Ros Rolfe had planned on giving her stable star Franks Very Much a well-deserved break after his down-the-track finish in last month’s Group 3 Echuca Pacing Cup.
But the son of Grinfromeartoear had other ideas.
"We thought we'd give him a bit of a spell, but he just stood at the gate calling out wanting to come in all day, so we thought we might as well bring him back in," the Echuca-based trainer said.
"He'd been in for a fair while and we thought we'd give him a few weeks off, but he didn't want that obviously."
Franks Very Much's desire to stay in work will see him line-up in this Sunday's Councillor Neil Beattie & Family Boort Pacing Cup (2250m).
The five-year-old has drawn barrier five and Rolfe is hoping driver Michael Bellman can shoot to the front of the field in the early stages of the $14,500 race.
And if that can be achieved, she's quietly confident of victory.
"If we could find the lead, I think we'd be certainly in it with a chance," she said.
"He does usually go quite well first-up. He is quite keen. That track being a bit smaller than the average track, if he can get to the lead from his draw anything could happen."
The bay gelding was bred by Rolfe out of her mare Cisstar, a winner of 10 races for the family.
Franks Very Much has also won on 10 occasions and victory on Sunday would provide a career highlight for his trainer.
"We won a $10,000 race at Shepparton one night, but a cup is always a bit special, isn't it?," she said.
Rolfe, who only runs a small team of horses, will also take Franks Very Much's stablemate Monash to Boort. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding has drawn barrier one in the E W (Ned) Fitzpatrick Memorial Pace (2250m).
An 11-horse field - including emergency Our Summer Bay - has been assembled for Sunday's Boort Pacing Cup, which is part of the lucrative Trots Country Cups Championship. The series carries a $25,000 bonus for the winner, with $15,000 given to the successful owner and $10,000 to the horse's trainer.
As it stands, Kima Frenning-trained Buster Brady tops the leaderboard on 22 points, six clear of Stephen O'Donoghue's San Carlo.
Sunday's other major feature is The Honourable Peter Walsh Boort Trotters Cup (2612m), where Iona Spider drops back from Group 1 company to tackle the $14,500 event.
Trained by Shane Hall, the mare is on the back-up from a seventh-placed effort in the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Gold Series Final (1720m) at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday night.
The first race on Sunday's card is set to go at 12.20pm, with the last of nine to begin at 5.34pm.