Long-awaited return for Felix Hanover
Felix Hanover will resurrect his racing career at Gore today, 14 months after injuring a suspensory in a race on the Eastern Southland track.
Croydon trainer and part-owner Colin McPheson allowed the Badlands Hanover gelding plenty of time to recover.
''It was quite bad, but he wasn't that lame,'' McPherson said yesterday.
''He recovered quickly, but I still gave him more time (spelling).''
Felix Hanover resumed training in September and has had one workout - for a second at Gore 10 days ago - to tighten him for today's CRT Silver Fern Haylage Pace.
If Felix Hanover can secure a reasonable passage from No 1 on the second row, he could be a place chance, McPherson said.
The race will improve him a lot for upcoming meetings.
Waikouaiti horseman Bruce Negus will be busy with eight runners at Gore.
His scarlet and black colours will be seen behind Doctors Point and Gingerwyn in the CRT TRU Test Pace. Three-year-old Lis Mara gelding Doctors Point is having his second start for Negus.
''From his draw, I imagine he'll get a good run. I expect him to be running on,'' the horseman said.
''One day he will be OK.''
Gingerwyn will race twice within an hour today. Negus is close to sacking the out of form Gingerwyn, who lines up in the CRT Bayer Animal Health Pace at 1.05pm and the CRT TRU Test Pace 55min later.
''He's got ability but chooses his days to show it.''
Negus also intends to start Mexican Monarch and Goodboy Tiger in the same two races - CRT Agpac Trot (12.10pm) and CRT Roundup Transorb X Trot (2.55pm).
''Mexican Monarch is work in progress, he's got ability. Goodboy Tiger is getting better with every start.''
Other Negus runners at Gore are Blackleugh, Barberino, Sundon's Shout and Hudson Sully.
- The Southland Times