Awapuni Trackwork

Trackwork will be updated at the start of February.

21 January 2021
Lindsey White
Trackwork reports are expected to commence again from the first week of February.
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Marton runners Just Fabulous and Arturo worked impressively on the course proper Tuesday and repeated the dose on the plough this morning.

07 January 2021
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 7 By RON GURNEY Marton runners Just Fabulous and Arturo worked impressively on the course proper Tuesday and repeated the dose on the plough this morning. The majority of fast work was on the plough (good), where Just Fabulous (open 1400m) and Arturo (r74 1200m) were paired over 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 36.8. The side winkers go on Just Fabulous, who has a huge weight advantage (52kg) on Saturday with Wiremu Pinn in the saddle. Her stablemate Arturo is having his first race for over a year, and a big run fresh would not surprise. Last-start winner Glide Queen (r65 1400m) skipped over 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 36.9, and a repeat is on the cards from an inside draw. Kapinos (r74 1200m) also worked alone, covering 1000m in 1.8 even and coming in from the 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 36.7. He is holding solid form. Un-raced Per Incanto filly Raffle and a Howbaddouwantit filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.9, while their stablemates Son Of Thunder (by Zebedee) and an Alamosa gelding took 52.1 and 37.4. Putorino, second on debut Boxing Day, and Marton Cup prospect Felaar matched strides over 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.8, and Lisa Allpress is sticking with Felaar for his third successive race in the Central Districts. Fellow Cup chance Duplicity had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over a quiet round before increasing the tempo on the second circuit to clock 1.7.9 for 1000m, the last 600 in 37.8. Wind In My Wings (3yo 1400m), fourth on debut Boxing Day, ran 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.7, and he has a big task against previous winners this week. Jessiegee and He's Done A Runner were on terms throughout 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.2, while their stablemates Hypatia and un-raced Zambezi Lass (by Tavistock) recorded 52.2 and 38.6. Kellys Inspiration (r65 1400m), who has been working solidly over recent weeks, was kept to 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.9. Meglio Di Falcrest (3yo 1400m), narrowly beaten on the first day at Manawatu last month, was not at top speed either over 1000m in 1.10.5, the last 600 in 39.3. Race rival Chikira Lass had Akela Belle (r74 2100m) for a partner in similar work over 1000m in 1.12.7 and 39.4, and two Belardo fillies sprinted 600m in 39.5. Cup runner Platinum Rapper was not after time over 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.3 and, though mixing her form, she did split Sir Nate and Felaar in a blanket finish to the Manawatu Cup Prelude two starts ago. Un-raced three-year-old filly Sweywithme (by Sweynesse), trained by Mark Oulaghan, ran 80m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.3, and she is a half-sister to stablemate Don't Know Jakk. Lincoln Falls (r74 1200m), an impressive winner fresh up last month, was not asked for his best over 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 40.5. He'll be well backed to repeat the effort on Saturday, An Ocean Park gelding trained by Jeff Lynds was timed an easy 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 41.3. On the course proper, Princess Amelie was ahead of un-raced gelding Jokerman (by Raise The Flag after 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.1.
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Shadows Cast left no doubts about his fitness when he galloped boldly at Awapuni this morning.

05 January 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 5 By RON GURNEY Shadows Cast left no doubts about his fitness when he galloped boldly at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held wide out on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Shadows Cast used the course proper and reeled off 1000m in 1.2.4, the last 600 in 34.8, and he will likely use the open 1400m at Marton on Saturday as a lead-up to the Thorndon Mile at Trentham three weeks later. The Per Incanto eight-year-old has the great record on home turf at Awapuni of five wins and seven minor placings from 16 starts. Not to be denied some accolades were Dedoje, who shaded stablemate Valhalla Rising after a very sound 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 34.9. Just Fabulous and Arturo were paired over 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 35.7, and last-start Boxing Day winner Glide Queen went alone in 1.5.5 and 35.5. Colorado Star and Flying Surf covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 35.6, while Marton Cup runners Duplicity and Felaar were timed 1000m in 1.6.1 and 36.3. Meglio Di Falcrest had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over a nice 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 36.1, while Platinum Rapper and Akela Belle went together in 1.7.9 and 37.6.
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Hillcrest Road, who will debut at either Tauherenikau on Saturday (1000m) or Otaki on Monday (1200m), earned plenty of admirers with a solid final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

