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Harness Racing: Stanley excited by star return

Trainer-driver Mick Stanley has high hopes for his star two-year-old Soho Almasi when she makes her return from injury at Tabcorp Park, Menangle on Saturday night.

The group-one winner has not raced since May 2021 but is now back to full fitness and Stanley is excited to see what she can do when she races in The Big Screen Company Pace.

Injury issues

Stanley says Soho Almasi has been suffering from a form of bone bruising in her hind ankles, but thankfully they got to the bottom of the problem.

Soho Almasi was one of three of Stanley’s stable that performed well at Stawell on Monday. Along with Drain The Swamp and Let It Linga they all won first-up so it is no surprise that Stanley is in a bullish mood.

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Out of all three of his horses, Stanley admits Soho Almasi has him the most excited.

Spell works wonders

“It wasn’t until we put her through the MRI that we found it. X-rays weren’t picking it up because it was bruising and not fractures,” Stanley said.

“It didn’t need surgery or anything of the like, they just told me to give her a good three-month spell, let her mature and let the bones strengthen up and what have you.

“We got her back in and we haven’t had her back through the scanner as yet, but she hasn’t shown any signs that we’ve had to check her out.

“It’s been a good preparation so far, she hasn’t shown any kinds of soreness. Not just in her trackwork but in the trial (Melton, March 8) as well, she’s got her speed back which is what she lost.

“She’s the one in the stable at the moment that I’m really looking forward to getting back to the races.”

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