Spud will again be out to prove he is harshly named at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting.
Spud started his career in England, where he posted a 15-length win at his second start for the Tom Dascombe stable before his transfer to Hong Kong.
A name change to the more formidable Super Giant failed to help the gelding recapture his UK form before a tendon injury ended his Hong Kong career after seven winless runs.
Spud reverted to his original name when he joined the Jason Warren and Dean Krongold camp in 2019 but it took the now six-year-old more than a year to make his Australian debut.
Spud repaid connections’ patience with a first-up win at Bendigo last month.
“It was a terrific effort, a really good win, especially when you consider all the gear we took off him when he arrived,” Krongold said.
“He had pacifiers, blinkers, a nose roll and a tongue tie on him but we took all that off and ran him with nothing on and he went very well.”
Spud showed plenty of promise with his win at Bendigo last month.Source:Getty Images
Krongold said Spud had improved significantly since his first-up run heading into Wednesday’s MRC Membership Handicap (1400m) at Sandown.
However, the Mornington trainer said the camp needed to vary Spud’s work to avoid the muscle issues that can often affect horses recovering from tendon trouble.
“He’s trained on well and the main thing is he’s remained sound,” Krongold said.
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Horse Racing: With only a few strides to go the heavily backed favourite has slammed on the brakes leaving punters heartbroken.
“With horse like him that have had tendon injuries, they can continue to have soft tissue injuries so we just have to stay on top of that.
“He does plenty of work on the treadmill and at the beach and that has been great for him.
“He’ll go well as long as the track isn’t rain-affected.”
Clayton Douglas will stick with Spud at Sandown after riding the Irish-bred galloper to his Bendigo win.
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