Gurney returns to action

08 September 2018 09:32:35 EST

Trainer Ian Gurney is glad to be back among the action with four of his pacers set to return to racing at Albion Park on Sunday night.

Smooth Showgirl and Ideal Scott will contest the Welcome Advice Open Pace over 1660m while Our Hi Jinx and Sparkling Cullect start in the Stanley Rio Pace over 1660m.

Gurney is not expecting too much from them and is just delighted to be back on the track.

"It's good to be back, I've had an ordinary time of it lately owing to viruses and other niggling setbacks in my team but we're back amongst it," Gurney said. "I'm happy with all of them but obviously they will improve with whatever they do this weekend."

All four runners have had a number of trials in recent weeks to be readied for their respective assignments and Gurney is hoping for some luck.

"Most have been off the scene for 15 weeks or longer so it's tough coming straight back into this grade but there's no other options for them," Gurney added. "All their work and preparation has been pleasing and now it's just a matter of getting back out there and getting the miles into their legs.

"Smooth Showgirl won her most recent trial on Tuesday night when leading most of the way; she's got class and landed a good draw so I'm hopeful she will measure up. Ideal Scott has drawn a touch wide with some in-form runners drawn to his inside so he might require some luck.

"Both Our Hi Jinx and Sparkling Cullect should prove competitive, their trial form is pretty good and the small field will suit both of them. It looks like being a good night and I'm happy to be part of it."

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