5 March 2013 - Champion Strathfieldsaye driver Daryl Douglas has his name back in the race form guide for Wednesday night’s race meeting at Kilmore, almost two and a half months after a nasty race fall at Ballarat put him out of action.
Douglas’ recovery from the broken eye sockets and shattered jaws received in the Boxing Day fall was much slower than he would have liked but he is now confident that he is spot on for his return and he has taken four drives at Kilmore. Douglas was back in the sulky with a few drives resulting in two second placings at the Bendigo trials on Sunday and after getting that fitness test out of the way he was keen to push the “go button” to get back to the races. He will team with his brother, leading trainer Glenn and Anderson Racing for his return on Rogers Joy, one of the favourites in the John Caldow stables 3yo Vicbred Pace, race two at Kilmore. He also has two other drives for the Glenn Douglas stable on Brigadier Scott and Daylight Dan in the Heats of the Eastern Challenge and will round out the night driving Statelyness for Terry French in the Cheryl Smith Memorial Pace. On paper, Douglas best chance of a winning return appears to be the very smart Daylight Dan which was ironically the first leg of a winning double at Yarra Valley for team Douglas on the day of Daryl’s Ballarat accident. Daylight Dan held the good form through January and February and ran the race of his life when third to the brilliant Restrepo in the Central Victorian Pacing Championship Final at Charlton on 20 January. - David Aldred