Onthelookout is set to resume at Canterbury this Saturday in the Vinery Stud Handicap after a five month spell.
Co-trainer Paul Jones is hopeful that a change of gear will be the difference Onthelookout needs to win the race.
The six-year-old gelding will wear blinkers for the first time since the early days of his career.
Jones is hoping to sharpen Onthelookout up for the 1,100 metres of the Vinery Stud Handicap, which is shorter than the horse’s ideal distance.
“The blinkers will be back on to charge him up for the 1100 metres,” Jones said.
“A 1200-metre race would have been ideal but 1100 is all we could find.”
Despite the short distance of the race, Jones is confident the sprint will be suit Onthelookout’s racing style.
“I think there should be a bit of genuine pace from the middle and inside gates and a genuine speed will suit him,” he said.
The trainer is not at all fazed by the horse’s lack of fitness, instead saying Onthelookout often performs near his best when first-up.
“He should have nearly won first-up last preparation,” Jones said.
“He never got a crack at them and when he did get out his run had finished but he still came fourth in a good form race.”
Onthelookout has won five of his 32 careers starts and has earned close to $275,000 in prize money.
He has been placed in two Stakes races, finishing third in both the Listed The Tradies National Sprint and the Listed Civic Stakes.