31 December 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, Decemberr31 By RON GURNEY Hillcrest Road, who will debut at either Tauherenikau on Saturday (1000m) or Otaki on Monday (1200m), earned plenty of admirers with a solid final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Hillcrest Road sped over 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.4. The Unencumbered four-year-old, trained by Jeff Lynds, worked just as impressively on Tuesday over 800 metres after a third at the Levin jump-outs a few weeks ago. Shadows Cast, who will step out over 1400 metres on Marton Cup day next week, had apprentice Maria Sanson aboard over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 37.7. His stablemate Semper Magico did similar work, covering 1000m in 1.4.8 and 37.8. He was unplaced fresh up at Trentham on Labour Weekend, and has not started since. Princess Ani and Voralto were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.9,while their stablemates Jessiegee and a Howbaddouwantit filly clocked 51.4 and 38.5. Stephen Marsh-trained Felaar, fifth in the Manawatu Cup last start, worked with Otaki maiden entrant Town Cryer over 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 38.9. Felaar will probably tackle the Marton Cup next week, and Town Cryer finished third in an Otaki trial (heavy) three weeks ago. Maiden two-year-old Silky Red Fox and un-raced four-year-old Hurricane Lincoln (by Sacred Falls) were on terms over 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.3. Steely Zeb (by Zebedee) and Khant Catch Her, three-year-old fillies trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 53.6 and 38.7. They are nominated for Otaki on Monday, where Khant Catch Her will be on debut. Parisian Poppy, in at Tauherenikau on Saturday (mdn 1400m), had an Alamosa gelding stablemate alongside over a 600m dash in 38.6. Platinum Rapper, unplaced in the Manawatu Cup after a Prelude second a week earlier, was timed an even 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.4. Un-raced maidens Jokerman and Lincoln Valley, both trained by Lisa Latta, were sent 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.9. Un-raced Pins filly Lion and a Complacent filly, both trained by Ashley Meadows, ran 1000m in an easy 1.10.5, the last 600 in 40.3. Wotaripper, who will race at Otaki on Monday, was let off with 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.2. He has finished third (1200m) and fourth (1400m) in his two races so far, and a mile looks well within his depth.
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Platinum Petals and He's A Doozy are heading to Ellerslie on New Year's Day with a solid final gallop under their belts from Awapuni this morning.

30 December 2020
Deanna Carr
Platinum Petals and He's A Doozy are heading to Ellerslie on New Year's Day with a solid final gallop under their belts from Awapuni this morning. Platinum Petals (Royal Stakes) and He's A Doozy (Auckland Guineas) used the course proper (dead) and worked the reverse way over 1000m, being timed from the 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.9. All other gallops were on the plough, where Higher Power caught the eye over 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 37.9. He has not fired up in two races back from a spell, but his form-line could be about to change. His un-raced stablemate, a three-year-old by Unencumbered from Australian mare Zelle, lost no kudos with his 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.4. Irish Odds, who won a Foxton trial early this month, covered 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.5, and this Per Incanto four-year-old mare will debut any day. Hawke's Bay entrants Charms Star and Splodge, both in the maiden mile, went boldly over 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 38.3. Charms Star was not disgraced in the Eulogy Stakes last start. Share Power and Spijker, both placed at Otaki last start, ran 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.1, and they won't be maidens for much longer. Lincoln Falls, who scored an impressive win fresh up on the middle day at Manawatu, warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.8) to come his final 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.2. He will go from strength to strength. Sir Beets and Platinum Spirit were on terms working the reverse way over 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 38.8. Sir Beets holds a nomination for the Levin Classic in just over a fortnight, while Platinum Spirit is building for the Wellington Cup on January 30. Wild Moose, in at Hawke's Bay on Friday (r65 1400m), and a Super One-Fantasising gelding were timed 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.3. The Super One gelding won a Levin jump-out (1000m) last month and has since finished third in a Foxton trial (1000m). Ava Adoro (by Contributer), who is on debut at Hawke's Bay (mdn f&m 1400m), ran 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 39.1. She has not been prominent at the trials so far. Ha'penny Bridge had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over a quiet round before speeding up to run 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 39.3. Dedoje and Hypatia matched strides over 1000m in 1.11.3, the last 600 in 40.1, and Meglio Di Falcrest, narrowly beaten last start, went 1.12.6 and 40.5. Lincoln's Kruz worked evenly over 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 40 even, and a Super Easy gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan took 55.4 and 40.2. The latter's stablemate Dream Weaver, unplaced on debut at Otaki a few weeks ago, was kept to 1000m in 1.14 even, the last 600 in 43.3.
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Hunterville trainer Lydia Pickford has a nice team around her at the present time, and she galloped five of them at Awapuni this morning.

