Lord’s tough test

Wray ‘full of con­fi­dence’ as 4YO lines up in ATC Cup

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

WAR­WICK Farm trainer Lauri Wray couldn’t re­sist send­ing Lord Kings­ley to to­mor­row’s Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rose­hill.

The four-year-old wasn’t even nom­i­nated for the race un­til they were ex­tended and fol­low­ing his win against Im­pe­rial Avi­a­tor and Car­zoff over 2000m at Rose­hill on Novem­ber 18.

Wray said he was ready for his tough­est test.

“His work af­ter his last win was pretty good and it feels like he’s stepped up so he de­serves his chance in this race,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be tougher against a few with good form, but some are first-up and we’re rock-hard fit and full of con­fi­dence.

“We want to see if he can match it with th­ese horses so we’ll find out on Satur­day. I think he’s up to them.”

The I Am In­vin­ci­ble fouryear-old has ac­cu­mu­lated three of his four ca­reer vic­to­ries this preparation and has form be­hind the in-form Chris Waller run­ner Black On Gold.

“He’s al­ways had the abil­ity, it was just get­ting it out of him. He im­ma­ture and he had a nig­gling back prob­lem last preparation but we’re on top of ev­ery­thing now and he’s worked out how to be a race­horse,” Wray said.

“He’s raced Black On Gold be­fore and the day we ran sec­ond at Rose­hill two starts back his time over 1800m he was quicker than Black On Gold who raced a few races ear­lier in the day.

“He likes the tracks with nice long straights, that’s the key to him and I’m def­i­nitely con­fi­dent go­ing into this race.”

The wet weather is Wray’s main con­cern and she’ll hes­i­tate to run him if the pred­i­cated rains come heav­ily on Satur­day morn­ing.

If he comes through to­mor­row’s run well he’ll likely go to the Christ­mas Cup (2400m) in a fort­night’s time.

“Tim Clark and Jay Ford have both got off him and said he’ll get fur­ther. He re­laxes well,” Wray said.

“It’s the right time of year for him.

“He’s fit and well and there’s op­tions for him at the mo­ment.

We’re look­ing at

Christ­mas

Cup and Sum­mer

Cup.”

Trainer Lauri Wray (in­set) is con­fi­dent Lord Kings­ley (main) is up to the chal­lenge of to­mor­row’s ATC Cup.

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