Jag's Invasion, unbeaten in three starts in a fresh campaign, will have his next outing in a $10,000 race at Oamaru on Sunday, bypassing the $17,5000 Ordeal Cup free-for-all at Addington on Friday night.
''We will just take him (Jag's Invasion) through the grades,'' said Bev Williamson, wife of Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson.
Jag's Invasion accounted for a useful field of trotters on Friday night after starting from the front. He is off 20m on Sunday over 2600m. Jag's Invasion has now won six times from 14 starts.
He resumed racing with a win at Oamaru on June 16 after seven months on the sideline following the removal of a bone chip from a knee.
Brad Williamson has returned to his home at Oamaru after five weeks with the stable of Murray Brown at Invercargill. He was filling in for Andrew Armour, who was out of action with a fractured wrist.
Armour said he had come through his first day back driving at Winton on Sunday with no ill effects. He has been back with the stable for 10 days.
''I will just continue with the physiotherapy to finish the healing process,'' he said.
Left Right Andcentre is among the drives for Brad on Sunday. They were a winning combination at Forbury Park on August 29.
Idle Bones, a newcomer to the Williamson stable, has also been entered at Oamaru. She finished second, a head from Leighton Hest in a trial at Oamaru on Sunday. Leighton Hest is set to return to racing next Sunday.
Arden Rooney, a capable 3-year-old last season, won the main trial by four and a half lengths in 3.24 for 2600m, the last 800m in 56 at Motukarara yesterday.
Pass Them By, a newcomer to the Tim Butt stable, finished second after starting from 20m. The Mark Purdon- Natalie Rasmussen -trained Arden Rooney, who has not raced since February, won three races and finished second to Franco Nelson in the Sires' Stakes Final last season.
Stablemate Isaiah won a trial by half a length from Didjamakem Bolt, the last 800m in 56.1. Isaiah won the Yearling Sales Pace in May. Didjamakem Bolt, who won twice from five starts as a late 3-year-old, has not raced since June last year. He developed a respiratory infection after he last raced in Australia and underwent surgery.
He returned to work after a three month break but it was considered he needed more time to recover.
I Can Doosit and Smolda, the high class performers in the stable, returned to work yesterday. The pair have both undergone surgery to have their front fetlocks scraped after developing lameness last season. Smolda also had a bone chip removed from his left front fetlock.
I Can Doosit was put aside in February. He won his first six starts, including the Dominion Handicap and New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All last season, advancing his record to 35 wins from 55 starts for $1,314,000 in stakes.
'' They have both come back in great order. Smolda has grown,'' said Purdon.
Smolda, winner of 14 of his 22 starts including the 2012 Harness Jewels as a 3-year-old at Cambridge in a then record equalling 1.52.1, has not raced since finishing second to Christen Me in the Chariots of Fire at Menangle in March.
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