Subculture Poses Plenty of Questions for Trainer

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SUBCULTURE, who resumes at Grafton today, has trainer Wayne Lawson in two minds.

First up from a 101-day break, the four-year-old goes into the CRJC Life Member's Benchmark 60 Handicap (1000m) without a trial or jump out.

And getting an accurate line on the Commands gelding's fitness level is proving problematical for Lawson.

"He's a lazy worker, very lazy," Lawson said. "I've been happy with his work, he's been back in work about nine weeks, but it's hard to get a gauge on him.

"I'm not really sure where he's at."

Lawson is the first to admit Subculture is still big in condition.

"On looks, he still looks big but first up and the fact he's a miler-stayer, which they've (previous connections) always told me, you'd want him that way, particularly because he's going to step up in distance later on," he said. "He might just be good enough to still blow them away.

"He's certainly done enough work for the 1000 metres.

"The barrier (10) has changed things a bit. We'll have to go back from there. …