Easy first-up target for freakish pacer

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    LAZARUS following his Inter Dominion win - Photo Jodie Hallows

    FREAKISH pacer Lazarus is expected to have little more than a training run when he returns to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

    Given a well-deserved break following his Inter Dominion triumph last month, Lazarus has drawn to lead throughout against what can only be described has a massive drop in class.

    The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained wonder will start from barrier two, which has seen him installed an even-money favourite over 2536 metres.

    Pleased with the five-year-old’s condition, Purdon has no doubt Lazarus is ready to score in what is his lead-up race to next week’s Fremantle Cup.

    “The break after the Inter Dominion Final has done him the world of good,” Purdon said. “He’s brightened right up and is in wonderful shape.

    “He is forward enough to win, but whatever he does this week, he will certainly improve on.”

    Lazarus will remain in Perth for another few weeks, with the Western Australia Cup on January 19 part of his schedule.

    After that the stallion will head to New South Wales for next month’s Carnival Of Miracles at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    • PAUL COURTS

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