FORMER promising jumper Danzadoozie is ready to return to racing for Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde after more than two years out with a suspensory injury.
Danzadoozie took the jumping scene by storm in 2016, winning his maiden hurdle at Warrnambool before winning a steeplechase at Hamilton and then running third in the Brierly Steeplechase.
He was unplaced in the Grand Annual Steeplechase and followed up those performances with a hurdle win at Casterton the same year.
“Danzadoozie has had a long time away from racing, but he’s ready to go now,” Wilde said.
“We never rushed his comeback, it was always going to take a bit of time. He showed a lot of promise as a young horse. We’ve got no big plans for this jumping season, we’ll just take him along slowly.”
Gold Medals, the winner of last year’s Brierly-Grand Annual double for Wilde, took part in a steeplechase trial over 2400 metres at Cranbourne last Friday.
“Gold Medals is ticking along really well,” Wilde said.
“We’ll give him a couple of flat runs to have him ready for the Brierly.
"We’ll see how he runs in the Brierly before making plans about a Grand Annual start.”
Gold Medals has won more than $760,000 in prizemoney for his connections.
KOROIT trained galloper Tough Vic lived up to his name with a second placing at Hamilton last Thursday.
Trained by James McNamara, Tough Vic was defeated by Manhattan Gangster in a highweight race over 2200 metres. McNamara was excited with the run of the five-year-old.
“Tough Vic is a very honest horse,” he said.
“He just puts in 100 per cent into his races. He’s as tough as nails. I think we’ll back him up in a benchmark 64 race on the flat at Warrnambool over 2000 metres this Thursday.
"He’s pulled up well from the Hamilton run, so there’s no reason not to run him at Warrnambool.
"His owners have had a lot of fun with him and I believe there will be more fun times in the future.”
McNamara has long-term plans to jump Tough Vic, but he’s in no hurry to enter the galloper for jumping races.
“The long-term aim is to jump Tough Vic,” he said.
“I’m in no rush to jump him. I’ve done a fair bit of schooling with him, but I’m not going to be rushed to jump him while he’s running honestly on the flat.
"I will not put him in a jumping race until I’m 100 per cent satisfied he’s ready to tackle those races.” Meanwhile, McNamara is hoping for a good break in the weather before he runs stable star Hornets Nest in another jumping race.
“I suppose I’m like so many jumps trainers, I’m just waiting for a good break in the weather before I run Hornets Nest,” he said.
“He’s been a great old horse for the stable. He’s ready to go jumping, but we’ll wait for the break before we go down that path.”
From his 42 starts, Hornets Nest has won nine races.
IN-FORM Warrnambool-based jockey Declan Bates is looking forward to the upcoming Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.
Bates was successful on She’s Our Girl and Tea Tales at Edenhope on Saturday, after recovering from a broken cheekbone in a barrier mishap at Yarra Valley on December 1.
“I’ve been having a pretty good run since I came back from the injury,” the Irish-born jockey said.
“I’ve been very lucky that I’ve got some very loyal trainers like Daniel Bowman, Paul Presuker and Archie Alexander who I ride for, and a few smaller trainers who have been really supportive.
"She’s Our Gift drew a good barrier and that helped her chances while Tea Tales fought on strongly to score a good win.”
Bates has been based in Warrnambool for three years and understands how big the May Carnival is to the local economy.
“It’s a wonderful carnival,” he said.
“The carnival creates plenty of interest across the local region. It’s a big event.
"I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll pick up a few good rides over the three days.
"But it’s a bit early to have anything cemented down at this stage.”