Stars Of Carrum (Image: Racing Photos)
Trainer Robbie Laing could have a tough decision to make if Stars Of Carrum can recapture his best form and record just his second career win in Thursday's $200,000 VRC St Leger at Flemington.
Stars Of Carrum will carry the No. 1 saddlecloth in the capacity field of 16 for the 2800-metre race that not only traditionally leads to Group 1 derbies in South Australia and Queensland but also sets the winner up for a shot at next month's newly-shaped $400,000 The Andrew Ramsden.
The Group 1 status of the Derbies appeals for the colt but the rejuvenated Ramsden - to be run on May 25 - now offers its winner a ballot-free run into November's Lexus Melbourne Cup.
"The Ramsden's certainly tempting but I am also thinking of the South Australian or even Queensland Derby and giving him a spell up there," Laing said on Tuesday.
"The main thing is, he's going really well. He worked with Francis Finnegan's horse Wolfe Tone on Saturday morning and he ran a mile in 1:42, ran 24 (seconds) home and pulled up great.
"I'm thinking he's pretty right."
Craig Williams will take over from Hugh Bowman as the horse's rider after Bowman partnered the AAMI Victoria Derby runner-up into 13th place in the Australian Derby at Randwick earlier this month.
Laing said he is happy to forget the run entirely.
"He was three or four deep the entire trip and we thought he'd be back, but he was up there fourth and fifth and four-wide at some points of the race," Laing lamented.
"He probably didn't handle the Heavy track either. He's a big, sweeping, striding horse and that wouldn't suit him but back to Flemington on a reasonable track, he's going to run really well."