Colour Correct is on track to make his comeback from 17 months on the sidelines in Saturday week's $125,000 Belmont Sprint (1400m) after another impressive trial performance yesterday.
Colour Correct went within a neck of running down classy three-year-old Flag Officer when second in a 1000m trial at Belmont - a fortnight after his solid third to subsequent Roma Cup (1200m) winner Luckygray in another trial.
The seven-year-old has not raced since he was galloped on badly when running seventh to Guest Wing in the Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year's Day in 2011.
He showed his class in the lead-up to the cup with victories in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m), Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) and CB Cox Stakes (2100m).
Ross Price and his co-trainer son Clint have the Belmont Sprint tentatively pencilled in for Colour Correct's long-awaited return.
Price said it had been a long road to recovery for the winner of seven of 23 starts.
"He was galloped on in the Perth Cup and it stripped his suspensory right down," Ross Price said.
"We've just been trying to get him right. We gave him about three short preps since then to give him every possible chance.
"If everything's right he'll probably start in the Belmont Sprint.
"He could have started last weekend (Roma Cup) but the 1200 was too short for him so we thought we'd give him another trial.
"He pulled up good from the first trial but we'll make sure everything's right with him first."
Price said the weight-for-age double of the $125,000 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and $125,000 Strickland Stakes (2000m) on June 23 and July 7 were also possible options.
"They're there if we want to go that way but we have no major plans," Price said.
"We might only get a race or two into him and back off him again."
The Prices also plan on starting Reimbursement in the Belmont Sprint. The Bunbury Stakes (1400m) winner has been freshened up after running last of six with the 59kg topweight behind Battle Emblem in the Grandstand Cup (1400m) at Ascot last month.
"We freshened him up for a couple of weeks and he's nearly ready," Ross Price said.
Flag Officer will be aimed at the $80,000 Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 23 after his strong trial victory.
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