Awapuni Trackwork

Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning

17 July 2018
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - July 17th
By RON GURNEY
 
Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning.Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).
 
Yin Dragon used the No 1 grass and, working alone, reeled off 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.8. The rising nine-year-old has had three races in a new campaign and could strike top form at any time.Thursday's Hawke's Bay runners Lincoln Hills (r65 1200m) and Etoile D'Amour were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even. A Foxton trial winner last month, Etoile D'Amour was unplaced on debut, but looks a huge improver.Lincoln Bay (r65 1650m) and Platinum Edition covered 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.7, while King Cougar and Son Of Surf came up with 53.5 and 40 even. Itsagem and Manhattan Street posted 53.6 and 40.2.Kotahi and Platinum Volos put the pace on early over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 41.1. Last-start two-year-old winner Atenartin, trained by Matthew Eales, and a Raise The Flag filly with David Hayes went 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.3, and Veracious, in at Hawke's Bay (r65 1650m), was kept to 59.1 and 42.7.Top jumper Upper Cut, who is rising 12, worked over 1200m, being timed his final 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.6.
 
On the plough, an Iffraaj filly and a Pentire gelding, both with Lisa Latta, skipped over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6, while That's Funny and Garment matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.6.Cog Knish did nice work on her own when running 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Roc 'N' It clocked 1.6.6 and 38.2. Obrigado, in at Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), left 800m behind in 51.5 and 38.2.Hawke's Bay entrant Rouge (mdn 3yo 1200m) had former northerner Simply Divine alongside over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.4. Simply Divine is now with Lydia Pickford and placed in a Waverley trial a few weeks ago.Monsieur was timed 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.5, and Veloce, off to Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), sprinted 600m in 39.8. A maiden by Niagara and one by Thewayyouare, both with Ashley Meadows, ran 800m in 54.2 and 40.2.So It Was was kept to 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 41.7, and her stablemate Belle Canto, in on Thursday (r65 1200m), ran a quiet 800m in 59.9, the last 600 in 44.4.
 
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Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning

17 July 2018
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - July 17th
By RON GURNEY
 
Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning.
Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).
 
Yin Dragon used the No 1 grass and, working alone, reeled off 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.8. The rising nine-year-old has had three races in a new campaign and could strike top form at any time.
Thursday's Hawke's Bay runners Lincoln Hills (r65 1200m) and Etoile D'Amour were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even. A Foxton trial winner last month, Etoile D'Amour was unplaced on debut, but looks a huge improver.Lincoln Bay (r65 1650m) and Platinum Edition covered 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.7, while King Cougar and Son Of Surf came up with 53.5 and 40 even. Itsagem and Manhattan Street posted 53.6 and 40.2.Kotahi and Platinum Volos put the pace on early over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 41.1. Last-start two-year-old winner Atenartin, trained by Matthew Eales, and a Raise The Flag filly with David Hayes went 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.3, and Veracious, in at Hawke's Bay (r65 1650m), was kept to 59.1 and 42.7.
Top jumper Upper Cut, who is rising 12, worked over 1200m, being timed his final 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.6.
 
On the plough, an Iffraaj filly and a Pentire gelding, both with Lisa Latta, skipped over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6, while That's Funny and Garment matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.6.
Cog Knish did nice work on her own when running 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Roc 'N' It clocked 1.6.6 and 38.2. Obrigado, in at Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), left 800m behind in 51.5 and 38.2.
Hawke's Bay entrant Rouge (mdn 3yo 1200m) had former northerner Simply Divine alongside over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.4. Simply Divine is now with Lydia Pickford and placed in a Waverley trial a few weeks ago.Monsieur was timed 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.5, and Veloce, off to Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), sprinted 600m in 39.8. A maiden by Niagara and one by Thewayyouare, both with Ashley Meadows, ran 800m in 54.2 and 40.2.So It Was was kept to 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 41.7, and her stablemate Belle Canto, in on Thursday (r65 1200m), ran a quiet 800m in 59.9, the last 600 in 44.4.
 
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Yin Dragon and Keep It Savvy lapped up the conditions in semi-final work at Awapuni this morning

10 July 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - July 10th

By RON GURNEY

Yin Dragon and Keep It Savvy lapped up the conditions in semi-final work at Awapuni this morning. Fast gallops took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good) after plenty of rain over the previous 48 hours.

It was a quiet session given there was no mid-week Central Districts race-meeting on Thursday. Yin Dragon and Keep It Savvy would normally have used the No 1 grass, but went on the plough to record a nice 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.7. Both horses are ready to strike. A two-year-old by Dalghar and one by Shamexpress, both trained by Gary Vile, sprinted 600m in 39.4, while Heni and Mancini came up with 39.5.

