LAING HOPES MISS CAN ROCK MCEWEN FOES
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.”