24 December 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 24 By RON GURNEY Hunterville trainer Lydia Pickford has a nice team around her at the present time, and she galloped five of them at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was on the plough. Two of her promising maidens, Surprize Me (by Reliable Man) and Persistence (by Ekraar), were in fine touch over 1000m in 1.7.5, coming the final 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.3. Both horses finished second at Otaki last Friday and have trained on the right way. Watch for them over the Christmas-New Year period. Boxing Day entrant Chikira Lass (r65 1200m) and Steely Zeb were paired over 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 37.7, and Steely Zeb (by Zebedee) was unplaced on debut at Otaki last week. Favoloso (mdn 1400m No 1 ) and stablemate Wind In My Wings (mdn 3yo 1200m) were timed 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, and Wind In My Wings (by Proisir) debuts on Boxing Day after winning a Foxton trial (1000m) a few weeks ago. He's Done A Runner and un-raced Zebedee colt Son Of Thunder ran 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.9, while Lydia Pickford produced Clownin Around and Uber Roca to run 54.4 and 38.8. Boxing Day runners Kerala (mdn 1400m No 1), unplaced on debut in October, and Putorino (mdn 1400m No 2) were together throughout 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 39.5. Kerala will race without blinkers this time. Their stablemates Bradman (mdn 3yo 1200m) and un-raced Per Incanto mare Irish Odds covered 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.3, and Bradman will race without blinkers as well. Platinum Road and Origineel matched strides over 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.1, and Platinum Rain went 53.9 and 40.1. Akela Belle (r74 2100m), who worked well on Tuesday, and Splodge were kept to 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.8. Splodge (by Roc de Cambes) was unplaced on debut at Otaki. Maiden mare Glide Queen, who will wear blinkers if she gets a start, ran 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 41.6, and See The Lion (mdn 1400m No 1), trained by Pickford, clocked 56.1 and 41.7. Belle Plaisir (r74 1400m), who will race without side winkers, was not after time either over 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 42.1, and Beefeater (Summer Cup) went an easy 57.1 and 42.4. Kapinos (open 1200m) sprinted 600m in 42 even, while Valhalla Rising (mdn 3yo 1200m) and un-raced Per Incanto three-year-old filly Raffle clocked 42.1. Father Lenihan (Summer Cup) recorded 43.1. On the course proper, up against the rail (slow-7), Just Fabulous (r74 1400m) and Rukita (r74 2100m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 38.3.
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Akela Belle blotted the copybook on a slow track last start, but indicated at Awapuni this morning that she can put the record straight on Boxing Day.

22 December 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 22 By RON GURNEY Akela Belle blotted the copybook on a slow track last start, but indicated at Awapuni this morning that she can put the record straight on Boxing Day. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Akela Belle (r74 2100m) and stablemate Platinum Petals were paired over 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 37.3. Platinum Petals (by Deep Field) finished second on debut in November and has not been disgraced in two subsequent starts. Time honours went to My Father's Gun, who breezed over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.7. He was in danger of missing a start in the r65 1550m on Saturday. Bradman (mdn 3yo 1200m) and stablemate Arturo covered 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 37.3, and Bradman looks ready to strike after three race-day outings so far. Chikira Lass (r65 1200m), unplaced in the Eulogy Stakes, and Spirit O'Phee (mdn 1400m) warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.1) to run home the last 600 in 37.8. St Nancy and a Makfi-Shin Kin Fly maiden, both trained by Peter Didham, ran 800m in 51, the last 600 in 37.1, and they won a heat each (850m) at the Levin jump-outs last week. Valhalla Rising, in at Manawatu (mdn 3yo 1200m), and Parisian Poppy (mdn 1400m) were on terms throughout 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 37.4. Parisian Poppy should be suited by the step up to 1400m. Summer Cup entrants Beefeater, who won the race last year, and stablemate Just Fabulous matched strides over 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 38.6. Just Fabulous was also nominated for the r74 1400m. Du'blues (r65 1550m) had apprentice Maria Sanson aboard over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 38.2, and Glide Queen (mdn 1400m) was almost identical with 1.4.1 and 38.3. Kerala and Putorino, both in the maiden 1400m, and Rukita all went together over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 38.2, and Saltbush Bill (r65 1550m) went alone in 1.5.2 and 38.8. Colorado Star (r74 1400m), who resumed with a tidy third at Trentham, had Prince Turbo for a partner over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.3. Father Lenihan (Summer Cup) and Wild Moose left 800m behind in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.1, while Lucy Tanner-trained Favoloso (mdn 1400m) and a Contributor-Starring three-year-old filly (Matthew Eales) recorded 51.7 and 38.1. Last-start winner Wheels (r65 1550m) and un-raced stablemate Inmyshadow (mdn 1400m) ran 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 39.2, while a Zed filly trained by Mark Oulaghan was at a good clip early over the same distance in 1.5.2 and 39.5. Belle Plaisir (r74 1400m) and stablemate Wind In My Wings (by Proisir) covered 1000m in 1.7.9, the last 600 in 39.1. Wind In My Wings won a Foxton trial (1000m) two weeks ago and debuts in the maiden 3yo 1200m on Saturday. Khant Catch Her (by Mongolian Khan), who was entered for the maiden 1400m, and stablemate Lurid stayed together over 1000m in 1.9,1, the last 600 in 39.7. Flickering Shadow (mdn 1400m) and Charms Star were let off with 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 39.9, while a Vadamos two-year-old and a Nadeem two-year-old, both with Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 40.2.
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Savabeel gelding Kapinos suggested his last-start fifth at Trentham is best forgotten when he galloped at Awapuni this morning.

