Layt Maps Out Karuta Queen’s Autumn Campaign

By: Sarah Fortnum
December 19th, 2011

Trainer Neville Layt is currently planning an autumn racing carnival campaign for his stable star Karuta Queen.

While Karuta Queen finished second to Black Caviar in their only showdown in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes last spring, the filly not expected to meet the super mare in her upcoming preparation.

“I don’t think Karuta Queen did too badly against Black Caviar in Melbourne,” Layt said.

“She certainly went better than a lot of the others and I wouldn’t hesitate to run against her again if the race and time suits but at this stage it’s not likely in the short term.”

Karuta Queen burst on the scene as a two-year-old after winning both the Wyong Magic Millions Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic in consecutive races.

Since then the three-year-old has gone on to win six of her 12 race starts and earn more than $1.65 million in prize money.

During the spring, Karuta Queen won two of her race starts, including the Group 3 Australia Stakes.

Karuta Queen’s most recent result was second to African Pulse in the Schweppes Tonic 1000 at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

The Not A Single Doubt filly is now back in work following a short four week freshen up.

“She had five week in the paddock and did great. She put on about 50kg which didn’t do her any harm,” Layt said.

“She’s been back in the stable about two weeks so the first job is to get her fit.”

Karuta Queen will likely have her first-up run in either the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes or the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, which both take place in February.

“”We’ve got some good options and we will sit down and discuss it when the time is right,” her trainer said.


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