On the No 1 grass, King Cougar and Salamanca were paired over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.7, and Dal Kilchoan went alone over 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 41.3. Sophia Magia and So It Was did strong work over 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 41.2, and on Saturday Sophia Magia returns to Trentham, where she won as a two-year-old (heavy 11). 

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Platinum Command looked impressive in her final gallop this morning as she prepared for the Marton meeting on home turf on Saturday

05 July 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - July 5th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command looked impressive in her final gallop this morning as she prepared for the Marton meeting on home turf on Saturday. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Platinum Command (open 1400m) used the No 1 grass and had Robert Hannam in the saddle when cutting out a smart 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.8, and she was revelling in her work. The mare will be ridden on Saturday by Rosie Myers, who has been aboard her once before. Race rival Ringo (blinkers on) and Salamanca worked together over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.8, while Lincoln Hanover (2yo 1200m) and Master Platinum  (r65 1200m) were kept to 53.3 and 40.3. Lincoln Hanover (by Showcasing), who is on debut, won a Waverley trial (800m) in May. Car Pie (2yo 1200m), fourth on debut at Trentham, and Sea Ya Later (mdn 1400m), unplaced at Hawera on debut, were paired over 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.4.

On the plough, time honours went to a Raise The Flag three-year-old trained by David Hayes, running 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 37.3. Manhattan Street, who tackles the open 1400m on Saturday, had a Showcasing gelding for a partner over 800m in a steady 53.7, the last 600 in 39.5, while a Road To Rock filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, took 54.5 and 39.2. An Alamosa-Dawn Ghost two-year-old trained by Peter Didham and a Road To Rock gelding trained by Lisa Latta ran 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 40.4. Ripsomemore (by Rip Van Winkle), who debuts in the juvenile event (1200m) on Saturday, and a Per Incanto two-year-old colt were not after time over 800m in 59.7, the last 600 in 42.8. Ripsomemore was a close second at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. Son Of Surf (3yo 1200m) had stable apprentice and raceday rider Danielle Hirini aboard over a quiet 800m in 58.8, the last 600 in 43.4.

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Veteran grey gelding Yin Dragon worked like a huge improver at Awapuni this morning

03 July 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - July 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Veteran grey gelding Yin Dragon worked like a huge improver at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the heavy No 1 grass, where times were pretty good for this time of the year, and on the plough (good).

Yin Dragon was the last to use the No 1 grass, yet was able to reel off 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.6. He resumed with an unplaced run at Trentham recently and heads a compact field for the r75 1200m at Wanganui on Thursday. His stablemates Kotahi and Rock Island Line, race rivals at Awapuni on Saturday (3yo 1200m), were paired over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.4, while Keep It Savvy (r75 1550m) and un-raced Showcasing colt Lincoln Hanover (2yo 1200m) came up with 50.8 and 38.8. Platinum Edition (r65 2100m) and an Iffraaj mare were timed 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.9, followed soon after by stablemates Manhattan Street (open 1400m) and Platinum Volos (3yo 1200m), who covered 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.7. Car Pie (2yo 1200m), unplaced on debut last month, and Son Of Surf (3yo 1200m) were not extended over 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 39.9, and Wanganui entrant Sophia Magia (r65 f&m 1360m) went 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 41 even. The latter's race rival Itsagem was kept to 800m in 56.6 and 42.5.

On the plough, un-raced Rip Van Winkle filly Ripsomemore, who debuts on Saturday (2yo 1200m), and a Per Incanto two-year-old colt, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, matched strides over 1000m in 1.5.5, coming in from the 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.8. Ripsomemore placed second at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. Ringo (open 1400m) had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini aboard over 1000m, being timed the final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.8, and Swiss Elle, who has been freshened, ran 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.7. Thursday's Wanganui runner That's Funny (r75 1200m) had trainer Lydia Pickford in the saddle over 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.2.

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Platinum Command and Manhattan Street, who both hold nominations for the Winter Cup in early August, showed their fitness with another solid gallop at Awapuni this morning

28 June 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 28th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command and Manhattan Street, who both hold nominations for the Winter Cup in early August, showed their fitness with another solid gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Platinum Command and Manhattan Street used the No 1 grass and reeled off 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.2. Their next assignment could be the Whyte Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday fortnight (July 14). A Nom de Jeu gelding and a Smart Missile gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 41.1, and Veracious, in the r65 1400m at Hastings on Saturday, was kept to 56.3 and 41 even.

