Eddie's ready to resume

NEW ROLE: Commonwealth Games gold medalist Dick Tayler is president of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club.
NEW ROLE: Commonwealth Games gold medalist Dick Tayler is president of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club.

Eddie Boy, a nine and a half length maiden winner at Oamaru in August, is ready to resume racing.

''He has been doing hoppled work and is close to resuming racing,'' Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson said.

''We turned him out soon after he won in August.''

The giant son of Elsu had three starts for Anderson and co-trainer Amber Hoffman after proving erratic in four starts for Kirk Larsen. Eddie Boy was unplaced in his start subsequent to Oamaru when he left stride after leading at Ascot Park.

Leighton Hest, the well performed trotter, is on the sideline with another tendon problem.

''He has bruised a tendon sheath and will be out for a couple of months,'' Waikouaiti trainer Andrew Faulks said.

The 8-year-old Leighton Hest has not raced since the NZ Cup meeting in November. He joined Faulks last season for beach training after surgery on a tendon.

Leighton Hest had then won nine races from the Phil Williamson stable. Faulks produced Leighton Hest for a first up win at Winton from a 40m handicap in May last year when the gelding was having his first race for 18 months. Wins followed at Ashburton and Addington.

Dick Tayler, best known for winning the 10,000metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, will be officiating for the first time as president of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club at the annual race meeting on Sunday.

Tayler is in the process of shifting from Christchurch to Waikouaitii. He has been a long time supporter of the Waikouaiti club and joined the committee last year. He was a member of the club syndicate who won five races with Life's Decision from the Waikouaiti stable of Andrew Faulks, vice-president and chairman of the club.

Tayler was marketing manager for Harness Racing New Zealand in the 1990s.

The former Waikouaiti Trotting Club president was Paul O'Neill, who has raced several horses including Franco Ledger, winner of the Waikouaiti Cup 12 months ago.

O'Neill has bought a property in Christchurch and he will make the shift from Hyde.

The Southland Times