After having his spring campaign cut short after one start, promising Adelaide speedster Gytrash is building towards a return in one of Melbourne’s feature sprints.
Gytrash was a luckless second in the Group Three The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield on August 31 before he was sidelined through injury.
Trainer Gordon Richards, who has fellow four-year-old Bold Star heading to Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington, said Gytrash was on a path towards a return in the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 15.
“He jarred up pretty badly after The Heath and he needed to have a bit of a break to get him back on track.
“If we had given him just a short break and got him back racing then you’re in no-mans land. So we thought we’d tip him out then and have a break with the Lightning and Newmarket in mind.”
Gytrash beat Standish Handicap winner Halvorsen in a 1000m handicap for three-year-olds at Flemington last June before adding the Listed Creswick Stakes over the 1200m at the same track a couple of weeks later.
“He’s come back terrific,” Richards said.
The winner of six of his 14 starts, Gytrash is high in an early all-in market for the Newmarket Handicap at $15.
Group One-winning three-year-old colts Bivouac and Exceedance and triple Group One-winning five-year-old gelding Nature Strip head the market at $8.