Capable pacer Glencoe V C started light hoppled tasks this week with his new mid Canterbury trainer Gerard O'Reilly but is unlikely to be forward enough to race at the Cup carnival at Addington in November.
The talented son of Washington VC earlier won seven races and gained five seconds and a third for stakes of $58,210 from 17 starts at four from Brendon McLellan's Wyndham stable.
''I am not going to rush him because he lost a month with owner Robbie McDonald down south when he suffered a minor setback by standing on a nail,'' Rakaia-based O'Reilly told the Southland Times yesterday.
''I'll see how things go but I feel it will be late November or early December before he resumes racing. On that basis the Cup carnival may be out but you never know.''
O'Reilly, who is working a team of 10, said the horse in a general sense had ''taken everything in his stride'' since joining his stable.
''To be honest, I didn't realise what a big bugger he was . . . He certainly stands pretty high up into his wither and seems a pretty laid back type of horse.''
Although it was still early days, O'Reilly said he was probably looking at taking the gelding to workouts late next month to see where he was at in terms of readiness.
Meanwhile Winton trainers Katrina and Roger Price have started hoppling the useful 4-year-old pacer Ardgahl (McArdle-Albertina) who earlier completed strong cantering work in the basic stages of his preparation.
Ardgahl won three races at 2 and a couple last season for an overall record of 23 starts for five wins, five seconds and a third.
''He usually comes to hand quickly and grew quite a bit towards the end of his 3-year-old racing when he understandably might have been a shade tired in his last two outings,'' Katrina Price said. She bred the horse in partnership with her husband John.
The respected Price stable that is working 13 horses, holds out high hopes for a distinctly promising 2-year-old half-sister by Art Major to Ardgahl.
''The filly was a buy back from us from the sales when she failed to make the reserve but we are now starting to feel pleased about that as she is certainly promising,'' Katrina said.
Two other half-sisters to Ardgahl are in toil, including twice successful Easy Bet who is being fitted for the Southern Belle series this season. The other half-sister to Ardgahl is a daughter of premier progenitor Bettor's Delight. She is programmed for workouts in two or three weeks.
''The more forward members of our team will resume at workouts later this month, including a 3-year-old sister to Scotty Mac who won seven races for us and is now in North America.''
- The Southland Times