Keano back on track

Listed winner Keano will be looking to continue his love affair with the 1000m Flemington straight course when he returns to Australian racing on Saturday.

The four-year-old, who is returning to racing after two unplaced Group 1 runs in New Zealand during the summer, is two for two over 1000m at headquarters and will be aiming to make three from three in the TCL Electronics Plate this weekend.

Assistant trainer Gerard Tesoriero said the stable was looking forward to the four-year-old resuming.

“He loves the straight track and he has performed well fresh in the past so we are expecting him to run well,” Tesoriero said.

Tesoriero said the Pins stallion thrived during a spell at his birthplace, Waikato Stud, following his close up fifth and seventh in the Group 1 Trentham Stakes and Waikato Sprint.

“He returned to us in terrific order. His preparation has progressed very well and we are looking for him to improve even further this campaign.”

The O’Brien stable has booked apprentice Billy Egan for the ride to utilise his 2kgs claim given the handicapper allotted Keano top weight of 59kg for the race.

In other stable news promising three-year-old Eraset resumes at the Flemington meeting over 1200m, while last start winner Social Drinker is heading to Adelaide for an 1100m race.

Eraset showed good promise during his first preparation stringing four wins together in a row before a couple of close unplaced performances at Group level.

“He did an excellent job in his first preparation so with that experience under his belt we will be looking for him to take another step forward this preparation.”

Photo by Trackside Photography

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