Chase The Sun, who last campaign got within a length of Caulfield Cup placegetter Vigor, is on the verge of recapturing his best form.
Trainer Mike Moroney said it would be D-day for the six-year-old when he contests Saturday’s Don Abell Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley.
Chase The Sun is on the comeback trail after suffering a bowed tendon in January 2009 and has had a slow build-up this campaign in six runs since March.
His only placing in those outings was at Sandown three starts ago but Moroney said recent track gallops indicated the gelding was about to return to form.
“He is probably going to be at his best on Saturday,” Moroney said.
“It has been a long road back for him but certainly on his work he seems as if he is back to where he was before he bowed his tendon.”
Chase The Sun has won four of his 24 starts but arguably his most memorable performance was his three-quarter length second to Vigor in the Comedy King Handicap (2520m) at Flemington on January 17 last year.
While Vigor trained on last spring to finish a luckless third to Viewed in the Caulfield Cup, Chase The Sun broke down at trackwork and didn’t race again until March this year.
Moroney said Chase The Sun was a promising stayer but was the first to admit he had been disappointing so far this campaign.
He has finished ninth at his last two starts at Flemington and Ballarat.
“Because of the way he is going at trackwork we are giving him one more chance,” Moroney said.
“It is D-day for him.
“His tendon has been good and it is time for him to put his hand up.”
Form runners in Saturday’s event are Figure Of Speech and Crabs, who ran the quinella in the Banjo Paterson Final (2500m) at Flemington on July 10, and Tinamou who has won three of his last five starts at Warrnambool, Sandown and Moonee Valley.
Article by Robert Windmill Aapracing