If Lindsey Smith was merely trusting his eye, you get the feeling even he would be questioning the comeback of five-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart after a Ballarat jumpout on Tuesday.
But, fortunately, the experienced trainer had Brad Rawiller to reassure him.
Rawiller rode the soon-to-be nine-year-old in an 850-metre jumpout on the synthetic track, which was his most serious hit-out since being retired after finishing 16th of 18 in last October's Group 1 Toorak Handicap.
Black Heart Bart ambled to the line in fourth position, beaten around 2.5 lengths, in what Rawiller considered a satisfactory performance.
"Obviously it's been a long time since I've been on his back and I was really pleased with his action and how he felt," Rawiller said.
"Today he just pretty much did what he had to and I was pretty pleased with how he pulled up. The big thing this morning was about his action and how he felt and that side of it was great."
It was just what Smith, who admitted to being 'a little bit disappointed' with the effort at first glance, wanted to hear.
"As long as Brad was happy - he knows him better than I do - then we go to the next stage," Smith said.
That is an official trial to gain stewards' clearance to return to the races and Smith said that was likely to happen at Cranbourne.
"There's not a lot of official trials down where we are, so he might have to take the big journey to Cranbourne and get ticked off by the vets," he added.
There are no more trials for the other Group 1 winner Smith had in the ninth jumpout of the session, 2016 Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice, who resumes in Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
The six-year-old hit the line solidly under Dean Yendall to finish third behind Daniel Bowman-trained pair Working From Home and Begood Toya Mother, but Smith would have liked to have seen more and is hoping the gelding is looking for some race-day stimulation.
"There's nowhere to hide, he's got to go to the races and see what he's made of these days," he said. "His work at home's been good, but his last jumpout I thought was better than today.
"Before today I thought he'd run home and be strong at the end, I'm just a little bit worried after today, but on the grass over 1200 metres, I'd like him to be the run of the race."
The G3 Bletchingly Stakes, which is also likely to feature Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey, will be Scales Of Justice's first start since finishing third in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot last November.
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