WELL-PERFORMED pacer Major Crocker took the initial step towards rejuvenating his career at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night.
Unsighted since finishing towards the tail of the field in last January’s South Australia Cup, Major Crocker scored first-up for new trainer Michael Doltoff.
Driven by Michael Towers, the son of Art Major led throughout from barrier seven to score winding down from Rykov Leis and Power Of Red.
Despite being in “need of the run”, Major Crocker covered the mile in 1:52.3.
“That was a pleasing run,” Doltoff said. “He has always been a nice horse and hopefully he can recapture something like his best.
“Scoring first-up for six months in a descent time is a good start towards getting there.
“He was in need of the run and will certainly strip fitter next time around.”
Owned by Harness Racing SA chairman Gary Crocker, the seven-year-old will continue to compete in suitable races as Doltoff sets his sights on next season’s Victorian Inter Dominion in December.
“He’ll have to get right back to his best to be considered for the Inter Dominion, but I’m not ruling it out,” Doltoff said. “For now he will just go in the free-for-alls at Menangle and we’ll see how he performs.
“He was sent here because Menangle suits him and he’s raced well here in the past, so if all goes well, that will continue to be the case.”
Doltoff has also tentatively placed the Trotters’ Inter Dominion on War Dan Destroyer’s calendar after the gelding provided the horseman with the second leg of a double.
With Towers holding the reins, War Dan Destroyer worked to the lead on his way to a soft 11-metre win from One Over Da Moon, with Maorisfavouritesun two-and-a-half metres away third.
“He is still learning the trade,” Doltoff said. “He’s got a few things go on his head but he is a nice horse.
“For now he will just potter along to see if can match up with the good ones.
“I will nominate for the Inter, but he’s got to keep improving to be a real consideration for the series.”