Knight Sprite back after treatment improves tendon injury, Maitland Gold Cup finalists decided

BACK: Gayle Masterson and Knight Sprite. Picture: Marina Neil
BACK: Gayle Masterson and Knight Sprite. Picture: Marina Neil

Hexham trainer Gayle Masterson said a cream has helped bring Knight Sprite back to racing and a shot at the Golden Easter Egg from injury-forced retirement.

Knight Sprite, a two-time group 2 winner, will race at Wentworth Park in the eighth on Saturday night. It will be his first run since January 7 and a tendon injury which prompted Masterson to retire him to stud.

Also, Jason Mackay’s Ando’s Mac and Terry Priest’s Wild Walter will carry Hunter hopes in the group 2 Maitland Gold Cup on Thursday. Draw after heats on Thursday: 1 Falcon’s Fury, 2 Ando's Mac, 3 Pantera Nera, 4 Outside Pass, 5 Cosmic Heir, 6 Wild Walter, 7 Pedro Cerrano, 8 Aussie Infrared.

Ando’s Mac, the 2016 Melbourne Cup champion, was making his return from a hip injury for his Richmond Vale trainer and was second to Queenslander Outside Pass but made the final on times.

Sawyers Gully trainer Terry Priest earlier missed out with Old Spice but won a place in the $40,000 decider when Wild Walter took out heat four.

Meanwhile, Masterson said Knight Sprite had “played up a bit when not racing” and she had discovered a treatment cream for his hock injury after "a bit of research”.

“He’s better than he has been for 12 months, so we’ll see how he goes,” Masterson said.

“He’s not 100 per cent fit yet but he needs a couple of runs before the Easter Egg.”