Veteran Wanganui trainer Evan Rayner, pictured, wasn’t going to renew his trainer’s licence this season.
But there he was at the track today, doing what he’s done for decades, applying the spit and polish to his team.
Meanwhile, training partner and daughter JJ is wheelchair-bound after surgery on an ankle.
Now in his 70s, Rayner was looking forward to not having to rise on the cold winter mornings..
“But we knew JJ was going to need an operation so I kept my licence. Someone was going to have to do it.”
Rayner has welcomed back crack sprinter Start Wondering – the winner of three Gr1s – to the fold.
He doesn’t know where or when he will kick off this summer with the eight-year-old but the glamour sprints the Railway and Telegraph will be his main targets again.
Rayner is also looking toward one last winter with the durable Taurus, the winner of 11 and $350,000.
Then they might retire together.