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SICK NOTE; Lowdown on horses reappearing after an absence.

Byline: Geoff Lester

KIRK MICHAEL might be ten weeks off his fifth birthday, but when he reappears after a 312-day absence in the Handicap (8.20) at Kempton tonight, it will be just his fifth career outing, writes Geoff Lester.

However, Henry Candy, who had Kirk Michael gelded after he ran so disappointingly when 11-10 favourite for a maiden at Newbury's Lockinge meeting in May 2007, has no doubt that he is fit enough to do himself justice on his first run in a handicap.

Kirk Michael, who returned to make all and justify odds-on favouritism in a hack canter to win his maiden at Wolverhampton by 12 lengths last December, has not been seen since, but Candy said: "We had problems with his front fetlocks, but he has been working well at home and, although he will obviously come on for the run, I would expect him to give a good account of himself."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2008
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