Free-For-All a test for storied veteran Majestic Man

The thing about the old days is, they are the old days.

And they will matter little when the gate leaves for the group 1 New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All at Addington tomorrow evening.

Back in the old days, the 1980m mobile would be made to order for sprint specialist Majestic Man.

But the old boy is in the twilight of his career and whether he has the spark left to be set alight to dominate the feature is yet to be seen.

Driver Brad Williamson admits the grand trotter is at something of a crossroads and tomorrow will tell his camp a lot about the future.

"I think these sprint races are still his forte, but whether he is still quite as good as he was is the question.

"He has had a great career, but it could be catching up on him.

"This race should tell us a lot, really."

Back in the day, Majestic Man had as much gate speed as any horse in Australasia.

But the Phil Williamson-trained trotter has not been asked to show it recently.

So there is no guarantee he will lead early.

"There is certainly the potential for him to push forward.

"It will obviously be up to Dad [Phil], how he thinks he should be driven.

"And it will depend whether he has still got the gate speed and what other horses will be going forward, as well."

While there are a few unknowns around Majestic Man heading into Grand Prix day, it is certain that the horse is working well.

"His Dominion run was good, he got held up a bit by the stablemate and he ran on after that," Williamson said.

"He seems good, Dad took him into the Oamaru track this week and he said his work was good."

Love N The Port lines up alongside his stablemate Majestic Man tomorrow.

Brad Williamson also starts Kracka Looka from his own stable in the Ace Of Hearts during the meeting.

Drawing barrier 1 on the second row means the filly will need a little bit of luck on her side.

"We have freshened her up, her first run was her best when she was fresh.

"Hopefully she gets a little bit of luck, from the draw she is going to do any work.

"She is a nice filly that is going to win a fair few races.

"But she will need some luck, the fillies are pretty strong this year.

"Out of the best 2yr-olds, the top two or three are fillies which is pretty rare."

The meeting will be something of a family affair.

Brad, Phil and Matthew Williamson each have runners in the Ace Of Hearts from their barns, while Brad and Matthew as well as Nathan Williamson will all be in the sulky.