Peter Daly is banking on the opening of the Carnarvon racing season to end what has been a sombre period for the stable.
Daly is still reeling from the loss of stable star Mio Fratello who snapped his fetlock above the knee in a freak accident at track work last fortnight.
The Bianconi gelding was preparing for a winter campaign and looked in awesome shape after winning a Geraldton trial by over 10 lengths.
Mio Fratello raced 34 times for nine wins and four minor placings and amassed $169,545 in stake earnings.
“I am still shattered to tell you the truth and it’s knocked me around,” said an emotional Daly.
“He was the best horse in the stable and I was so looking forward to his next campaign.
“He looked in top shape and his trial win just proved it.
“I’m just so disappointed he won’t be running around again.”
Daly has three runners engaged for the meeting but is pinning his faith on Royal Capishe in the Caltex Starmart Handicap (1200m).
The Royal Academy gelding has been in consistent form with placings from his previous four starts and will carry 57.5kg with the claim of Gracie Haines.
“I have some time for the horse and think he will go okay,” said Daly.
“He rarely runs a bad race and enjoys a good record at the track.
“But he will have to be at his best because Wotchinyu was impressive last time out.”
Wotchinyu, prepared by Michelle Vallentine, is on the short back up after scoring a top win on debut at Geraldton last week.
The Balestrini gelding led from barrier-to-post and won by an easy 2 ¼ length margin from Ken’s Business and City Of London.
Noel Pateman, last season’s champion trainer, will open with Rockettoem in the first of the day.
The seven-year-old gelding by Made Of Gold, a last-start winner at Dongara, will contest the KCD Fuel Supplies Handicap (100om).
He has drawn well in barrier three and will have the services of experienced jockey Russell Hanson.
Stable mates Time Team, Neverbeenworse and Faslight also have strong winning claims.