Exuberant, a debut winner of the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham last month, is back in work with Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh.
“He’s been back a week and will go straight to the Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie,” Marsh said.
“He’ll have a jumpout and maybe an exhibition gallop between races before then, depending on what he needs.
“He’s looking very good and his big aim is the Karaka Million.”
Marsh is also pleased with Appellant, a Showcasing filly who finished third to Exuberant and is also on track for the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) on New Year’s Day.
“She went a top race in the Wellesley after being three-wide,” Marsh said.
“She’ll run at Te Rapa on December 15 then go to the Eclipse Stakes.”