

“The re­serve was $500,000, so we got him for that.”

Long­time clients Ray and Susie Mon­tague took a share af­ter Ray saw a show on Frankel’s trainer Henry Ce­cil flight home from London and wanted one of Frankel’s prog­eny.

Laing said Pak­en­ham trainer Frankie Stock­dale also has a small share af­ter see­ing the colt at the sale.

The trainer is ex­pect­ing 1000m trip to be too short and will be happy pro­vid­ing the colt is hit­ting the line strongly.

He’s al­ready con­tem­plat­ing the Caulfield Guineas with the three-year-old and the pos­si­bil­ity of a Vic­to­ria Derby start.

“Frankel him­self only won up to 2000 (me­tres) but this horse is steeped in stamina on the dam side,” Laing said.

“He’s not a nuggety sprint­ing type. He’s an el­e­gant ath­letic sort of horse.

“I’ve seen a cou­ple of Frankel’s race, Dar­ren Weir’s (New Hori­zons) and Chris Waller’s (Merovee) this horse is a mir­ror im­age of Frankel.

“The good thing about him we thought he was al­right three months ago and every time I’ve re­cently put him down he’s been pro­duc­ing on the track.”

Frankel My Dear won a Cran­bourne jumpot last month be­fore pleas­ing his trainer in a grass gal­lop with older gal­loper Jaws Of Steel on Tues­day.

“He’s bred to stay but he’s got a good turn of foot and goes into the race very fit,” Laing said.

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