Remarkable comeback almost complete

SCIENTIFIC Man returns to racing at Goulburn on Thursday to begin a campaign aimed at winning the Goulburn Cup.

His owner-trainer Mark Wilcox has won the Southern Highlands’ biggest race twice, with Natural Player and Knocka’s Return, and is bringing their half-brother Scientific Man back in a 350m race on Thursday.

“He has been out of action with a split webbing so I nominated for the short race as a way of getting him ready for the 440m Cup heats on November 27,” Wilcox said.

“Scientific Man has trialled a flying 19.60sec over Thursday’s 350m trip at Goulburn but box eight is a worry this week as he is a dead-set box one dog.

“I am also setting Cosmic Blend and Burning Fuel for the Goulburn Cup, although Burning Fuel is not a fast beginner so might find it tough.

“Still, my wife reminded me that Knocka’s Return was a similar type of greyhound and he managed to win a Cup final.”

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HARDAWAY Harada, whose record stands at an imposing nine starts for seven wins, a second and third, will also be on trial for a Goulburn Cup start when he clashes with Scientific Man on Thursday.

“At this stage I’m not sure whether I will be entering Hardaway Harada for the 440m Cup or for a 350m support event on the day of the final,” trainer Ron Marsden said.

Hardaway Harada’s giant litter brother, the 39kg Hardaway Titan, steps out for the second time when he exits box eight in a 350m mixed stakes at Goulburn on Thursday.

“Hardaway Titan won first-up over 400m at Bulli on October 27, clocking a smart 22.40sec,” Marsden said.

“He actually broke in a bit quicker than Hardaway Harada but he took longer to get to the races because he is so big.

“Although he had box one at Bulli I believe Hardaway Titan is ideally positioned in box eight this week at Goulburn.”