Ardmore trainer Stephen McKee is eyeing both sides of the Tasman with a pair of Go Racing-raced horses.
Maktoum, the winner of three of his five starts this season, will likely head to Sydney to target some Saturday races, a strategy that has been utilised well by Go Racing principal Albert Bosma.
“We will probably tick him over with a trial at Avondale on April 2 and then there are two or three races for him towards the end of April (in Syndey),” McKee said.
“On what he’s doing here, he should be good enough to win a Saturday race.”
Meanwhile, McKee was pleased with Passing Shot’s fourth-placing in Saturday’s Listed Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham and will press forward with a domestic autumn campaign with his charge.
“There a couple of options for him in mid-to-late April,” he said. “One at Hastings and one at New Plymouth. He will have a quiet week this week and then get back into it.”