Lautaro travels longest route
TRAINER Andrew Dale’s decision to spend 10 hours on the road floating Lautaro to Scone provided the ultimate reward when his stayer upset hot favourite Interlocuter.
Interlocuter was backed as if unbeatable to start $1.85 but a brilliant stalking ride from leading apprentice Andrew Adkins enabled Lautaro to outstay the hotpot in yesterday’s Kia Ora Stud Handicap (2200m).
Dale, a leading Riverina trainer based at Albury, had never ventured this far north with a horse before.
“I thought he was coming back in class from the Wagga Cup and, on the quick back-up into a benchmark 78, he was ‘cherry ripe’ today,’’ Dale said.
“The kid (Adkins) rode him a treat. We wanted to get on the back of the favourite and follow him and it worked out perfectly.
“It’s a long way to come from Albury to Scone for one race, it took us 10 hours to get here on Wednesday.
“Hopefully, this gives me a chance to get on the map as a trainer.’’
Lautaro ($21) stormed past Interlocuter to score by 1½ lengths with Wu Gok ($14) 2½ lengths away third.
Tye Angland, rider of Interlocuter, was a victim of circumstances as the speed went out of the contest mid-race and left him exposed three-wide forcing him to move forward on the former French stayer.
Interlocuter did rally when challenged by Lautaro from the turn but the Albury stayer was too strong late. It was win number seven for Lautaro from just 25 starts and the best could be yet to come.