17 December 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 17 By RON GURNEY Savabeel gelding Kapinos suggested his last-start fifth at Trentham is best forgotten when he galloped at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Kapinos was paired with stablemate Just Fabulous over a pleasing 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.3. On Saturday, Kapinos tackles a small field in the r74 1200m at Manawatu, where he has won all three races so far, including a stylish r65 1200m last month. The improvement in track conditions from Trentham will be a key factor along with the 2kg claim from apprentice Hazel Schofer, who won on him two starts ago. Mike Breslin-trained maiden three-year-olds Parisian Poppy and Valhalla Rising, who will likely be seen out racing on Boxing Day, covered 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.6. Manawatu Cup prospect Duplicity and stablemate Ha'penny Bridge (r65 2100m No 2) were on terms throughout 1200m in 1.24, the last 600 in 38.7. Duplicity is primed to the minute for a big win on his home track, while Ha'penny Bridge was an impressive maiden winner there last month. Prince Turbo and un-raced maiden stablemate Zambezi Lass (by Tavistock) ran 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.2, while He's Done A Runner and un-raced two-year-old Son Of Thunder (by Zebedee), two more from that barn, took 52.5 and 38.7. Platinum Rapper (Manawatu Cup), just beaten in the cup prelude last Saturday, worked alone over an even 1000m in 1.7.9, the last 600 in 39.1. Favoloso showed nice improvement at Waverley last start (5th), and this morning was sent 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.7. His stablemate My Father's Gun, in the r65 1400m on Saturday, was timed 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39 even, while Platinum Spirit (r65 2100m No 1) came up with 54.8 and 39.6. Stephen Marsh-trained Felaar, another beaten in a close photo (cup prelude) last week, had Rukita for a partner over an even 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 40.4, and Belle Plaisir recorded 1.11 and 40.6. Kellys Inspiration (r65 1400m) was kept to 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 40.2, while Brazen Blue (2yo 1100m) and Lincoln Star (r74 mile) went 800m in 55 even and 40.4. A Nadeem two-year-old and a Vadamos two-year-old, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, covered 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 40.3. Sir Nate, undoubtedly one of the favourites for the Manawatu Cup after his narrow victory last week, was not after time over 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 41 even. Nest Egg (by Reliable Man) and Reign It In (by Sacred Falls), two-year-olds on debut at Awapuni on Saturday, ran 800m in 56,1, the last 600 in 41.1. They have both been placed at the trials. Lincoln Falls, who galloped nicely on Tuesday, was kept to 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.2. He finished third at the Foxton trials last week and, after 18 months off the scene, resumes his racing career in Saturday's r74 1200m.
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Platinum Invador, back home from Australia, and stablemate Lincoln Star left no doubts about their fitness when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning.

