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BEFANA READY FOR RACETRACK RETURN


Speedy mare BEFANA is set to kick off her preparation within the next fortnight after finishing third in a Toowoomba jump out on Tuesday.


Stepping out for her second jump out this campaign for trainer Lindsay Hatch, the daughter of Better Than Ready cruised around over 925m on a heavy surface and did enough to suggest she is ready to return to the races.


Hatch is eyeing off a first-up assignment on her home track at Toowoomba before returning for a tilt at Metropolitan level.


"I'm very happy with this mare," said Hatch.


"She went around the middle of the track which was heavy and the hit out did her a lot of good fitness wise.


"I will probably kick her off in Toowoomba and then try to win a race in town but I'm overall very happy with her."