Thursday, 21 June 2012
Christian Reith's hopes of returning with a feature race win rest with the horse the jockey was suspended aboard last month.
Reith makes his return from a nine-meeting ban on Friday and will partner the Joe Pride-trained See The World in the $100,000 Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford.
Reith's winning ride on See The World at Rosehill on May 26 earned him a careless riding suspension which meant he missed the Stradbroke Handicap mount on Tiger Tees who was unplaced.
"It was frustrating being out but at the end of the day that's racing and things turn around pretty quickly," Reith said.
"I'm hoping to come back in the winner's circle on the first day."
Reith also missed See The World's last start when the sprinter was beaten just over 1-1/2 lengths when fourth in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
The winner of that race, Alberton Park, is favourite for the Takeover Target Stakes at $2.60.
June Stakes placegetter Skytrain is at $4.20 and See The World $6.50.
"He (See The World) has come back in great order this preparation and seems to be a lot happier horse this time in," Reith said.
"It's going to be a tricky race for him tomorrow because Gosford is a smaller, tight-turning track and he is a backmarker.
"He'll need a bit of luck but if he gets that he should run well."
Pride will be chasing back-to-back wins in the Gosford feature after preparing Title to score an upset victory last year.
Formerly known as the Pacesetter Stakes, the race was renamed in honour of internationally acclaimed sprinter Takeover Target who claimed his first stakes win in the 2004 edition.
The field will be led out by Mustard who finished second to Takeover Target in the Pacesetter eight years ago and was retired from the racetrack last month.
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