08 October 2020 | Paul Courts
UNDEFEATED Australian Pacing Gold purchase Expensive Ego will make his long-awaited return tomorrow.
Sidelined after suffering a tear in a suspensory, Expensive Ego is set to compete at Club Menangle.
The three-year-old hasn’t raced since winning at the 1400-metre circuit on August 31, 2019.
With three recent trials, however, Expensive Ego is ready for his first-up assignment according to trainer David Thorn.
Expensive Ego won his six starts – including two Group Ones – before injury struck.
“He was sent for a spell at the start of the season and had one trial on his way back last December before going sore,” Thorn said.
“He only had a small tear, but we weren’t taking a risk with him.
“He’s had plenty of time off and a slow, but solid, rehabilitation. He spent time at the water walker early on and has had three trials during the past few weeks so he is ready to race.
“Hopefully his troubles are behind him and we can get through tomorrow without any fuss.”
With Jim Douglass to take the reins, Expensive Ego has drawn awkwardly in barrier five over 1609 metres.
The son of Rock N Roll Heaven has been kept safe in betting at $3.75, with Cloud Nine the $3 favourite from gate four.
“He’s come through his trials well and his work has been terrific since last week’s hit out,” Thorn said. “He’s as fit as he can be without racing.
“The draw makes it tricky but he is feeling good enough to win.
“Cloud Nine will be hard to beat along with Parama from barrier three for Tim Butt.
“It’s a pretty descent field and will test him.”