Rosehill Gold Cup 2021: Sky Lab’s jockey Josh Parr convinced horse will win big-money race one day


Gold Trip, which was passed fit to start on Thursday by Racing NSW vets after being deemed unsuitable to race in last week’s Cox Plate, was a $4 second pick, with Sky Lab ($8) on the third line of betting.

Sky Lab finished a luckless 12th in the Epsom before the Craven Plate, and Perry thinks he’s going even better than when he challenged Mo’unga in the Rosehill Guineas.

“He’s pretty straight up and down and there’s no qualms with him,” Perry said. “His run in the Cameron was super, and in the Epsom he probably raced out of his comfort zone because he drew well. He probably had to be ridden like that.

“But his last run was more him, finding his way through the field. I’d say he possibly could be [going better than the autumn]. He meets [Think It Over] 4kg better and it will bring them together a bit for sure. He’ll just be ridden patiently and ridden quietly.

“He’s come along, and he has the makings of a nice horse.”

Said Parr: “He has to be ridden soft, which can be a bit of negative. You can find yourself in a position like last time out in a small field. He just needs so much luck, and hopefully with a bit of maturity he can adapt a bit more than that.

“But I’m happy to be aboard him.”

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