Awapuni Trackwork

Four-year-old mare Margaux Glas indicated a big run on debut at Wellngton is not out of the question judging by her final trial at Awapuni this morning

20 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 20th

By RON GURNEY

Four-year-old mare Margaux Glas indicated a big run on debut at Wellngton is not out of the question judging by her final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the No 1 grass (slow-heavy).

Margaux Glas (by No Excuse Needed) used the plough and had stablemate Petite Midas for company over 800m in a solid 50.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Margaux Glas, owned and trained by Lisa Latta, should have few problems with the track conditions on Saturday. Not to be denied, Lincoln's Sunset and Hiphop, two more from the Latta barn, covered 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while Kamanda Lincoln and Lookherepal, who have both been freshened, came up with 51.8 and 38.4. Artemis Rising and Luminere posted 53.1 and 38.7. Heavens Keep, who will race at Awapuni on Anzac Day, had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.2, while Beefeater and Hank Moody took 1.6 even and 38.1. Rhiannon went alone in 1.8.1 and 39.6. Fusion, who has raced since the spring, and Fully Fledged filly sprinted 600m in 39.8. Wellington entrant The Orange Pony (r65 mile) had trainer Laura Knight in the saddle over 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 39.5, while Showing Grace and an Iffraaj maiden clocked 54.2 and 39.9. Volacapri (mdn mile) did 56.1 and 40.1. A Fully Fledged maiden trained by Lisa Latta sprinted 600m in 40.6.

A Laura Knight-trained Falkirk three-year-old filly, who won at the Manawatu trials in February, covered 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 40.2, while Wellington runners Sophia Magia and Rosetta, both in the 3yo mile, were kept to 1.11.3 and 40.9. Sophia Magia will have blinkers added to the gear on Saturday. Speech Craft was given an easy 800m in 58.7, the last 600 in 42.1, and Dal Sir Tee (r65 mile) was not after time either over 1000m in 1.12.4 and 42.6. Yemanya (r75 1200m) and Exceptional (r65 1000m) ended with 600m in 42 even.

On the No 1 grass, Carnaby (r65 mile) and Blondlign were paired over 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.2, and Salvinia went alone in 53.2 and 39.6. A Nom Du Jeu gelding trained by Matthew Eales was timed 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.9, while Showing Grace, placed on debut in October, and an Iffraaj maiden, two more from the stable, recorded 54.2 and 40 even. Ma Belle Kate, who has been out for the summer, ran 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 40.2, and top mare Platinum Command, who has not raced since being unplaced in the Livamol Classic at Hastings in the spring, sprinted 600m in 40.3. She won four races during her last campaign, including the Whyte Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.

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Beefeater could not have pleased trainer Roydon Bergerson more with his very satisfying semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning

18 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 18th

By RON GURNEY

Beefeater could not have pleased trainer Roydon Bergerson more with his very satisfying semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was held on the plough (good), with just a handful using the No 1 grass (slow) a couple of metres out from the rail.

Beefeater, wearing blinkers again, used the plough and had stablemate Hank Moody for a partner over a solid 1000m the reverse way (right-handed) in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Beefeater has a last-start third under his belt behind All Roads and Scapolo in the Japan-NZ Trophy at Tauranga. Miss Oahu (by Pins), who has not raced since last winter, and Wellington entrant Captain Lincoln (r85 mile) were paired over 800m in a smart 48.5, the last 600 in 36.1, while Garment, in at Woodville (mdn 1400m) and former northerner Swiss D'Meanour (by Swiss Ace), both trained b y Lydia Pickford, came up with 49.2 and 36.2. Woodville entrant Thats Amore, narrowly beaten last start, and Petite Midas were on terms throughout 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.5, and Suffign sprinted 600m alone in 36.5. Lucy Tanner-trained Teraseeda (by Makfi), formerly with Karen Zimmerman, posted 37.8. Canny Magic, who is knocking on the door in maiden company, skipped over 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.7, while Waiz One and Lincoln's Gal (by I Am Invincible), third on debut last Christmas, ran 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.4. That's Funny and unraced three-year-old filly Choux Envy (by Jimmy Choux), in at Woodville, recorded 50.4 and 37.6.

