Ian Savins is upbeat about the return to racing of Black Passion at Ballina on Sunday despite the presence of some up-and-coming sprinters.
Black Passion has been ready to race for a few weeks but washed out meetings and deleted races have forced the Casino trainer to wait until now.
“She is ready to go again and is showing all the signs that she is going just as well as before she went for a break,” Savins said.
“The only reason she went out after her last win at Port Macquarie was because I thought the long trip (4-1/2 hours) would have taken a bit out of her as well as the run.
“I have a good opinion of her and after this race she will go to Brisbane for a Saturday-class race in two weeks.”
Black Passion will resume in the Lennox Wave Class 3 (1010m) where the higher-weighted Wiangaree and Footprintinthesand also have strong winning claims.
Black Passion is raced by Savins and Michael and Sharon Herrmann and to date the daughter of Danewin hasn’t failed to earn a cheque.
In fact, her record from five starts could be even better, according to her trainer.
At her first three starts Black Passion was ridden off the pace, but at her next two starts camped right on the speed for two impressive wins.
Her first came at Casino by 7-1/2 lengths before she again won comfortably at Port Macquarie.
“She was placed at her first three starts, but probably would have won before her fourth if she was ridden differently to what I thought would suit her,” Savins said.
“She went out on a winning note and it does take a fair horse to win a maiden then her next start as well.”
Black Passion has also shown she is adaptable to the wet, winning on a heavy (8) in May.
Footprintinthesand has only raced three times for two wins, the latest at Grafton after more than a year off the scene.