BACK ON TRACK
CHAMPIONSPRINTER MAKES HIS RETURN
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.