He may have just turned nine years old, but the signs are there that evergreen sprinter Eduardo is set to make his presence felt this spring.
Regular rider Nash Rawiller rode Eduardo to victory in a barrier trial last week at Warwick Farm and labelled him as the horse he’s most looking forward to riding during the upcoming carnival.
“He’s the heaviest he’s ever been, he looks strong and as happy as he ever has, so that’s exciting,” Rawiller said.
“For him, it was like just going even time leading up that trial, under a hold, he did everything I asked him, felt great.
“Hopefully, he can give them a run for their money in The Everest I guess, a race like that is something he certainly deserves.”
WATCH: Eduardo wins his first trial for the spring
Sportsbet has Eduardo at $11 in its market for The Everest, which he finished third in last year.
The pleasing return of Eduardo is a welcome tonic for Rawiller, whose spring was dealt a significant blow when it was announced last month that Think It Over wouldn’t race for the rest of the year due to injury.
The Caulfield Cup winning rider has guided Think It Over to six of his twelve career victories, including his famous win in this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
“There’s a lot of ups and downs in racing and the first disappointment happened before I’d got on a horse, obviously with Think It Over getting a tendon injury,” Rawiller said.
“I had so much to look forward to with him this spring, but that’s racing, we’ve sort of had to move on and we’ve come up with some really nice replacement rides into the rest of the spring that hopefully race well.”
One horse who could fill the void in the feature middle-distance races is talented import Maximal, who Rawiller rode during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
“He ran very well in the Doomben Cup,” he said.
“He pulled very hard in the run and still ran second. He’s one that will go towards those better races, I’m looking forward to riding him.
“I rode him in trackwork during the week, he seems a lot more relaxed and is enjoying his work.”
WATCH: Maximal’s run in the Doomben Cup
Rawiller also named three-year old’s Promitto and Shalatin as two other horses that he’s looking forward to jumping aboard during the spring.