JASON Maskiell will be the new rider for classy sprinter Too Many Reds when he returns to Tasmanian racing at Elwick on Sunday.
Too Many Reds will contest what is shaping as the best race so far this season, the $30,000 Goodwood Handicap.
His rivals are likely to include Tasmania's best-performed horse, Geegees Blackflash, and best mare Rebel Bride.
Too Many Reds, who has returned to his original trainer Charlie Goggin, hasn't raced in Tasmania since February 2012.
He has since raced in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, winning at Doomben (twice) and Eagle Farm.
However, his best performance was probably his photo-finish second to Famous Seamus in a $100,000 listed race at Randwick.
Senior part-owner Joe O'Neill said yesterday Maskiell was keen to ride the seven-year-old for only the second time.
``Brendon McCoull had first option because of his past association with the horse but he was reluctant to commit,'' O'Neill said.
``So we were more than happy to book Jason _ we wanted to make sure we got a top rider and we have.''
McCoull has ridden Too Many Reds nine times for six wins, while Maskiell was placed on the gelding at his lone ride.
O'Neill said Too Many Reds had pleased Goggin and co-trainer Luella Meaburn since returning to the state.
``He's coming along nicely and galloped super this morning,'' the owner said.
``He should run well on Sunday _ he has a terrific record over 1100 metres at Elwick.
``We think he can still be competitive in the good races and obviously the Newmarket Handicap is his target.''
Meanwhile, Sunday's first two-year-old race of the new season, the Debutante Plate, has attracted 19 entries.
They include last week's Hobart and Devonport trial winners Concrete Johnny, Don't We Love It, Admiral and Lustica, as well as Geegees Doubleday, who ran quick time winning a trial at Elwick yesterday.
The Stuart Gandy-trained Geegees Doubleday recorded 49.17 seconds for 800 metres, running his last 600 metres in 34.91.
At the same track last week, Concrete Johnny recorded 50.73 seconds (last 600m in 35.31) while Don't We Love It went slightly slower.