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Platinum Command rounded off her preparation perfectly for the Tauranga meeting when she galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning

22 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 22nd

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command rounded off her preparation perfectly for the Tauranga meeting when she galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Platinum Command (Tauranga Clsssic) used the No 1 grass and had Masa Tanaka aboard when reeling off 1000m in 1.9 even, quickening over the final 800m to come home the last 600 in 38.4. A trial win at Waverley last month preceded two unplaced outings at Trentham and she looks ready to pounce on Saturday with Kelly McCulloch to ride for the first time. Her stablemates Almo Street, who won an open trial (1200m) at Waverley last month, and Miss Oahu were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Lincoln Bay and Don'stopgirl came up with 53 even and 39.3. Golden Bay, who will head to Hastings on Saturday week, was kept to 57.5 and 43.4.

On the plough, former northerner Swiss Elle skipped over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 37.6, while Fusion and Talk The Torque went together in 1.7.7 and 37.5. Unraced Tavistock four-year-old gelding Mustafa, trained by Carla Hearn, recorded 1.5.1 and 38.4. Callidora and Tiffany's were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 39.7, while Bushfire and Adonis posted 1.9.3 and 39.3. Unraced three-year-old Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) and an Ocean Park gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.5, and an unraced Per Incanto filly trained by Jeff Lynds took 39.2. Wafer and Dandeedee covered 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 39.4, and unraced four-year-old mare Hidden Valley (by Faltaat), trained by Elizabeth Rennie, came up with 54.9 and 41 even. Kings Kite, off to Te Aroha on Sunday for a restricted open steeplechase, had trainer Stephen Beatson aboard over 1200m in 1.24.3, the last 600 in 41 even. Rennie-trained unraced four-year-old mare Miss Mindi (by Electronic Al) was timed 1000m in 1.14.7, the last 600 in 42.8, while Lumineer and an Alamosa two-year-old gelding were kept to 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 42 even.

 

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Lisa Latta-trained stablemates North And South (Otaki) and Platinum Command (Tauranga) looked on song for different venues this week when they worked together impressively at Awapuni this morning

20 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - June 20th

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained stablemates North And South (Otaki) and Platinum Command (Tauranga) looked on song for different venues this week when they worked together impressively at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

North And South (open 1300m) and Platinum Command (Tauranga Classic 1400m), used the No 1 grass and reeled off a solid 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.3. Both horses have taken great benefit from their latest outings in new campaigns. Meursault (Tauranga Classic) worked alone over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.9, while Margaux Glas (by No Excuse Needed), unplaced on debut in April, and Friday's Otaki two-year-old debutante Eva Dawn (by Burgundy) were paired over the same distance in 51.1 and 38.8. Eva Dawn won an 800m trial at Foxton last week. Yin Dragon, back for a new winter campaign on Friday (r65 1400m), had Masa Tanaka aboard over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.8, while Bannockburn (open 1300m) and Tauranga entrant Manhattan Street (r85 1200m) went together in 51.7 and 39.5. Thorn Pass, in at Otaki (r75 mile) and Lincoln's Sunset covered 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 39 even, and Itsagem (r75 f&m 1400m) went 800m in 53 even and 39.6. A No Excuse Needed gelding and a Jimmy Choux gelding, both trained by Matthew Eales, were kept to 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 39.9.

On the plough, Leeds had apprentice Danielle Hirini in the saddle when speeding over 600m in 36 seconds even, while his stablemates, the unraced See Ya Later (by Per Incanto), placed at the Foxton trials last week, and an Any Suggestion gelding ran 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.9. Brad Thorn and Stephenstihls matched strides over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.1, exactly the same as Garment and unraced Denman two-year-old filly Potenchile, who placed at the Foxton trials last week. She debuts on Friday. Missmosa, who has not started since the spring, and unraced King Cougar (by Alamosa) came up with 51.3 and 38.3. Just Ishi (r75 mile) had half a dozen lengths on No Excuses (r65 2100m) throughout 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.1, and Keep The Flag, who has been freshened, required 1.9.7 and 38.4. All The Drama and Swiss D'Meanour went together in 1.10.6 and 39.4. An Alamosa filly and unraced Suggest Alot (Any Suggestion-Cindylotz), both trained by Mike Breslin, did 800m in 56.5 and 39.8. A Road To Rock gelding and an Alamosa gelding, both with Roydon Bergerson, were not after time over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.6, while Otaki two-year-old runner Vows You Made, unplaced on debut three weeks ago, and Callidora took 55.6 and 40.7. La Monnoye and stablemate Du'blues (by Duporth), unplaced on debut in March, clocked 58.6 and 41.8. Dal Kilchoan, now with Mark Oulaghan, ran 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 41.1, and unraced four-year-old Mustafa (by Tavistock), trained by Carla Hearn, recorded 1.12.8 and 41.4.

