Trainer Dan Morton is excited by the imminent return of his multiple stakes winner Man Booker.

Sidelined for eight months after surgery to his hind leg, Man Booker will run in Saturday week’s Amelia Park Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Ascot.

“I couldn’t be happier with him and can’t wait to see him back,” Morton told the Races WA.

“The Roma Cup is shaping as a terrific race and there will be stiff opposition.

“But he is looking fantastic and working well, he is where I want him to be.

“His stride length is exactly where it was before the injury which indicates all his normal with him.

“He will probably have two and maybe three starts this preparation, but I’m leaning to just the two runs.

“I absolutely thrilled to have him back.”

Following the Amelia Park Roma Cup Man Booker will tackle the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on May 30. The Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) remains an option two weeks later.

Man Booker has not raced since he competed a Listed interstate double.

The Discorsi gelding won the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich in June and three months later claimed the Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont.

The quality seven-year-old has won 12 races and been placed on three occasions from 27 starts for prizemoney of $1,057,960.

Julio Santarelli