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    Comeback pacer maintains perfect record Comeback pacer maintains perfect record

    RYLEY MAJOR - Photo Stacey Lear

    RYLEY MAJOR continued his unbeaten record since returning from injury when successful in last night’s Launceston Mile. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier ‘launched’ the son of... Comeback pacer maintains perfect record

    RYLEY MAJOR continued his unbeaten record since returning from injury when successful in last night’s Launceston Mile.

    Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier ‘launched’ the son of Art Major from gate seven and he was able to easily find the lead soon after the start.

    This put one of his main rivals, Scooterwillrev which drew the pole on the back of Ryley Major while Harjeet settled one-out and three-back from his second row draw.

    Hillier asked Ryley Major for a bit more effort at the top of the home straight and he was able to hold off a late charge by Harjeet, which ruined his chances by shifting up the track under pressure in the run to the line, with a half head separating the par.

    Scooterwillrev was seven metres away third.

    Hillier allowed Ryley Major to run quarters in 28.8, 29.1, 29.7 and 29.1 to rate 1:56.6 for 1680-metre event.

    Hillier believes the run will “top him off nicely” for the $75,000 Easter Cup on April 20, with the heats to be staged on Friday night.

    “He is a well doing horse and I struggle to get the work into him at home cause of his legs, so I think he will back up well in five days time,” Hillier said.

    “I would say he is at around 90 per cent fit, and to do what he done tonight to run the gate and still get home in the strong wind, is a terrific job I reckon.”

    Despite the gelding’s tendon injury there hasn’t been a lot for Hillier to worry about this preparation except for a few worrying moments after his trial on March 11, which was his last trial before returning to the race track on March 17.

    “I was a little bit concerned after his second trial at Carrick that he was a little bit lame but since Melbourne he hasn’t put a lame step in so hopefully we are on the right track,” Hillier explained.

    Hillier has been doing a lot of beach work with Ryley Major.

    “It all seems to be suiting him, I know he needs to be worked harder but I just can’t do that at the moment,” Hillier said.

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