Put another nickle on Macknuckle
Dual Listed Canberra Cup victor Macknuckle will make his long awaited return from injury this weekend when he lines up in the last race on the card at Randwick.
Unseen since finishing a narrow second at Flemington in the Byron Moore Handicap on New Year's Day over two years ago the now eight-year-old will make his return from a serious tendon injury that at one stage was going to bring about his premature retirement.
Trained by Bernie Howlett, the son of Moon Rocket will make his debut for the Keith Dryden stable on Saturday with Howlett inactive for the next six months following a shoulder injury.
"Bernie [Howlett] is having a shoulder reconstruction and is out of action for six months so I'm only looking after him for the time being," Dryden said.
Although he has proven fresh in the past, Dryden is not one to get his hopes up for Saturday with his main concern being the horse's well being.
"I've looked after the leg and he seems to be travelling well he's not sore at all," Dryden said.
"He seems to be going okay, he couldn't win a race like that he's a 2000m horse he's just getting ready first up.
"He is two and a half years older now so you'd expect that would take a bit off him but at this stage we are hoping to just get around safely and run a nice race on Saturday."
Having notched up consecutive Canberra Cup victories in 2009 and 2010 connections are simply hoping they can enjoy another success with the talented stayer.
"He's fully sound now but he is a lot older so it will be interesting to see how he comes back," Dryden said.
"At the moment we are just planning to push ahead with him and see where we can get.
"The owners would love to win another race with him.
"I'd hope to get up to 2000m after three or so starts and hopefully when he does he will be competitive."
While not one to fire in his track work Dryden claims he has little concerns.
"I've been happy with his work but he only does what he has to do," Dryden said.
"He doesn't go out there and run you any time or anything like that but I've dealt with horses like this before and as long as we got him fit that's all that matters."