Day At The Track

Escapee on comeback trail

12:45 PM 07 Aug 2015 NZST
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Escapee - Being set for the Dominion Handicap in November
Escapee - Being set for the Dominion Handicap in November

The former harness racing trotting queen Escapee is back in full work.

The former age group trotting queen was retired to stud in 2013 but she is now to attempt a comeback aimed principally at the Group 1 Dominion Handicap in November at Addington Raceway.

She has been in work for some time at Rolleston under the direct eye of the All Star foreman Duane Marfisi who has taken a keen interest in her comeback which is a strong sign she can regain her peak form for owner Trevor Casey.

Escapee had a filly foal in her absence to Muscle Hill but she is still only seven and at her best would be a match for nearly any open trotter about.

Escapee was first or second in 20 of her 34 starts to date (11 wins) and has already won over $270,000.

"It seemed worthwhile when you considered everything." 

"She had a suspensory problem when I retired her but she is well over that and much more settled than she used to be now as an older mare as well."

"She is still the only trotter around who has beaten Stent more times than he has beaten her."

She has not been overraced and is still quite young as trotters go."

" She is not that far away from the trials but if we have any problems with her I won't risk her, she can go straight back in the broodmare paddock," Trevor said

Trevor's star trotter Stent is keeping his passport in the draw this year as far as North America goes.

Invited to an  US$1,000,000 International trot at Yonkers on October 10th, Trevor has had to decline the invitation this year.

" Stent has had a good break and there is just not enough time to get him ready for such a challenging race."

"We would be taking on the best in the world and you can't do that on a rushed preparation."

" I told the North Americans that if he continues this season to race as well as he did last season then we would love to come up and match him with the best next year," Trevor said

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