Travinator Primed For Return

18
Dec

After enduring a frustrating 2014 Dan Pearce believes Travinator deserves to bow out the year with a feature win.

Two throat operations and a number of niggling injuries has restricted the talented gelding to just three starts.

The six-year-old speedster defeated Terkel at Ascot, ran second to glamour mare Magnifisio in the Northam Stakes and finished fourth to Thateldo at Belmont.

After a successfully negotiating a warm up trial at Lark Hill, Travinator has marked his return in the Listed R.S.Crawford Stakes (1000m) on Saturday.

“I’m really happy and it’s the best that I have had him for a while,” said Pearce.

“I think he deserves to have a crack and win a Listed race.

“He is not the sort of horse that will be up for a long preparation.

“With his issues you want to make sure with every step he takes he is more than ready for.

“He is ready to go.”

Travinator, who has won eight of 13 races including six over a 1000m, will start from barrier five for jockey Peter Knuckey.

The Moysater gelding has only been beaten once in six first up attempts.

Travinator ran the quickest 950m trial when defeating Ignition by 1 ¼ lengths on December 1.

Ignition, prepared by Sharon Taylor, scored a blistering all-the-way win when resuming at Ascot on Wednesday.

“I watched the race with interest but my bloke trialled pretty well past him,” said Pearce.

“There is no doubting my guy’s ability to do it on the day and it will be nice to see him do it without his problems.”

RWWA: Julio Santarelli