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Lovetokeephim looked a big improver for Trentham on Saturday when he worked in good fashion again at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass.

15 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 15th

By RON GURNEY

Lovetokeephim looked a big improver for Trentham on Saturday when he worked in good fashion again at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass.

Lovetokeephim (r65 mile), who galloped boldly on Tuesday, used the plough and had trainer Kim Clapperton aboard over a nice 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 38.5. The Keeper gelding was resuming from a good spell when unplaced over 1200 metres at Woodville a few weeks ago and it would not surprise to see him among the dividends with apprentice Holly Andrew again claiming 2kg. Time honours on the plough went to Leeds, who skipped over 1000m in 1.2.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while Upper Cut enhanced his prospects for the Awapuni Hurdles on Saturday with a quiet round of pacework followed by his own 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 38.7. He is a dangerous lightweight. Rhiannon and an Alamosa gelding stablemate were paired over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.8, and Colombian Rose went alone in 52.1 and 39.1. A Duporth gelding trained by Ashley Meadows ran 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.8. Kings Kite, who tackles the Manawatu Steeplechase, had trainer Stephen Beatson in the saddle over 1200m in 1.27.4, the last 600 in 43.4 and, after his maiden steeple win over the Ellerslie hill last start, the King's Chapel gelding deserves the utmost respect on Saturday.

On the No 1 grass, Talk The Torque covered 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 41.6, while Lincoln's Sunset and Roc 'N' It went 1000m together in 1.12 even, the last 600 in 41.8. Trentham runners Our Gazza (open 2100m) and Just You (r65 mile) were timed 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 42.2, followed by North And South in 56.6 and 42.4. Last Chance (r75 1200m) and Lastrollofthedice (r65 mile) were at a steady clip early over 800m, but eased up appreciably in the home straight to record 59.8 for the full distance, the last 600 in 45 even.

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Lovetokeephim, entered for Trentham (r65 mile) on Saturday, and Rhiannon earned plenty of admirers for immediate assignments when they worked together at Awapuni this morning.

13 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - June 13th

By RON GURNEY

Lovetokeephim, entered for Trentham (r65 mile) on Saturday, and Rhiannon earned plenty of admirers for immediate assignments when they worked together at Awapuni this morning.. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass amid squally showers.

Kim Clapperton-trained Lovetokeephim and Rhiannon (Roydon Bergerson) used the plough and were able to cut out a solid 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.8. Lovetokeephim was unplaced when resuming at Woodville two weeks ago, while Rhiannon blotted her copybook at the same venue. Trentham candidate Dal Sir Tee (r65 mile) covered 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 37.7, and Wanganui acceptor Swiss Elle (r65 1200m) recorded 1.7.5 and 37.9. The blinkers come off. Dandeedee, also heading to Wanganui (r65 f&m 1350m), and Glengoyne (Trentham) were on terms throughout 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.6. Blinkers go on Dandeedee. An Any Suggestion gelding and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 37.7, while Platinum Wild Card (by Swiss Ace) and a Bachelor Duke gelding, both unraced two-year-olds in the Lisa Latta stable, took 38.9. Brad Thorn and Stephenstihls were sent 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 38.7. Wanganui runners So It Was and Artemis Rising, rivals in the maiden 1350m, were timed 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 38.8, and the blinkers go on Artemis Rising. Their stablemates My Jolene (r65 f&m 1350m) and Lumineer (r65 1200m, blinkers on) ran 800m in 54.4 and 39.5. Oonagh (by Thewayyouare), debuting in the maiden 1200m, did 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 39.8. Missmosa and unraced three-year-old gelding King Cougar (by Alamosa), both from the Breslin barn, sprinted 600m in 39.2, and Wanganui runner Miss Interpreted (r65 f&m 1350m) had apprentice Tim Johnson aboard over 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 40.7. A Nadeem gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan took 1.10.1 and 41.9.

