Karuta Queen is primed and ready to contend the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday April 2, 2011.
The previously unbeaten talent pulled up lame after a second-place finish in the Listed Black Opal on March 13, 2011, but has since recovered completely.
Her trainer, Neville Layt, is overjoyed with her Tuesday trackwork performance and is confident that his filly is a force to be reckoned with come Golden Slipper Day.
“She even worked better than when she went into the Magic Millions, I really mean that,” Layt said.
“(At the Gold Coast) she ran 33.1 seconds (in the last 600m) and today she ran 32.7 and 21.9 seconds for her last 400 metres.”
Layt has also pushed Karuta Queen to make sure she would run on with other horses around her.
“I put another horse with her to make sure she worked and she would have left the other horse 20 lengths behind,” he said.
Neville Layt’s son Adrian was the one to ride Karuta Queen during her crucial trackwork performance this morning.
“Adrian just came back in and said it was brilliant,” Layt said.
“And she pulled up clean-winded and wasn’t blowing, she’s spot-on again.”
Neville Layt had been confident that his Not A Single Doubt filly would improve dramatically from her second place run in the Black Opal, and her trackwork this morning has proved to him that that is the case.
“I was absolutely stoked (this morning), she showed me what I wanted to see,” Layt said.
Karuta Queen faired as one of the worse when the Golden Slipper barrier draw was conducted today, with the filly drawing gate 13 for the race.
However, Neville Layt doesn’t seem to think it will hamper her chances by a great deal.
“I’m not overly concerned (with the draw),” Layt said.
“I’m out there with some of the better chances. The only one that’s drawn better than any of us is Satin Shoes and if Satin Shoes happened to lead I’d be quite happy to be sitting back running third or fourth.”
Karuta Queen has had great success already in her short career, winning both the $200,000 Wyong Classic and the $2 million Magic Millions.