Lau­taro trav­els long­est route

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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.

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