Payroll has gone to the top of J.J. Atkins betting markets after just three race starts, but trainer Richard Laming is not looking too far ahead with the talented filly and is focused on the 2015 BRC Sires Produce Stakes at Doomben this weekend.
Payroll made her racing debut with a dominant win over subsequent Listed winner The Barrister at Sale on March 11 and she had no luck whatsoever in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on March 28, but she returned to her best form with a fast-finishing second behind the talented Black Vanquish in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield on May 2.
Laming has been thrilled with the form of Payroll and is happy with her condition ahead of the 2015 Sires Produce Stakes Field, but he believes that the Not A Single Doubt filly will be an ever better horse as a three-year-old.
“At this stage she is going well,” Laming said.
“He came down to ride her, that was the plan to give him a feel and his report after yesterday’s gallop was very good, so it is full steam ahead to Saturday.
“She is a very good filly and everything thing she has done so far has just been on natural ability.
“She is going to be a very good three-year-old and what we are getting at the moment is a bit of a bonus.
“She is a big raw filly, she is a big-striding filly and she is still six months away.”
Jockey Michael Cahill made the trip to Melbourne to ride Payroll in the Thoroughbred Club Cup to get some experience on the juvenile before he rode her during the 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and Laming instructed him to settle the filly at the tail of the field in the early stages of the race.
Payroll made up plenty of ground late to finish second and showed that she was capable of producing some quick closing sectionals, but Laming believes that Cahill may be able to settle her closer to the pace in the BRC Sires Produce Stakes after she showed she was capable of handling the Queensland way of going when she completed a strong piece of trackwork at the Gold Coast this morning.
“I said to Michael that from barrier 13 we had to go back and I didn’t want to change the race pattern,” Laming said.
“She is a big-striding filly that needs to balance up and find the line, so we got back and I knew that we would be seven or eight off turning for home and Black Vanquish had the box seat and was always going to be hard to run down.
“She did a terrific job to get as close as she did.
“Michael galloped her on Tuesday and he said that she railed like a greyhound and he was very surprised with the way that she got around the course and how good she worked.
“She is going to run well based on her work and she may be better than way of going.
“It is exciting going into Saturday.”
Payroll is currently available at 2015 Sires Produce Stakes odds of $6 with Ladbrokes and she is on the third line of betting behind Blueberry Hill ($3.80) and Wicked Intent ($4.20).