James Harron has made his name buying colts like Capitalist that become stallions, so rarely do you see his syndicate racing a five-year-old gelding like Battleground.
But this son of Snitzel has overcome injury setbacks and will give Harron and his friends the joy of racing for the next couple of years.
Battleground has found his way to the Canberra yard of Matt Dale after a long injury layoff and appears to striking form.
″We usually sell them, but he wouldn’t have passed the vet for Hong Kong after his problems, so we kept him,″ Harron said.
″The group loves racing, and it will be a great story if he can win a couple of races. He had more than 12 months off, but Matt has got him going well and there is a dream of getting into a Kosciuszko with him if things go right.″
″The excitement of raceday with horses like him is special, because he has been with us for a long time.″
Battleground has only won once in nine starts – a Kembla Grange maiden– but split Hightail and Splintex in a Gosford Guineas as a three-year-old to give an indication of his talent when trained by Peter and Paul Snowden.
Dale has nursed him back to the races and feels Battleground has a lot more to offer after finishing second to Sixgun in benchmark company at Randwick on his return.
He is not concerned about taking to Saturday’s Highway Handicap with 62kg and hasn’t bothered to claim with the big weight. Rather, he has booked premier jockey James McDonald.