TALENTED trotter Sammy Showdown completed a “satisfying” win at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.
First-up since injuring a tendon last June, Sammy Showdown blitzed his rivals for trainer-driver Kylie Sugars.
Thrilled with the squaregaiter’s performance, Sugars is positive Sammy Showdown can make his way through the grades should he remain sound.
“He got injured in June when he kicked a rail and damaged his tendon,” Sugars said. “There is never a good time, but it was bad timing just before the Vicbred and Derby.
“So we had to pull up stumps and it’s been a long slow rehab to get him back.
“It is never good to have an injury, it has been a labour of love and very satisfying to see him back on the track and to win in a personal best time is just amazing.”
With Sugars in the cart Sammy Showdown began quickly to lead from barrier five as Mar Pacifico worked on his outside.
Fending off the challenge on the home turn, the son of Bacardi Lindy was untouched to score by 10-and-a-half metres from Zarem.
Mar Pacifico fought on courageously to be five-and-a-half metres away third.
Co-owned by Sugars and Graeme Rayner, Sammy Showdown rated 1:56.6 over 1720 metres.
“That was very exciting…a big thrill,” Sugars said. “He has pulled up very well, no ill effect from it, which is even better.
“The Vicbred later in the season is the main aim, but for now I will keep targeting his classes, including being back in Melton in a fortnight.”