Quick As A Trick, who missed a race at Wyndham on Sunday, is among 10 horses Waikouaiti trainer Bruce Negus has nominated for his home town meeting on Sunday.
''He [Quick As a Trick] missed his race on Sunday after being treated for a cut pastern with an anti-inflammatory,'' Negus said. '' He had been working well.''
Quick As a Trick has emerged as a 3-year-old of considerable ability with wins at Addington, Forbury Park and Roxburgh from five starts.
He was given a two week break after his most recent win at Roxburgh on January 5 when he rated 1.58.3 for 2180m (mobile).
Quick As a Trick won a novelty race on grass at Oamaru in December.
''The track at Waikouaiti is in great order and it is an ideal venue for my team,'' Negus said.
He said Music would be improver with his race at Wyndham on Sunday.
''He missed two weeks work with a stone bruise after he raced in December and his condition gave out in a fast run race at Wyndham,'' said Negus.
Stablemate Merilane, a winner at Wyndham, has won on grass at Oamaru.
Sharpenuff,has taken a new lease of life with a knee injection, auguring well for his prospects at Waikouaiti.
Sharpenuff won at Wyndham on Sunday.
'' He was feeling his knees and we had them injected a fortnight ago and Jonny said he felt great at Wyndham,'' said Amber Hoffman, the trainer of Sharpenuff with Jonny Cox.
Sharpenuff joined the seaside stable at Westwood early in December and won two starts later after being off the winning list for 20 months. The 5-year-old Falcon Seelster gelding has now had two wins and three placings from six starts for Hoffman and Cox.
Majestic Major, a winner at Ascot Park and Wyndham in two starts since joining Hoffman and Cox, will return south for the Winton meeting on Friday.
Belkmyster is back at the seaside with Graeme Anderson. He returned after his win at Forbury Park on Thursday. The Cran Dalgety -trained Belkmyster won twice at Forbury Park last season when left in the care of Anderson.
Franco Ledger has been given a 50m handicap in the Waikouaiti Cup. He won the race off 20m two years ago. Glencoe V C who won from 30m last year, is off 40m with the up and coming Arden Rooney on 10m.
First Glimpse won the race from 40m in 1991. Abu Simbel (1961) and Blue Shawl (1959) both started from 48 yards (44m) in their wins.
Whendaboysliteup shaped as a chance for longer odds at Waikouaiti when he won a trial by 26 lengths at Forbury Park yesterday. He was soon clear in the lead after starting from 10m. Trained at Waikouaiti by Eddie Murphy, Whentheboysliteup, had a maiden win at Ascot Park 12 months ago.
Castellina Lover has been retired after a positive pregnancy test to Bettor's Delight. She won seven races, five when trained by Steve Dolan, who raced her with Grant Adamson. She won at Menangle from the stable of John McCarthy, taking a mile record of 1.55.3.
Dolan trained Jennalee to win for the Adamson estate at Forbury Park last week. Jennalee was a $37,000 buyback at the 2011 premier sale.
The two-win trotter Forrest Heights has been back jogging with Tomahawk trainer Eian Lamb for three months. The 8-year-old mare was put aside in May with a leg injury.
- The Southland Times