Trainer Justin Warwick has reunited with one of his favourite horses and is confident the rising nine-year-old can reproduce some of his past magic.
Material Man, a multiple stakes winner and $1.7 million stakes earner, has returned to his original home and re-joined Warwick’s stable.
“I missed him like a brother when he was gone,” Warwick said.
“To be honest I was getting sad watching him go around, so I’m glad that he is back here.
“He will go to the Strickland Stakes and the Vase which is a fortnight after.
“He will then go for a break and get ready for the Kingston Town.”
Material Man, a son of Vital Equine, scaled his best heights under Warwick’s care in Perth, winning seven feature races since his 2016 debut
He also placed at the elite level, twice runner-up in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (2017-2018) and third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (2018).
Material Man remained in Melbourne with Mornington trainer Pat Carey after he ran 10th to Mystic Journey in the inaugural 2019 All Star Mile at Flemington in March.
Back in Perth he raced twice for Jason Miller, finishing unplaced from difficult draws in the Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
The Strickland Stakes (2000m) is run at Belmont on June 27 and the Swan River Vase (2200m) on July 11.
Meanwhile Warwick predicted a bright future for The Singing Tiger after the three-year-old’s strong win on debut at Belmont yesterday (Wednesday).
“I bred him and he’s the first horse that we have bred that has actually won a race,” Warwick said.
“He is going to be a promising horse by the looks of it.”
Petticoat Junction didn’t match her stable mate’s success and after missing the start finished well back behind La Bionda in a 2100m event.
Warwick said plans for the mare to tackle the Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m) on July 4 has been dealt a blow
“She might have had enough, I’m not too sure,” Warwick said.
“It’s disappointing because the Oaks is coming up.
“It wasn’t good what I saw yesterday, but she also had no luck in the run.”