Group one winning galloper Age Of Fire has joined the stable of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir in a bid to find his mojo this spring.
The four-year-old entire by Fastnet Rock won last season's group one Levin Classic (1600m) for Te Akau Racing, but has looked lethargic in two trials this preparation.
"We sent him to Darren Weir to try to put a bit of enthusiasm back into him," Te Akau principal David Ellis said.
"He was just going through the motions and we thought training him on the beach and with his expertise we could turn his form around.
"He is a very good horse on his day and he has been bought to stand at Cambridge Stud, so we thought we would give him every opportunity to perform at the elite level in Melbourne in spring."
Age Of Fire was also runner-up in the group one New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) and has only finished out of the money in two of his nine career starts.
Meanwhile, Ellis has reported that last weekend's group one Tarzino Trophy (1400m) victor Melody Belle has come through the race in fine fettle and will have one more start this campaign.
"She'll have one more start in the Windsor Park Plate over a mile and then she will have a breather and be prepared for the big sprints over summer including the Railway and Telegraph.
"She can then have another 10 days in the paddock and go to Sydney or Brisbane in the autumn."
- NZ Racing Desk