Karuta Queen Still On Track For Light Fingers

By: Ryan Clark
February 13th, 2012

After her disappointing Rubiton Stakes effort at Caulfield on the weekend Karuta Queen is showing no ill effects that will keep her out the Light Fingers Stakes.

The normally lightning quick filly was last out of stalls on Saturday, the only time she’s ever missed the jump.

As a result she couldn’t find the front and was forced to race between horses pushing her way through the field.

She handled the argy bargy better than many would expect but eventually she found a brick wall and could only manage a fourth placing.

Trainer Neville Layt is putting the run behind him and says there will be no change from the original plans to target the Light Fingers Stakes at Warwick Farm.

“The vet’s just been over and she was a hundred per cent, she’s off to Sydney on Saturday for sure,” Layt said.

“I don’t have to do anything with her all week, all I have to do is just keep ticking her over.”

Karuta Queen has never run off a seven day backup but Layt is optimistic at how she’ll handle it.

“I’m in unknown territory again,” he said.

“She seems up to the bar. I’ve never done it before – she might turn around and love it.

“The closest she had to backing up was 10 days and she did run a good second that day. She was just lost and at the end of her tether.”

The other option for Layt would have been to remain in Melbourne and run in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate the week after over 1100m.

He said that if she’d won the Rubiton he would have taken that route but he’s content to get her home to Sydney instead.

That’s taking nothing away from her run though which Layt rates as top class.

“Everyone tried to talk me into staying in Melbourne and racing in the Oakleigh because they thought her run was absolutely spot on,” he said.

“No luck in running whatsoever and she did a mighty job to finish where she did, and fight out for third and fourth.

“She’s never been behind a horse in her life.

“She got a bump on the turn and she handled that. She was entitled to drop off and run sixth, seventh but she didn’t.

“Her run was to say she’s back as good as ever.”

Karuta Queen was spooked by well known barrier rogue Here De Angels which once again went off in the stalls forcing him to be scratched.

The three year old filly was clearly affected as a result given he was positioned alongside her.

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