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Dual licensee Bonnie Thomson is hopeful that her riding comeback will be able to proceed at Townsville this Wednesday as the prospect of Cyclone Kimmi continues to linger.
The forecasted deluge has already claimed the scalp of the Cairns meeting scheduled for Tuesday, which was abandoned due to logistics and safety concerns for officials, trainers and jockeys trying to make it to Cannon Park.
Thomson, 42, is a mother of three and will be acting as a "babysitter" trainer when Dalon tackles the 1400-metre Open Handicap.
Her other runner, Tell Everybody, will line up in the Class Six Handicap over 1400 metres.
Dalon is trained by Ian Coleman but was transferred to Thomson when he took an overdue holiday.
The five-year-old son of Falvelon hasn’t raced since finishing sixth to Tambo’s Heart over 1200 metres at Townsville last month.
“It’s a month between runs for Dalon but I’m only babysitting him until Ian gets back from holidays,” Thomson said.
“I’ve won a few races on him and I’ve found he goes best if you let him cruise along so I’m expecting him to run well.”
Thomson expects Tell Everybody to be hard to beat in the Class Six despite tailing off in a field of seven behind I Did It Again in an 1100-metre Class Six at Mackay on December 10.
“She got knocked down at Mackay when Wanderson D’Avila rode her and it probably cost her a place,” she said.
“She won quiet well the start before in Mackay after a string of placings so I’m hopeful she can run a lot better this time.”
Thomson landed her first winner back following an injury enforced break when she won on the Ron Finch-trained Commanding Son at Atherton last Saturday.
She was sidelined for two months after losing a toe and badly injuring another in a paddock accident at her property.
“I was feeding one of my horses in the paddock when it took fright and jumped on my left foot,” she said.
“I lost one of my toes and other looks like a finger puppet.
“I had to have three lots of surgery and I couldn’t ride for two months.
“Atherton was my first winner back and Ronnie (Finch) was more excited than me.”