Heavens Keep had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.5, and Cullister did a quiet round before galloping 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.6. Maiden debut winner Exceptional and stablemate Yemanya, both heading to Wellington, covered 800m in 53.2 and 38.9, whle Shadows Cast left 1000m behind in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.7. Nom Du Beel and Our Debutante were given a quiet round of pacework before galloping 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39 even, while Ready Eddie and Derby Dan did similar work and returned 53.3 and 39.6. Cartagena followed suit, but was at speed from the 1000m (1.7.7), the last 600 in 39.4. Tip The Dancer, a winner fresh up at Whanganui, and Strada Roccia, whose two raceday starts have yielded two fourths, warmed up from the 800m to complete the last 600 in 39.9, and Colombian Rose galloped alone over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 40.3. The Oysterman and Volacapri posted 1.7.3 and 40.1. Sophia Magia, who will race in blinkers at Woodville, and Wellington runner Rosetta (3yo mile) were not after time over 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 41 even, and their stablemate Artemis Rising sprinted 600m in 42 even. Shrimp Cocktail went 600m in 44.5, but only sprinted the last 400.

On the No 1 grass, Carnaby and Blondlign were together throughout 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 39.1, and Salvinia went alone in 1.8.8 and 39.5. Adonis and Callidora covered 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 41.2, and How Perfect and a Perfectly Ready filly sprinted 600m in 41.5.

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Last-start winner Ticket Clipper suggested more is in store at Hastings on Saturday when he galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning

13 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - March 13th

By RON GURNEY

Last-start winner Ticket Clipper suggested more is in store at Hastings on Saturday when he galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (dead), with a handful using the No 1 grass (slow).

Ticket Clipper used the plough and worked alone, warming up from the 1200m to run 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 36.2. He tackles the r75 2500m on Saturday, a race in which he finished third 12 months ago. He won't be far away in this edition either, with Lisa Allpress again the rider from last start. Time honours went to Suffign, who gathered speed from the 1000m mark to complete the final 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 35.7, while Platinum Express (r75 1300m) and Platinum Valence went 49.6 and 36.6. Lubaya (by Rip Van Winkle), who debuts in the 2yo 1300m, and Rosetta came up with 49.9 and 37.2. A Chinese Dragon gelding and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, were paired over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.4, while a Jimmy Choux gelding and a Fully Fledged gelding, two more from that barn, sprinted 600m in 37.9. Lincoln's Ace and a Per Incanto maiden posted 52 even and 37.7. Shadows Cast had Masa Tanaka aboard over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.3, and Derby Dan did a quiet round of pacework before galloping 1000m in 1.5.7 and 38.5. Lisa Latta-trained Blackbird (by Cecconi), who has not raced since January, was timed 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38 even.

Hawke's Bay Cup prospect Five To Midnight had stablemate Shocktillyoudrop (r75 2500m) alongside over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.4, while Savaria (Hawke's Bay Cup) and Rhiannon, who both starred on Tuesday, recorded 1.7.6 and 38.3. The Orange Pony went alone in 1.7.9 and 38.2. In-form Just Ishi (r75 2500m) and Nom Du Beel were on terms throughout 1000m, coming the final 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 38.5, and Shrimp Cocktail left 1000m behind in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 38.8. An Excelebration filly and a Savabeel filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 38.6. Beefeater, wearing blinkers, and French Serge warmed up from the 1200m mark and matched strides over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 39 even, and their stablemate Artemis Rising covered 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 39.8. Debut winner Exceptional, in at Hastings (r65 1200m), and French Serge were kept to 55.4 and 40 even. Hank Moody was timed 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 40.7, and Ringo ran a quiet 800m in 55.6 and 41.5. A Darci Brahma filly and a Rip Van Winkle filly, both from the Breslin stable, sprinted 600m in 43.5.

On the No 1 grass, Hawke's Bay Cup chance Tiffany's had stablemate Callidora for a partner over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.3, while Bushfire, who resumes from the outside gate, in the r65 1200m, and a Perfectly Ready filly sprinted 600m in 38.4. Adonis and How Perfect ran 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 39.4.

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Forget the form-line, Wellington Cup winner Savaria is ready to make her presence felt in Saturday's (Listed) Hawke's Bay Cup (2200m) because her semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning was first-class.

11 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - March 11th

By RON GURNEY

Forget the form-line, Wellington Cup winner Savaria is ready to make her presence felt in Saturday's (Listed) Hawke's Bay Cup (2200m) because her semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning was first-class.

