Mantra Lad On An Australian Cup Comeback Trail

Reigning distance champion Mantra Lad is on the comeback trail.

One of the most versatile greyhounds in the land, Mantra Lad sustained a dislocated dew claw and a compound fracture of that dew claw’s bone in a heat of the 1 on December 4 last year.

Subsequently Mantra Lad underwent two operations requiring a month of convalescence.

His trainer, of Catani, said Mantra Lad had been ‘back in work’ for just over a week without any residual effects of the injury.

“I think he’ll return better than ever… He was up for a long time and endured a tough campaign last year,” Jose said.

Jose added he was now eyeing the Carnival (February 7-21) at with Mantra Lad. “I’ll monitor his progress… But I won’t push him,” Jose said.

Mantra Lad revealed his amazing adaptability last year by claiming the Group 1 Championship (720m) prior to finishing second in the Group 1 (520m) and then winning the Shootout (515m).

He is also the 725m joint track record-holder (42.28sec) at The Meadows, and has the fifth fastest time ever (34.19sec) over 600m on that track.

A five-time Group race finalist, Mantra Lad has started on 26 occasions for 11 wins, six seconds and one third. His stakes total $135,805. Mantra Lad was also a finalist in last year’s Group 1 Topgun (525m) and Group 2 AWM Distance Championship (725m).

Mantra Lad is one of 22 greyhounds still in contention for the 2008 award.

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