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Dark Son to bounce back to form at Ipswich

By Glenn Davis

Co-trainer Tony Sears believes promising youngster Dark Son can bounce back from a shock last start defeat when the gelding starts at Ipswich on Wednesday.

Dark Son, ridden by Michael Chill, started a $1.55 favourite last start but was beaten decisively by the Paul Butterworth-trained Hamilton Hill over 1000 metres on his home track a Toowoomba on May 31.

The son of Better Than Ready will again be ridden by Cahill and will be attempting to win for the third time in eight starts in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 800 metres.

Dark Son won the first two-year-old race of the season at Toowoomba in September last year, and was well backed at his first city start at Eagle Farm in October, but could only manage fifth place.

Sears, who trains in partnership with daughter Maddy, gave Dark Son the chance to run in the Magic Millions Classic but he failed to qualify when fourth behind the Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained Wisdom Of Water in the Gold Nugget at the Gold Coast on January 4.

There’s no doubting he’s a good horse after he ran third to Rothfire

“He’s a lot more mature now than when he raced early on but he’ll probably go for a spell after one more run,” Sears said.

“I hope to run him in a QTIS race over 1100 metres in a few weeks before he goes for a spell.”

Sears paid $130,000 for Dark Son as a yearling and has kept him away from the major two-year-old races during the winter carnival.

“The races around at the moment just don’t suit him,” Sears said.

“I’m not really sure if he’ll get 1200 metres as he’s more a speed horse.”

Dark Son showed his ability with a courageous third to subsequent Group 1 JJ Atkins winner Rothfire over 1000 meres at Eagle Farm in February.

“There’s no doubting he’s a good horse after he ran third to Rothfire,” Sears said.

“He missed the kick last start and had to drive up around them when he ran second at Toowoomba.

“It’s unfortunate the distances haven’t suited him, that’s why he hasn’t raced in some of the bigger races.

“When he comes back from a spell, he’ll be set for QTIS three-year-old races and hopefully he’ll be a lot stronger by then.”

Sears also has Battle Plane entered for the Class Four Plate (1666m) and debutante Miss McKinley in the Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1100m).

“I’m not sure about starting Miss McKinley on a heavy track and Battle Plane is going good but he doesn’t have much wet track form,” he said.

“Battle Plane has won his last three and if he does run, he’s a good chance to make it four in a row.”

Racing Queensland webnews - June 16