WARRNAMBOOL trainer Jane Baker has her fingers crossed niggling injuries are behind her lightly-raced galloper Timor Gold.
The seven-year-old lines up in a benchmark 64 at his home track on Thursday after scoring an impressive first-up victory at Coleraine last month.
Baker, who bred Timor Gold, said all was in readiness for the 1400-metre race.
"I must admit Timor Gold's win at Coleraine was a bit of a surprise," she told The Standard.
"I've always had a bit of opinion of the horse. He's had niggling injuries during his career but I'm hoping they're behind him.
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"He came back into work in great shape. Unfortunately, due to the injuries he hasn't always run to his ability.
"Timor Gold was well back in the run at Coleraine and went to the line solidly which all goes well for this race.
"We gave him a track gallop at Warrnambool on Monday and took him to the beach on Tuesday. He's in good shape leading into Thursday."
Timor Gold, who has four wins from his 25 career starts, is $12 in early betting markets.
Experienced jockey Declan Bates will be in the saddle on Thursday.
Lindsey Smith's Rolls is the favourite in race six.
Warrnambool Racing Club racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden said he was hoping for a soft six track rating for the meeting.
"The track should be a soft six on Thursday," Lumsden said.
"We've had 76 millimetres of rain in the last week. The track has held up really well. The running rail will be in the true position."
The first of eight races is scheduled to start at 1.10pm with the last due to begin at 5.00pm.
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