Trainer Nathan Williamson has settled on a race on the grass at Wingatui on Monday to launch the racing career of his promising 2-year-old pacer, Tour Director.
''He is a pretty classy horse and and the draw (three) looks okay,'' Williamson said.
Tour Director, a gelding by Art Major-Bremner Bay, won a test at Ascot Park on March 5 in 2.06.5, 7.2sec inside the qualifying time for his age.
The Ryal Bush-based Williamson is leading the Southland and Otago trainers this season with 23 wins. Swept Away and Breeanna Rose are chances for the stable at Ascot Park today.
Steve Mulcay, formerly a harness racing stipendiary steward in Southland, is set to take a similar position in the Auckland- Waikato area after nine years in Australia.
He has been based in Adelaide more recently as the chief harness racing steward for South Australia. He was earlier a steward with Harness Racing Victoria. He began work in Southland and later shifted to Canterbury.
''Steve obviously has his background in harness racing but he will be undertaking duties in the three codes,'' said Mike Godber, the operations manager for the Racing Integrity Unit.
He is due to take up his appointment in June.
- The Southland Times