Autumn specialist Rangirangdoo is gearing up for a return in about a month under the close watch of trainer Chris Waller.
The horse has had only a handful of starts over the past couple of years with injury a constant part of his career.
Despite this when he has run he’s made it count winning multiple Group 1’s and securing his spot as one of the most dominant horses during the autumn period.
While Waller will be hoping the horse can replicate that success again this year he’d also dearly love Rangirangdoo to stay sound throughout.
In fact the sticking point is that should Rangirangdoo break down again it will end his career.
“If he shows any signs of being sore this time in that will be it,” Waller said.
“It is not worth it, he doesn’t deserve to go out like that.”
Rangirangdoo has a mere 21 starts to his name with a recurring suspensory ligament injury doing the damage.
It’s these injuries though and the horses determination to recover from them that makes him such a special horse in the Waller stable.
Nowhere was this more obvious then during Waller’s highly emotional interview following Rangirangdoo’s George Ryder Stakes victory last year.
“He is more than just a horse, he is like a mate,” Waller said.
“He has just become part of the furniture of the stable and every time he wins it is special.”
The team are currently targeting the Expressway Stakes for his return at Rosehill on February 11.
There is no question mark over the timing of the comeback either with Waller taking an extremely cautious approach to his rehabilitation.
He will trial at Rosehill tomorrow to give the team a better guide on how he’s travelling.
Two year old stablemate Fundido will also be at the trials to prove his worth for the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.
He will wear winkers for the first time in a bid to turnaround his disappointing last start flop where he was beaten as an odds on favourite..
“There is no doubting that he was disappointing but I think there were a few excuses,” Waller said.
“He got bottled up in behind them and lost momentum and you can’t do that in very competitive two-year-old races.
“We were going to try him in blinkers but decided on the winkers and hopefully that will just help him switch on.”