McLachlan preparing team for Ascot Park
Trainer Doug McLachlan might have four runners at Ascot Park on August 10.
One of his maiden pacers, Nothingforthemedia, has gone close to winning several times in recent months. A hoof abscess was found to be the reason for him breaking at Forbury Park last week.
Nothingforthemedia and his stablemates, Attack Mac, American Holiday and Neat N Petite, are candidates for the Ascot Park meeting, which marks the start of the new horse racing season in Southland.
Class one gelding Attack Mac and maiden trotter American Holiday have also raced through the winter, with the latter spoiling his chances by breaking.
Neat N Petite, a C0 mare by Live Or Die, has completed three months' training with McLachlan. She was turned out after finishing second at Roxburgh on January 5.
''She pulled up lame, was sore in the shoulder,'' McLachlan, of Myross Bush, said yesterday.
Bettor's Brigadier (seven wins) and Starlight Invasion (four trotting wins) returned to the stable on Sunday after seven weeks off. Roslyn Bush trainer Murray Swain is not sure if Theo Bos will be ready for racing at Ascot Park. He was involved in a training accident six weeks ago.
Theo Bos broke free with his sulky attached, crashed into a deer fence and then got jammed in a gateway. Surprisingly, he only suffered bruising.
''He's lucky he didn't slice himself,'' Swain said.
The rising 8-year-old provided a highlight this season by going from being a galloping pacemaker to winning five races.
Leave, who broke and ran last at Winton in March at her only start for Swain, won in 1:54.6 (0ne mile) at Menangle, Sydney, on Tuesday. It was her fourth win in six Australian starts.
Paul Fitzpatrick trains the 3-year-old Washington VC filly.
Lionels Meddle will probably be among the six horses representing Westwood training partners Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman at the Ascot Park meeting.
Eight-year-old Lionels Meddle ran a disappointing eighth in a free-for-all at Addington a fortnight ago.
''He was travelling real good, then dropped the bit and gave up,'' said Cox, who now believes the gelding is best in front.
The Southland Times