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Registering just one start at the beginning of the 2014 autumn season, notable sprinter Zamorar is set to make his return from throat surgery at Flemington this weekend, confirmed to take his place in the Singapore Turf Club Handicap (1000m) by trainer David Bourne.
Returning to racing in the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington on February 12th, Zamorar was never able to figure, maintaining position at the tail of the field to finish a disappointing 13th (of 14 runners).
A veterinary check following the less-than-convincing performance revealed several respiratory issues, forcing an immediate end to his campaign and necessary surgery.
Pleased with the way the Scandal Keeper gelding has taken to recovery and work, Bourne told Racing Victoria the results of a recent barrier trial at Cranbourne more than warrant a return to racing this weekend, ahead of what is likely to be a busy 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
“There was just a series of issues with him,” Bourne said.
“He got a bit crook after his run at Mornington and he deteriorated after that.
“None were life-threatening and none were career-threatening except for the wind problem. He seems to have recovered pretty well though.
“We took him to Cranbourne for a barrier trial and he went well so if we don’t go to the races we’re only holding him back, there’s no time like the present.
“You can be as happy as you like with the horse at home and with trials and all that sort of stuff, but Saturday’s going to be the true test.
“He’s copped everything that’s been thrown at him, I haven’t coddled him. He’s had a normal preparation, he’s had serious galloping and he’s had that trial.
“He’ll gain natural improvement from his races but fitness-wise but he’s done enough to be competitive Saturday.”
A standout performer over the 2012 racing calendar, Zamorar secured several impressive results in Group level races, including second in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m), third in the Group 3 Star Handicap (1400m) and second in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), as well as winning a minor event over 1100 metres at Caulfield ahead of a classy field that included Group 1 champion Platelet.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in the Singapore Turf Club Handicap, Zamorar has opened as and maintained status as market favourite; currently offered at odds of $3.40 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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