Ma Bella Kate, entered for Trentham (r65 mile), worked an even 1000m, being timed from the 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 41.2, while a Road To Rock two-year-old and an Alamosa two-year-old, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.1. Kings Kite, who won a maiden steeple over the Ellerslie hill on Queen's Birthday weekend, went 1400m and was timed 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 42.6, and he is down to contest the Manawatu Steeples at Trentham on Saturday. Hidden Valley and Miss Mindi, an unraced pair trained by the Rennies, sprinted 600m in 43.9, and Nom Du Beel, in at Wanganui (r75 hwt mile), was kept to 1000m in 1.16.4, the last 600 in 44.1. Upper Cut (Awapuni Hurdles Saturday) did a quiet round and a half before galloping 1000m in 1.15.8, the last 600 in 44.5. Kermit, in at Wanganui (r65 1200m), took 1.17.6 and 45.4.

On the No 1 grass, likely Trentham rivals Lastrollofthedice and Just You (r65 mile) matched strides over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40.9, while Thorn Pass and Kathy's Lincoln ended with 600m in 41.8. Wanganui acceptors Kate The Great and Epic Dreamer, rivals in the maiden 1350m, covered 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 42.5. Keep It Savvy and Tiny Temper, both in the maiden 3yo mile, ran 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 42 even. Wiseman's Fairy (r65 1200m) and former southerner Meursault made heavy weather of their 800m in 61.5, the last 600 in 45.4, as did Miss Oahu and Master Platinum, who clocked 61.4 and 46.3. Showing Grace (mdn 1350m) was kept to 48.2.

 

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Wellington prospect Platinum Command again showed her huge improvement this week with another solid gallop at Awapuni this morning

08 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 8th

By RON GURNEY

Wellington prospect Platinum Command again showed her huge improvement this week with another solid gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Fog prevented the timing of some gallops.

Platinum Command (open 1200m), who worked well in company on Tuesday, used the No 1 grass and had raceday jockey Masa Tanaka aboard over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 39.4. She has taken great benefit from her resuming run at Trentham (1200m) a few weeks ago and will parade much fitter this Saturday. Glengoyne and Dandeedee were paired over 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 39.5, while Don'stopgirl and Lucky Snip went 1000m in 1.14.9, the last 600 in 40.7. Wellington entrant Hare Bawl (r75 2100m), who should start one of the favourites, and Lincoln Bay ended with 600m in 41.3. Salamanca, to be ridden by Jonathan Riddell in the open 1200m at Trentham, was not after time over 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 43 even, and Showing Grace (mdn 1400m), who was a game third at Hawera last start, was kept to 600m in 46.4.

On the plough, Hiphop and an O'Reilly colt from the same stable impressed with their 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.1, while Seeyalater and a Chinese Dragon gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, clocked 49.7 and 37.8. Princess Spice, who has not raced since December, ran 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 37.9. Al Munroe (r75 2100m) covered 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 40.6, while Brad Thorn and Stephenstihls sprinted 600m in 40.2. Vows You Made, who debuts in the maiden two-year-old event at Trentham, and Soiree matched strides over 800m in 57.7, the last 600 in 40.8. Carnaby and Adonis left 1000m behind in 1.10 even, the last 600 in 40.6, while their stablemate Bushfire galloped with Kim Clapperton-trained Lovetokeephim over the same distance in 1.10.1 and 40.5. Cartagena, who could break the maiden duck in the amateur rider's race at Trentham (r65 2200m), posted 1.10.7 and 40.8. Paddy Owen (mdn hurdle) did a quiet round (1400m) before galloping 1000m in 1.13.5, the last 600 in 40.3, and Miss Interpreted came up with 1.12.1 and 41.6. A Per Incanto filly and an Indy King filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, ran 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 41.5. Lucy Tanner's unraced Tavistock four-year-old gelding did 1000m in 1.13.9, the last 600 in 42.9, and unraced Darci Brahma three-year-old filly Vivelavie, trained by Jeff Lynds, sprinted 600m in 42.7. She is a half-sister to stablemate Wills Road.

