Right or Wrong returns after a year on the sidelines to take his first step towards a belated stakes win at Eagle Farm.
The gelding has his first start since the correpsonding meeting last year when he tackles Saturday’s Open Hcp (1200m).
Trainer Lindsay Gough has long believed Right Or Wrong could win a stakes race but has been stymied on two occasions.
As a three-year-old Right Or Wrong showed his class when fourth in the Sunshine Coast Guineas behind superstar Winx, and second in the Daybreak Lover Stakes.
Gough was looking to bigger things for Right Or Wrong but connections wanted him to race at the Darwin carnival where he was second in the Northern Territory Derby.
Right or Wrong returned to Gough’s Eagle Farm stable and early last year won three races on end before an unlucky third in the Members Cup at Doomben on February 27.
He then injured a tendon and was sent to Lee Everson, a Victorian noted for his work with leg problems.
Gough has taken Right Or Wrong along slowly since he came back to the stable.
“He had eight months with Lee and then he has been back with us for three months. We watch the tendon all the time but it seems to be OK,” Gough said.
Right Or Wrong won a trial at Deagon on Tuesday where he got back early but was able to finish off strongly.
“He didn’t beat much in the trial but then again we didn’t ask him for much.”
Gough said he would obviously monitor Right Or Wrong over the next few days but at this stage he was ready to run in the Open.
“He has had two jump-outs and a trial so he is as fit as you would want at this stage of his campaign,” Gough said.
All things going well, Right or Wrong will press on into the winter carnival.
“I have always thought he is up to winter carnival class against the better horses. This is his year to prove it,” Gough said.
Paul Hammersley, who rode Right Or Wrong in the trial, has the mount on Saturday.
“Paul has got a feel for him and his style should suit the horse,” Gough said.