Queanbeyan Star back in work

Karuta Queen, the Flying filly from Queanbeyan is back in work and trainer Neville Layt is planning an all out assault on the spring carnivals in both Sydney and Melbourne.


The two-year-old Not A Single Doubt filly returned to Layt’s Queanbeyan stables last week after a well deserved eight week break.


“She has spelled enormous,” Said Layt. “I am very happy with the way she has returned, she looks terrific and hasn’t changed at all.”


Karuta Queen finished tenth in the Golden Slipper behind Sepoy during Sydney Carnival, capping off a preparation that netted her almost $1.5 million, including impressive victories in the Magic Millions races at both Wyong and the Gold Coast.


“By the time we got to the Golden Slipper she was a bit flat and had had enough and she wasn’t quite 100 per cent for the Black Opal,” explained Layt.


“But this little filly, anything up to 1000 or 1100 metres they will know she is there in any race she competes in,” he added.


Layt was very coy about the path Karuta Queen will take however the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes at Randwick on August 6 is one race Layt is eyeing off, with a program to be built around it.


“We are looking at the San Domenico along with Group races in both Sydney and Melbourne, we will just have to wait and see,” said Layt.


Last years San Domenico was taken out by the Peter Snowden- trained Obsequious who went on the claim the Group 2 Light Fingers. When quizzed about Karuta Queen’s prospects as a three- year- old Layt was extremely upbeat.


“She will make a tremendous three year old I think, she just looks so happy and will improve out of sight as a three-year-old.”


Layt currently has around 20 horses in work however with a new block of stables at Queanbeyan thanks to Karuta Queen’s earnings; Layt will look to expand on his numbers in the coming months.