IN WHAT shapes as his last hurrah, injury-plagued pacer Shadow Sax will make his racing return on Saturday night.
Showing plenty of promise as a two and early three-year-old, Shadow Sax was sidelined for 15 months between his three and four-year-old seasons.
Completing a rapid transition through the grades at five, the son of Shadow Play was again forced into a paddock in December 2018.
Returning for three unplaced runs nine months later, Shadow Sax had his preparation cut short, leading to him being absent from the track since October last year.
“It is wonderful to have him back and ready to race,” Pam Hockham said.
“He’s had a bad run of injuries in the past couple of years so we’ve given him plenty of time off on each occasion in hope he can make it back to the track.
“Emma (Stewart, trainer) is also excited to have him back so hopefully he can stay sound and have a good campaign…maybe even get into the Victoria Cup.
“This will be his last shot if he happens to go sore again.”
Hockham and her husband Russell bred and own Shadow Sax, having also sold a small share to the Stable Of Stars Syndicate.
To be driven by Chris Alford, Shadow Sax will begin from barrier two along the second row against a strong field of established open class performers and rising stars.
Although drawn the outside of the back line Lochinvar Art is the $1.65 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
Hurricane Harley – a stablemate of Shadow Sax – is considered the main danger at $6 from barrier five, followed by Reactor Now at $8 from gate three.
Shadow Sax has been kept safe in betting at $13.
“He has a chance to follow Reactor Now through at the start to hopefully get into a good position,” Hockham said.
“It’s a pretty hard race first-up, but he will do well and we’ll be proud of him no matter what happens.”