Mandy Joan returns to action

23 July 2021 16:40:28 GMTPlus10

Trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo is hoping to get Mandy Joan back to her best as the mare prepares to return to action following a lengthy spell out.

Mandy Joan has not raced for seven months but is set to contest the Bridge Bar Open At Every AFL Game Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The draw has not been kind after she landed barrier nine on the outside but De Campo is not too downbeat.

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Instead he takes plenty of heart from her performance in a recent trial at Pinjarra when she blew away the field to win by almost nine lengths.

De Campo is keen to get his charge back to her best and Friday night's outing is the start of what he hopes will be a successful campaign.

"She is a class mare and I was happy with her trial," De Campo said ahead of the race.

"Obviously, starting from barrier nine will make it hard. We’ll sit her up and let her run home. I hope I can get her back to her best in this preparation."

Meanwhile reinsman Aldo Cortopassi is also hopeful his charge Smooth Rye will go well after landing a tidy draw in barrier three.

"She is going really well and it will pay to forget her latest run," Cortopassi added. "They all came in a rush and I stayed in, and then nothing opened up after that. This is a winnable race. The more you hold her up, the better she is."

And champion driver Gary Hall jnr believes the Justin Prentice-trained Bettor Get It On will be in the mix from barrier five.

"Her form is good. But there are a few of her. When she turns up, she is hard to beat," he said.

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