Dan­leigh on show at tri­als

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 2 - By RUS­SELL JACK­SON

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.

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