Onedin Mach is on target to resume racing at Oamaru on Sunday after finishing second in a trial there yesterday.
Onedin Mach, who has not raced since early January, finished second to Motu Speedy Star with the trotter King Kenny third. A length and a neck separated the trio at the finish of a 2600m free-for-all.
Onedin Mach travelled from Ryal Bush with trainer Nathan Williamson earlier in the day. He will be driven by Matthew Williamson on Sunday with Nathan on holiday. Onedin Mach will remain at Oamaru in the care of Phil Williamson.
"He [Onedin Mach] had a few issues with his health after a virus and we put him out for a spell,'' Nathan said.
Onedin Mach won fresh up at Oamaru in September and he was successful at Gore two starts later.
Motu Speedy Star, who recorded 3.31.1 for the 2600m, is engaged on Sunday. The rising 10-year-old won a claiming race at Forbury Park two starts back for trainer Eoin Latimer.
Kylie Castleton showed up as a promising trotter when she won her heat by five lengths in 3.30.9 (2600m), the last 800m in 60.1. The 3-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Castleton's Jewel is trained by Phil Williamson. She qualified at Gore in January.
The stable qualified Pyramid Magic as a trotter yesterday in 2.44 (2000m), 2.7sec inside the required time. The 3-year-old daughter of Armbro Invasion-Diedre's Dearest is a half sister to Pyramid Monarch (three wins).
Maybe Flyin and Gorilla Playboy, other engaged on Sunday, won heats yesterday.
- The Southland Times