Bletchingly Stakes 2015: Tom Dabernig confident Petrology is A-grade material as Damien Oliver jumps on board   Leave a comment

Bletchingly Stakes 2015: Tom Dabernig confident Petrology is A-grade material as Damien Oliver jumps on board

Dabernig said Petrology had always shown the potential to be a top-liner, including last spring when he won the Sandown Guineas.

Petrology will be ridden in the Group 3 Bletchingly by Damien Oliver, who has jumped off

Petrology will be ridden in the Group 3 Bletchingly by Damien Oliver, who has jumped off Lord Of The Sky to ride the colt as he is owned by friends of his. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER Tom Dabernig ­believes he has an A-grader in Petrology, who kicks off his spring preparation in Saturday’s 1200m Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield.

Co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig (right). Picture: Colleen Petch

Co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig (right). Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

Petrology had three starts in the autumn.

After a good first-up third, the colt disappointed, but ­Dabernig said he hadn’t come up after his spring.

“We’ll be guided by what he does on Saturday, but he really looks to have furnished and become a much more mature horse,” Dabernig said ­on Monday.

“He had a really good hitout on the grass this morning at Euroa and he’s had a couple of jumpouts at Flemington.

“It’s going to be a nice lead-up race for him to get him going for the spring.

“They might be a bit sharp for him, but we think he’ll run well and show he’s in for a good spring.”

Dabernig said the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 29 at Caulfield was a possible target.

Petrology will be ridden in the Group 3 Bletchingly by Damien Oliver, who wanted to ride the Fastnet Rock colt as he is owned by friends of his.

As a result, Robbie Laing is looking for a new rider for ­maligned sprinter Lord Of The Sky. Noel Callow’s name has been suggested.

Laing said he might have been too hard on Lord Of The Sky before his first-up failure as favourite this month.

Trainer Robbie Laing is aware of the criticism of Lord Of The Sky but he says he chooses

Trainer Robbie Laing is aware of the criticism of Lord Of The Sky but he says he chooses to ignore it. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“I galloped on the Tuesday before the Sir John Monash Stakes and although he went only 600m it took the jockey another 600m to pull him up,’’ Laing said.

“I think I might have over-cooked him.

“He was a bit flat after that, so I’m going to use the blueprint I used before he ran second in the T.J. Smith Stakes, which was give him pacework five days before the race and then do very little.

“On that occasion I just walked him for the four days before the race.

“He had his gallop at Cranbourne for this week on Sunday in between races and that will really be it for him this week.”

Laing was aware of all the criticism of Lord Of The Sky.

“He’s won almost $1 million and he gets called a dog and things like that. If you don’t like backing him, then don’t back him,” he said.

“If he wins or runs well, then the field’s a weak one, and if he flops, he’s a cat or a camel, so I don’t bother looking at (the newspapers after he runs).”

michael.manley@news.com.au

Originally published as Tom pumps up Petrol

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Posted July 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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