f bad luck comes in threes then smart sprinter Decision Time should be just about out of the woods.
The Clarry Conners-trained gelding is set to resume in the Group Three Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday following a string of setbacks which have restricted him to just three starts in the past year.
He incurred an automatic three-month ban when he bled during his victory in the Stan Fox Stakes (1400m) last September then tore a muscle in his shoulder following his comeback win in the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) in February.
He has also been plagued by feet problems.
“He kept pulling his shoes and they ripped a lot of his feet away,” Conners said.
“So far, he hasn’t done it this time in.
“We had to rebuild his feet and put him on a special diet to help rebuild them as quickly as we could.
“His feet seem to have done great.”
Decision Time has an outstanding first-up record with two wins and a third from three attempts.
He did extra well during his spell and came back to the stable tubby, prompting Conners to give him two barrier trials in preparation for his return.
“He came in very fat, very gross, so we’ve taken our time with him,” Conners said.
“He’s probably been in work for three months or longer.”
Decision Time has topweight of 58kg but proved he could lump that kind of impost in the Fireball when he carried 60.5kg to victory.
He has drawn well in barrier three and Conners envisages him taking a sit off the pace, which there looks to be plenty of courtesy of Starlight Stakes winner Zaratone and the speedy Winter King.
Corey Brown has the mount on Decision Time.