THE scratching of Matador Man from Saturday’s KZN Breeders’ Million Mile has left the race up for the taking.
In looking for value in what is now a wide open race, trainer Paul Lafferty’s lightly-raced three-year-old The Bayou, a full-brother to Gr1 winner Orbison, makes some appeal at an opening call of 25-1. Surely, he should be shorter than that?
Lafferty would have said, “Stop calling me Surely” if he was posed that question, but he did agree that The Bayou had a chance of lifting this significant breeders’ prize when asked about his runner on Thursday.
He said: “The Bayou is a good horse, we’ve always liked him and we’re throwing him in the deep end, in the Million Mile.
“We brought him back in a barrier trial recently and he ran well, then he raced in a 1400m contest at Scottsville when he finished fourth despite being all at sea. He didn’t take much interest.
“We had two options going into this race – gelding him or racing him with blinkers fitted. We’ll be trying the latter, he has been showing good work with blinkers on, he seems to be focusing better.”
If not, why not?