On the plough, Son Of Surf and a Niagara-Sea Shells two-year-old filly were paired over a smart 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.6, while their better-performed stablemates Ringo and King Cougar were kept to 52.4 and 37.1. Counter Attack, balloted out of both maiden hurdle races at Hastings, did nice work over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.7, and Miss Interpreted lost no kudos with her 1.4.7 and 39 even. Un-raced two-year-old filly Ripsomemore (by Rip Van Winkle), placed second at the Foxton trials last week, and a Per Incanto colt warmed up from the 800m (56.1) to run home the last 600 in 39.2. They are with Roydon Bergerson. A Road To Rock-Hazel three-year-old filly trained by Peter Didham sprinted 600m in 40.2, and an Alamosa-Dawn Ghost two-year-old colt from the same barn clocked 40.4. La Jungles, in the amateur riders' race at Hastings (r65 2100m), worked post-to-post (1400m) with trainer Stephen Beatson aboard, being timed from the 1000m in 1.11 even, the last 600 in 41.7. Cartagena, unplaced when resuming at Te Aroha last Sunday, had amateur rider Sacha Rennie in the saddle over 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 41.5. Strada Roccia, off to Hastings (r65 1400m), had a Niagara-Surf Patrol two-year-old filly for a partner over a quiet 800m in 58.9, the last 600 in 43.7.

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Miss Oahu and Last Chance earned admirers for Hastings this weekend when they worked together at Awapuni this morning

26 June 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - June 26th

By RON GURNEY

Miss Oahu and Last Chance earned admirers for Hastings this weekend when they worked together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), with just two gallops recorded on the heavy No 1 grass.

Miss Oahu (r75 1400m), who has been freshened, and Last Chance (r65 1400m) used the plough and cut out 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.9. Last Chance could be on the verge of a form reversal. Car Pie (by Alamosa), fourth on debut at Trentham three weeks ago, and Hastings entrant Strada Roccia (r65 15400m) were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.8, while Sophia Magia and Waverley acceptor So It Was (r65 1650m) left 1000m behind in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 38.7. Veloce, in at Hastings (mdn 1400m), warmed up from the 800m (58.3) to run home the last 600 in 39.3, and Belle Canto, who goes to Waverley (r65 1200m), had a Per Incanto two-year-old for a partner over 800m, the last 600 in 39.9.

That's Funny and former northerner Simply Divine (by Swiss Ace) covered 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 40.2, and Divine Princess (by Handsome Ransom), unplaced on debut at Trentham three weeks ago, ran 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 40.9. She is in at Hastings (mdn 1400m). La Jungles (r65 2100m) had trainer Stephen Beatson aboard when working post-to-post, being timed his final 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 41.7, while Rouge and un-raced Roc de Cambes three-year-old filly Classic Dream sprinted 600m in 41.5. Waverley runner My Calendar Girl (mdn 1200m) was sent 600m in 41.8, and Al Munroe (r75 2200m) did a quiet round and a half before galloping 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 42.7. He could strike on race-day any tick of the clock. A Nom de Jeu two-year-old and an O'Reilly three-year-old, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, warmed up from the 800m to run home the last 600 in 43.6.

On the No 1 grass, Hastings entrant Lincoln Bay (r65 1400m) and Platinum Edition came to the finish of 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 41 even. Kotahi (r65 1400m), who won on debut at the end of May, and Waverley runner Master Platinum (r65 1650m) took 55.7 and 43.7 for the same assignment. They were at a good clip early, but slowed up appreciably over the last 200m.

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Lincoln Hills and Miss Oahu were impressive, but they did not have the limelight to themselves at Awapuni this morning

21 June 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 21st

By RON GURNEY

Lincoln Hills and Miss Oahu were impressive, but they did not have the limelight to themselves at Awapuni this morning. During a quiet gallop session, the majority of fast work was on the  plough (good), where Lincoln Hills and Miss Oahu were paired over 800m in 47.8, the last 600 in 35.4.

Not to be denied, their stablemate Platinum Edition had Peter Didham-trained un-raced three-year-old Roxy Brown (by Alamosa) for a partner over the same distance in 47.7 and 35.7. Almo Street and Rock Island Line matched strides over 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36.7, while Son Of Surf and a Niagara filly stablemate were kept to 51.2 and 37.9. A Road To Rock filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 38.1, and Divine Princess covered 1000m in 1.12.1, the last 600 in 41.4. King Cougar was timed 800m in 57.5, the last 600 in 42.2.

On the No 1 grass, last-start Trentham winner Onawing worked the reverse way (right-handed) again, and left 1000m behind in 1.12.2, increasing the tempo as she went to finish with 600 in 39.6. She goes to Tauranga this Saturday for a r75 2100m, with Masa Tanaka the rider. So It Was and Belle Canto were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 40.1.

