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One of WA’s best hoops Daniel Staeck is scheduled to return to riding in time for Ascot’s CB Cox Stakes Day 2011 this Saturday after an injury-enforced stint on the sidelines.
Breaking four ribs and puncturing a lung during trackwork back in October, Staeck is now ready to return to the big race arena on Saturday and eased into things with a trio of barrier trial gallops at Lark Hill on Monday.
He will get a taste of race conditions at Albany on Thursday with six rides on the day before the pressure of Saturday racing this weekend.
It should be a notable resumption in the saddle too, Staeck having been booked to ride the Garry Delane-trained Insurgency in Saturday’s feature race, the $225,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m).
“I’ve been riding trackwork for a few weeks now and I’m feeling good,” Staeck said.
“I’m feeling pretty fresh and keen to get back out there.”
One of 14 horses in the 2011 CB Cox Stakes field, Street Cry seven-year-old Insurgency was last seen finishing 12th of 15 in the Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) at Ascot on December 3.
That run was better than the place number suggests, Insurgency having jumped from the far outside gate before winding up to cross just four lengths off the winner Veracious.
In their start before they came within four and a half lengths when eight to New Spice in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m).
Staeck enjoyed a successful four-ride campaign on Insurgency earlier in the year partnering with the horse for their Mt Baker Cup – Narrogin Cup winning double in March and April.
It has been a while between drinks for Insurgency whose latest victory was at Belmont Park back in early May, Staeck also aboard for that win.
They face a tough task on Saturday going up from 53kg at their three most recent runs to 59kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the CB Cox, Insurgency also drawing double digits in barrier 11 of 14.
“He’s been running some pretty honest races but hasn’t had much luck with barriers,” Staeck said.
Insurgency, as with most of the CB Cox Stakes hopefuls this weekend, is heading towards a run in the $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day.
While heavily weighted for the weekend, Insurgency will get into the Perth Cup field as one of the lightweight chances meaning Staeck is unlikely to be able to make the weight to ride them in the big one.
“He’s going to be a lightweight for the (Perth) Cup so I’m not sure if I can ride him in it just yet,” Staeck said.
Early Perth Cup betting markets at Luxbet have the Grant Williams-trained Ranger, also engaged for the CB Cox Stakes, as the $4.60 top elect.
At the other end of the odds Insurgency is rated a $301 Luxbet Perth Cup roughie.
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