At Cranbourne on Friday 8 Jan, Laffalong produced a dominant display in winning TAB Long May We Play Fillies and Mares BM64.
At her previous start, Laffalong tackled the 2000m for the first time. This is a distance Nigel thinks she will handle comfortably in time, but she just needed a little more ‘seasoning’ to run that trip out to her full potential. So Nigel dropped her back to the 1600m even at Cranbourne and with a perfect ride from Michael Dee, this daughter of All Too Hard put in her best performance to date.
This was just Laffalong’s fifth race start. A slower-maturing type, the four-year-old mare only debuted in October – with a win at Ballarat. Since then with the aid of her track riders and race riders (particularly Neil Farley), she has been learning her craft.
There was some speed in this 1600m race at Cranbourne, so Michael Dee positioned Laffalong well a few lengths from the leaders to keep her comfortable. Peeling off the fence at the right time at the top of the straight, Michael balanced Laffalong and her final 200m was impressive.
Being on her first racing preparation, Nigel thinks Laffalong has a lot to offer in her career ahead.
Congratulations and special thanks to Brendan and Jo Lindsay and the entire Cambridge Stud racing team for the opportunity to train this mare. We are having success for the team with both Laffalong and Under My Spell winning in their short careers to date. Looking forward to more success.