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Bannockburn and Platinum Command are big improvers out of the Lisa Latta barn after they worked together at Awapuni this morning

06 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - June 6th

By RON GURNEY

Bannockburn and Platinum Command are big improvers out of the Lisa Latta barn after they worked together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work during a light session took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Bannockburn and Platinum Command used the No 1 grass and cut out a solid 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.9. They resumed in the same race at Trentham a few weeks ago and finished out of the money, but their efforts had "next time" written all over them. They return to Trentham this Saturday for another open 1200m. Hare Bawl (r75 2100m) and Our Gazza (mdn hurdle) were paired over 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 38.9, and they too look improvers for Trentham after racing there two weeks ago, when Hare Bawl placed third over 2100 metres.

On the plough, Thursday's Taranaki entrant Our Debutante (r65 hwt mile) drew plenty of attention to her chances with a bold 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 36.9. She reverts to the flat this week and can make amends for a last-start failure over hurdles at Hawera. Showing Grace, third at Hawera last start, and stablemate Ma Belle Kate matched strides over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 37.4, and Mr Davinci, who is in on Thursday (mdn hwt 2000m), lost no kudos with his 1.7 even and 37.3. The side winkers come off and a shadow roll goes on. Manhattan Street, second to Dolcetto in the Autumn Sprint Final (1200m) two weeks ago, and Miss Oahu, who has not raced for 11 months, covered 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.5. Manhattan Street returns to Trentham on Saturday for a r75 1400m. Cullister, another of trainer Gail Temperton's runners in at Taranaki (r85 1800m), did a quiet round (1400m) before galloping 800m on the second circuit in 51.5, the last 600 in 38 even, and the blinkers go on Salamanca, off to Trentham (open 1200m), left 1000m behind in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 40.7. Unraced two-year-old Vows You Made (by Perfectly Ready), who was entered for Trentham (mdn 1000m), and stablemate Soiree warmed up from the 800m to run their last 600 in 40 seconds even, while last week's Woodville winner That's Funny and All The Drama were kept to 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in  41.2.

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Thorn Pass is back working as well as ever and could go a big race fresh at Wanganui on Saturday judging by his final gallop at Awapuni this morning

01 June 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 1st

By RON GURNEY

Thorn Pass is back working as well as ever and could go a big race fresh at Wanganui on Saturday judging by his final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on thre heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Thorn Pass (r85 1340m), who has had just three races in the last 17 months, used the No 1 grass and had stablemate Almo Street for a partner over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 38.3. Almo Street (by Alamosa), has chalked up one win from four starts so far and won a trial at Waverley three weeks ago in his build-up for a new campaign. Ringo rounded off his preparation for the weight-for-age mile on Saturday with a solid workout with stablemate Prosecco (r75 1200m) over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 39 even, while Lastrollofthedice (r65 1340m) and Roc 'N' It (r65 2040m) came up with 52.2 and 39.4. Wanganui Cup prospects China Star and Captain Lincoln were paired over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 39.5, while Lincoln's Sunset (r65 1340m) and Last Chance (r75 1200m) took 53 even and 39.4. The Great Guru (r65 2040m) and Lincoln Bay were almost identical with 53 even and 39.7. Charming Choux, who will have blinkers added for the maiden 1340m, and Itsagem (r85 1340m) matched strides over 800m in 52.4, getting along at a good clip early, but easing to run the last 600 in 40.1. Master Platinum (r75 1200m) did not look at home in the ground when running 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 42.5.

On the plough, Lucy Tanner's four-year-old Tavistock gelding and a St Reims filly trained by Gail Temperton skipped over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 37.8, while Glengoyne and a Road To Rock gelding stablemate sprinted 600m in 37 even. An Alamosa gelding and an Any Suggestion gelding, two more from the Breslin barn, clocked 37 even as well. Soiree and a Rock 'n' Pop filly stablemate covered 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 39.6, and Ollie's Note, who has not raced since the spring, posted 1.11.8 and 41.2. Last-start winner and Castletown Stakes chance Allure and a Perfectly Ready filly sprinted 600m in 42 even. Kings Kite worked over 1400m, being timed from the 1200m in 1.27.2, the last 600 in 43.1, and Tiffany's, a double acceptor at Wanganui, was not after time over 1000m in 1.19.8, the last 600 in 44.1. Fibonacci (r75 1200m) was kept to a quiet 800m, the last 600 in 44.2.

