Ted Martinovich is hoping a change of heart will reap dividends when Cavallo Pazzo marks his return in the Listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1100m) at Ascot.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding appeared headed for racing retirement after two inglorious performances at his only appearances in 2014.
Cavallo Pazzo, who has earned $414, 825 in prize money, beat one runner home in the Bolton Sprint (1200m) and was last in the Belmont Newmarket (1200m).
But the seven-year-old gelding was granted a reprieve and will launch his comeback on Saturday after Martinovich failed to find a suitable home.
“We were going to put him in the paddock and retire him after a disappointing winter but we couldn’t find a home for him,” said Martinovich.
“He was running around looking that good I had to put him back in work and hopefully it might actually work out for the better.”
Martinovich cautions supporters not to dismiss Cavallo Pazzo who warmed up for his return with a trial win over 950m.
“It was really impressive and Knuckey (Peter) who rode him said he felt good and wanted to be there,” Martinovich said.
“That’s the reason he is in on the weekend and hopefully he can come back and show the form he displayed previously.
“There is going to be plenty of speed in the race and from a good barrier in one he should get a nice cart from behind.
“I really think he will be a competitive chance.”
Cavallo Pazzo, who has three placings from six first-up attempts, will be in the hands of Jarrad Noske.
Earlier in the programme Martinovich will unveil juvenile Foundry Court for her race debut in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m).
The Starcraft filly will attract admirers on her trial win when she exploded away to set up a sizeable lead before being eased down.
Foundry Court, up against a strong field of twelve headed by London Line, will start from gate ten for jockey, Jarrad Noske.
“She was really impressive in the trial,” said Martinovich.
“She is a long-striding filly who has shown us a fair bit.
“I’ve been impressed by the way she is working.
“I would have loved to have drawn inside.
“But I’m confident she will be competitive.”
RWWA: Julio Santarelli