Champion on comeback trail

22 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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VICTORY for Devendra in the Nichols Sound and Communications Free-For-All Pace in Launceston on Sunday would see the champion Tasmanian pacer rocket through the $400,000 stake money barrier. With one run under his belt since an 18-month injury enforced layoff, Devendra will take the next important step on his planned return to Group racing. The Bettor’s Delight – Queen Carey gelding won the first and last heat of the December 2015 Inter-Dominion and was runner-up in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup before injury struck.

Todd Rattray produced Devendra in the Brighton Cup at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Hobart on June 4. The seven-year-old finished third, beaten by 1.4 metres in a five-way photo finish, after sitting in the death seat, and will be forced to work again starting from the outside in the field of six.

Stablemate Roger Ramjet has been sent out favourite at its last two outings and has scored impressively on both occasions. He draws just inside his more illustrious rival and is likely to prove the testing material.

Todd Rattray will reunite with God Sake in Race 4, the Class 2 over 2200 metres. Brady Woods and Jack Laugher have piloted the talented four-year-old to victories in the BOTRA Novice Drivers Series, but the boss is back with his charge aiming for a winning hat-trick.

Thirlstane King has notched up three wins from its five runs in the past two months for trainer Geoff Madden. Drawn six on the front line in Race 2 over 2200 metres, Allister Woods will have the responsibility of guiding the Modern Art – Shansue Mod five-year-old to victory as he did at Devonport a week ago.

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Watch Thirlstane King saluting the judge at Devonport on July 14:

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