Exciting prospect on trial for Group 1 start

Experienced Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has put bridles on more than his share of high class horses and latest classy project Sky Lab tackles the older horses on Saturday in preparation for a possible upcoming Group 1 start.

It’s almost four years since Perry visited the Group 1 winners stall with The Mission in the Champagne Stakes.

The Mission’s Group 1 win was Perry’s 12th success at the ultimate level and followed on from major race successes with the likes of Australian racing groundbreaker Choisir, Fastnet Rock, Stratum, Danelagh, Notoire, Bezeal Bay, Navy Seal and Newport.

Choisir winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot back in 2003. Photo: AP Photo/Chris Young.Source:AP

Sky Lab, a three-year-old son of Japanese stallion Real Impact created quite the impression when storming home to victory at Randwick earlier this month, setting himself up for possible tilts at the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby.

“He’s always looked a bit above,” Perry said. “I think he’s worthy of the chance.”

Sky Lab goes to 2000 metres for the first time on Saturday and tackles older opponents, including the likes of highly touted Chris Waller import Great Again, the early $2.60 favourite.

Sky Lab sits on the second line of betting markets at around the $5 mark.

Paul Perry. Photo: Jenny Evans.Source:News Corp Australia

“He’s done everything right and we’ll learn a bit more about him on Saturday,” Perry said. “This is new territory again but he gives the indication he will get it.

“There hasn’t been a lot of options. For me this is the only option for the horse going into the race. There hasn’t been a lot to suit.

“I’ll know where we are going after Saturday.”

Last season’s champion Sydney apprentice Robbie Dolan will partner Sky Lab again on Saturday after winning last start aboard the gelding.

Originally published asSky Lab shooting to take trainer back to the top

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