By Andrew Adermann
Lilac Flash will tomorrow night return to Albion Park after a 12-month lay-off following a spate of injuries and bad luck.
The six-year-old had initially suffered a foot injury mid-last year, and once recovered picked up a virus.
He was ready to return to the track before an accident at home where he cut his foot on a fence set him back further.
Tomorrow night in the 11th and final event of the night, he will make a return to Albion Park for the first time since June 22, 2019 and trainer Darren Weeks could not be any happier with the pacer’s recovery.
“He never really had a major injury, he just had a few small things that went wrong that eventuated to a long time out,” Weeks said.
“He had a foot issue first off, and then we got him back and got a bit of a virus so that meant more time out and then we had him ready to race again before he rolled into a fence and cut his leg.
“He’s really fit and well at the minute, obviously it will take a couple of runs to get back somewhere near his peak but he’s in a good place at the moment.
“His work is good and he’s feeling good so we’re really happy with him.”
The Bettor’s Delight gelding has amassed a formidable record in his 57-start career, notching up 20 wins and 21 minor placings for $165,000 in stakes.
Despite his incredible strike rate, Weeks isn’t expecting a well-oiled run first-up, instead just looking for positive run from his gelding.
“We’d be happy just to see him running on tomorrow night and just run a good race – we haven’t got any huge expectations of him first up but as long as he runs a good race we’ll be more than happy,” Weeks said.
“We know that he’ll improve on that.
“He’s a pretty smart horse, last campaign he went to Victoria and broke 1:52 down there, and went on to run three sub-1:52 miles in two different states in a fortnight.”