RETIREMENT didn’t totally agree with him just yet!
After spending more than a year as a retiree, multiple Group One winner Bling It On is on the comeback trail.
Following a lack lustre performance at Tabcorp Park Menangle on June 9 2018, connections elected to retire the seven-year-old.
The fact Bling It On was even racing at that point was a minor miracle after the son of American Ideal suffered a career-threatening injury 12 months earlier.
Falling as a result of a racing incident at Albion Park the previous June, Bling It On underwent surgery to his knees, which saw see him sidelined for five months.
Successful at his first three starts back, Bling It On was then among the placings at his three subsequent outings before finishing towards the tail of the field in his A G Hunter Cup title defence.
Sent for a spell the stallion then disappointed in his two following starts, which led to the tough decision being made.
Serving a strong book of mares during the interim, Bling It On was put back into work by trainer Craig Cross, who is thrilled with the stallion’s progress ahead of his return in Menangle on Saturday night.
“Retirement didn’t totally agree with him just yet,” Cross said. “He was feeling too full of himself and looking a treat, so it was decided to give him another go at racing.
“So far everything has been spot on and he is keen to be out there competing.”
To be driven by Luke McCarthy, Bling It On has drawn barrier five in the Les Chant Free-For-All.
The nine-year-old slots into four with the removal of the emergency, which has him listed as the $2.25 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
Bling It On will head into the Group Three on the back of a 1:51.1 trial win around the 1400-metre circuit last week.
“He is in top shape and ready to win,” Cross said. “That in mind, he will need a few runs to get back to his peak fitness.
“He won his trial comfortably, but race day is another step up.
“Whatever he does this weekend, as long as he comes through it fine, he will improve as he goes along.”