The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with just a handful using the No 1 grass (dead) against the rail. Savaria used the plough and had senior jockey Hayden Tinsley aboard when galloping with stablemate Rhiannon over a bold 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 36.8, which was excellent work. All trainer Roydon Bergerson is hoping for is that the weather gods keep the track conditions in good nick for Hastings.

Time honours went to Platinum Express and Princess Belle, who sped over 800m together in 48.5, the last 600 in 35.6. They are both in the r75 1300m. The Czar and last-start debut winner Jessiegee came up with 49.4 and 36.2, while Thats Amore and possible Swiss Ace debutante Epic Dreamer (mdn 1400m), both with Lisa Latta, posted 50.1 and 36.3. Shocktillyoudrop and Hare Bawl, both in the r75 2500m, covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.8, and their stablemates Star Emerald and Denny's Lincoln clocked 50.5 and 37.6. Denny's Lincoln will try to cap off a number of minor placings when she tackles the maiden 2000m at New Plymouth on Thursday. Kolonel Kev and Hawke's Bay entrant Henree Winkler (r85 1400m) were on terms throughout 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37 even, and Garment and That's Funny were almost identical with 51.1 and 37.2. Miss Doherty (mdn 1400m) and unraced Rip Van Winkle filly Lubaya (2yo 1300m) ended 800m with 600 in 37.1. Boyslightup, who has not raced since the spring, and last-start maiden winner Ballet Choux matched strides over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 37.4, and Suffign went alone in 1.10.5 and 37.6. Sophia Magia and three-year-old filly Exceptional (by Nadeem), who scored on debut a few weeks ago, recorded 1.6.1 and 38.6. She is in at Hastings (r65 1200m). 

Heavens Keep was too good for a maiden partner over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.2,  while Petite Midas (mdn 1400m) and Just You went 1000m together in 53.7 and 38.8. A Jimmy Choux filly and a Towkay filly, three-year-olds with Lydia Pickford, came up with 54.1 and 38.1. A Swiss Ace mare, also trained by Pickford, sprinted 600m in 38.5. Foxton trial winner Moorish (by Mastercraftsman), who was not disgraced on debut at Waipukurau, covered 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and New Plymouth entrant Salvinia (mdn 2000m) required 1.10 even and 38.8. A Pins three-year-old gelding and a Nadeem two-year-old filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, ran 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 39.9. Yemanya was not after time over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.6, and Ready Eddie, preparing for the jumping season, did 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 40 even. Unraced three-year-old filly Late Date (by Postponed) and a Howbaddouwantit gelding, both with Stephen Beatson, went 1.9.9 and 42 even. Spendaholic, who has not raced since the spring, warmed up from the 800m to run 600 in 42.1, and a Don Eduardo filly trained by Mark Oulaghan took 42.2. Exhibit (r65 1200m) ended with 43.4.

On the No 1 grass, Hawke's Bay double nominee Tiffany's and Soiree ran an eye-catching 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 36.9, while How Perfect and Bushfire (r65 1200m) took 1.7.1 and 37.9. Trump (by Don Eduardo) and stablemate Scimitar (by Nom du Jeu), both unplaced on debut in recent weeks, worked over 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.1. They are four-year-old geldings with Stephen Nickalls.

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Maiden three-year-old Word Savvy put her hand up to be counted with a very satisfactory final gallop at Awapuni this morning

06 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 6th

By RON GURNEY

Maiden three-year-old Word Savvy put her hand up to be counted with a very satisfactory final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (slushy), where Word Savvy caught the eye over 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 38.4, in preparation for the 3yo 1400m at Trentham on Saturday. The Savabeel filly has been handled patiently so far, but has always been a good worker. She could be the dark horse in a small field.

Time honours went to Mike Breslin-trained maiden mare Kini Marie (by Per Incanto), who has not raced since the spring, and she cut out 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37.2. Waiz One and a No Excuse Needed filly covered the same distance in 49.9 and 37.3. Salamanca and Leeds, warming up for late autumn and winter racing, were timed 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.9, while two-year-old Authentic Charm (by Per Incanto), who debuts at Trentham on Saturday (1000m), sprinted 600m with Lincoln's Ace in 37.6. Authentic Charm is a half-sister to half-a-million dollar earner Authentic Paddy.

