Still Shakin, who has had a change of ownership and stable since his last start win, easily won a heat at the Forbury Park trials yesterday.
He is now trained by Amber Hoffman and Jonny Cox for Gerald Cayford, of Dunedin. The 4-yeare-old Live Or Die gelding cleared maiden ranks at his fifth and last start at Ascot Park on January 21 when trained by Clark Barron for Parr Bloodstock.
''He will probably have his next start on the grass at Gore. His owner is a sponsor at the meeting,'' Cox said.
Still Shakin trailed Manchester Tom in the lead yesterday, challenged on the outer at the 250m and won by three and a half lengths in 2.55.3 for the 2200m from a stand.
Land A Dream, another newcomer to the Hoffman- Cox stable, was in a gap of nine lengths third after giving ground at the start. Land A Dream won two races the season before last when trained by Raewyn Low at Ashburton.
Gino D'Acampo, also a newcomer to the stable, won his trial by half a length from stablemate Platinum Princess. He trailed and came along the inner in the 2200m (mobile), recording 2.46, the last 800m in 58.7. Gino D'Acampo was a maiden winner at Addington last season when trained by Brendon Hill.
Rylin Summer and Space Ace also won trials yesterday. Courage To Fly and Rory Mac qualified as pacers.
Itz Bettor To Win has his first race from the Rolleston stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in the $25,000 New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham on Saturday.
Purdon, who has trained five Kindergarten Stakes winners, has also nominated Alta Ronaldo for the race.
Itz Bettor To Win was bought this month out of the stable of Mark Jones by Merv and Meg Butterworth, of Melbourne. The Bettor's Delight- Itz All About Me colt has since won a workout at Methven. He qualified at Addington in December and won a trial at Ashburton the same month.
Purdon won the Kindergarten last year with Messini, who has been entered for a supporting race on Saturday. He has also won the race with Sir Clive (2008), Ohoka Arizona (2007), Lennon (2003, dead-heat with Bought In The Pub) and So Cool (2002).
Springbank Sam, a last start winner at Waikouaiti in track record time for a trotter, has been nominated for Wyndham.
His trainer Phil Williamson has ruled out an Australian campaign for Springbank Sam to concentrate on longer distance races in New Zealand.
Springbank Sam was found to have a virus after an unplaced run in the Dominion Handicap in November. He regained winning form in a free-for-all at Omakau on January 2.
He confirmed he was back to his best with success from a 50m handicap over 3200m in 4.12.9 on the grass at Waikouaiti February 9. Springbank Sam has now won 15 races and $250,000 in stakes.
Williamson plans to start Springbank Sam at Wyndham on Saturday with his main immediate target the $80,000 NZ Trotting Championship at Addington on April 11.
Springbank Sam would start from 30m over 3200m at Wyndham if the race proceeds. Nominations have been held open after eight horses were entered.
Franco Ledger, who won the Wyndham Cup two years ago from a 20m handicap, is off 40m in the race on Saturday. Popsicle came off a 40m handicap to win the Wyndham Cup for Gordon Lee in 1991.
- The Southland Times