Dream About Me and Thefixer will be the first two NZ Cup hopes for All Stars to be seen in public when they line up at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday.
"They have been in work through the winter and have done it well. We are very pleased with both of them" Mark said
"It is a bit of an old time Cup preparation but it was only because of the circumstances not something we might have normally have done"
Dream About Me was sidelined in November in a cruel blow which destroyed her summer campaign. She was robbed of her chance in the New Zealand Cup when checked out of contention at the start and pulled up through no fault of her own. That came after a solid run of form in the spring which included a second to Lazarus in the Ashburton Flying Stakes.
Foot trouble dogged her soon after and she was put aside for a fresh start. She has been in work for some months at Rolleston and looks an absolute picture. Almost as if she could run a Cup distance next week!
Thefixer has also not raced since November when he scored an impressive double at the NZ Cup meeting including the Free for All for rising star pacers on Cup Day. He also looked in for a rewarding summer campaign but was sidelined soon after and it was decided to give him a decent spell and get the problem wholly supported.
"He has come up really well" Natalie said. "We are thrilled with both of them the way they are working"
Because of the long buildup the pair will be looking for racing opportunities earlier in the spring than is usual and look sure to make their respective marks quickly.
The pair will be joined on Wednesday by Princess Tiffany who did not have to race to win the Breeder's Crown heat on Friday night