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Neville Layt admits that taking his ''babies'' to the track for their first race feels like dropping your kids off at school for the first time.
The Queanbeyan trainer has Strada Time and Divine Archer running in the two-year-old handicap (1000 metres) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Layt is not sure whether they are up to city class, but the lack of country races for two-year-olds means he has no choice but to head up the Hume Highway.
Neville Layt at Thoroughbred Park. Photo: Richard Briggs
It's something ''Nifty'' thinks Racing NSW needs to look at, with the first two-year-old race at Canberra not until November 30.
''I've said it all along to [Racing NSW] … when you've got early two-year-olds like I do, you like to run them and put them back in the paddock,'' Layt said.
''I've already had little Flying Charger, he's raced, and Flying Mamuza, and these are the next two, but I've got another five babies I've got to get ready.''
Strada Time finished second and Divine Archer fourth in a trial at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park two weeks ago.
But Layt admitted that, at such a young age, it is hard to know how they would react on race day.
''With babies you don't know what you've got until you try them,'' he said. ''An older horse you can see them go around, whereas a baby you buy them raw and you bring them through and you just hope you've got another Karuta Queen among them.
''They're two very nice horses … [but] you go on a barrier trial and then on race day [they] can be completely different.''
Layt said Red Excitement had pulled up well from his third to Al Dragon in the benchmark 69 handicap (1900 metres) at Rosehill last Tuesday.
His next race will be the benchmark 80 handicap (1500 metres) for three-year-olds at Rosehill in two weeks.
Meanwhile, Nick Olive's Nat King Cu makes his highly anticipated Sydney debut in a benchmark 80 handicap (1600 metres) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The King Cugat four-year-old has won his last four starts at Thoroughbred Park and Olive has admitted to being excited about the gelding's future. Nat King Cu was an $11 chance with ACTTAB on Friday, with the Peter Moody-trained Soros the $2.10 favourite.