Lord’s tough test
Wray ‘full of confidence’ as 4YO lines up in ATC Cup
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.
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Trainer Lauri Wray (inset) is confident Lord Kingsley (main) is up to the challenge of tomorrow’s ATC Cup.