Hawkesbury trainer Bernie Kelly says he may have to wait until the final qualifying heat of the Provincial Championships at Wyong on March 30 to run his his talented sprinter Bobbing.
A win at Wyong will lead to a spot in the $500,000 Final at Royal Randwick, on April 13.
Bobbing has had eight starts to date and has yielded four wins and three second place finishes.
He hasn't raced since beating Newcastle pair Plaisir and High Power in the inaugural Sky Racing Spring Provincial Series Final on December 1.
Kelly had intended to start the lightly-raced five-year-old in the second qualifier at Newcastle on March 9, but withdrew him on race morning because of a throat infection.
"I erred on the side of caution, and that has cleared up," Kelly said. Kelly had intended to trial Bobbing at Rosehill Gardens this week, but the trials were cancelled because of the rain.
"I nominated him for the Kembla Grange qualifier on Saturday, but the wet weather might have beaten us to run him there. We've still got Wyong on Saturday week, and Bobbing has raced well there previously."
The gelding is unbeaten from two starts at Wyong last year, both over the same distance [1350m] as Saturday week's final Qualifier.
Bobbing trialled on his home track over 1000m on February 26 and finished second, splitting subsequent first-up winner Ragazze [Kembla Grange on March 5] and Meditate [Bathurst, Monday].
Tara and Philippe Vigouroux's Lettre D'Amour is the only other Hawkesbury entrant for Saturday's Kembla Grange qualifier.