Darci Be Good for 2013 Winter Stakes Return

This Saturday Bede Murray’s four-year-old galloper Darci Be Good will make their return to racing in the Winter Stakes 2013 at Rosehill Gardens after being treated for a degenerative bone issue.

Darci Be Good

Darci Be Good (inside) returns to racing a little underdone in Saturday's Winter Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

The New Zealand-bred Darci Brahma gelding is one of a capacity field accepted for the $100,000 Listed Inghams Love’Em Winter Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on the weekend which will be there first run since mid-February.

Over the past few months Darci Be Good has undergone a number of different treatment options, some fringe others conventional, to assist with bone degeneration in their back cannon.

The latest treatment, also used for a similar condition in humans, has worked according to Kembla Grange-based Murray who is keener than ever to get the horse part-owned by the Illawarra Turf Club back on the track and back to winning.

“I’ve never had it before and never heard of it before,” Murray said of the rare ailment the horse was suffering.

“It’s something I don’t know much about, but it’s similar to what they have in humans.

“They’ve treated it in the same way they address it in humans. We tried several treatments and none of them were successful.

“The last resort was another very expensive treatment, but we’ve got a result.”

As a three-year-old the galloper showed heaps of early potential winning a number of races including the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) in 2011 and finishing a mere long neck away second to Doctor Doom one run later in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

While their following campaign during last year’s autumn carnival in Sydney left a lot to be desired they did show better form towards the end of the season.

Among their better runs during the spring – summer were their Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) win in November and their third to All Legal when beaten under a length in the Group  2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in December.

They haven’t raced since a disappointing eighth place finish in a benchmark 95 over 1400m at Rosehill on February 16, an effort Bede is confident they can improve on in the Winter Stakes.

“I’m very happy with him at the moment,” Murray said.

“He’s going to be a bit underdone, but he worked pretty nicely the other week too. I think he’ll run pretty well, but certainly he won’t be anywhere near his peak.”

Darci Be Good did suffer an early blow for their return however drawing the second widest gate (12 of 13 coming into 11 with the emergency out).

They do get in well in the weights with 55kg however, a full 5.5kg better than the Paul Messara-trained top weight Mic Mac (60.5kg) who comes off a win in the Civic Stakes, and will be ridden by Tim Clark who is the 13th hoop to jump on the their back in 23 starts.

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