Following two months on the sidelines Striker Light (pictured in box five winning the Warrnmabool Cup over Zoom Out, box eight) is making her return to racing in heats of the Group 2 Triple M Bendigo Cup, after sustaining a Triangle injury during preparation for the Sapphire Crown.
“Striker did her opposite triangle muscle to last time, but not as bad as the first one,” owner George Farrugia said.
“Brett and Kelly (Bravo) didn’t want to rush her back,they took her recovery slow by swimming and galloping her and she has been trialing really well since returning. Her first sectionals have been impressive which is a great sign.”
Striker’s return comes off the back of a successful Warrnambool Cup campaign which saw her claim the $67,000 feature over speedy Zoom Out.
On Sunday at Bendigo, Striker Light will jump from box one which has only seen her miss out on a placing once.
“We are wrapped with the box draw but there is no doubt she is going to need the run,” Farrugia said.
“There is a lot of speed in her heat and you don’t want to make a mistake with heats like these.”
Striker Light is currently the $1.50 TAB favourite in heat eight over Italian Plastic. Italian Plastic is jumping from box two and is unbeaten in his two starts at the track and distance running 23.64sec for trainer Harry Manolitsis.
Last year Striker Light finished fourth in the Bendigo Cup that saw second reserve Landmark claim the 425m feature.
Striker Light, the daughter of Kc And All and Pretty Fancy is a winner of 27 races (four group races) from 56 starts, equating to almost $690,000 in prize money.