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Former 2YO Breeders Crown champion Flightpath could be set for a shock return to the racetrack after he returned in a trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday. Flightpath was sent to stud after winning nearly $300,000 in a 36-start career but owner Wayne Honan has decided to give the son of Artsplace another chance at harness racing at the grand old age of eleven. Honan was pleased with Flightpath's performance in the trial after finishing second behind Glenferrie Hood and will reassess his options later in the week. "I was happy with his performance, it was his first major sprint up since being back in work so I will take him home for a couple of days and see how he handled it," Honan said. "If he doesn't make it back then I'm comfortable with that, I had the property on the market and was unsure where to stand him so I thought I would give him a chance to race again." Honan is confident he will attract mares if he returns to stallion duties next season. "He'll get mares if he returns to stud but I'm interested to see how he copes, he has to learn to back off again because he got pretty fired up behind the mobile in the trial but his zest for racing seemed to be there, I guess time will tell. "I took him to the Eugowra Show and I think he went 2:04 there so it didn't really give me any guide where he was at but they went 1:54.8 in the trial and he hasn't done any speed work so I'd expect him to improve off that." After spending several seasons at stud, Flightpath could be excused for carrying extra condition early on in his preparation but Honan is happy with his condition. "He's not too bad, there is a little bit extra there but to look at him he looks pretty athletic for a horse of his age." Flightpath's dam Express Post finished second in the Bathurst Gold Tiara behind Yeronga Songbird and produced two other foals, Petousa and For Dear Life. Some of the 34 winners Flightpath has sired include Alphitonia, Tulhurst Sarsha, Flytomo, Quagmire and Flight Express. Greg Hayes

Well known harness racing trainer Wayne Honan is pressing ahead with plans to try his former star pacer Flightpath again and at this stage everything is on track. It is over 75 months since the son of Artsplace set foot on a racetrack but the eleven year old has had a lot of solid groundwork in his preparation for a return to racing. "It has been in the back of my mind to try him again for quite a while but with him being at stud I have never taken it any further." However when it looked like I had sold the farm earlier this year and he wasn't going to stand this year, I thought then it would be a good time to see if still had what it takes to be competitive." Wayne said. Flightpath was a star two year old, taking out the $314,000 Australasian Breeders Crown Final at Ballarat and after a run of issues over the next two years following that great win, he was retired to stud the winner of twelve lifetime for stakes totaling $290,694.  Flightpath was well received in his initial two years at stud and although the mares weren't top class they were nice middle of the road mares. He left 23 winners from his first crop including such good types as Alphitania 1:57.3 ($71,645) Tulhurst Sarsha 1:55.8 ($58,545) and Flytomo 1:58.3 ($ 53,783)  and seemed off to a good start. The talented Quagmire 1:56.1 ($53,165) quickly followed in year two but then a decision to move the stallion away from Golden Gait Stud did the horse more damage than good with the quality of the mares dropping while the number of mares served dropped bigtime as well. Still there are plenty of Flightpath progeny doing a good job with the latest being Lucy Lamb who is unbeaten in four todate and goes around in the $30,600 Eugowra Cup later today. Wayne has being varying Flightpath's training as he gets closer to a resumption with a view to keeping his mind on the job. " I have started swimming him again which he loves and I have been driving him around the farm in his work as well. " In the next couple of weeks I will head down to Sydney and look for a trial for him." " If he handles that okay I will start looking for a suitable race to kick off this campaign," Wayne said. It should be an interesting few weeks as we watch to see if the talented Flightpath still has what it takes to be competitive on the track. Harnesslink Media

The 2013 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am next Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale is an integral part of the annual Bathurst Gold Crown harness racing carnival and has been the nursery of numerous 'black type' winners. One hundred and forty-six top quality lots will go under the hammer by 46 different sires.

Many of New South Wales’ leading harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24.

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, the source of harness racing Group 1 winners Ima Spicey Lombo, Four Trumps, Albert Terrill, Hannah McKenzie, Willie Morris, Burrell, Kadoopy and Strong Ambition, will be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am.

The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, the source of Group 1 winners Ima Spicey Lombo, Four Trumps, Albert Terrill, Hannah McKenzie, Willie Morris, Burrell, Kadoopy and Strong Ambition, will be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 24, starting at 11am.

The 2012 Bathurst Gold Crown Harness Racing Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground next Sunday (March 25), starting at 11am. The sale comprises 163 lots by 55 different sires including the world's fastest ever racehorse Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8.

Many of New South Wales' leading stud farms have thrown their support behind this year's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with quality harness racing stock.

There are over 50 harness racing sires represented in the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 25.

Any doubts about Maffioso’s standing as a leading contender for next Saturday night’s $150,000 Group 1 Alabar Victoria Derby grand final were erased tonight (February 23) when the star colt was a dashing winner of the opening $20,000 heat.

The $400,000 Hankook Tyres Hunter Cup and the $50,000 Sky Channel Dullard Trotters Cup might be the Group 1 races on Sunday’s Moonee Valley program, but they aren’t the only events certain to keep racegoers captivated.

Flightpath, the Austraslasian Breeders' Crown champion, was sold this morning (December 24), pending a favourable veterinary examination, adding to Dobson's growing stable of stallions.

The Equine Influenza virus, which has brought Queensland racing to a standstill, has provided promising young reinsman Brent Livingstone with a rare opportunity.

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