Luke Pepper has added some real firepower to his stable with sprinter Dee'n'gee "flying" before his first-up run for the Moruya horseman.
Dee'n'gee was far from disgraced at Listed level last campaign, but was shifted to Pepper's far South Coast base from Clarry Conners after struggling under a big weight in a restricted race at Rosehill in February.
"It's been a complete and utter battle [with him] to tell you the truth," Pepper said.
"He had a bit of drama with his front feet which he's had for a fair while. We're finally on top of things and ready to go to the races.
"On his day he's a very smart horse and obviously his last few weren't at his best so a change of environment may have kicked him into gear.
"I've had a few that have been like that. I've finally got him at a stage where I'm happy to take him to the races and the horse is flying."
Pepper has entered Dee'n'gee for a Benchmark 85 Handicap over 1100 metres at Rosehill on Saturday, using the race as a pointer to the rising seven-year-old's black type prospects later in the year.