Trainer Peter Trevor-Jones has waited more than 12 months to have Beetson back in his stable. Now he has the headache of what to use as the starting point for the 2010 Bathurst Gold Crown winner.
The Art Major five-year-old is a prospect for the Canola Cup at Eugowra but there is also the rich country races series, which ends in a final at Menangle.
Beetson has not raced since April last year after suffering a tendon problem. “He had a little bubble on his tendon so I had it scanned and was given the advice that the best thing for him was time off, so he has had a good break and everything is perfect with his leg now,” Trevor-Jones said.
“I have two options for him. I would love to target the Canola Cup at Eugowra at the end of September or I can try and qualify him for one of the rich Menangle country finals.”
Beetson won a trial at Bathurst on Monday, rating 2:01 and zipping home in 28.4 seconds for his final quarter, showing he has lost none of his talent. Trevor-Jones would love to take him to Eugowra but is unsure whether there is enough time to have him ready for the heat and final a week apart. “It is the best country event in NSW and I have had some success in consolations in the past, however, I have never been able to win the big one,” he said.
Meanwhile, three weeks after a fire at Leeton Paceway, the fund-raising effort for affected trainers and drivers has moved to eBay as three stallion nominations are being auctioned. A service to For A Reason, valued at $2500, has been donated by Wagga’s Yirribee Stud and the McCarthy family. Alabar Bloodstock had previously donated services to stallions Art Official and Safari. Harness Racing NSW board member Rob Nalder has offered a service to Armbro Operative.
Five horses were lost in the fire as well as the gear of several trainers and drivers.
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