Talk The Torque sprinted 600m in 38.3, and Manhattan Street had a Pins gelding alongside over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.3. French Serge and Rhiannon left 1000m behind in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.6, while a Cape Blanco filly and a Nom du Jeu filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 40 seconds even. Denny's Lincoln and Last Chance were paired over 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.7, while a Rip Van Winkle gelding and a Fully Fledged gelding, both with Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.8. Heni, who resumes in the r85 1000m at Trentham on Saturday, was kept to 600m in 43.9, and she will be ridden by four-kilo claiming apprentice Kate Cowan.

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Iamishwara earned plenty of admirers for a second Awapuni Gold Cup win in three years after a first-class final trial in testing conditions this morning

30 March 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - March 30th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara earned plenty of admirers for a second Awapuni Gold Cup win in three years after a first-class final trial in testing conditions this morning.After 22mm of rain over the previous 24 hours, all fast work took place on the plough (slushy), where Iamishwara breezed over 1000m in 1.2.2, coming his final 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.6. He has won on a slow surface more than once previously, but a heavy track could be a challenge. In saying that, he is very well.

Kini Marie, who has not raced since the spring, sprinted 600m in 38.2, while a Road To Rock filly and an Excelebration filly, two more from the stable of Mike Breslin, took 39.1. Tarihira, in Saturday's r75 2100m, and Wafer were on terms throughout 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.3. Five To Midnight, another in the Awapuni Gold Cup, had Thorn Pass alongside over 1000m in 1.7.9, the last 600 in 40.2, and last-start winner Shadows Cast (r85 1550m) went alone in 1.10.2 and 41.1. Hare Bawl (r75 2100m) and Manhattan Street came up with 1.12.8 and 41.7. Henree Winkler (r85 1550m), who should go boldly in a fresh state, had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.9, while Rosetta (Manawatu Classic ) and French Serge posted 58.6 and 43.1. A So You Think filly and an Iffraaj filly, both trained by LIsa Latta, sprinted 600m in 43 even. Leeds and Salamanca were not after time over 800m in 58.7, the last 600 in 44.2, and neither were Ravenhill and Master William, who clocked 60.7 and 44.3. Ringo and Sires' Produce Stakes late entry Ozil covered 600m in 44.6, while Our Debutante and Just Collie were kept to three-quarter pace.

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Classic Touch, trained by Lydia Pickford, could not have been more impressive in semi-final work at Awapuni this morning

29 March 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - March 28th

By RON GURNEY

Classic Touch, trained by Lydia Pickford, could not have been more impressive in semi-final work at Awapuni this morning. Fast gallops took place six metres out from the rail on the course proper (slow) and on the plough (good).

Classic Touch used the course proper and had Robert Hannam aboard over 1000m in a smart 1.2 even, the last 600 in  35.7, appearing to have plenty more up the sleeve. The Guillotine mare has competed only four times for two wins and a third and looks a big chance at the Manawatu meeting (r75 1400m) on Saturday. Sires' Produce Stakes entrant Ozil, a debut winner at Wairoa last month, worked with stablemate Heni and covered their last 600m in 35.6, while Tarihira (r75 2100m) and Glengoyne (r65 1550m), two more from the stable of Mike Breslin, were timed 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 36.9. They are all top prospects for Saturday. Leading Role, in the Manawatu Classic (2000m), had La Monnoye (r65 1550m) for a partner over 1000m, coming the final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.4, while Five To Midnight (Awapuni Gold Cup) and China Star (r85 1550m) required 49.9 and 36.6. Mighty Solomon (open 1400m) and Henree Winkler (r85 1550m) came up with 50 seconds even and 36.5. Regal Steps (r65 1550m) and Cyclone Tracy did nice work over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 36.9, and Sophia Magia, who will have the blinkers removed for Whanganui on Thursday (r65 f&m 1340m), had recent Foxton trial winner Exceptional (by Nadeem) alongside over a quiet 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 41 even.

