This Saturday the Craig Carmody-trained Single will return to racing having recovered for an injury which ruled them out of the spring, the consistent galloper kicking off a campaign that could go all the way to the Doncaster Mile 2013 on April 20.
The lightly-raced High Chaparral five-year-old has raced just 10 times to date winning six of those starts including their most recent effort when beating home Southern Skye in the Listed Sky High Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill on March 24.
Single hasn’t raced since having spent the past nine months recovering from a broken cannon bone but has been working well for their trainer behind the scenes.
“He has been in work a fair while now but he has progressed well and I am having no issue with the injury he had last year and I am looking forward to getting him back to the races,” Carmody said.
“He has definitely furnished out and has a bit more to him and is much heavier and solid this time.
“Mentally he has not changed a hell of a lot he is still probably going to show those tendencies he had previously a little bit.”
Back to race fitness Single hits the track on the weekend following two summer barrier trials racing in an $85,000 Benchmark 95 Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens, a race that has drawn nominations from the likes of Takeover Target Stakes winner Testarhythm and evergreen 10-year-old Motspur.
“His first trial was a bit of a non-event because they went so slow and he was pretty keen and was pulling a bit but the second one there was more speed on and he hit the line nicely,” Carmody said of their fifth over 1200m at Randwick on December 17.
“He is going to get obvious benefit from his first run (on Saturday) but still expecting a nice effort from him.”
Group 1 winning hoop Christian Reith has picked up the ride on Single at Rosehill with their regular rider Nathan Berry currently riding in South Africa.
Having failed in their only other stakes assignment aside from the Sky High when eighth to Shootoff as a three-year-old in the 2011 Queensland Derby, Single has been nominated for one of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival majors with Carmody entering them for the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m).
The Royal Randwick classic is still a long way off however and Carmody knows that Single may not be there come Doncaster Day – again.
“I am eager to see him perform again at good level and if all goes smoothly in his first few runs and he is putting his mark on things I will think about a race like the Doncaster,” he said.
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