Exciting comeback pacer Raging Bull may be having his first start for some 19 months at Addington on Friday night, but his new trainer John Parsons is confident that he can win, despite the fact that he has had no trials or workouts in preparation for his resumption.
“He is as fit as I can have him without having a run under his belt,” said Parsons. “He is a five-year-old stallion having his first run in a long time, so you wouldn’t quite know what he is going to do on raceday, but on his work he is definitely up to winning,” he added.
Raging Bull, who hasn’t raced since finishing second to superstar pacer Christen Me on October 12 2012, has been in work with Parsons for four months after standing a season at Dancingonmoonlight Stud, where he served a book of 32 mares.
“He went in a suspensory and was retired to stud, but time is a good healer and at this stage his legs seems good. However, he is still a day-to-day proposition,” he warned.
The bulky son of Christian Cullen and San Sophia (Artsplace) was sent to Parsons by his owner Haleen David, who recently bought out the stallions other connections.
“Haleen rung me up out of the blue one day and said he wanted to try him on the beach,” said Parsons. “At this stage I am very glad that he did,” he enthused.
Raging Bull, who was formerly trained by Cran Dalgety, has had 10 starts to date for five wins and five seconds. However, since Raging Bull disappeared off the harness racing scene, we have worked out just how good the only three horses that have ever beaten him are - Christen Me, Smolda (x3), and Ideal Scott.
That’s not a bad form line when you consider he will contest a C2-3 on Friday night.
“On his work he is as good as any harness horses I have been involved with,” said the dual-coded John Parsons.
That’s no mean feat when you consider that Parsons has trained multiple cup class performers including Harnett’s Creek, Scorching, and more recently, Artiface.
“But I am not getting too carried away at this stage,” said Parson. “We will just take things as they come and try and get Friday out of the way before making any rash plans,” he concluded.
Raging Bull has drawn the outside of his gate for his resumption at Addington at 8.35pm, with some handy enough types inside him including Anton Oliver, Jango Fett, Scotlynn Jiggs, and Karanga Red Fantasy.
Meanwhile, Southland trainer-driver Clark Barron has indicated that he is keen to take his star filly Raksdeal to Queensland for the Oaks provided that she comes through the Harness Jewels well.
By Mitchell Robertson