Lightsaber (Image: Racing Photos)
Luke Nolen believes the professional attitude of two-year-old Lightsaber allows him to win the $1m G1 Inglis ATC Sires' Produce (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Whilst many juveniles are preoccupied with the mental challenges of the racetrack in their first few starts, Lightsaber's focus has been unflinching as he keeps matters simple on the pace.
Lightsaber has raced four times, winning his past three starts as the Zoustar colt has appeared to enjoy an untroubled time in the lead at his past two outings.
His latest success was his first at stakes level, claiming the G2 VRC Sires' Produce (1400m) at Flemington when defeating subsequent G3 Baillieu Handicap (1400m) winner Saif.
"He makes his own luck," Nolen said. "From the soft draw (barrier three) he is probably going to do that again (race on the pace) all things going to plan.
"He's a very straightforward horse, what you see is what you get. He's very honest, genuine and keeps running well. He’s a real racehorse."
WATCH: Lightsaber wins the VRC Sires’ Produce
Nolen rode the Peter Moody-trained Lightsaber in his final gallop ahead of the ATC Sires' Produce on Tuesday morning, going the reverse way at Pakenham.
"He did everything I asked of him and he tracked pretty straight. Of course, it's going to be a bit different under race conditions but he's been prepared as best we can for it and he's coped with it well at this stage," Nolen said.
"From the 1400-metre start at Randwick (of the ATC Sires' Produce), there's no sharp corners at any stage, it's going to be much the same as racing at home (in Victoria) except when you turn for home you'll be doing it right-handed instead of left-handed.
"The turns at Randwick are pretty gentle and it’s a well cambered course. It's not as brutal as the Golden Slipper when you're flying into that first corner and it's a hard right and then you ask them to straighten and then turn again.
"Lightsaber is a very easy horse to do anything with, he just takes everything in his stride. Those sorts of horses give themselves every opportunity to win and develop into better horses.”