Alexandra Leaving indicted she was forward to resume racing with a trial win at Forbury Park yesterday.
The Phil Williamson-trained Alexandra Leaving won first up last season at Ascot Park in May last year. She had three further starts for a seventh, third and a last start win at Oamaru in July.
''She just went out for a spell and is due to race again at Rangiora on Sunday,'' Williamson said.
Alexandra Leaving was left in the front at the 1600m yesterday when the leader, Forrest Heights left stride. The Majestic Son mare won by two lengths in 2.56.2 for the 2200m.
Bet's Sun and Miss Pegasus, other Williamson-trained trotters, won trials yesterday.
Miss Pegasus, who has not raced since early December, won by a head from her stablemate Springbank Sam, who started from 30m.
Bet's Sun, who has been entered for a maiden trot at Winton on Sunday, gave a dashing display. Bet's Sun, who has been unplaced in six starts, was always clear in the lead and had an advantage of 43 lengths at the finish.
Karanga Red Fantasy, unbeaten in three starts, has her first race on grit at Addington on Friday night. She won at Westport, Reefton and Waikouaiti last month with a different driver each time.
Locharburn, who won a workout at Rangiora on Saturday, is back in the stable of Cran Dalgety preparing for major 3-year-old races at Addington. Locharburn has been prepared for his last six starts by part-owner Kevin Chapman. Locharburn campaigned in Auckland and won the Northern Derby prelude and finished second to Tiger Tara in the Derby. He won his first five starts with Dalgety, beginning with a 2-year-old race late last season.
Locharburn has been entered for the Flying Stakes at Addington on Friday night.
Sunnivue Bay Boy furthered his preparation for the 1200m series at Forbury Park when he finished a length and a half from his well performed stablemate, Better To Be Bad yesterday. Better To Be Bad (nine wins) ran the 1200m in 1.26.6, a mile rate of 1.56.1. The last 800m was run in 58.5.
The first of four heats of the 1200m series in on April 10 with a $10,000 final on May 22.
Simply Susational has been sold out of the Westwood stable of Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman to Perth. The 3-year-old Elsu colt finished second at Ascot Park last month in his only start for the stable. Simply Susational won first up as a 2-year-old at Ascot Park last season and he won at Gore in December when trained by David Mitchell for Mosgiel owner, Gavin Chin.
Lord Forbes, who has not raced for 14 months, has been entered for the Winton meeting on Sunday. The 9-year-old entire, winner of 11 races is assessed at c3.
- The Southland Times