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Dandeedee and Prosecco really caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning as horses trialled up for the Feilding meeting at Woodville on Thursday or Whanganui on Saturday

30 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - May 30th

By RON GURNEY

Dandeedee and Prosecco really caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning as horses trialled up for the Feilding meeting at Woodville on Thursday or Whanganui on Saturday. Fast work was held on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Dandeedee and Prosecco used the No 1 grass, and in testing conditions were able to cut out 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 39.2. Dandeedee has been freshened since running two solid seconds at Wairoa in February, while Prosecco, who worked strongly last week as well, has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes at Trentham in mid-March. Golden Bay and Wiseman's Fairy were paired over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 40.3, while their stablemates Star Emerald and Roc 'N' It came up with 54.6 and 41.7. Wanganui Cup entrants Captain Lincoln and China Star hit out boldly over 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 42.2. Hiphop and Leicacutcat ended with 600m in 42.8. Lastrollofthedice and Lincoln's Gal stayed together over 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 42.4, while Kate The Great and Charming Choux required 55.8 and 42.3. Thorn Pass and Lincoln's Sunset clocked 56.5 and 42.1, followed by Ringo and Windermere Lad in 56.8 and 42.7. Garment and That's Funny (blinkers on Thursday) took 59.8 and 43.4.

On the plough, an O'Reilly colt and a Darci Brahma filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, worked solidly over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36 even, and Lucy Tanner's Tavistock gelding ended with 600m in 36.4. Artemis Rising and So It Was covered 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 37.8, while Seayalater and a Chinese Dragon gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 51 even and 37.7. Classic Touch and All The Drama kept up a strong gallop throughout 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.1, while No Excuses and a St Reims gelding stablemate recorded 1.7.8 and 38.9. Kim Clapperton's Lovetokeephim, back for a new campaign on Thursday, did nice work over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38 even. Fibonacci, who has not raced since winning at Hastings a month ago, had Kane Smith aboard over 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.5, while My Jolene and Rosetta were sent 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.7. Maiden winner Donaldson, who has not raced since the spring, came up with 1.8.6 and 40.9.

Callidora and Blondlign sprinted 600m in 39.9, and a Denman two-year-old filly and a Buffalo Man three-year-old gelding, both trained by Lydia Pickford, took 40.8. Miss Interpreted was not after time with 1000m in 1.10 even, the last 600 in 40.9, while Soiree and a Perfectly Ready filly stablemate went 800m in 54.9 and 40.2. Last-start juvenile winner Allure, entered for the Castletown Stakes on Saturday, had a Rock 'n' Pop filly alongside over 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 41.6, and Tensile had Jonathan Riddell in the saddle over the same task in 1.10.1 and 41.7. Cartagena (side winkers on Thursday) went 1.13.1 and 41.4. Al Munroe worked over 1000m, being timed from the 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 41.3, and In Dreamland (side winkers at Woodville) did 1000m in 1.11.3 and 42 even. Counter Attack posted1.12.5 and 42.3. A Pins three-year-old and an Alamosa two-year-old, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 42.5. Tiffany's worked post-to-post (1400m), being timed the final 1000m in an easy 1.14.7, the last 600 in 43 even, while Rhiannon and Lumineer were kept to 1200m in 1.24 even, the last 600 in 43.5. Paddy Owen did a quiet round before increasing the tempo fractionally on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.15.6 and 44.3.

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Ringo and Prosecco turned in a bold gallop together in testing conditions at Awapuni this morning

25 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - May 25th

By RON GURNEY

Ringo and Prosecco turned in a bold gallop together in testing conditions at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (slow) after some heavy rain over the previous 24 hours. Fog prevented the timing of some gallops.