15 December 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 15 By RON GURNEY Platinum Invador, back home from Australia, and stablemate Lincoln Star left no doubts about their fitness when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place toward the outside of the course proper (dead) or on the plough (good). Platinum Invador and Lincoln Star used the course and were on terms throughout a very strong 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 35.2. Saturday's Manawatu Cup beckons Platinum Invador in his first race back in New Zealand after a five-race campaign in Melbourne, where his best effort was a third in the Herbert Power Handicap (2400m) at Caulfield. However, he's been working a treat since his return, and finished second at the Foxton trials (1400m) last Tuesday, thus looking to go one better than his second in the Manawatu Cup last year. Lincoln Star, in the r74 mile, blotted his copybook at Wellington last start, but that race looks best forgotten. Otaki (Friday) entrants Share Power and Spijker were paired over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 35.9, while The Rippa and Platinum Spirit, both in the r65 2100m at Manawatu, came up with a tidy 1.4.2 and 35.9. Arklow and Sasha, both trained by Anne Herbert, covered 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 36.1, and they are close to winning form. Dedoje (r65 1400m) and Colorado Star stayed abreast over 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 36.2, and Lincoln Falls (by Dundeel), who has not raced for 18 months, went 1.9.6 and 36.7. He finished third at the Foxton trials (1000m) last Tuesday, and resumes his career in Saturday's r74 1200m. Saltbush Bill, a winner at Foxton last Tuesday (1400m), worked alone over 1200m in 1.15.3, the last 600 in 37.2, while Bo Jackson and Victorem warmed up from the 1200m to run home 1000m in 1.8.9 and 37.7. Wotaripper, third on debut at Waverley, and Kellys Inspiration were kept to 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.3. Wotaripper heads to Otaki on Friday, and Kellys Inspiration goes to Manawatu. On the plough, Kapinos, in at Manawatu (r74 1200m), and Just Fabulous were impressive over 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36.5. Otaki runner Fabiola (by Per Incanto), working alone, lost no kudos with her 48.6 and 36.7. She was fourth on debut in April, and could possibly return to racing on Friday. Quatromosa (mdn mile) worked alone over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 36.9, while three-year-old filly Platinum Dubai (r65 1100m), a winner at two, and a Mongolian Khan filly caught the eye with 50.5 and 37.1. They are with Lisa Latta. Three-year-old filly Sweywithme (by Sweynesse), trained by Mark Oulaghan, ran 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 38.6, and she could debut on Friday. Nest Egg (by Reliable Man) and Reign It In (by Sacred Falls), two-year-old colts trained by Roydon Bergerson, were timed 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Nest Egg finished third at the Foxton trials last week, and both horses are set to debut on Saturday. Possible Otaki runner Busybeingfabulous, third at the Foxton trials, was kept to 52.2 and 38.6, and his stablemate Master Fin, entered for the Manawatu Cup, was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 39.9.
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Manawatu entrants Platinum Rapper and Akela Belle handled the wet conditions on offer in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning.

10 December 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 10 By RON GURNEY Manawatu entrants Platinum Rapper and Akela Belle handled the wet conditions on offer in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (slushy), with another 23mm of rain overnight after three very wet days. Platinum Rapper (open 2100m) and Akela Belle (r74 2200m) used the No 1 grass and reeled off 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 37.3. Platinum Rapper steps up to a middle-distance for the first time since last year, when she scored over 2000 metres (heavy) at Riccarton. The mare exchanged a shadow roll for blinkers last start, but trainer Lisa Latta has decided to revert to the shadow roll this Saturday, and it could be a winning move. Akela Belle is in solid form this campaign and will again be ridden by Awapuni apprentice Faye Lazet, whose claim will take the mare down to just 50.5kg. The only question hanging over Akela Belle is the likelihood of a wet track, but her work this morning was very pleasing. St Nancy (by Road To Rock) and an Alamosa-Zatiger maiden were paired over 800m in 54 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.3, while un-raced four-year-old Champers (by Tavistock) and a Makfi-Shi Kin Fly maiden took 54.9 and 38.5. All four are with Peter Didham. Sir Beets, who will have blinkers on for Saturday's r65 mile, and maiden gelding Lincoln Lane (by Savebeel) covered 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 40.3. Eulogy Stakes runners Chikira Lass, a last-start winner, and maiden Gaelic Spirit were on terms throughout 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.4. Rock Island Line (r74 1500m), to be ridden by Wiremu Pinn (a3), worked alone over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.6, and last-start winner Far Site, a double acceptor, went 56.9 and 41.3. Father Lenihan (open mile) was kept to 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 42.4. On the plough, maiden four-year-old Wotaripper, who finished third on debut at Waverley last month, ran 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.6, and he has trained on well. Rukita, in Saturday's r65 mile, had un-raced maiden stablemate Putorino (by Savabeel) for company over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 39.2. Rukita is ready to strike winning form again. He's Done A Runner and un-raced two-year-old colt Son Of Thunder (by Zebedee) sprinted 600m in 40.9, and My Father's Gun, in at Manawatu (r65 1200m), had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over a quiet 800m in 59.3, the last 600 in 42.9.
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