By Glenn Davis
A beefed up The Odyssey will make his long-awaited comeback at the Gold Coast on Saturday ahead of another Magic Millions campaign during the summer.
The Odyssey steps out for the first time since finishing sixth in the Listed Chief De Beers at Doomben in May when he tackles a slick field in the 900-metre dash in the Open Quality Handicap.
Trainer Kelly Schweida isn’t expecting any big things from the five-year-old first-up and will be pleased to see him run home strongly.
“He’s still a little chubby and whatever he does he’ll improve on,” Schweida said.
“He’s had two barrier trials but he hasn’t been missed with 60kgs by the handicapper.
“There’s speed galore in the race with The Move and Sugar Boom in it and we have to give away a lot of weight.
“I’m just hoping he runs a nice race and cleans out the cobwebs.”
The Odyssey didn’t inspire Schweida when he ran second in his first barrier trial over 840 metres at Doomben last month before winning easily over the same trip in his second trial at Doomben on Tuesday.
“He gets fat very quickly and his last spell was one of the longest he’s had in his career,” Schweida said.
“His first trial at Doomben was okay but he was never asked to do much but he took a lot of improvement from it and won very well in his second trial at Doomben this week.”