AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchase Jilliby Kung Fu took another steps towards his surprise comeback today.

Sidelined through injury, which ultimately led to his early retirement, Jilliby Kung Fu trialled at Club Menangle in his first public appearance for more than two years.

Jilliby Kung Fu spent more than a year in a paddock as a result of injury in July 2018 before returning in January 2020 when runner-up in Melton.

A paddock accident limited the stallion to just one start, which saw the triple Group One winner retired to stud.

After standing at Cobbity Equine Farm for Luke and Belinda McCarthy, Jilliby Kung Fu has been slowly worked back to racing by the prominent couple.

“He has come back up really well and there are no signs of issues with him,” McCarthy said.

“Obviously with a horse with his history we are taking a very cautious approach, but so far he has really pleased us with the way he is responding.

“He finished second in his trial behind Cruz Bromac in 1:52.3 over the mile which was a nice sharp hit out for him.

“The most pleasing part is he has come through the run well, with the next few days to tell the tale.

“All going well he’ll be racing soon and we’ll have a look at taking him to Queensland for the Winter races in July.”

Formerly trained by Victorian horsewoman Marg Lee, Jilliby Kung Fu’s record sits on 16 wins and 12 placings from 34 starts for earnings of $529,170.