OCEANPORT, N.J. &ndash; Chirac is back Sunday at Monmouth Park.\r\nA 5-year-old gelding trained by Jane Cibelli, Chirac faces four rivals in the $75,000 Formal Gold Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the prep for the top event of the fall meet, the Grade 2, $300,000 Monmouth Cup on Oct. 9.\r\nChirac had a banner season here in 2009, posting four wins including a 6 3/4-length romp in the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes.\r\nHe suffered a soft-tissue injury following the Iselin win and has been sidelined for more than a year. It took longer to heal than expected, wiping out most of this campaign. Chirac didn&rsquo;t return to Monmouth until July and has been working steadily in preparation for the comeback.\r\nCibelli is delighted to have her stable star back, especially after his final workout last Sunday: five furlongs in 1:01.40.\r\n&ldquo;He certainly has his game face on,&rdquo; Cibelli said. &ldquo;The lights went on after that last work. Now he&rsquo;s saying, &lsquo;Where&rsquo;s my race?&rsquo; &rdquo;\r\nCibelli also is somewhat apprehensive.\r\n&ldquo;We&rsquo;re cautiously optimistic,&rdquo; Cibelli said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s been working well, but it&rsquo;s not an easy spot. We&rsquo;re hoping he has a good trip and that everything goes well and he comes back from it good. It&rsquo;s always a bit nerve wracking when they&rsquo;ve been off for that length of time. Very often, they don&rsquo;t come back as good as they once were. He&rsquo;s been training as well as he ever has. That&rsquo;s the only gauge we&rsquo;ve got to go on.&rdquo;\r\nElvis Trujillo, aboard for Chirac&rsquo;s five starts here last summer, has the return call.\r\nChirac is not the only prominent New Jersey stakes winner launching a comeback in the Formal Gold.\r\nEtched, a winner of 5 of 7 races in his brief career, runs for the first time since finishing 13th to Blame in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November.\r\nPrior to the Clark, Etched eked out a neck win in the Meadowlands Cup, the predecessor of the Monmouth Cup.\r\nAlan Garcia will be aboard for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.\r\nSecret Getaway, a $50,000 claim in August, steps up into this spot for trainer Skip Einhorn.\r\nSir Whimsey, no match for Duke of Mischief in last month&rsquo;s Iselin, looks to rebound, while Primary Witness steps up to a stakes for the first time following a second-level allowance win.