BENDIGO trainer Shaun Dwyer says he is pleased with the way his stable star Miss Leonidas came through his first run back from a lengthy spell at Mornington on Saturday.
The classy mare made an encouraging return to racing, flashing home to finish second behind the Cranbourne-trained sprinter The Centaurian over 1000 metres.
It was the four-year-old's first race start since October last year.
Hampered by setbacks in the ensuing months, Dwyer is hopeful the best is still ahead for Miss Leonidas, a winner of three of her 10 career starts, including one at city-level.
"If she had a few more manners she probably would have won easily - she still does a little bit wrong in her races, particularly the first start each preparation," he said.
"I'm hoping the next start she will be a little bit more settled and not quite so fresh.
"But it was a very good run under the circumstances. She blew the start a bit, as she can when she is first-up, and raced a little bit erratic, but all that said she came very close.
"We will press on. She's obviously had a few issues - she had a couple of internal bleeds last time, but we seem to be on top of that.
"It was just nice to get her to the races - hopefully we can have a few more runs this campaign without taxing her too much."
Dwyer said he would 'highly likely' target a Listed race at Caulfield in three weeks' time over 1100 metres.
The dual Group 1-winning trainer is also looking forward to nice things from recent Yarra Glen winner Brother Paul.
Dwyer will look to back the four-year-old gelding up at Wangaratta on April 12.
"He's been a bit unlucky in his four or five starts to date, but I was very happy with his run," he said.
"He got to the line well - I think the conditions at Wangaratta will suit him down to the ground.
"He's a nice horse - he is no superstar, but he will win a few more races for the owners.
"He is still a lit bit immature even though he's a four-year-old. He seems to be enjoying his racing career. He's eating the best he has in his life, which is a good sign."
Another of Dwyer's city winners Savaju will return to racing at Sandown on April 3.
The five-year-old mare has been out of action since her fifth at Moonee Valley on December 29.
"She won a 1000 metre jump-out the other day very convincingly and we will be going to Sandown with a little bit of confidence," Dwyer said.
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