Junior driver Steven Golding has been booked for Lionels Meddle at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
Lionels Meddle won at Gore on Sunday in the hands of Matthew Williamson after starting from 40m. The $5600 stake was an immediate return for the Monday Knight, Corner Shop and Hunter Boys syndicates who claimed the 8-year-old for $10,000 through Roxburgh trainer Geoff Knight when he finished second to Montecrengle at Forbury Park on August 15.
Lionel's Meddle, formerly trained by Robert Dunn and now the winner of 11 races, is eligible for the race, a free-for-all, on Thursday if driven by a junior.
Mah Sish won the main trial for pacers at Rangiora yesterday pointing to a strong hand for trainer Tim Butt in major early season races.
Butt had won a trial with Choise Achiever at Ashburton six days earlier. Choise Achieve finished third to Mah Sish and Jivin Cullen yesterday, a neck and a length from the winner. Mah Sish ran the 2600m in 3min 14.4sec, the last 800 in 58 after starting from 40m.
Mah Sish, winner of the Hunter Cup at Melton in February and fourth in the 2012 New Zealand Cup, has not raced since April.
Choise Achiever, winner of the 2012 Hunter Cup, has not raced since January. His most recent win was the Cobram Cup in December.
The Butt stable also won trials with Madiba Magic and Idle Eyre yesterday. Madiba Magic, who has not raced since April, won first up at Addington the previous month and the son of Christian Cullen-Foreal has placed in three further starts.
The two-win trotter Idle Eyre, who led Barneys Girl by seven lengths at the finish, has not raced since July 26.
Highview Teejay, now trained by Grant Payne, has been entered for the Methven meeting on Sunday. Highview Teejay, who won a workout at Motukarara on Saturday, has not raced since February. He won at Methven in December when trained by Mark Purdon.
Highview Teejay, a brother to Highview Tommy (17 wins) has won five races. Better To Be Bad, trained at Portobello by Steve Ashton, will be nominated for the New Zealand Trotting Cup in November.
''She has done the times and Blair Orange, who has driven her, thinks she is up to the New Zealand Cup,'' Miles Notman, the Dunedin part-owner of Better To Bad, said.
A 6-year-old mare, Better to Bad has won nine races and $74,571 in stakes. She won the final of the Southern Belle series at Winton in March in 1.54.4 for the mile.
East Taieri trainer Alan Clark has had to re-think the programme for The Fiery Ginga after a suitable race at Forbury Park on Thursday night was abandoned.
Clark had planned to start The Fiery Ginga from a 65m handicap. The race was abandoned when only six horses were left in the field after withdrawals.
The Fiery Ginga began his 7-year-old campaign with a win from a 30m handicap at Addington on Friday in his first race for nine weeks. It was his 26th win and and stake of $7000 took his earnings to $352,000.
''It would have been easier going to Forbury than all the way to Addington,'' Clark's wife, Fiona, said.
There is a $12,000 race for The Fiery Ginga at Addington on Friday week when he will again be off 30m.
Jaccka Jack third to The Fiery Ginga and Jaccka Justy in a 2200m (mobile) trial at Forbury Park eight days ago, was also due to resume racing on Thursday.
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