The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNEO’ C ASS

ROB­BIE Laing isn’t fazed by the prospect of tak­ing on not one but two po­ten­tial Everest run­ners in a red-hot edi­tion of the Group 2 MVRC McEwen Stakes (1000m).

Laing sad­dles up four-year-old mare Mis­s­rock who has as­sumed the role of ‘the for­got­ten horse’ in to­mor­row’s sprint given the me­dia hype sur­round­ing Everest can­di­dates Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion and Houtzen.

“They can for­get her if they want but when she runs past them won’t for­get about her,” Laing quipped.

Laing has ev­ery right to be­lieve Mis­s­rock is up to this class of horse given her 0.7-lens sec­ond to an­other Everest con­tender, Vega Magic, in the Group 1 SAJC Good­wood (1200m) on May 20.

“I told ( jockey) Dean Yen­dell to let loose at the 400m to pinch a break be­cause she’s got a re­ally dev­as­tat­ing 300m sprint and she looked the win­ner but then she just lev­elled out a lit­tle bit over the last 100m Vega Magic ran her down,” he said.

Mis­s­rock clearly took no harm out of her bold Good­wood per for­mance given win in the 1000m Nor­man Car­lyon on Au­gust 26 whilst mak­ing her Moonee Val­ley de­but.

Damien Oliver has his first ride on Mis­s­rock this week­end with the mare drawn in bar­rier two.

“Heatherly goes for ward, Houtzen goes for ward, Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion goes for ward. I’ll be sit­ting there prob­a­bly with Supido I’d reckon,” Laing said.

Both Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion and Houtzen worked at Moonee Val­ley on Tues­day with their re­spec­tive camps pleased by ef­for ts.

“We ba­si­cally brought (Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion) here to give him a look around,” co-trainer Paul Snow­den told A AP.

“It’s a unique track. Ever yone is on top of you.”

A s for Houtzen, her next two star ts could both be at Moonee Val­ley, the McEwen, the Moir or the Cham­pagne Stakes on her wish list.

“If she wins (on Satur­day), she wins but it ’s not the be all and end all,” Ed­monds says.

“She’s be­ing set for the Everest and I’m com­for ta­ble where is now.”

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