Morgan Unsure of 2015 Peter Young Stakes Success for Star Rolling

February 26th, 2015

Unable to make much of an impact when tenth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 14th, trainer Peter Morgan has been disappointed with the recent form of Star Rolling and is hopeful of a return to good condition in Saturday’s Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

Star Rolling will contest the 2015 Peter Young Stakes second-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Star Rolling will contest the 2015 Peter Young Stakes second-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Stephen Baster settled Star Rolling within the field of 15; receiving an ideal run in transit but unable to produce much of a sprint in the final straight top finish six lengths off the pace of champion Dissident.

Having pulled muscles in his hindquarters twice over the last 12 months, Morgan believes that may be playing on the mind of the Casino Prince gelding and is unsure where the five-year-old will figure in the 2015 Peter Young Stakes.

“I’m confused – he’s not going as well as we thought he was and maybe he just doesn’t want to do it at that level anymore,” Morgan told TVN.

“The biggest issue is that he has pulled a couple of muscles twice in races and he could be thinking about it.

“He did it first in the Cranbourne Cup then the Mackinnon Stakes – perhaps he doesn’t want to let down anymore because he’s thinking it’s going to hurt – I just don’t know.

“We’re trying different things and working on it and we’ll know a lot more after he runs in this race on Saturday,” Morgan said.

Securing five wins and two minor places from his 17 competitive starts to date, Star Rolling returned to racing in good form over spring; taking out the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 16th most notably.

Allocated the wide barrier 12, Star Rolling will again be partnered by jockey Stephen Baster on Saturday, but is yet to herald much interest in 2015 Peter Young Stakes betting markets and remains perched at generous odds of $21 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

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