Nina Hope, Richard Dellaca and Greg Hope after Enghien's Jewels win last year. Photo: Race Images.
Greg Hope is confident of normal transmission resuming at Addington Raceway on Friday night.
The Woodend Beach trainer, along with his wife Nina, will take a strong team to Premier racing at Addington, including their two big players at the moment, Enghien and A G’s Whitesocks.
All eyes will be on the heir apparent to the trotting throne in New Zealand after his flop in the Rowe Cup last month in Auckland, where he faded badly after finding the lead.
But punters will be able to draw plenty of confidence from the words of Hope, who is positively beaming about the horse.
“He’s flying; I couldn’t be happier with him,” Hope said.
“We’ll just put the Rowe Cup behind us, it was just one of those things.”
Often the biggest thorn in the side of Enghien is his gait, but even that’s really positive at the moment in the eyes of his trainer.
“He’s trotting really well; his gait is really good.
“I’d be very surprised if he did everything right and got beaten, we’re heading in very confident.”
A G’s White Socks will be out to claim revenge on Eamon Maguire after he beat the Taylor Mile and Easter Cup winner in the New Zealand Messenger.
The return to the 3200 metres, which seems the big pacer’s ideal distance, will give him the perfect opportunity to also make a claim as an early leading contender for the New Zealand Trotting Cup in November, especially with the constant stream of open class horse leaving our shores.