Sky’s on trial for the Coast
CLARRY Conners-trained gelding Skyray will be on a float to Queensland for next Saturday’s Magic Millions three-year-old Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast – but first, he has to make a case at Kensington tomorrow.
The son of Smart Missile beat one home in the Wyong 3&4YO Magic Millions (1200m) on December 12 but was back to his best when flashing home finish third over the 1300m at Warwick Farm three days out from Christmas.
“He is a very easy horse to ride, you have to ride him very quiet and one last crack at them,” Conners said.
Skyray has lost his hometrack advantage with forecast temperatures of above 40 degrees away from the coast saw authorities shift meeting from Warwick Farm to Randwick’s Kensington track.
“I would have loved have raced at Warwick Farm again because horses run better on their home track,” Conners told Sportsman.
“The weather is going to be hot and now I have to float the horse in a hot float so it doesn’t go good that way but Kensington has longer straight than Warwick Farm too so that suits him so long as the track plays fair.
“If he wins or runs really, really well he’ll go up (to the Gold Coast) for the three-year-old race the week after.”
Should he make it there, it will be his second appearance on Magic Millions day having contested last year’s two-yearold Classic where he clocked in ninth to Tony McEvoy’s crack filly, Sunlight.
Conners’ other runner at Kensington is the flashy chestnut Bolero King who resumes in the ATC Autumn Carnival On Sale Sprint (1150m).
The lightly-raced six-year-old has won two of his four first-up and was placed behind Spright in the Group 3 ATC Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) on Golden Slipper day last year.
Bolero King has more than looked the part in his two trials, last one saw him finish runner-up in an 807m heat at Warwick Farm with Tommy Berry on.
“He is a very big horse so he’s had couple of trials to fit him up for this,” Conners said.
“I asked Tommy ride (on Saturday) and he was happy to ride him because thought he went nice in the trial.
“He has drawn 8 out of 8 which is not the best draw so we’ll see where we go.”