It has been a long time between wins for the David Payne-trained Praecido but their trainer is hoping they can break the drought when they return to racing, and return home to Sydney, for Saturday’s 2013 Civic Stakes.
The five-year-old One Cool Cat gelding spent a brief summer stint racing in Adelaide under the care of Michael Hickmott.
However the change of scenery did little to boost Praecido’s form as they finished well back in their two South Australian starts.
They were last seen finishing fifth to Pelicano in the Listed Birthday Cup (2035m) at Morphettville in mid-February, their 13th loss on the trot.
In fact the galloper hasn’t been first over the line since their Parramatta Cup victory in the mud at Rosehill back in March last year.
While Payne is reserved about what to expect from Praecido on Saturday in the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m), there are a few things working in the horse’s favour.
One is that they get back to Rosehill Gardens where they’ve done some of their best racing including a third to Le Roi in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2400m) on Boxing Day last year.
Another is the likely rain-affected ground, Rosehill a Heavy (10) for the rescheduled Winter Cup meeting on Monday.
“He’s been back a couple of months,” Payne said.
“I’m not expecting too much on Saturday but there is another win in him somewhere I’m sure.
“He likes the wet ground and he has earned a lot of money for a horse that has only won two races.”
As well as the Civic Stakes Payne has also thrown an entry in for Praecido in a Benchmark 85 over 1500m at the same meeting.
From there 41 start career to date Praecido may only have won two races but they have amassed close to $630,000 in prize money thanks to some big Group 1 performances early on including a second to the ill-fated Lion Tamer in the 2010 Victoria Derby.
There were 10 early entries taken for the Civic Stakes this year with other notable hopes including the Gerald Ryan-trained Dances On Stars out to improve on their Ipswich failure last month and three from the stables of ace Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
Nominations for the race have been extended until 11:00am (AEST) today with the final field and barriers due out on Wednesday.
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