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    Former rising star looking to break drought Former rising star looking to break drought

    EXCITING PROSPECT: Balraj has Jack Trainor excited about his prospects.

    ONCE touted as being among Australia’s most exciting prospects, Balraj will be looking to break a long drought from the winners’ circle during the... Former rising star looking to break drought

    ONCE touted as being among Australia’s most exciting prospects, Balraj will be looking to break a long drought from the winners’ circle during the weekend.

    Poised to make his debut for Jack Trainor, Balraj is engaged in Saturday night’s Club Menangle meeting.

    First-up since July, the son of Art Major has been absent from the winners’ circle since scoring at Albion Park last December.

    Pleased with the five-year-old’s progress, Trainor is quietly confident Balraj can recapture his best form.

    “He will need the run but everything suggests he is pretty on target,” Trainor said. “He’s a good horse and it’d be ideal if he can get back to his best.

    “Obvious I expect him to improve from Saturday night’s run, but he’s not too far away and will do a good job.”

    To be driven by Trainor, Balraj has drawn wide in barrier seven.

    “It’s not the best draw,” Trainor said. “Hopefully we can slot into a good position early.”

    With the gelding listed at 36 during the second round of Inter Dominion rankings, Trainor hopes Balraj will perform admirably to improve his position.

    Final rankings for the time-honoured Championship are due to be released next week.

    The series begins with heats at Club Menangle on November 27.

    “I’m still hoping he can get into the Inter,” Trainor said. “He is the last horse to make the cut at 36 and will need a bit of luck to get his ranking up on Saturday night.”

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