Four months ago Bling It On suffered an horrific fall at Albion Park that threatened to end his career, but he has bounced back well.
Bling It On required surgery after severely cutting his knees and trainer Craig Cross is just delighted to have him back ready to race.
“To look at his leg when it first happened, you wouldn’t have thought he’d be back,” Cross said, “His near-side front knee was pretty awful to look at.
“They had to put him under to operate on him and wash out his knees and then he was on a course of antibiotics. He has come back slightly earlier than anticipated, a few weeks ahead of scheduled, which is terrific.”
Bling It On has drawn 12 – the outside of the front row – over a mile. The seven-year-old slots into 10 with the removal of the emergencies.
“He’s come up quite nicely and we’re very happy with him,” Cross added. “He’ll trial today, which will sharpen him up for Saturday night.
“At the moment the main focus is on Saturday night and racing him into fitness, but all going well, he will be back in Melbourne for his Hunter Cup defence in the first week of February.
“He may even race in the Ballarat Cup a fortnight earlier.”