2016 Doncaster Mile an Option for Lizard Island

December 18th, 2015

Pat Hyland was understandably thrilled with the results posted by new stable star Lizard Island through the recent Spring Carnival and has revealed he will keep the talented three-year-old to 1600m races like the 2016 Doncaster Mile upon his autumn resumption.

Lizard Island (shown second behind Press Statement) may target the 2016 Doncaster Mile upon resuming in autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Lizard Island (shown second behind Press Statement) may target the 2016 Doncaster Mile upon resuming in autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Posting one win and a further six minors through his nine career starts so far, Lizard Island returned to racing for sixth in a Sale minor over 1105m on August 13th; progressing to third in the Willhillwolfpack Plate (1200m) before placing second in the key form-indicating Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) on September 12th.

Breaking through for a maiden race win in the Evergreen Charity Raceday Maiden (1600m) on September 23rd, the Sebring colt ran an impressive second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10th and repeated the dose in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) before failing to get the trip and eighth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) last time out on October 31st.

Disappointed both the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds are run on the same day, Hyland told Racing Victoria Lizard Island will begin his campaign in Victoria before likely looking north to a race like the 2016 Doncaster Mile.

“I don’t know why they run the Guineas in Melbourne and Sydney are on the same day but that’s the way it is so we’ll try and pick the weaker one of the two,” Hyland said.

“Even though he didn’t have a lot of luck in the Derby, he probably wouldn’t have won the race even if he was ridden perfectly.

“We certainly wouldn’t race him further than 2000m but I think we’ll keep him to mile races.”

“He’s very fresh but he’s in great shape.

“He’s gotten bigger and has thickened up over the hindquarters and has really built up like a horse should that’s had a nice preparation.

“He’ll run in races here in Melbourne early in his preparation but I think he’ll probably end up in Sydney.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Lizard Island immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when finishing second in a pair of minor Victorian races over 1100m and 1400m respectively in April before returning to the paddock with a view towards spring.

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