Strolling Vagabond begins her quest for black type at Awapuni on Friday.
The Darci Brahma mare will make her first appearance since she was successful on the Palmerston North course in November when she runs in the Agricom Handicap (1550m).
“She got pretty fat while she was out for six weeks so I’ve been piling the work into her,” part-owner and trainer Gerald Innes said.
“Whatever she does she will improve, she still looks a bit burly but she won’t mind the slower track and it’s only a small field.
“She’s very honest and always gives it her best shot. She comes to hand quite quickly so she’ll have this race and then I’d like to run her in the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham.”
Strolling Vagabond, who will be ridden by apprentice Holly Andrew, has won five races from 1400m to 2100m and has handled good to heavy going.
“She can really go on anything and I think 2000m is probably her best for her distance-wise,” Innes said.
Innes also rates his other two runners, Class Above (Meridian Energy 1600m) and Super Girl (Nufarm 3YO Maiden) as good chances.
“Class Above usually goes well fresh and Super Girl went a good race at Wanganui the other day and I’d expect all three of mine to run nice races,” he said.
To be partnered by Shaun McKay, Class Above is returning from a two month break while Super Girl was second on debut last month and will be ridden by Johnathan Parkes.