Demanding attention first-up

Talented galloper He's In Demand will make his long awaited return to racing after suffering tendon problems when lining up in Monday's Benchmark 70 (1000m) on his home track at Canberra.

Trainer Mark Schmetzer has taken the long road with the now seven-year old gelding giving him plenty of time to recover and find fitness before returning to the races with Schmetzer confident it's time to hit the go button.

“He was pretty lucky with regards to the tendon as he only slightly tore it but with any tendon injury it takes time and plenty of maintenance to keep on top of it,” Schmetzer said.

“He's been in work for over 14 weeks and had a nice jump-out recently and he's tendon is probably the best its been in a long time.”

He's In Demand will need to be close to his best with a strong field lining up against him including city winner Tarrabandra who also resumes along with recent impressive Canberra winners Delabombell and Outside.

“He's drawn a little tricky in the small field but there looks to be plenty of speed on paper and hopefully Taylor is able to just slot in behind the speed and sit around 4-5 lengths off the leaders,” he said.

“We have to carry a bit of weight but that hasn't been a problem in the past and that's why I think Outside looks the hardest to beat because he has the weight advantage and is another that will sit just off the speed.”

Since joining Schmetzer back in March 2009, the son of Commands has held a consistent record with a win in town at Canterbury and several placings at Randwick to his credit with a return to the city on the cards if expectations are met after Monday's run.

“He usually has two jump-outs and then heads to the races but has only had the one this time so although he will need the run first-up he can still win and it should have him ready to show his best second-up,” he said.

“I'll look for a nice race in town over the 1100m for him second-up because as his records suggest his best two runs are usually his first two,”

“He's the stable favourite and is owned by my dad, brother and partner so it's a real family affair and it's just good to have him back at the races.”