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It’s been a long road back from injury for last year's Run to The Rose winner Rothfire but another successful trial under the watchful eye of expert trainer Robert Heathcote has the stable buoyant about his chances of coming back in great form

Rothfire ready for Everest Assualt after injury

One of Queensland’s best sprinters, Rothfire has come through another successful trial unscathed and despite it not being the furious pace setting of his comeback trial it was enough to prompt trainer Rob Heathcote to say “Game On” in relation to an upcoming spring campaign.

Rothfire jumped straight to the front in the 1000m hit out and it was the Heathcote runner and Tony Gollan trained Jonker who cleared out and finished 1st and 2nd respectively.

Unlike his trial a couple of weeks back Rothfire clocked 57.91 seconds and while it wasn’t as fast as his previous run it was enough to show he had plenty in the tank for his upcoming campaign and reach the same levels which saw him selected for The Everest in 2020.

Rothfire currently sits as an $11 shot for the Everest with the Queenslander still looking for a slot for the world’s richest turf race. 

Currently there has been interest from two Everest slot holders and should Rothfire put on a strong display in The Shorts on September 18th Rothfire is likely to be a lock for the Group 1 feature in October.

Rothfire’s trainer Robert Heathcote was nervous before his second trial but was delighted with what he saw. 

“He wasn’t out there to break the clock, he was out there to have a nice solid hit-out,” Heathcote said.

“Jonker is a very, very fast horse and there were some other quality horses behind them in the trial.

“Ben (Thompson) gave me a glowing appraisal of the feeling that Rothfire gave him.

“He thought the horse did it all himself.

“Now it all comes down to soundness, as long as he comes through this in great order then we are bang on track for The Shorts.

“I am a realist, I know that there are Everest slot holders out there who are certainly interested in Rothfire.

“They want to ensure that the horse is fit, sound and healthy and he has got the form to possibly win The Everest.”

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