Awapuni Trackwork

Top mare North And South and stablemate Itsagem looked solid prospects for the weekend after an impressive trial at Awapuni this morning

16 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - May 16th

By RON GURNEY

Top mare North And South and stablemate Itsagem looked solid prospects for the weekend after an impressive trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the slow-heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).

North And South (Rotorua Stakes) and Itsagem (Rangitikei) used the No 1 grass and were paired over a very smart 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 37.3. Both horses also worked in grand style last Thursday in separate gallops, and should go well at their respective venues. Their stablemates Temptress and Last Chance went together over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.7, while Rotorua Cup candidate China Star, who starred in training last Thursday, and Captain Lincoln really caught the eye with a bold 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 38.7. Wafer and Leeds matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 38.2, while their stablemates Miss Norway, beaten a nose last start, and Glengoyne came up with 1.3.8 and 38 even. This was good work because these two had last use of the No 1 grass, which had begun to cut out. Classic Touch and Garment left 1000m behind in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 38.7, while Master Platinum, who has not raced since the spring, and Manhattan Street covered 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38 even. Waiz One and unraced three-year-old filly Kathy's Lincoln (by Darci Brahma), who both race at Otaki on Thursday, recorded 51 even and 38.7.

Ringo and Strada Roccia were timed 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.2, followed soon after by Waikato entrant Mighty Solomon (open 1400m), who was too good for Almo Street, in 51.5 and 38.6. Choux Envy and All The Drama posted 52 even and 38.6, while The Great Guru and Lincoln's Ace required 52.2 and 38.9. My Jolene and Rhiannon were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 39.8, and Carnaby had Adonis alongside over 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 40.6. That's Funny went alone over 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 41.2. Unraced four-year-old mare So It Was (by Sir Percy) and a Pins filly sprinted 600m in 41.5, and they are with Roydon Bergerson. Unraced maidens by No Excuse Needed and Jimmy Choux, trained by Matthew Eales, ran the same distance in 42.1.

On the plough, The Czar did nice work on his own over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.9, and looks on the verge of something very strong on raceday. Only one gallop went under 38 seconds, and that was Windermere Lad and Seayalater (by Per Incanto), who completed 800m in 53.6, running home the last 600 in 37.2. Ma Bella Kate was timed 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.6, and Teraseeda, formerly with Karen Zimmerman and debuting for Lucy Tanner on Thursday, did 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38 even. Boyslightup and a Colombia filly stablemate came up with 51.6 and 38.6. Heni, in the Rotorua Stakes on Sunday, worked over 1000m, but was only timed the last 600, which took 38.5, while recent maiden two-year-old winner Dance For Money (by Showcasing) and a Handsome Ransom filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 38.8. Lumineer, who has not raced for two years, and Yemanya ran 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.1. No Excuses and a St Reims maiden covered 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.8, while Tip The Dancer and a Chinese Dragon gelding sprinted 600m in 39.1. Paddy Owen worked over a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 39.2. Mr Davinci completed 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 40 even. Cartagena was not after time over 1000m in 1.13.2, the last 600 in 41.9, and Upper Cut, after a quiet round, took 1.13.6 and 42 even. In Dreamland ended 1000m with 600 in 43.3. 

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China Star put her hand up to be counted in Rotorua Cup (2200m) calculations when she galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning

11 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - May 11th

By RON GURNEY

China Star put her hand up to be counted in Rotorua Cup (2200m) calculations when she galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the No 1 grass (dead-slow) and on the plough (good).

China Star used the No 1 grass and had stablemate Hare Bawl for a partner over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.6. China Star was an eye-catching fourth in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last start, and she did finish fifth in the Rotorua Cup 12 months ago. The mare deserves some respect in an open Group 3 field on Saturday. Itsagem, who goes to Rotorua for the r75 1400m, did nice work on her own over 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.5, and she commands respect as well at a good place in the weights. Lincoln's Ace and Blackbird (by Cecconi), who has not raced since New Year, covered the same distance in 52.8 and 38.8. North And South (Rotorua Stakes) had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 39.5, and should run well fresh, while a Mastercraftsman gelding and a Rock 'N' Pop gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, were kept to 57 even and 41.3.

