FORGOTTEN Group One winner Mizurri is favoured to continue resurrecting her career on Saturday night.
Successful at the highest level as a three-year-old, Mizurri failed to flatter as an aged trotter before being sent into exile in December 2018.
With South Australian horseman Errol Johnson “willing to give her a try”, Mizurri returned to racing 12 months later before scoring at her second start a fortnight ago.
“I got a call from the owner asking if I was willing to give her a try,” Johnson said. “As far as I know there was nothing wrong with her, they just thought she’d reached her mark.
“She spent a long time in a paddock and was pretty much forgotten about until I got asked to take her on.”
Pleased with the mare’s progress, Johnson believes Mizurri can work her way through the grades before “truly reaching her mark”.
As such the daughter of Skyvalley will compete at Globe Derby where she has drawn four, but slots into three as a result of a scratching.
Thanks to her favourable draw Mizurri – which will be driven by former Australian champion Wayne Hill – is listed as a $2.60 favourite, with Victorian visitor Its Elvis the second elect at $3.
A winner at the same venue three starts ago, Its Elvis shares the 30-metre back mark with Robbie Zuve which is owned by the same connections.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with her,” Johnson said. “She has improved so much in the last couple of weeks and will be better again this time.
“She is a lovely gaited trotter, and while I don’t know if she will be a Cups horse, she has a bit to go before truly reaching her mark.
“If she keeps going well and improving the way she has, maybe she will get a little further along than in class and into the Cups…time will tell.”