Phelan Ready starts comeback at Doomben
Last year’s Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready will launch his summer carnival campaign in the Keith Noud Quality at Doomben on Saturday.
Phelan Ready and veteran Tamworth sprinter The Jackal received equal topweight of 59.5 kilograms when weights for the $100,000 1200-metre feature race were released on Tuesday.
Trainer Jason McLachlan is preparing Phelan Ready for the Doomben summer series which begins with the Group Three George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on December 4.
The four-year-old has been in work for 10 weeks after being spelled following his ninth to Black Piranha in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June.
“He had a few niggling problems last time in,” McLachlan said.
“He had his first run back last campaign on a bog track at Eagle Farm and I was always behind the eight-ball with him after that.
“He’s had a few niggling back problems since he nearly got put through the fence in the Sires’ Produce in Sydney.
“I’ve had a chiropractor to him and he’s been a totally different horse this time in.”
McLachlan has booked Michael Cahill to partner Phelan Ready whose last victory was in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in April last year.
“I want the one rider to be on him right through his campaign,” McLachlan said.
“He’s had a barrier trial and came from last to win on the cushion track here (Sunshine Coast) recently.”
Meanwhile, Toowoomba trainer Norm Hilton revealed Poor Judge had joined the list of injured Queenslanders spelling after the spring carnival in Melbourne.
Hilton had planned to send Poor Judge to Perth for Saturday’s Group One Railway Stakes at Ascot but was forced to abandon the trip after the gelding was vetted following his win in the Group Three Chatham Stakes at Flemington last month.
“He’s a tough little horse but he wrenched a fetlock in the mud when he won last start,” Hilton said.
“There was some heat around the fetlock so I decided to give him a break.
“We were thinking of sending him to Perth for the Railway Stakes and then putting him in the paddock before we get him ready for the Stradbroke.
“The Stradbroke is still in our sights for him next year.”
Also on the injured list from the spring is Epsom Handicap winner Captain Sonador who hurt his off-foreleg in his disappointing 13th to Kiwi star Wall Street in the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington 10 days ago.
Captain Sonador’s injury is thought to be a stress fracture and has robbed him of a chance to compete in Hong Kong next month.
Fellow Toowoomba sprinter Rothera, winner of last month’s Group Three Betfair Stakes at Caulfield, is also resting after being galloped on when last in the Emirates Stakes.