Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell believes that Red Colossus is primed for his return to racing in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes this Saturday after taking a three month spell.
The five-year-old, who won the Group 3 Victoria Handicap last preparation, will be having his 19th career start at Caulfield this weekend.
Eurell has nominated the Testa Rossa gelding for both the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate later in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“He trialled well and he’s in great shape,” Eurell said.
“He only had two runs in the autumn and he was going well at the time so that gave us the opportunity to give him a break and see what he could do in the spring.
“His first couple of runs will be indicative of where we go with him.”
Red Colossus raced six times last spring without posting any wins.
“Early last spring he missed a run and that threw him off beat which made it very difficult to get him where I wanted him to be,” Eurell said.
“He ran fifth to So You Think in the Mackinnon Stakes but I have absolutely no doubt saying the horse is a better product than what he was 12 months ago.
“And (Red Colossus) can handle wet and dry tracks.”
Red Colossus was purchased for $100,000 at the 2008 Premier Yearling Sale and has now earned more than $340,000 in prize money.