On the plough, Awapuni Gold Cup runner Iamishwara sped over 1000m in 1.1.5, coming his final 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 36.6, which was excellent work. Artemis Rising (by Handsome Ransom), who has not started since August, and unraced Rip Van Winkle two-year-old Lubaya sprinted 600m in 36.8. Savaria, another in the Awapuni Gold Cup, and Hank Moody (r75 2100m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.19.2 and came the final 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37 even. It was very pleasing work as well. Staywithme covered 1000m in 1.4.7 and finished off with 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.6. Thursday's Whanganui highweight (2040m) rivals and stablemates Just Ishi and Nom Du Beel did a quiet round (1400m) before galloping 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.4. Just Ishi won fresh up at Hawera (r65 mile) three weeks ago. Fibonacci, in at Manawatu (3yo 1200m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 38.9. Almo Street, who has not raced since December, and a Darci Brahma gelding warmed up from the 800m (53.8) to run home the last 600 in 38.4, and Whanganui double acceptor Tip The Dancer ended with 600m in 38.9. Last-start Trentham winner Shadows Cast (Manawatu) left 1000m behind in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 39.2. Our Debutante did a quiet round before increasing the tempo on the second circuit to complete 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.1, and Jeff Lynds-trained Upmarket (by Cape Blanco), unplaced on debut earlier this month, clocked 54 even and 39.3. Thats Amore, in at Whanganui (mdn 3yo 1400m), and Waiz One posted 54.2 and 39.9. Last-start Otaki maiden winner Rusty In Melbourne cruised over 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 39.9, and her stablemate Deedee Panache ran 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 39.7.

Strada Roccia (by Road To Rock), fourth on debut a few weeks ago, and a Guillotine gelding were kept to 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 40.3. Strada Roccia is in at Whanganui (mdn 3yo 1400m). Lookherepal was not after time over 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 41.7, and an unraced Tavistock four-year-old trained by Lucy Tanner took 56.6 and 41.8. That's Funny, who has been freshened up by Lydia Pickford, and a another unraced Tavistock four-year-old sprinted 600m in 42.4, and Rhiannon went 43.7. A Showcasing filly and a Jimmy Choux filly, three-year-olds trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 43.6 even, and a Jeff Lynds-trained Stravinsky three-year-old filly, placed at the recent Foxton trials, clocked 43.5. Ringo came up with 43 even, and Shrimp Cocktail (Whanganui) 45.9.

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Unraced two-year-old colts Lincoln Hills and He's A Freak impressed during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning

23 March 2017
Stephen Berryman
Thursday - March 23rd
By RON GURNEY
 
Unraced two-year-old colts Lincoln Hills and He's A Freak impressed during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (slushy), where Lincoln Hills (by All Too Hard) and He's A Freak (by He's Remarkable) were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.7. Both horses have trial placed in recent weeks for trainer Lisa Latta, and Lincoln Hills is scheduled to debut at Tauherenikau (1000m) on Sunday.
 
The Czar (r65 1400m) and Strada Roccia, fourth on debut at Otaki a few weeks ago, stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 37.9, while their stablemates Leeds and Salamanca ended with 600m in 38.1. A Jimmy Choux gelding and a filly by Australian sire Excelebration, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39 even, while Wafer and a Road To Rock filly, two more from that barn, came up with 39.7. A maiden by Pour Moi and one by Alamosa, both prepared by Ashley Meadows, covered 600m in 39.8. Choux Mania, a half-sister by Redoute's Choice to Jimmy Choux, was kept to 800m in 59.8, the last 600 in 41.1. She is in the maiden 1400m at Tauherenikau on Sunday and has given every indication that some improvement is forthcoming. A So You Think filly and an Iffraaj filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 41.2.
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Star Emerald and Platinum Express took the time honours at Awapuni this morning as horses prepared for Waipukurau on Friday and Tauherenikau on Sunday

21 March 2017
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - March 21st
By RON GURNEY
 
Star Emerald and Platinum Express took the time honours at Awapuni this morning as horses prepared for Waipukurau on Friday and Tauherenikau on Sunday.
 
All fast work was on the plough (good), where Tauherenikau runners Star Emerald (r65 1400m) and Platinum Express (r75 1000m) were paired over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.7. They were the only two to break 37 seconds during the session. Star Emerald has been freshened since finishing unplaced on Boxing Day. Garment, in on Friday (mdn f&m 1200m), had Robert Hannam aboard over a nice 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.7, and she is looking for some easing of the ground. Tip The Dancer and her unraced stablemate Raul (by Magic Albert), who debuts on Sunday (mdn 2yo 1000m), covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.2. Both horses won at the Foxton trials last Tuesday.  Tarihira and a Guillotine gelding left 800m behind in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.7, and The Orange Pony, heading to Waipukurau (r65 mile), went alone in 51.1 and 37.8. He could show sharp improvement on Friday with the blinkers on. Kate The Great (by Per Incanto), who has not raced for 12 months, and The Great Guru posted 54.3 and 37.6. Miss Norway (r65 2050m) and unraced Alamosa three-year-old filly Jessiegee (mdn 1400m), both off to Tauherenikau, were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Tensile (mdn 2050m) and last-start Egmont winner Angel In Bluejeans came up with 1.7.4 and 38.4. Shocktillyoudrop (r65 2050m) and Waiz One were timed 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.3.
 
