Ballindooley confirmed he will resume racing in the Maurice Holmes Vase free-for-all at Addington on Friday night with a win in the main trial at Rangiora yesterday.
''I am really happy with him. He stepped and led and kicked on really well,'' said his Westwood trainer, Graeme Anderson.
''It is a sharp field on Friday night but he has to start off somewhere.''
Christen Me, fresh up winner of the National Handicap on August 22 from a 30m handicap, is in the field for the 2600m race.
Ballindooley, the winner of eight races and assessed at C8, has not raced for 15 months following an injury to a hind leg.
Off the front yesterday, Ballindooley won by half a neck from Vice Chairman with a length and a half to Terror To Love, who started from 30m. Ballindooley ran the 2600m in 3.23.6, the last 800m in 58.
It was the first public appearance of Terror To Love since he won the Rangiora Classic in April. The three time-New Zealand Cup winner has had two trials in his last three preparations before resuming in the spring as a lead up to the Cup.
He is following a similar programme. He was placed in his two trials last year, then finished second to Christen Me in the New Brighton Cup free-for-all before winning the Flying Stakes at Ashburton.
King Kenny also pleased Anderson with his second to Clover Don in the main trial for trotters yesterday. Both horses started from 40m and Clover Don won by a length and three quarters with two lengths to Habibti, also off 40m. Clover Don ran the 2600m in 3.22.7, the last 800m in 57.7.
The first three home are off 25m in a race at Addington on Friday night. Jaccka Justy, a trial winner at Wyndham last week, is also in the field.
Habibti, who has not raced since January, has won two workouts at Rangiora in the past month.
''She has been blowing a bit but she is not too bad,'' said David Butt, her co-trainer trainer with his wife, Catherine.
An embryo transplant foal by Majestic Son from Habibti is due to be born at the end of this month.
Habibti won the Group I Dullard Cup at Melton in December and a free-for-all there in a 1.56.5 rate for 1720m (mobile) from four starts as a 4-year-old last season.
''She was a bit disappointing in her last race at Addington in January and we decided to give her a long break as she had done such a lot of racing,'' Butt said.
Habibti won the New Zealand Trotting Stakes at 2 and the New Zealand Trotting Derby, Oaks, New South Wales Derby and Oaks and Victoria Oaks at 3.
- The Southland Times