Harness Briefs - 16th September

Stent ready for workouts

September is likely to get even better for 2000 race-winning driver Colin De Filippi.

The Ellesmere horseman has, along with wife and training partner Julie, 2015 New Zealand and Australian Trotter of the Year Stent set to resume at the official workouts next week.

A hole in a suspensory ligament de-railed Stent’s career when he was in peak form two years ago.

He’s on song for a long-awaited comeback, though Colin says the next month will tell the story whether the now nine-year-old square-gaiter will handle an increased work load.

The Dream Vacation gelding has raced 69 times for 30 wins and $1.156 million in earnings.

The Black Prince sold

One of last season’s more promising three-year-olds, The Black Prince, is headed for Australia.

The Bettor’s Delight gelding last raced in the Jewels in early June, finishing sixth behind Ashley Locaz for trainer/driver Todd MacFarlane.

He was in the early stages of a three-year-old campaign that was gearing towards tackling feature races at Christmas time.

But a large, surprise offer came out of the blue last week connections reluctantly agreed to sell him.

He flies to Sydney on Wednesday and will join the stable of Newcastle trainer Roy Roots Jnr.

Other northern horses sold to Australian interests in the past week have been Linc’s Tiger, Silky Smooth Excuse and Bettors Pocket.