AFTER an impressive 2016-17 campaign, Karloo Damajor will make his return to racing on Wednesday night at Dubbo Paceway.
The Barry Lew-trained gelding won seven of his 18 starts last season as well as notching up six placings.
That led to his naming as the Horse of the Year at the Dubbo club last season but his success wasn’t just limited to his home track as he also scored three victories at Bathurst to finish his 2016-17 campaign.
On Wednesday the now five-year-old son of Art Major will line up in the West Dubbo IGA Pace (2120m) with Bathurst’s Mat Rue back in the gig.
From eight previous starts on his home track, Karloo Damajor has only once missed out on a placing, his most recent win there coming in July with Rue doing the driving.
Rue has driven Karloo Damajor in all but six of his 31 career starts and has played an important role in helping him to an impressive 71 percent placing record.
On Wednesday as Karloo Damajor has his first start since August 30, he will go from barrier five in a small field of seven.
He is likely to sit back with a trail while there will also be much attention on the Steve Turnbull-trained duo Star Writer and Oh I Am The One.
Star Writer, with 13 wins from 65 starts, will go from gate two with Mitch Turnbull in the gig while Amanda Turnbull will drive the equally experienced Oh I Am The One, who has recorded 13 wins in 60 career races.
Six-year-old Oh I Am The One struggled for form recently, running last in each of his past three starts.
He also hasn’t had a win since August of this year.
As well as the return of Karloo Damajor, there will also be two heats of the Gilgandra-sponsored Windmill series.
Each of the three heats is sponsored by a Gilgandra business, or businesses, with the final to be run at the Dubbo track on December 3.
Each of the heats features a number of hometown hopes.
In the first, sponsored by Gilgandra Veterinary Clinic, will see Brad Peisley’s Jogalong Dee battle the Allan Biles-trained Young Rusty and Lester Hoy’s Bossy Elec.
Peisely will have Abercrombie Lisa in the second heat, sponsored by Joe Shalhoub Pelican Glass, alongside Peter Gavin’s Big Bill, Ian Edmunds’ The Rebel King and also the Syd Kiriakou-trained Medonc.
The third heat is sponsored by Bakers Earthmoving and will see Zodiac Dream, trained by Bill Lesslie, racing James Sutton’s Kiama Sutra, Peter Lew’s Nekite River and Mister Satchmo, trained by Peisley.
Racing starts 6.05pm.