After finishing second in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown,believes former Victorian Derby winner Scandalman is nearly back to his best. Scandalman was having his fourth run back from a lengthy spell and has improved steadily with each run this campaign.
"Ian (Wilson trainer) gave him four trials to get him ready to race and while the trials were good hit-outs he needed to get some racing under his belt," Douglass said.
"He is a stallion and during his break he was very big and fat and it has been a job to get the weight off him but he is definitely getting fitter and fitter with each run."
Douglass expected a good performance at Bankstown but was even more confident of a forward showing after completing the warm up.
"He felt very sharp in the preliminary on Saturday night, he felt like he was ready to run a race and I actually thought on the turn I was a chance of beating Washakie but he held us to about a length all the way up the straight.
"Scandalman won't be going to the Newcastle Cup, he chased very hard in the Treuer and has had four runs in four weeks so he won't be racing this weekend but I'm sure Ian will have him in somewhere the following week, there are a couple of options coming up including the Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst."
Scandalman is still assessed M0 but Douglass expects him to take the next step in his career within twelve months.
"I think we all expect this season to be the one when Scandalman starts racing against the better opposition and I'm sure he is ready to make that step up, he will benefit from the experience of chasing home horses like Washakie."
"The Treuer was a good race for the stable because Tori Jack finished fifth as well and it was good to see him run so well."
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |