Rising star on comeback trail

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    IDEAL FOR REAL - Photo HRV

    FORMER rising star Ideal For Real is poised to make his highly-anticipated return tomorrow night.

    Sidelined since his Breeders’ Crown triumph at Tabcorp Park Melton in August 2016, Ideal For Real will contest a Group Two for record-breaking trainer Emma Stewart.

    The stallion was unbeaten from seven starts during his previous campaign, with his victories also including the Four-Year-Old Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final.

    Ideal For Real was expected to make a seamless transition to Grand Circuit company before suffering a fracture.

    As for his return, the son of American Ideal has drawn barrier two, with Stewart confident the Australian Pacing Gold graduate can complete a winning return.

    “I’m very happy with him,” Stewart said. “He had good trial…a nice solid hit out.

    “We’ve put a heap of work into him and you’ll see a pretty good horse coming out on Saturday night.

    “From the draw he will just come out at his own tempo and see where he lands. He’s got a great turn of foot, so as long as not too far off them, they will know he is there.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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