Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh will be hoping that Ugo Foscolo can recapture his black-type form in the Gr.3 Red Badge Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.
The Group One-winning son of Zacinto ran third fresh-up over 1200m at Ruakaka last month before winning an 1100m trial at Te Rapa and Marsh is hopeful of a solid performance from the five-year-old.
“We gave him a good hit-out at the trials,” Marsh said.
“Unfortunately he’s drawn out wide (barrier 12), but he’s going to go forward, that’s his racing pattern.
“He’s going to go in fit and ready, so we are hoping he can show his best there.”