Danleigh on show at trials
DONCASTERHandicap hopefulDanleigh will be fine-tuned at Friday’s Randwick barrier trials as the build-up continues towards his return to racing next month.
The stakeswinner, who was formerly trained by Bob Thomsen and was transferred to Chris Waller in July last year, will make a belated debut for his new stable in the Group Three Frederick Clissold Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 1.
Friday will be his fourth trial with us. Like so many horses the equine influenza (EI) crisis and subsequent cancellation of racing has kept him on the sidelines,’’ Waller said.
We’ll give him a good gallop on Friday, he needs this trial to sharpen him up for the Clissold.’’
Danleigh ran second to Reigning To Win in the Group One TJ Smith in June 2006 before he turned the tables early last year when he won the Group Three South Pacific Classic in April.
He campaigned in Brisbane last winter and finished third in both the Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) and the Queensland Guineas (1600m).
He’s a terrific horse and Bobby has done a great job with him and I can’t wait to race him,’’ Waller said.
There will be 27 heats at Randwick after several barrier trial sessions were washed out over the past couple of weeks.
Waller is expected to give GroupTwo Villiers Handicap (1400m) winner Honor In War an exhibition gallop within the next couple of weeks ahead of his return in the GroupTwoApollo Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on March 8.
Honor In War, an American Group One winner, scored a stunning victory over Takeover Target in the Villiers in January on protest.