10 December 2011 - Sedgwick trained Will Trapper has made a remarkable comeback to trotting with a sensational victory in Saturday night's Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Mile at Cranbourne.
The win was a outstanding achievement for veteran local trainer John Noonan who harnessed up the 10-year-old son of Keystone Salute for its first triumph since 2009. Will Trapper was at the top of his game three years ago when he won his first Bill Collins Mile, a heat of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship and placed second in the 2008 Inter Dominion Trotting Championship Final. But after finishing second in the Grand Prix at Melton in December 2009, the squaregaiter went amiss with a suspensory injury and it has been a long road back,with Noonan never giving up on his stable star. Will Trapper's career was briefly resurrected earlier this year where he had one start for a 4th placing in Bendigo's Aldebaran Park Maori Mile last January. Then last month Noonan had the oldstager back at the Bendigo trials and gave hime a start in a Bendigo C2 - C4 Pace before getting him back to what he does best - trot. In Saturday night's Bill Collins, his second up performance, Will Trapper was kept at the back of the pack by Nathan Jack and the driver patiently waited before steering Will Trapper five wide with a searching run. Will Trapper gobbled up those in front of him and nailed the race leader and favourite I Didnt Do It a stride before the post to win by 1.4 metres at odds of $48.00. Aleppo Sunrise (Lisa Miles - $17.90) rounded out the top three finishing ahead of stablemate Sundons Gift (Chris Lang - $4.50). Will Trapper was ranked 14th in the nominations for the 2012 Inter Dominion Trotting Championship. Highlighted by a total purse of $360,000, the very last edition of the Inter Dominion Trot will be staged over three nights with heats at Shepparton and Ballarat before the Final at Melton on Saturday 4 February. - David Aldred