RICHARD Freyer is optimistic city class galloper Infuse can show a glimpse of his true potential when he has his third start for the Corowa trainer at Albury on Saturday.
Freyer paid $343,000 for Infuse at the Lloyd Williams dispersal sale in March last year.
It was the same sale Brett Cavanough purchased Albury Gold Cup winner Niblick for $200,000.
While Niblick has gone on to win the $101,500 Listed National Sprint at Canberra and $170,000 Listed Albury Gold Cup, Freyer hasn’t enjoyed the same good fortune with Infuse.
Infuse arrived at Freyer’s stable with an elevated temperature with vets unable to diagnose a mystery virus.
“The horse arrived at my place with a temperature of 41.5 degrees and has never been right since and no one knows why,” Freyer said.
“The vets seem to think it’s some sort of virus.
“But I would send samples away of his lung flushes, blood readings and everything and they couldn’t diagnose what type of virus it was.
“In the end the vets got sick of me so I just sent him to the paddock and let him go back to nature.”
Infuse spent 80 weeks in the paddock before resuming at Seymour early last month but finished at the tail of the field with Nick Souquet aboard.
The five-year-old gelding then had his second start for Freyer at Benalla on Sunday and raced handy before fading in the straight to finish 11th in the 13-horse field.
“Hopefully he can improve sharply at Albury,” he said.
“It will be the weakest field he has raced against since being a three-year-old.
“It is a set weights race so he only has to carry 59 kilograms despite being the highest-rated horse in the race.”
Before joining Freyer, Infuse had five starts for two wins and two minor placings for career earnings of almost $60,000.