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Clear For Action in Moonee Valley comeback
Mathew Toogood
06:57 AEST Sat Jun 29 2013

After 88 weeks without a race and a change of country, Clear For Action gets the chance to re-ignite his career at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

And the ex-Singapore galloper will be ridden by a jockey who is also on a comeback trail.

Clear For Action, now in the care of Jim Conlan, hasn't started since his second in the Group One Raffles Cup in Singapore in October 2011 and has made his way back from a tendon injury.

The five-year-old won three of his nine starts in Singapore for trainer Cliff Brown and finished second in three Group Ones before suffering the injury.

"Cliff has been to the property I train at, Pinecliff, and thought the horse would have a better chance of making it back at this facility than what he had available to him in Singapore," Conlan said.

Clear For Action had a long spell followed by six weeks of working on the water walker and has been with Conlan for the past four months building up to a return.

"I think he's a pretty good galloper but it's very hard for me to line up Singapore form with Australian form. I don't know how you could," Conlan said.

Conlan admits Saturday's The Peak Handicap (1200m) will provide him with the best guide on where to head with Clear For Action because the gelding hasn't been exposed to race pressure for a long time.

The trainer is hoping to see the son of Commands settle in the run before hitting the line strongly for jockey Mark Zhara.

"I'll have a much better understanding of the horse after tomorrow," the trainer said.

Zahra has had both his hips operated on since his last race ride on Sandown Guineas day in November but Conlan was happy to call on him for the ride.

"I was aware of where Mark was at in his comeback and I knew the horse would be the right weight for him, so he won't have to waste too hard," he said.

Zahra's success for Conlan includes winning the Group One Doomben Cup on Above Deck in 2006.


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