Bunbury trainer Peter Giadresco isn’t underestimating the challenge of reviving the waning career of Kaptain Kaos, but says he’s up for the battle and will embrace the task head on.

Kaptain Kaos posted his last win almost two years ago and campaigned unsuccessfully in Melbourne, but Giadresco said the opportunity and challenge presented proved too enticing.

“He’s with me, we bought him, the family bought him and he’s in work with Speak To Me,” Giadresco said to the Races WA.

“We’re going to have a good go at races over the spring, we’re going to give him a good prep and see what we can do.

“It will be really interesting, I’ve given him a good spell, he looks really good and we’ll see what I can do to bring him back to form.

“I don’t rate him as top class, but he’s pretty handy when he’s right and I’m hoping for a bit of luck.

“My aim is to get him back to his best if not a bit better because he’s been out of form for a couple of seasons.”

Kaptain Kaos has eight wins from 30 starts, all achieved under the guidance of previous trainer, Michael Grantham.

A son of Demerit, he holds a Group 3 victory in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Listed success in the Northam Cup (1600m).

After running last in the Strickland Stakes (2000m), he was transferred to Lindsey Smith’s Warrnambool base a year ago.

He raced on five occasions for the former Perth horseman with his best effort a second in the Peninsula Cup (1600m) at Mornington.

Kaptain Kaos and Speak To Me give Giadresco just a small team to work with, a far cry from his halcyon days in racing.

In a training career spanning over two decades, Giadresco has won more than 400 races including 16 at black type level.

His signature success came in 2005 when Early Express won the Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m), previously named the Fruit ‘n’ Veg Stakes.

Since surviving a horror trucking accident in 2017, Giadresco has cut down on his stable numbers significantly.

It was a miracle that he survived when he was crushed by the ramp of a truck, leaving him with a ruptured thoracic and 13 broken ribs.

Giadresco said taking on Kaptain Kaos and turning around his form will fill him with personal pride.

“I see it as a challenge,” Giadresco said.

“I sort of weighed it up between buying a yearling or something that already knows how to run.

“We’ve got a good environment at out stable and I wouldn’t have bought him if I didn’t think he could improve.

“I’m pretty confident about getting horses right and improving them.

“I’ve done it with a lot of horses in the past and I’m looking forward to it.

“He’s eight weeks away from being at the trials.”

Julio Santarelli