Group 1 placegetter on comeback path

Group 1 placed sprinter Easy Eddie has come back from the brink and trainer Joe Pride admits it will be an emotional moment if his classy campaigner can complete an amazing return to racing with a win this summer.

The talented son of Super Easy will have just his second start in the past 12 months in Friday’s Christmas Classic at Canterbury after being stuck down with illness in spring last year.

Pride thought he’d lost Easy Eddie for good.

“He was very sick and it looked like it could be it for his career,” Pride said.

“He got pneumonia and after that he got bad colitis and it’s not often horses come back from how bad he was.

“Good athletes do and he has always been a good athlete, and he is a special horse to me.

“I own a bit of him myself and after the team has nursed him back to health, it would be an emotional win when the day arrives.”

Easy Eddie won a Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes last year in March before placing third in the Group 1 The Galaxy behind star sprinters Nature Strip and Pierata.

Easy Eddie winning last year. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

Pride, who claimed the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes on Tuesday with Threeood, is hopeful his classy son of Super Easy can recapture that winning feeling but whether that day is Friday remains a different story.

Easy Eddie was seventh in the Listed Starlight Stakes first up from his lengthy break in November and is expected to get conditions to help his cause on Friday.

Canterbury was rated a soft (7) on Wednesday but conditions throughout the week in Sydney aren’t likely to improve with rain forecast every day this week.

It’s of little concern to Pride, who knows his sprinter is comfortable in rain affected going with four wins and two placings from seven attempts on soft or worse ground.

“He has no problems at all getting through the ground,” Pride said.

“The two best performances in his career were on wet tracks when he won the Maurice McCarten and then in The Galaxy.

“He seems good. He was never going to do much first up but if he is going to get back to his best we need to take it slowly with him, which we have.”

Trainer Joseph Pride will have two runners in the Christmas Classic. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

Sam Clipperton will pilot Easy Eddie from barrier six.

Pride plans to launch a two-pronged attack in the Christmas Classic with Magic Millions bound mare Tahitian Dancer also lining up.

Tahitian Dancer joined Pride’s yard from Shane Nichols in June but failed to make an impact in two wet track runs.

The daughter of Dawn Approach is still likely to take her place in the field despite predicted conditions with Pride keen to get her up to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions next month.

“We have been aiming her at the Magic Millions but it has been a job to get her back up and running this preparation,” Pride said.

“She is going well and I would love to see her on a dry track because she doesn’t want it wet.

“We need to run her before she heads up there.”

The final field for the Christmas Classic was released on Wednesday morning with 12 runners accepting.

Originally published asChristmas gift: Pride galloper back from brink

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