On the plough, Miss Norway, narrowly beaten last start, and Strada Roccia matched strides over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.2, while their stablemates Dandeedee and Prosecco recorded 51.1 and 37.7. A Road To Rock gelding and an Any Suggestion gelding, two more from the Breslin barn, sprinted 600m in 37.6. Salamanca, who looks hard to beat fresh up at New Plymouth on Saturday (open 1200m), had raceday rider Danielle Hirini in the saddle over 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 40.2, while Callidora (mdn mile) and Blondlign went together in 58.6 and 41.7. A Per Incanto filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.3. Last-start Trentham winner Yemanya was not after time over 800m in 58.4, the last 600 in 42.3, and her stablemate Hard But Fair (by Road To Rock), who has not raced since last winter, covered 600m in a quiet 45.8.

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Salamanca and Wafer, heading in different directions on Saturday, were in brilliant form at Awapuni this morning

09 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - May 9th

By RON GURNEY

Salamanca and Wafer, heading in different directions on Saturday, were in brilliant form at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (dead-slow), and some good times were recorded.

Salamanca and Wafer used the plough and galloped together over an impressive 1000m in 59.9, the last 600 in 36.6. Very few horses ever break 60 seconds on the Awapuni plough, so this was exceptional work. Salamanca is in the open 1200m at New Plymouth, while Wafer goes to Rotorua for a r75 1400m. Just Ishi and Our Debutante, both off to Hastings on Thursday for jumping competition, earned plenty of admirers with a smart 1000m in 1.2.2, the last 600 in 36.8, and their stablemate Cullister, who returns to hurdling the same day, caught the eye as well with her 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 37.1. Gail Temperton's trio of jumpers is very well. Classic Touch and Choux Envy were on terms throughout 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37 even, while their stablemates Garment and That's Funny were almost identical with 50.4 and 37.1. They will all race next week at this stage. Bushfire (r65 1200m) and Callidora (mdn mile), off to New Plymouth on Saturday, covered 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 38.7, and Cartagena did a quiet round of pacework before galloping 1000m in 1.8.1 and 39.1. The latter's stablemate In Dreamland recorded 1.10.6 and 40.4, and Yemanya went a quiet 800m in 57.3, the last 600 in 42 even. Former northerner All The Drama (by Darci Brahma), now trained by Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 42.7, while a Perfectly Ready filly and a Rock 'N' Pop filly, both trained by Tony Bambry, took 43.7. No Excuses worked post-to-post (1400m) at three-quarter pace, and Shrimp Cocktail began from the 600 (46.1) and sprinted home the last 400m.

On the No 1 grass, Leeds and Boxachocolates revelled in the easy conditions to cut out 800m in a bold 48.2, the last 600 in 36.5, but Rotorua entrants North And South (Rotorua Stakes) and Itsagem (r75 1400m) were almost equal to the task with 48.3 and 36.6. Hawke's Bay runners Petite Midas and Leicacutcat, both in the maiden 1400m, came up with 49 even and 36.9. Teraseeda (by Makfi), formerly with Karen Zimmerman and now with Lucy Tanner, ran 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37 even, while China Star (Rotorua Cup) and Denny's Lincoln matched strides over 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 37.7. Hawke's Bay runner Last Chance (r75 1200m) and Manhattan Street clocked 49.5 and 37.2. Golden Bay (r65 1400m) did sound work over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38 even, and his stablemates Star Emerald and Lookherepal, both in the r65 2100m on Thursday, went together in 50.9 and 38.5. Three-year-old Epic Dreamer (by Swiss Ace), unplaced on debut last month, and two-year-old Platinum Chanel (by Cape Blanco), fillies trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Platinum Chanel is on debut if she starts over 1200 metres at New Plymouth following a trial second at Waverley. An unraced Tavistock four-year-old trained by Lucy Tanner did 800m in 56 even and 40.6.

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The Orange Pony will give plenty of cheek at Whanganui if his final gallop was any indication at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the heavy No 1 grass.

04 May 2017
Stephen Berryman
Thursday - May 4th
By RON GURNEY
 
The Orange Pony will give plenty of cheek at Whanganui if his final gallop was any indication at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the heavy No 1 grass.
 
