Damien McKelvie is hoping Killara Kaos is back to his old self when he resumes at Riverina Paceway on Friday.
The five-year-old has spent the last six months away from the track after a disappointing Menangle campaign.
Sent to KerryAnn Turner after some impressive performances in the Riverina, Killara Kaos failed to run a placing in four starts with his best effort a fifth.
However the Marrar trainer has been happy with how his work in the lead up to the Palm & Pawn Motor Inn Tavern Pace (1740m).
"He should go ok," McKelvie said.
"I was pretty happy with the way he trialled the other day and he seems to be close to being back to his normal self.
"He will naturally be better for the run but he should race fairly well."
Killara Kaos finished off well after sitting back in a trial at Coolamon.
He finished second but ran home in under 28 seconds.
McKelvie hopes it will be enough after drawing barrier four.
The son of Always A Virgin has won six of his 20 starts and after his last Menangle experience McKelvie isn't too keen to send him back for more.
Instead he plans to keep him racing locally to get his form back.
"At this stage he will be staying around here," he said.
"I'll take it as it comes as I don't think he likes Menangle too much.
"He can stay here and hopefully pick up a few.
"I just want to get him back racing consistently. That is the main thing."
Adam Jenkins takes the drive on the big 10-race card.