FORMER top youngster Menin Gate will take the first step towards resurrecting his career when he heads to Swan Hill tonight.
The premier performer of his crop as a three-year-old, Menin Gate was considered a rising star but has failed to meet expectations.
Crowned 2015 Victorian Horse of the Year, Menin Gate’s wins that season include the Victoria and Queensland Derbys, Vicbred Super Series Final, Breeders’ Crown, VHRSC Sires’ Classic and Gold Coast Derby.
Struggling to recapture his best, the gelding only registered two wins from his next 20 starts before being sidelined in June 2017.
Suffering a fractured pelvis, Menin Gate has since been transferred to Michael Stanley, who will give the son of Somebeachsomewhere his first start in the Swan Hill Cup.
“He’s had some solid trials and been working well, so I decided to enter him in the Cup,” Stanley said. “I wasn’t originally going to run him this early, but felt it was a good starting point given the way he has been feeling.
“From barrier three we’ll most likely come out looking for the front as he is a good front runner which is hard to get past when he’s feeling this good.
“He is going well enough to be in the finish, but at this stage it is just about having him back and being competitive.”
With the Inter Dominion set as the seven-year-old’s main mission, Stanley will select suitable races in a bid to lift Menin Gate up the rankings.
“He is pretty low on the rankings at the moment sitting on 73 so hopefully he can show some good form and climb the list before the Inter Dominion starts in December,” Stanley said.