A win by Backhouse Street in the Spirit 621 Southwest Handicap (1420m) at Bunbury this afternoon would provide a welcome tonic for his trainer Graeme Evans.
The Bunbury horseman is recovering from seven broken ribs incurred after he was dislodged by Backhouse Street when doing bush work near his property several weeks back.
“He got spooked by something and I was sent crashing to the ground,” Evans said.
“I was in pretty bad shape and it took about 30 minutes before I was able to grab my mobile and call for help.
“I’m on the mend but it’s been a slow process.
“A win today would certainly ease the pain somewhat.”
Backhouse Street showcased his potential with a stunning upset win at Bunbury last October when he powered home from the tail of the field.
The four-year-year-old, at his first appearance, was the rank outsider of the field and commenced at $82 and $14.20 on the Tab.
But soon after the milestone win Backhouse Street was struck down by his own misfortune.
“He suffered a near-fatal colic attack and was at the vets for two days fighting for his life,” Evans said.
“Just prior to that incident he was found to be suffering a serious back ailment.
“He has endured a tough couple of months.
“I was planning on giving him a decent spell but he recovered in fine order and was ready to go again.
“He is a tough horse considering what he has done since.”
Backhouse Street resumed for his second outing at Bunbury on January 26 and impressed with a fast-finishing second to Red Mercedes over 1200m.
Backhouse Street settled near last before weaving his way between runners and sprinting to the line in sharp fashion.
A last-start failure at Ascot when stepping up to 1400m blotted current form, but Evans wasn’t disappointed by the result.
“Contrary to his first two runs he was up on the pace which didn’t suit,” said Evans.
“He is better taking a sit and having something to chase.
“I’m not certain if he can run out a strong 1400m and the Perth run didn’t show me anything.
“I’m anticipating from barrier four he can get a cosy run and use his brilliant turn-of-foot.”