Clover Don, the winner of 19 races, is back on his favourite track at Addington on Sunday after a fortnight at the beach with a new trainer.
The 10-year-old trotter joined Robbie Holmes at Leithfield Beach after finishing third to Stent and Cyclone U Bolt in a free-for-all at Addington at his last start.
''He (Clover Don) was left with me with Colin (de Filippi) headed to Australia with Stent,'' Holmes said.
''It was felt that the beach training would be in his favour.''
Stent, who won a trial at Addington on Monday, is in the $200,000 Glenferrie Farm Challenge at Menangle on Sunday.
Clover Don is in a free-for-all at the Cheviot meeting at Addington on Sunday. He has won 14 races at Addington. He won at Addington in April, 2009 at his first start and he was successful at a Cheviot meeting in 2009.
The Sundon gelding, raced by Leeston breeders Geoff and Julie Stevenson, has been prepared for 18 wins by their neighbour, Murray Alfeld. Clover Don has been with Lincoln trainers Colin and Julie De Filippi in the past 10 months, winning at Rangiora two starts after transferring to that stable.
Colin has driven Clover Don in 18 wins and all bar six of his 67 starts. Stephen McNally drove Clover Don to win at Addington in February last year.
Clover Don could find Springbank Sam a formidable opponent on Sunday. Springbank Sam has set track records for 3200m in winning his last two starts at Waikouaiti and Wyndham. He ran 4.12.9 on grass at Waikouaiti and 4.06.2 at Wyndham.
Stent is representing New Zealand, along with The Fiery Ginga, Master Lavros, Irish Whisper and Vulcan.
Master Lavros is in the care of Regan Todd, who has the drive. Todd has driven Master Lavros once for a first up win as a 4-year-old at Rangiora.
My High Expectations spearheads the Australian team. He has won his last six starts including the Cochran Cup and Australian Trotting Championship at Melton.
Supersonic Miss entered calculations for the Group III Leonard Memorial for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday with a trial win at Addington on Monday.
The Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen trained daughter of Mach Three-Bella Joy won by a length and a half from stablemate Fight For Glory, who won a Sires' Stakes heat at Addington on February 15.
The stable has also entered Take To The Sky for the Leonard, a race Purdon has won five times as a trainer in the past decade. Blair Orange has driven four of those winners.
Supriya, winner of the race for 2-year-old fillies at Winton yesterday, has also been entered on Sunday.
- The Southland Times