The Orange Pony used the plough and had trainer Laura Knight aboard over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 37.7. The gelding schooled proficiently in company with good hurdler Ready Eddie on Tuesday and has followed up with a very satisfactory final gallop for the r65 highweight (1600m) on Sunday.Time honours went to talented gallopers Salamanca and Wafer from the Breslin stable and they cut out a bold 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 36.6. Princess Spice (by Keeper), who was unplaced in her only two runs so far last spring, covered 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 36.7. She is trained by Jeff Lynds. De Gaulle, who has not raced since New Year, was timed 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 37.4, while Whanganui runners Allure (mdn 1200m) and How Perfect (r65 1200m) were sent 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.2. How Perfect can bounce back from a last-start failure. Wiggle (r75 hwt 2050m) and Tensile (mdn 2050m) caught the eye over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 38 even, and both horses should credit themselves well on Sunday. A filly by Thewayyouare, trained by Jeff Lynds, ran 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 38.6, and Volacapri was kept to 800m in 52.3 and 38.2.  Ready Eddie, in the restricted open hurdle at Te Rapa on Saturday, had Derby Dan for a partner over 1200 metres, being timed from the 1000m in 1.7 even, ther last 600 in 39.9, and Close To Me (by Stravinskly), unplaced on debut on Anzac Day, did 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.7. Hard Merchandize, fifth in the Sires' Produce Stakes last start, and stablemate Xcessory, two-year-olds with Gary Vile, sprinted 600m in 39.1, and Shrimp Cocktail went alone over 1000m in 1.11.3, the last 600 in 40.2. An Indy King maiden and one by Nadeem, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, did 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 41.9. Dandeedee, who cleared maidens at long odds and added two seconds from a total of five starts last campaign, sprinted 600m in 41.8, and her stablemate Prosecco recorded 42.1. Both horses have freshened well.
 
On the No 1 grass, Wiseman's Fairy and Itsagem matched strides over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.3, while Whanganui acceptors Hiphop (mdn 1200m) and Keep It Savvy (mdn 1350m) came up with 51.5 and 38.5. Thorn Pass and Manhattan Street clocked 51.7 and 38.4. Almo Street, who has not raced since December, and a Darci Brahma gelding were paired over 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.1, and Bannockburn, a last-start winner of the Bulls Country Cup (1400m) in November, was kept to 56.1 and 41.6 as he builds for winter competition. Whanganui runners Carnaby (r65 hwt mile) and Adonis (mdn 1350m) ran 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 41.8, and Lincoln's Gal (mdn 2yo) sprinted 600m in 41.7. Kate The Great (mdn 1200m), who could go a bold race fresh, and Lincoln's Sunset were on terms throughout 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 42.4. Tiny Temper (by Showcasing), who has not raced for 16 months, and stablemate Waiz One, in at Whanganui (mdn 2050m), were not after time over 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 43.7.
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Word Savvy looked ready to make amends at short notice for a last-start failure when she galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning

02 May 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - May 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Word Savvy looked ready to make amends at short notice for a last-start failure when she galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the heavy No 1 grass.

Word Savvy, in at Whanganui on Saturday (mdn 3yo mile) used the plough and skipped over a solid 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 37.5. She finished last when favourite at Woodville two weeks ago and her rider Lisa Allpress told stewards the Savabeel mare was unsuited by the holding (heavy) track conditions. Veracious, in at Otaki on Thursday (r65 1400m), and Fruition were paired over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 37.9, and an unraced Nom du Jeu gelding from the Matthews Eales stable went alone in 1.6.3 and 37.8. That's Funny and former northerner Swiss D'Meanour, off to Whanganui, ran 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.1, while Leeds and Heni came up with 50.7 and 37.7. Ringo, heading to the Premier meeting at Riccarton on Saturday, and Boxachocolates were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.2.7, easing a shade to complete the last 600 in 38.1. Ringo tackles the $50,000 Great Easter Stakes (1400m). Classic Touch and Whanganui runner Garment (mdn 1350m) were paired over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 38.1, while Allure (mdn 2yo) and How Perfect (r65 1200m), two more heading in that direction, took 1.7.2 and 38.4. Salvinia (mdn 2050m) went alone in 1.8.5 and 38.6, and Adonis (mdn 1350m) had Carnaby (r65 hwt mile) for a partner over the same task in 1.6.2 and 39.3.

Unraced four-year-old mare So It Was (by Sir Percy), trained by Roydon Bergerson, covered 800m with Artemis Rising in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.5, and Mango (by Falkirk), who debuts at Otaki on Thursday (mdn 3yo 1200m), went on her own in 56 even and 39.7. She is a three-year-old filly trained by Laura Knight and won a trial at Awapuni in February. Otaki entrant Shrimp Cocktail (r65 1400m) had Rebecca Goldsbury in the saddle over 600m in 39.1, while a Darci Brahma filly and a Cape Blanco filly, both trained by Jeff Lynds, did 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 40.7. Blondlign (mdn 3yo 1200m) and Callidora (mdn 1400m), other Otaki candidates, sprinted 600m in 41.8.

