Fraser surprised by strength of field

Shaun McKay returning to scale aboard Lewis Caroll at Matamata last season. The pair will combine again tomorrow.

Shaun McKay returning to scale aboard Lewis Caroll at Matamata last season. The pair will combine again tomorrow.

Ngaire Fraser got more than she bargained for when she settled on Waverley as the venue for Lewis Caroll’s seasonal debut tomorrow.

“I was hoping it was going to be a nice and easy Sunday out for him, but it’s quite a strong field,” said the Cambridge horsewoman.

“The trip away will help him though and I’m happy with the way he has come up.”

Lewis Caroll, who will resume in the Tony Wilson Livestock Handicap, was unbeaten in his first two starts, at New Plymouth and Matamata.

He was then given a break before he finished runner-up at Te Rapa and he was spelled again after he ran third behind the subsequent Australian winner and Group placegetter Shillelagh.

“He probably should have run second that day. We’ve been following Shillelagh since then,” said Fraser.

Fraser has always felt Lewis Caroll would improve with time.

“My fellow hasn’t grown at all, but he has lengthened and he looks more like a race horse now,” she said.

“He’s had a jump-out, but no trial, and he’s been working nicely. He’s as well as he can be. “

A minor setback ruled out an earlier start to this campaign for Fraser’s leading light.

“There was a race at Te Rapa for him, but he coughed a couple of times and I was over protective of him and didn’t run,” she said.

“He’s a very talented horse and he would have been snapped up for Hong Kong if it wasn’t for a few issues, but we’re happy and having a lot of fun with him.”

Lewis Caroll will be ridden by apprentice Shaun McKay, who has been aboard the Darci Brahma gelding in all four of his races.

– NZ Racing Desk.