Stargazer to switch back to turf next year

Kirby stayer in work again after ‘niggle’.

  • Sunday 22 December
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Trainer Phil Kirby is planning to concentrate on a turf campaign for Stargazer in 2020 after the stayer was sidelined for most of this year.

Stargazer has just resumed light work, with a view to returning to action in the spring.

Although the six-year-old’s injury was not serious, it came at the wrong time – so Kirby thought it best not to rush him back.

The Canford Cliffs gelding has been absent since winning a two-mile all-weather handicap at Newcastle on April 1.

But Kirby said: “He’s back in work, just started. He’ll be aimed for the season coming.

“The plan is to go on the turf next year, mainly.

“I might just try to get the back-end of the all-weather on the way through.”

The North Yorkshire trainer will keep plans fluid after Stargazer’s unexpectedly long break.

He added: “We’ll see how it goes. He’s not quite cantering yet, but he’s just back in.

“It was just a bit of a niggle – it was more the timing of when it was really.

“It would have been a rush to get him back for the all-weather, so I thought we’d give him a double break.”

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