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Lovetokeephim and Keep It Savvy earned plenty of admirers for impending engagements later in the week when they galloped separately on different tracks at Awapuni this morning

19 June 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - June 19th

By RON GURNEY

Lovetokeephim and Keep It Savvy earned plenty of admirers for impending engagements later in the week when they galloped separately on different tracks at Awapuni this morning. Fast work during a light session took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (slow).

Lovetokeephim used the plough and had his owner-trainer Kim Clapperton aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 38.2. The Keeper gelding won a trial at Waverley last month then ran a fine second fresh up at Trentham last Saturday week. He has trained on beautifully since then and will race at either Hawera on Friday (r75 mile) or Tauranga on Saturday (r85 mile). Mike Breslin-trained three-year-old Obrigado (Fully Fledged), who will debut at Hawera (mdn 1200m), covered 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 39.8, while his stablemates Car Pie, fourth of eight on debut at Trentham recently, and a Road To Rock filly sprinted 600m in 39 even. Al Munroe had stable apprentice Tim Johnson in the saddle when working post-to-post (1400m) coming in from the 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.4, and Hawera entrant Kini Marie (mdn mile) ran 800m in 55 even and 40.2. Jessiegee (r75 mile) and un-raced stablemate Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) recorded 55.5 and 40.9. Veloce (mdn 1200m) worked alone over 600m in 41.3, and a gelding by Thewayyouare, trained by Mark Oulaghan, left 800m behind in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.4. Kings Kite had trainer Stephen Beatson aboard when working over a mile, being timed his final 1000m in 1.11.7, the last 600 in 43.5.

On the No 1 grass, Keep It Savvy, in at Hawera (r65 1400m), had stablemate Yin Dragon for a partner over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.1. Keep It Savvy resumed with a fine third at New Plymouth a few weeks ago and has trained on nicely. Salamanca (open 1300m) and five-year-old debutante Sea Ya Later (mdn 1200m) were paired over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 40.6. Salamanca was also nominated for Tauranga (r85 1200m). Last-start Trentham winner Onawing, in the r75 2100m at Tauranga, worked the reverse way (right-handed), covering 1000m in 1.15.7, the last 600 in 41.2, and appeared to be revelling in the conditions. Rosetta and un-raced four-year-old gelding Capsico (by Cape Blanco) were timed 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 42.2.

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Platinum Command rubber-stamped her fitness with another bold gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good)

14 June 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - June 14th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command rubber-stamped her fitness with another bold gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

Platinum Command was the first to use the No 1 grass and had Robert Hannam aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.1. She looks the one to beat in the open 1550m at Manawatu on Saturday with just 55kg to carry and regular rider Masa Tanaka in the saddle. A Burgundy filly and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.7, while un-raced three-year-old Chartwell (by Redwood) and an Iffraaj filly, two more from that stable, took 54.1 and 39.9. Passing Glance and a Showcasing filly stablemate were sent 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 40 even, while a Redwood colt and a Savabeel colt, two more trained by Lisa Latta, came up with 53.8 and 40.5. The Great Guru, who finished third and fourth in his two hurdle races last spring, covered 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 41.2 and, after three resuming runs on the flat, reverts to jumping at his home track on Saturday (mdn hurdle) with high expectations. Des De Jeu (mdn steeple) was timed 1000m in 1.12.6, the last 600 in 42.3, and deserves respect on debut over the bigger fences after two creditable races over hurdles at his last two starts.

Leeds, who will race without blinkers (open 1550m), ran 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 42 even, while stablemate and race rival Ringo and Strada Roccia (r75 1550m) recorded a quiet 61.4 and 46.3. Danielle Hirini (2kg claim) will ride Ringo for just the second time on Saturday. A Reliable Man filly and a Pour Moi filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, clocked 56.2 and 42.4 for 800m, and Makoura Lodge (by Redwood), unplaced in two starts so far, sprinted 600m in 41.3.

On the plough, Kini Marie covered 1000m in 1.10 even, the last 600 in 40.6, and jumper Kings Kite worked post-to-post (1400m), being timed his final 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 41.7. His stablemate La Jungles posted 1.11.8 and 41.7. Colorado Miss, unplaced on debut, and an un-raced  Rip Van Winkle stablemate ran 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 41.4, while three-year-old Rouge (by Darci Brahma), unplaced in two runs last December, and un-raced Thewayyoumademe (by Thewayyouare) clocked 59.4 and 41 even. These two are with Lydia Pickford. That's Funny, in the r75 1200m on Saturday, was not after time over 800m in 60.4, the last 600 in 43.7. She won at Awapuni two starts ago (1200m), but ran well below par at Trentham last week.

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