No meddling before Lionels Meddle's final run

23:48, Jun 17 2014

Lionels Meddle will bypass the claimers championship at Forbury Park and head to Blenheim for the meeting on Friday and Sunday.

He will be accompanied by stablemates Free Dreams and Platinum Princess. Lionels Meddle joined the Westwood stable of Amber Hoffman and Jonny Cox after being claimed for $10,000 on Thursday. He won easily and appeared to have the remaining heat tomorrow night and the $11,000 final on June 27 at his mercy.

His new owner, Shane Carroll, of Western Australia, did not want to risk having the horse claimed this week. Bypassing the heat has ruled Lionels Meddle being eligible to start in the final.

"His new owner wants to race him and may take him to Australia. He [Lionels Meddle] is still competitive in his class," Hoffman said.

Lionels Meddle ran second to Better To Be Bad at Forbury Park two starts back and second to Belkmyster there last month. Lionels Meddle won on the Waterlea track five years ago when trained by Robert Dunn.

The three-win trotter Free Dreams, a newcomer to the stable, won a trial at Forbury Park on Monday.


"He won easily and Jonny [Cox] was very pleased with the way he went," Hoffman said.

Free Dreams won his last start at Ascot Park on May 17 when trained at Winton by Lauren Pearson. The gelding was subsequently bought by Gary Fyfe, of Darfield.

Platinum Princess has contributed three wins this season to the 31 tally for Hoffman and Cox in their first season as training partners.

Between The Lines, who has not raced since August, also won a trial on Monday.

"He had a pelvis problem and has had only one start for us," Hoffman said.

Between The Lines won at Motukarara in February 2012 when trained by Graham and Paul Court. He is now owned by Fyfe and Gerald Cayford.

Shya, winner of two of her three starts, has her next start at the Timaru meeting on July 6.

"We will wait for a standing start with her as she is just so good from a stand," Hoffman said.

The 7-year-old Shya was unplaced in a mobile start between her wins.

Dalton Bromac could make an immediate impression for new trainer Brendon Hill, of Kaiapoi. Dalton Bromac, who won a trial at Addington on Monday, was successful at Cambridge in three starts when trained by John and David Butcher.

Benihana, an Addington trial winner, is now trained by Leo O'Reilly. Benihana was previously with owner Jim Reardon. He won two races last season when trained by Clark Barron.

The Southland Times