De Mars Could Break Seven Year Lake Drought

By: Sarah Fortnum
June 22nd, 2011

Gunbower-based trainer Jim Lake is hoping that he can secure his first city winner in over seven years when he sends six-year-old De Mars to Flemington to compete in the Provincial Plate this Saturday.

De Mars is in the middle of a comeback preparation after being forced from racing for almost a year due to a career-threatening injury he sustained at the same track last May.

Lake has been impressed with De Mar’s performances since his return.

“A lot of people were saying I would never get him back but I haven’t been disappointed with any of his runs,” Lake said.

“He was only knocking up in his races early on because it took such a long time to get the fat out of him.

“He has come back nicely and I am happy with him.”

Lake credits De Mars success to his never stop trying attitude.

“His leg doesn’t seem to worrying him at this stage and the big fella is showing a bit of form again,” Lake said.

“He is no champion but he tries.”

The trainer has not had a city winner since January 2004 and knows more than most how hard it is to win at Flemington.

“I am not going to Flemington thinking I can’t win, but it is hard to win down there,” Lake said.

“He (De Mars) is pretty close (to his peak) now and it would be a nice thrill if he could win.

“He’s working very well, if he gets his share of luck he won’t be far away.”

Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Add your comment and join the discussion.