Mitchell Kerr has joined his father, Paul in a training partnership with the prospect of an early win at Forbury Park tomorrow night.
The Ohoka-based trainers will be represented by Alta Jerome, who has two wins and six minor placings in his last nine starts. Alta Jerome, who finished third to Vincennes and Beaudiene Clemintyne at Gore on Sunday, won at Forbury Park last month.
Alta Jerome and stablemate, Whozideawasthis remained at Ryal Bush in the care of Mitchell after racing at Gore.
Mitchell has driven Alta Jerome in his four wins, but Steven Golding takes the reins tomorrow night in a race for junior drivers. Golding drove Alta Jerome to finish second at Oamaru this month.
Whozideaswasthis, the winner of his last six starts, will remain in Southland for c3-5 race at Winton on Sunday week. The race programmed for him at Forbury Park was canned due to insufficient numbers.
Mitchell, 22, has been driving horses in work since he was 10. He has won 110 races as a reinsman. He worked for his father for two years after leaving school, then had an 18 month stint with the stable of Gareth Dixon at Clevedon. His wins during that time included the $50,000 Sales series race at Kaikoura as a junior with Toledo in 2010. He drove crack pacer, Alta Christiano to win the 2012 NZ Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham, a heat of the Sires' Stakes at Forbury Park and the Sales Series Graduate at Addington for his home stable.
Dexter Dunn has gained the drive on Mr Mayfly at Forbury Park with Matthew Williamson opting for Gorilla Playboy. Williamson drove Mr Mayfly to win at Gore on Sunday.
''Gorilla Playboy was disappointing at his last start but he is capable of better ,'' Williamson said.
The open class pacer Pure Power is an addition to the Woodend Beach stable of Robert Dunn. Pure Power has raced in Australia since he finished second to Gold Ace in the 2012 New Zealand Free-For-All. His four wins there were at Menangle including the group three Ilsley Cup and a mile in 1.52.4 from the stable of Nicole Molander.
Pure Power, now 8, won nine races in New Zealand when trained by Dave and Clare McGowan at Pukekohe. His won the 2011 Rangiora Classic. He was unplaced in the 2012 New Zealand Cup.
- The Southland Times