The Gatting Ball looks likely to turn it on in a much easier assignment at Caulfield on Wednesday, according to chief Herald Sun form analyst Michael Manley.

BEST BET: THE GATTING BALL (Race 5, No. 1 $2.70)

Racing consistently in better class races. Looked set for victory last start at The Valley but was outstayed by Khartoum in a Bm78. Back to a BM70.


Shaping as a promising stayer. Held up in the straight before dashing clear for strong win over 1440m at this track at his second start. Out to 1600m will suit.

MR TIPLA (Race 4, No. 2 $3.90)

Lightly raced galloper who impressed at his Australian debut when easy winner at Seymour over 1422m recording the fourth fastest last 400m and 200m for the meeting and he was eased up on the line.

VALUE BET: BELIEVING (Race 6, No. 5 $18)

Backmarker who needs everything to go his way. Forget last start at he was exposed too early when he tired at Flemington last start. Only run at Caulfield he finished fourth behind Written Choice over 1100m in April in a tougher event.

THE FIRST STARTER: GENNADY (Race 1, No. 7 $2.90)

The much spruiked Polanski colt finally makes his debut after some outstanding jump-outs and an easy win in a 900m Stony Creek trial.



LEALTA (Race 1, No. 2 $26)

“We were a little disappointed with him last start but he played up in the barrier and hurt his gaskin. He’s beautiful horse but he won’t be beating Gennady.”

GENNADY (Race 1, No. 7 $2.90)

“Very exciting sprinting machine making his debut.”

THE MIGHTY JROD (Race 5, No. 2 $26)

“He’s going really well. He goes best with a few weeks between runs and he’ll go to the front and I expect he’ll take catching.”


ROYAL PERFORMANCE (Race 3, No. 5 $4.40)

“He’s a really progressive horse who continues to improve and I think he’ll develop into a classic type of three-year-old when he gets out in distance.”

Gennady ready to rumble

ROBBIE Laing is confident his much-hyped debutant Gennady, named after a champion boxer, can live up to his name and land a knockout punch in his debut at Caulfield.

Gennady is a $3.60 favourite with TAB fixed odds in the 1100m Plate, after a 12-length victory in a Cranbourne jumpout in November that went viral on social media and a 3½-length public trial win at Stony Creek.

Laing said Gennady was lucky to be on the racetrack after an escapade as a yearling colt, when he jumped a paddock fence and ran wild with 20 broodmares.

“We couldn’t catch him for a month,” Laing said.

“He was feral and those mares had smashed him to ­pieces. We decided to give it another week to catch him, as otherwise he’d have to be shot on the run for his own sake.

“In the finish my son Jack and jumps jockey Jarrod Lynch got him into a laneway and managed to lasso him. When we got him he was a horrible little thing, with cuts and bruises all over him, but now he’s an aristocrat.”


Jack Laing, who is managing owner and assistant trainer, is also an amateur boxer.

He named the colt after champion boxer Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin.

“He’s known as Triple G, and that’s why we called him Gennady. As Jack said, like he couldn’t get knocked down, just like him,” Laing said.

Gennady is from the first crop of Laing’s Victoria Derby winner Polanski and is out of staying-bred mare Just Scarlett, who he also trained.

Laing sent 26 mares to Polanski in his first season and said it almost sent him broke.

He said the owners had turned down massive offers from Hong Kong for the colt.

“I’m that excited I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight,” he said.

“Although he’s bred to be a stayer, I think he’s going to be a sprinting machine.”

Laing said his apprentice Harry Grace had ridden Gennady in his trials and helped to break him in, but he had ­accepted five rides at Stony Creek this afternoon.

Damien Oliver will ride him.


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