Sky’s on trial for the Coast

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.”

Clarry Con­ners.

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