JACK Holder will not be riding in Neil Middleditch's testimonial meeting due to visa restrictions.

The Aussie ace, who was part of Poole Pirates' class of 2019, is not allowed to feature due to work permit rules preventing him from racing on non-Premiership tracks in England.

Poole are set to compete in the SGB Championship this season.

Sheffield Tigers ace Holder, whose brother Chris will be riding, is set to be replaced by Nick Morris.

"The only downside to the meeting is the fact that Jack (Holder) cannot be part of it," said Middleditch.

"He was extremely keen to ride but unfortunately it is because this year he is having to use a Tier 5 visa due to having exhausted his six-year allowance on a Tier 2 status. Under BSPA and UKVI rules he is therefore prevented from guesting, riding in open meetings and riding for more than one league this season.

"Jack is totally gutted as too am I but at least I have been able to bring in a very capable replacement in Nick Morris to complete the two teams."

The line-ups have now been confirmed for the meeting, which takes place at Wimborne Road on Wednesday, March 25 (7.30pm).

Split into two teams, the 'Karen's County Crest All Stars' will be made up of the club's second-highest all-time points scorer Bjarne Pedersen alongside Nicolai Klindt, Brady Kurtz, Josh Grajczonek, Nico Covatti, Adam Ellis and Stefan Nielsen.

They will face the 'Joanne's Meridian Lifts Heroes' of Chris Holder, Scott Nicholls, Chris Harris, Danny King, Hans Andersen, Edward Kennett and Morris.

Looking ahead to the meeting, Middleditch said: "I am truly honoured to have been given this special occasion. It was something that Matt (Ford) promised he would try to make happen and I am grateful that the authorities have sanctioned it.

"Likewise I am deeply proud to have such a solid array of riders to share the day with and it is fantastic to have assembled two really exciting teams.

"It is also something a bit special to have the team names carrying the names of two sponsors who have been so passionately involved with the club during my reign as team manager. Karen Tracey of County Crest and the late Jo Tomlin of Meridian Lifts have the teams dedicated to them and I cannot think of any better way to acknowledge their great support over the years."

Fans will also have the opportunity to see the Pirates' three new Aussies, Josh MacDonald, Ben Cook and Zane Keleher, compete in a series of three races against each other at the conclusion of the main event.

Cost for entry will be £17 for adults, £14 for OAPs and concessions, £10 for student, £6 for children while under-11s go free.