Lloyd Sutton reckons he is holding the reins to Dubbo’s next city star.
Laser Blazer’s win in the Rex Airlines Pace (2525m) at Dubbo last weekend raised a few eyebrows as the five-year-old gelding ran wide for the best part of two laps to win by a neck.
“He’s as tough as nails,” Sutton said.
“As soon as he learns how to race he’ll do anything.
“He’ll race at Harold Park later on.
“They thought he was gone and so did I, but he just kept fighting.
“He’s the next Karloo Mick. He might not be as good as Mick, but he’ll be down there (Sydney) winning good money.”
It won’t be for a while yet as Sutton has spelled Laser Blazer for five or six weeks.
He could have raced him again and picked up another cheque, but Sutton bred, trained and drives the horse and has put his pride and joy first.
“They wanted me to race him at Parkes on Australia Day,” he said.
“They reckon he’d come up against the same horses he beat the other night and win again, but I said no.
“He needs a spell. He’s raced eight times and won four of them. That’s enough. I don’t need anything more from him.”
Sutton owns Maree Dalmont and has another one of the mare’s offspring in the form of a three-year-old filly that is yet to be named.
He also has his eyes on a horse called Euston Drive that his parents own, which is by Insubordination.
Add to that another foal from Maree Dalmont and he’d have a small stable of talented pacers.
“I don’t know everything about training, but Barry Lew has been helping me. He can’t help you enough,” Sutton said.
“I have my own ideas and I love doing it and when I retire I’d love to have my own farm with a little track and a stable of about six horses.
“People reckon you die when you retire, but not me, I’ll only be just getting started.”
For now, Laser Blazer is Sutton’s number one charge and expect some head-turning performances when the bay-brown gelding resumes.
“He’s a two minute horse for sure,” Sutton said referring to mile rate.
“He’s a powerful, big horse and the improvement he’s got in him is enormous.
“I’ve got his full sister there as well and once we get her going, look out.”
Dubbo Harness Racing Club is now in recess until March 26 for their Easter Saturday meeting and will have two meetings in March, two in April and one in May.
Orange has a day meeting today with Parkes and Bathurst having Australia Day programs and Orange again on January 29.
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