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It is always a pleasure to catch up with Michael Lakey, one of Queensland's real good blokes. His stable is not large at all compared to some of the massive teams around these days, and he doesn't spend a fortune on horses, but he does always have a nice horse or two in work.
Michael's star for the last couple of years has been the quality mare Risk Aversion. She looked on track to record a group win last preparation but it is fair to say things just didn't pan out. She is a get back horse and that always makes it tough. The interesting news is she looks to be on track to visit Redoutes Choice this breeding season. It's always good to see where some of the good mares are heading and fingers crossed he can pick up the progeny in a few years' time as he does deserve a horse like that.
Another nice filly made her racing return on Saturday and ran very well in the 3 year old event. Special Lie who wears the same colours as Risk Aversion had shown a lot of promise in early preparations and seems to have come back very well. "She trialled well and we expected her to run well. She did seem to feel the pinch late and she did have a blow after the race when she pulled up so she may have a little bit of improvement in her. The ground was a bit shifty and if you look at her form she puts her best foot forward on the good tracks." Lakey said
All looks set for a good prep for the daughter of Testa Rossa but you can forget about her starting at $41 again next time she steps out. If she can strike some dry tracks she can definitely match it with the 3 year old brigade in Brisbane.
Michael also has a couple in Wednesday but both will probably start wide in the markets this time around.
Lakey is also the master of apprentice Beau Appo and I can tell you this kid can ride. I have been leaving him alone while he gets the job done early in his apprenticeship but I will endeavour to catch up with Beau soon as I am sure he has an extremely bright future and he could not be in better hands.