A RETURN trip to Club Menangle is on the cards for promising freshman War Dan Buddy.

Speaking after the two-year-old captured the $400,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final at the world class venue just moments ago, trainer Emma Stewart revealed War Dan Buddy will be back in search of more riches later in the season.

Though trained and owned in Victoria, War Dan Buddy is New South Wales bred, with connections keen on contesting the Breeders’ Challenge with the son of Art Major.

“He is eligible for the Breeders’ Challenge, so that is the next main aim with him,” Stewart said. “For now he will head home and have a light week before we map out a schedule with him.

“The Breeders’ Challenge isn’t for another six months, so there is plenty of time to sort that out and find races for him between now and then.”

Catch driven by Cameron Hart, War Dan Buddy was settled in the perfect one-one trail as his stablemate, Stormryder, worked hard outside the leader, Ten To The Dozen.

Three-wide around the final turn, War Dan Buddy matched strides with Stormryder along the home straight before grabbing the lead just before the line to score by a short half-head.

Dashing was two-and-a-half metres away third in 1:53.7 over a mile.

“What a finish,” Stewart said. “To be honest, I didn’t know which one got up as they passed the line.

“Stormryder went huge, but Dan had the better run and was able to capitalize on that.

“He’s a very nice type, which will keep getting better as he gains more experience”