Promising four-year-old Ma And Pa resumes off a six-month break for his first run as a gelding in a maiden plate for the boys over 1300m at Hawkesbury on Tuesday and, judging from two smart lead-up trial wins, this lightly raced son of late super sire Redoute’s Choice and group 1-winning mare Dear Demi is set to return a completely different galloper.
Ma And Pa showed plenty of promise on debut in mid-February when he beat all but the winner on the Kensington track.
But two weeks later he tailed off in a poor run as a well-backed favourite at Warwick Farm after copping a couple of early bumps, racing wide and hanging out badly for much of the journey.
He was abruptly sidelined from racing by stewards, an embargo that was only lifted at the end of the 2020/21 season.
But the Chris Waller stable went back to the drawing board, wasting little time in spelling and then gelding him before beginning a patiently planned return to the track.
Carrying the well-known Strawberry Hill colours, Ma And Pa finally gets another chance to show what he can do.
Drawn a few spots further out, progressive four-year-old Sabino can provide stiff opposition at his third start.
Meanwhile, smart four-year-old Patrolling can put a stop on emerging and promising former South Australian mare Oh Please Dianna in a benchmark 64 duel over 1100m to close the meeting.
Patrolling looks ready to win again after a gallant second-up run in a stronger Kensington race where he made up a stack of ground after travelling wide.
He has drawn much better at Hawkesbury, but a stern test will come from lightly raced Oh Please Dianna, who made a successful start to her NSW career by winning a benchmark 64 at Goulburn first up for nearly nine months after being transferred from Adelaide.
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