Starlactic in comeback
By JENNIFER HUXLEY
AGAINST the odds, Grafton gun sprinter Starlactic will return to racing after breaking down last year.
Trainer Wayne Lawson said the six-year-old gelding resumed track work 10 weeks ago and appeared to have made a full recovery from his potentially career ending injuries.
In April 2007 Starlactic was diagnosed with a 10 per cent tear of the superficial tendon in his front leg.
"It's a bad injury that many horses never make a come-back from, but at the moment Starlactic looks to have made a good recovery," Lawson said.
"I'll keep an eye on him and if he's up to it I'll race him in Brisbane in the next five weeks.
"Depending on how he's looking then we might aim for the Winter Carnival, which is what we were working towards last year before he broke down.
"He's in his prime now so we're interested to see how he goes once he's back racing again."
From 23 starts Starlactic has had 11 wins, which ranks him among the best horses the Clarence Valley has produced.
Lawson, a hobby-trainer, has two other horses in his care Grenades and Wazzrodin both of which are shaping up to be promising horses.
Three-year-old Grenades blew his rivals away in Grafton on Saturday, winning the Rating 62 Hcp with the second fastest time over 1200m recorded at the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC).
The fastest time recorded was by open class sprinter The Jackal in the Ramornie Handicap last year.
Lawson was unwilling to be drawn on Grenades' Ramornie chances, saying the horse would have six weeks away from racing.
"I might take Grenades up to Brisbane for a race, I'll just see how he's going," he said.
Ben Looker, the jockey who rode Grenades on Saturday, had nothing but praise for the animal.
"He's a smart horse with a bright future he was a dream to ride," he said.
Wazzrodin's most recent form includes a win at Coffs Harbour on December 28, and a fifth pacing at Grafton on Saturday.
"I've only got the three horses but I'm pretty happy with the way they're all going at the moment," Lawson said.
Meanwhile CRJC chairman Bob Pavitt said negotiations with Evergreen, the installer of the troublesome all-weather training track, were still under way.
"We're still not satisfied so the CRJC, in conjunction with Country Racing NSW, are continuing negotiations with Evergreen," he said.