Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ilia Back on Her Home Track Today

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ilia Back on Her Home Track Today

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BMK 66 HCP: After a campaign that stretched across the better part of last year, seven-year-old mare Ilia is back on the track and will line up in the Become a CRJC Member Benchmark 66 Handicap (1006m) this afternoon.

The Shane Everson-trained galloper enjoyed a 10-week let-up after a sixth-placed run at Port Macquarie on November 27 last year and returned to racing last week with a sixth-placed finish at Ballina.

Everson said while Ilia would be better for the run last week, she could need a few more races until she was back in top form.

"She had a bit of a break and is the type of horse that can have long preps but is actually a bit of a fat horse in that it takes a bit of racing to get her fit," he said.

"So she had a few weeks off and came back at Ballina last week and I thought she raced well. …

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