IM The Majorstar could be a promising late bloomer for KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris.
The three-year-old Art Major colt makes his third career start when he journeys to Wednesday night’s meeting at Bathurst Paceway, looking for win number two.
Im The Majorstar missed his two-year-old season due to disease and is still learning the ropes when it comes to the racing scene.
He made a winning start at Newcastle on debut before early troubles stifled his chances at Penrith – issues which have seen him shifted to the outside of the draw for Wednesday’s race.
The Menangle-based runner goes around in the Evolution Series Heat (1,730 metres) where he will get the chance to race against horses his own age for the first time.
Morris, who has the drive on Wednesday, said the Evolution Series has come about at the perfect time for his runner.
“It’s a good sort of race for Im The Majorstar, who’s a late-developing horse. You don’t get many races for those his age and you often find yourself racing against older horses. This gives us something to aim for with him,” he said.
“He was good at Newcastle. It probably wasn’t the strongest field but it’s always harder to go against the older horses, even when they’ve only had two wins from 50 starts, because they’re used to it.
“He didn’t have too much go his way at Penrith, and I thought he was a little hard done by. He was racing against older horses and they got a bit stirred up at the start. That set him off a bit, put him into a canter, but he settled down.”
Morris said it was just great to see Im The Majorstar on the track after his troubles last season.
“He had a carpal bone disease, so it’s just about letting him his body catch up to his bones. Because of that we’ve had to be very patient with him,” he said.
“Our main aim for him will be something like the Breeders Challenge. He probably looked like one of our most promising two-year-olds but these things happen.
“We still have to take things day by day with him.”
Wednesday’s small field for the Evolution Series Heat boasts a relatively inexperienced field.
An exception is Chris Frisby’s in-form runner Uncle Ryan, who has already won a heat in this series and finished third in a final.
Michael Munro’s Keeping It Real comes in with the most starts of any runner. The filly will be first up from a short spell, aiming to repeat her success at Dubbo in her latest start.
Turner and Morris will bring three runners to the Bathurst meeting, with Promoted and Mojo Major also making the trip.
Wednesday’s eight race meeting gets underway from 6.02pm, with the Evolution heat at 9.13pm.