How Perfect, in on Friday (r65 1200m), and Bushfire gathered speed from the 800m (56.6) to run home the last 600 in 38.4, and Kini Marie (by Per Incanto) sprinted 600m in 38.5. Moorish (mdn mile), a winner at the Foxton trials last week (1200m), was sent 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 39.2, while Tauherenikau runner Salvinia (mdn 2050m) and a Nom du Jeu maiden clocked 1.7.6 and 39.5. Waipukurau entrant Suffign (mdn mile) came in from the 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.4, and last-start Hastings winner Troup Road (r75 2100m), took 1.9.9 and 39.6. Yemanya (r65 1200m) and Sophia Magia were kept to 1.12 even and 39.9. An unraced Falkirk three-year-old filly trained by Laura Knight sprinted 600m in 40.4. She won at the Manawatu trials last month. Unraced Lonhro filly Allure, who scored at the Foxton trials (1000m) last week, had Tiffany's alongside over 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 40 even. Allure debuts on Sunday (mdn 2yo 1000m), while Tiffany's tackles the r65 2050m. Wafer sprinted 600m in 41.7. An unraced Nadeem filly trained by Roydon Bergerson, another Foxton trials winner, went an easy 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 42 even. Rhiannon and unraced two-year-old filly Lubaya (by Rip Van Winkle), a half-sister to VRC Derby winner Lion Tamer, stayed together over a 600m sprint in 42.4, and a Don Eduardo maiden with Mark Oulaghan took 42.1. Leeds required just 43.5, and Salamanca clocked a very quiet 47.8.
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Wellington candidates took things pretty quietly in final gallops as others hogged the limelight at Awapuni this morning

16 March 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - March 16th

By RON GURNEY

Wellington candidates took things pretty quietly in final gallops as others hogged the limelight at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where maiden three-year-old Suffign again showed her fitness with a pleasing 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.6. The filly finished third on debut at Otaki in January, but three subsequent races have been disappointing. She's better than that.

A Road To Rock filly trained by Mike Breslin warmed up from the 800m (52 even) to run home the last 600 in 36.8, while her stablemates Glengoyne and unraced three-year old filly Jessiegee (by Alamosa) covered 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 37.8. Platinum Express was in full flight early over 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 37.4, and Waiz One went alone in 50.1 and 37.2. Last-start Hastings winner Troup Road gathered speed from the 1000m to run his final 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.5, while Heni and Wairoa debut winner Ozil (2yo) posted 53.1 and 38.7. Bushfire and Carnaby were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 38.5. Penance and a Showcasing gelding were timed 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 38.9, while an Ocean Park colt and an Iffraaj colt, both trained by Mike Breslin, came up with 1.9.5 and 38.6. Manhattan Street and a Swiss Ace filly warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.3) to complete a 600m dash in 38.1.

Heavens Keep, off to Te Rapa on Saturday for the r85 mile, was too good for a Tavistick gelding stablemate over 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 39.6, while Showing Grace (by Showcasing), placed third on debut last October, and a No Excuse Needed maiden, both trained by Matthew Eales, ran 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.1. An O'Reilly colt and a Jimmy Choux colt, both trained by Lisa Latta, were paired over 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.2, and their stablemate Don'stopgirl was kept to 57.5 and 41.4. Wellington prospect Beefeater (r85 1400m) was not after time over 1000m in 1.11.9, the last 600 in 41.1, and La Monnoye (r65 1400m) ended with 600m in 42.5. Fibonacci, who will wear side winkers in the Wellington Guineas, did little more than three-quarter pace over 800m, the last 600 in 43.6, and Shared Secrets (NZ Oaks) ran 1000m in 1.13.8, the last 600 in 43 even. Cullister and Our Debutante, building for autumn and winter racing, ended with 600m in 43.7, and Wellington runner Shadows Cast (r85 1400m), who won a 1200m open trial at Foxton on Tuesday, covered 1000m in a quiet 1.15.7, the last 600 in 45.6.

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