AFTER sitting on the sidelines for the better part of a decade, veteran horseman Robbie O’Connell is making a comeback.
Although he has continuously trained a small team, O’Connell hasn’t driven in a race since occupying the cart behind Juke Kartel in Maryborough in December 2014.
A multiple Group One winning reinsman, O’Connell’s previous success was with Opaque – also in Maryborough – in December 2010.
O’Connell was semi-retired between his last win and drive!
Recently discarding “ring rust” with trial drives, O’Connell is set to partner Power Pass at Tabcorp Park Melton on Tuesday night.
“I’ve had a few changes to my life in recent years, I’m 70 in May and I figure I might as well have some fun,” O’Connell said.
“I always enjoyed driving and one day just figured I’d get out there again.
“I never realised how much I missed the comradery until I started driving in the trials again.”
Also trained by O’Connell, Power Pass has drawn four in the opening event, but slots into three with the removal of the emergency.
The son of Passmaster Hanover is first-up since July.
“Paul and Kari Males had him and were looking to move him on when Paul called and told me he had a horse for me,” O’Connell explained.
“Paul said he would be perfect for what I want as far as getting back into driving and so I took him on and we’ve gone from there.
“I’m not expecting a fairytale return, but stranger things have happened in this sport.”