While trotting maestro Paul Nairn is confident of a bold showing from One Over Da Moon on Sunday at Motukarara, he is not prepared to declare last season’s two-year-old Jewels champion a winner.
“I don’t think he will be able to make his own luck and win on Sunday but with the right run he is definitely capable of doing so,” said Nairn. “He is as fit as I can have him without having a trial under his belt, but in saying that he will definitely improve off the run.”
Nairn said that while the grass track is a slight concern for the three-year-old son of Majestic Son and champion mare One Over Kenny, he thinks he will handle it okay.
“He has done a bit of work down the roadside, which is pretty similar to racing on a grass track,” explained Nairn.
Nairn also expects his rising star to cope with the standing start.
“He is generally a very quick beginner at home, so I am hoping he will translate that to race day,” said Nairn.
One Over Da Moon, who won five of his eleven starts as a two-year-old, is likely to race again at Addington on January 31st, before honing in on his first main target – the $25,000 Hambletonian at Ashburton on February 8th.
“I want to give him a couple of standing starts before the Hambletonian, as last time in he got quite fiery behind the mobile.
While Nairn thinks One Over Da Moon is a good chance from his 20 metre back mark on Sunday, he is vulnerable, which opens things up for up and coming trotter Spell.
“She is a very nice wee trotter with a lot of ability,” said co-trainer Peter Jones.
“She was extremely tied up at Nelson last start, which makes her run for second even more impressive. She seems better now, so I expect her to be very hard to beat from her front mark.”
Meanwhile, Nairn confirmed that champion trotter Stig is back in work after a two week let-up.
“We have nothing set in concrete for him at the moment, we will just see how he is feeling,” said Nairn.
“He is unlikely to head to Australia for the Great Southern Star, but we may give him a crack at going back-to-back in the Rowe Cup,” Nairn concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson