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JACCA PRE­LUDE: Af­ter more than a year off the track, Grafton fan favourite Red­wolf is back and run­ning in this af­ter­noon’s Pa­tri­ots Blood­stock Jacca Pre­lude (1106m) and will be keen for a break­through win af­ter his 62-week spell.

Trainer Alan Ryan said the seven-year-old geld­ing and for­mer win­ner of the NRRA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fier in 2015 had suf­fered a se­ri­ous hip in­jury which kept the horse side­lined.

“Af­ter the spell we’ve been fo­cus­ing on get­ting him right – we didn’t want to rush him back too early,” Ryan said.

“He has slowly pro­gressed with each race and show­ing signs he isn’t too sore which is what we re­ally wanted to see.

“I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to rac­ing. We were look­ing to race in Lis­more ear­lier but it got washed out so we had to find another op­tion. It’s prob­a­bly a bit of a short race, but you have to make the most out of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Red­wolf ran a strong sec­ond last start at Coffs Har­bour, and Ryan said the re­cent re­sult gave him some con­fi­dence.

“Just him be­ing over his in­juries gives me more con­fi­dence than any­thing,” he said.

“Af­ter 16 months off rac­ing you don’t want to push too hard, too early.

“I think he will be run­ning on to the end of the race. He has drawn a wide al­ley and there’s some speedy horses in there but he will do his best work at the fin­ish.

“I ex­pect him to run well.”


BACK IN AC­TION: Alan Ryan-trained Red­wolf is back rac­ing in Grafton af­ter a 16-month spell.

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