FORGOTTEN star Sparkling Success will make his racing return this weekend.
Being readied to take on the world’s best squaregaiters in the famed Yonkers International Trot, Sparkling Success sustained a leg injury just days before he was due to leave Australia.
The gelding was poised to become the first ‘Down Under’ representative to contest the $US1million feature in October 2018 when trainer John Meade was dealt with the cruel blow.
Pulling up slightly proppy following his win at Tabcorp Park Melton several days earlier, Sparkling Success was found to have s a hole in his nearside front suspensory.
Spending 18 months on the sidelines, the son of Great Success will complete his comeback in Sunday’s Charlton Trotters’ Cup.
“He is puffing pretty hard at the moment,” Meade said. “That’s because I just worked him but he’s going fine.
“I had him scanned three weeks ago and the vet said it won’t get any better than that.
“It’s a day-to-day situation with him and I’ll just do the best I can to keep him sound.
“I’ve done everything the vet said to the letter and now we just have to hope for the best.”
To be driven by Jackie Barker, Sparkling Success has drawn barrier six in the Group Three.
Ironically, Magicool – trained by Sparkling Success’ regular driver Chris Svanosio – is the one to beat from gate four.
“Lack of race fitness is about all will be the problem with him,” Meade said. “He has had three solid trials and pulled up well each time which is a good sign.
“I’ve got no expectations of sitting outside them and running away, and if he can beat a few home and finish with four good legs, I will be happy.
“I’ll tell Jackie to go back at the start and let him work into it late.
“Chris will still be his driver but it will be hard for him at times if he has one in the race.”