On the No 1 grass, Miss Norway (r65 2100m), who is knocking on the door for another success, was timed 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 38.9, while Just You and Don'stopgirl, both in the r65 1400m, ran 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38.7. Roc 'N' It (Whanganui) and a Pins gelding came up with 52.5 and 39.4. Leicacutcat, who has not raced since last winter, and That's Amore (Whanganui) matched strides over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 40 even, while their stablemates The Great Guru (r75 mile) and Lincoln Bay took 53.2 and 40.1. Denny's Lincoln and Whanganui debutant Keep It Savvy (mdn 1350m) came up with 53.7 and 40.3. Kate The Great (mdn 1200m), who has not raced for over a year, and Mighty Solomon ran 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.4, while Showing Grace, off to Whanganui as well (mdn 3yo 1200m), and an unraced Iffraaj stablemate filly recorded 54.6 and 40.6. Two-year-old Father Lenihan (by O'Reilly) and three-year-old Lincoln Fame (by Fast 'N' Famous), unraced colts trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.7. Ready Eddie, in the restricted open hurdle at Te Rapa on Saturday, and Whanganui entrant The Orange Pony (r65 hwt mile) were paired over two rounds of the hurdle fences in the centre of the track.

 

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Star Emerald would only need some easing of the ground to be a winning chance at Hastings on Saturday after a solid final trial at Awapuni this morning

27 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 27th

By RON GURNEY

Star Emerald would only need some easing of the ground to be a winning chance at Hastings on Saturday after a solid final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (dead) and on the plough (good), though several early gallops could not be timed because of fog.

Star Emerald used the No 1 grass and had amateur rider Marita Frith aboard over 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 37.1. The mare resumed at Tauherenikau (1400m) last month and has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since. She goes to Hastings for the r65 mile. Soiree and Carnaby were paired over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.2, while Hastings acceptors How Perfect (r65 mile) and Tiffany's (r75 2100m) came up with 51.1 and 37.8.

On the plough, Miss Norway did a quiet round and a half before picking up an Any Suggestion gelding stablemate on the second circuit to run home the last 600 in 37.6. Shrimp Cocktail worked from post to post, being timed from the 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 38.1. Hastings runner Fibonacci (r65 1200m) had raceday jockey Kane Smith in the saddle over 800m, sprinting the last 600 in 40.7. On Saturday, he will have side winkers replaced by a one-cup blinker. A Road To Rock half-brother to Anzac Day winner Heni and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.2.

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Mighty Solomon earned plenty of admirers for weekend racing when he galloped in great style at Awapuni Tuesday morning

26 April 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 25th

By RON GURNEY

Mighty Solomon earned plenty of admirers for weekend racing when he galloped in great style at Awapuni Tuesday morning. Fast work took place against the rail either on the course proper (slow), against the fence on the No 1 grass (slow) or on the plough (good).

Mighty Solomon, entered for the open 1200m at Te Rapa and the open 1400m at Hastings, used the course proper and had smart stablemate North And South for a partner over 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 35.7. North And South has not raced since winning the (Listed) Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki last November, but looks very forward. The only other pair to use the course proper on race morning were three-year-old filly Showing Grace and an unraced two-year-old filly by Ekraar, both trained by Matthew Eales, and they covered 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.7.

On the No 1 grass, Hastings entrants Star Emerald and Lookherepal, both in the r65 mile, lost no kudos with a bold 1000m in 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.9, while Bushfire (r65 1200m) and How Perfect (r65 mile) were sent 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6. Thorn Pass and Itsagem, both in the r75 1400m, left 1000m behind in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 37.3.

On the plough, Just You and Travis Stakes (Te Rapa) runner China Star cut out a very nice 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 36.9, while Classic Touch and unraced Jimmy Choux filly Choux Envy matched strides over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 37.4. Hastings entrant Fibonacci (r65 1200m), trained by Stephen Mercer, and Moorish (Mark Oulaghan) recorded 52.2 and 37.9. Moorish can be forgiven her last-start Woodville failure. Ma Belle Kate worked alone over 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Tiffany's (r75 210m) clocked 1.8.6 and 39.3. Blushing Moss, back in work with Tracy Collis, came up with 1.9.6 and 39.5. She has not raced since the spring. A Nom du Jeu gelding trained by Matthew Eales ran 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39 even, and In Dreamland was kept to 1000m in 1.13.4 and 40.2.

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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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