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    HE LOVED his horses and no doubt he will be looking down watching her race…   HANDY performer Dougs Limousine will complete her comeback... Mare’s emotional return to racing

    HE LOVED his horses and no doubt he will be looking down watching her race…

     

    HANDY performer Dougs Limousine will complete her comeback from injury when he competes at Globe Derby on Sunday.

    Sidelined as a result of a paddock accident, the mare is having her first run for trainer Jeremy Seal for almost a year.

    Put in a yard following her win at the same venue on June 24, 2017, Dougs Limousine “got stirred up” before eventually slashing her leg on a fence.

    “She cut her back leg down to cannon bone where there really isn’t much flesh,” Seal explained. “She shredded it quite badly…it was a mess.

    “It didn’t look good for a while, but she was given plenty of time and is showing no signs of concern.”

    Trialling “quite well” last weekend, Dougs Limousine is forward enough to make her presence felt from barrier six according to Seal.

    “I trialled her last Sunday and she went quite well,” Seal said. “She got tired over the last 50 metres but pulled up great and has improved during the week.

    “She’ll still need a couple of runs to hit her peak, but she’s going well enough to let them know she is there.

    “This race looks like a good starting point for her and I expect her to get back to her best.”

    While victory shapes as the perfect result, Seal stated the fact Dougs Limousine will head to the track without her biggest fan – owner Doug Webster – will be an emotional experience regardless of her finishing position.

    One of harness racing’s unique characters Webster, or Slug as he was affectionately-known, died last March

    “Doug’s not here anymore, but hopefully she can do his memory proud,” Seal said. “He loved his horses and no doubt he will be looking down watching her race.

    “I would always get regular calls from him wanting updates on his horse…he kept on top of it, loved his horses and kept you on your toes.”

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