Monday, 16 July 2012
Whether he makes it back as a competitive racehorse or not, Murray's Sun will be given every chance to do what he loves best by trainer Bridget Jones who is hoping to reignite his career at Rosehill on Saturday.
Murray's Sun created headlines three years ago when Jones brought him to Sydney from Dubbo, firstly because of his trainer's name but later because of his ability.
The fictional Bridget Jones's diary is peppered with one disaster after another and for the real life Jones, her ups and downs with Murray's Sun could fill a book.
In the spring of 2009, Murray's Sun achieved a milestone for Jones when he followed a Saturday metropolitan win at Randwick with third in the Tramway Handicap won by Rangirangdoo.
While Rangirangdoo rose through the ranks to become a regular Group One performer, Murray's Sun succumbed to ongoing back problems and spent most of 2010 on the sidelines.
After one start at Scone in May 2011, he was forced out again and Saturday's 1200m open handicap, which attracted nine entries, will be just his 20th start.
"After Scone he was knocked flat by a virus," Jones said.
"He has has ongoing back problems and then we discovered he has bone cysts in both back hocks.
"We treated him with injections and then just let nature take care of it over time.
"He has come back really well and he won a trial easily and pulled up well from that which was a great relief."
Jones has five horses in work with room for a few more but she always a special place for Murray's Sun who she bought for $900 for a return so far of almost $130,000.
"Whether he still wants to do it (race) we'll find out on Saturday," she said.
"But he doesn't like being in the paddock.
"And when we took him to the trials he got very excited to be there.
"We're doing this for him but he owes us nothing and we'll find out on Saturday where we are.
"We just take it day by day with him."
Murray's Sun will get into the race close to the limit weight, ruling Kody Nestor, who rode the veteran in his Mudgee trial win, out of the Rosehill mount.
Jones said she would wait to find out whether Kathy O'Hara was available before looking elsewhere.