Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is looking...
The name More Than Great certainly boasts quality but many punters are probably not aware of the horses history.
Fair enough as well considering for more than a year now he’s been absent from the track far away from any media attention in a spelling paddock.
However this is a horse certainly worth noting, he holds one of the rarest and most impressive scalps in Australian racing, a victory over So You Think.
While sure it didn’t occur on the biggest stage and it was more than two years ago, the fact he has proven his ability against one of the world’s best means he’s certainly a horse to take note of.
The only reason he hasn’t been prominent during recent carnivals is due to an unlucky injury as trainer Brett Dodson explains.
“He had an operation this time last year, he was going to go to Brisbane but he had an incident in the paddock while he was spelling, it got infected and he had to have a skin graft,” Dodson said.
While So You Think has gone on to incredible Australian and International success the connections of More Than Great have endured a very different journey.
With months of rehab and draining medical bills they are hoping for nothing more than to see the same horse that was on show before the injury.
His first chance will come in a matter of hours at Scone.
“He races well fresh, it’s been a long time 13 months and I suppose there’s always a question mark after they come back from injury,” he said.
“If he gets back anywhere near his old form though he’ll be in it.”
He will be on show in the Race 6 Scone Quality Handicap, an event which also features the likes of Group 1 winner Atomic Force and Border Rebel.
While a win would be ideal Dodson is simply hoping the horse gets through the event safely and runs well enough to justify a trip up to Brisbane.
“You’ve got to give him every chance, we’ll work out what happens after today but there’s certainly a couple of races he’d be very competitive in up in Brisbane,” he said.
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