Delane confident he can get the best out of Prosecutor
Talented ex-Peters Investments galloper State Prosecutor is now in the hands of Albany trainer Garry Delane and will prepare for a return to racing at Belmont Park trials today.
Delane bought State Prosecutor after his unplaced run in last year’s Mt Barker Cup, and believes he can be a prominent player in provincial cups this season.
State Prosecutor won the 2018 Belmont Guineas and was also placed in listed feature races the Boulder Cup, Belmont Classic and Aquanita Stakes in the same year.
However the five-year-old stayer was sold by Bob and Sandra Peters after his flop in last year’s Mt Barker Cup, finishing last of the eight runners as a hot favourite.
The gelding has since undergone corrective throat surgery and will trial over 1200m today under the guidance of Delane for the first time.
“I bought him privately off Bob after his start in the (Mt Barker) cup,” Delane said.
“I presumed that would be his problem (wind) and Bob confirmed that.
“He’s had the operation done and has had four months of work so he should be ready to go.
“He’ll trial over 1200m but I’m sure he’s had enough work so we’ll look at a race in a couple of weeks.
“I don’t think it will be a long prep, a couple of runs and then see if we can crank him up for the cups later on but he’s a very talented horse and I’m confident we can get him back to his best form.”
State Prosecutor was trained initially by Grant and Alana Williams before being transferred to Adam Durrant.
The More Than Ready gelding has won three of his 22 career starts and been placed on nine other occasions for more than $180,000 in prize money.
Delane has been buoyed by the rise of Defiantly, who was low-flying earlier this season after winning five of seven starts at one stage including a Saturday metropolitan race.
Fellow Albany trainers Roy Rogers and Steve Wolfe both have big teams of young horses set to trial at Belmont as well today.
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