Ringo, who was a shade disappointing (4th) in the Great Easter Stakes at Riccarton last start, and Prosecco used the No 1 grass and were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.6. Prosecco has been freshened since finishing out of a place in the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham in mid-March. Platinum Command looked ready for a big run fresh at Wellington on Saturday (open 1400m) when working alone over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.8, and Talk TheTorque (r65 1200m) covered the same distance in 54 even and 39.6. Dandeedee and Windermere Lad came up with 54.3 and 39.7. Epic Dreamer, in the maiden 1400m at Hawera on Sunday, had Kathy's Lincoln for a partner over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.3, and Bannockburn, who resumes in the r85 1200m at Wellington, went alone in 54.5 and 41.3. Keep It Savvy, a big improver for Hawera (mdn 3yo mile), went with a Showcasing filly in 55.7 and 41.5. Just You, who showed a glimpse of better form last start, warmed up from the 1000m (1.17.6) to run home the final 800m in 58.3, the last 60 in 42.8. She goes to Wellington for the r65 mile. Our Gazza (open 1400m) and Master Platinum (r85 1200m) were kept to 800m in 59.7, the last 600 in 43.7.

On the plough, unraced Cape Blanco three-year-old filly Dark Princess took the time honours with 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.5. Trained by Jeff Lynds, she won a trial over 1000 metres at Waverley a few weeks ago. Wellington runner Dal Sir Tee (r65 mile) was timed 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.1. An Any Suggestion gelding and a Chinese Dragon gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.2, and In Dreamland ran 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 41.5. Artemis Rising and So It Was sprinted 600m in 42.7. Wellington runner Canny Magic (r75 2100m) was not after time with an easy 1000m in 1.18.6, the last 600 in 46.3.

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Paddy Bourke look winning material this weekend after an impressive semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning

23 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - May 23rd

By RON GURNEY

Paddy Bourke look winning material this weekend after an impressive semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass, where times weren't that bad.

Paddy Bourke used the plough and worked alone over a bold 1000m in 61 even, the last 600 in 36.5, and he has the form on the board to make an outing at Trentham on Saturday (r85 1200m) really count. He has yet to win on the course, but seven previous starts there have yielded two seconds, two thirds and a fourth. Showing Grace, in at Hawera on Sunday (mdn 1400m), covered 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 36.6, and she was not happy in the heavy ground at Otaki last start. Our Debutante (mdn hurdle) did particularly well to cut out 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.7, after a quiet round of pacework. Unraced Per Incanto maiden Seeyalater and a Chinese Dragon gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 37.6. Beau Jeu (mdn mile), unplaced on debut at Whanganui a few weeks ago, ran 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 37.9, while Just Ishi, who is in some of the best form of his career, did a quiet round of pacework before galloping 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.8. He tackles thre restricted open steeplechase on Sunday. Donaldson (by Nom du Jeu), who chalked up a win from his four starts last spring, was timed 1000m in 1.6, the last 600 in 39.2, and his stablemate and Wellington entrant Dal Sir Tee (r65 mile) had Masa Tanaka in the saddle over 1000m in 1.7.9 and 39.6. He won the special conditions 1400m at this meeting last year. Al Munroe posted 1.8.1 and 39.4. A Guillotine gelding trained by Stephen Nickalls, worked alone over 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 39 even, while Artemis Rising and unraced Sir Percy four-year-old mare So It Was went together in 52.5 and 39.8. Counter Attack, who last raced in the spring, came up with 52.3 and 40.1. Canny Magic, in at Trentham (r75 2100m), covered 1000m in an easy 1.11.4, the last 600 in 40.8, and Tiffany's posted 1.11.5 and 41.9. Lucy Tanner's Tavistock gelding recorded 1.10.2 and 41.2, while Bushfire (r85 1200m) and Blondlign went together in 1.12 even and 42.1. Hard But Fair (by Road To Rock) and Lumineer (by Bradbury's Luck) did a quiet 800m in 58.8 and 43.5.

On the No 1 grass, nothing worked better than Tip The Dancer and Kini Marie, both nominated for Trentham and Hawera (Sunday), who skipped over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.2. Platinum Command (open 1400m) and Wiseman's Fairy were sent the distance in 52 even and 38.6, while Thorn Pass and Lucky Snip took 52 even and 38.8. Last-start winner Roc 'N' It and Hiphop were paired over 800m in 51.3 and, after going at a good clip early, eased to run the last 600 in 39.5. Just You, off to Trentham (r65 mile), and Hawera entrant Keep It Savvy (mdn 3yo mile) posted 53 even and 39.3, while Trentham runners Bannockburn and Master Platinum, both in the r85 1200m, clocked 53.1 and 39.8.

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