Awapuni Trackwork

Everything points to maiden four-year-old Bruno Kelly resuming on a fantastic note this weekend after he galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning.

15 August 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, August 15 By RON GURNEY Everything points to maiden four-year-old Bruno Kelly resuming on a fantastic note this weekend after he galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Bruno Kelly used the No 1 grass and had the Oulaghan stable's probationary rider Maria Sanson aboard over 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 38.3. Sanson finished second on Bruno Kelly at the Foxton trials two weeks ago (1000m), but the horse will be ridden by four-kilo claiming apprentice Bridie Ansell in the maiden 1200m at Wanganui on Sunday. Yin Dragon and Brahmarahma, who both head to the Otaki meeting on Saturday, were paired over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.9. Yin Dragon tackles the open 1400m, and Brahmarahma is in the r72 mile. Derecho, off to Wanganui (mdn 2060m), covered 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.9, and Otaki entrant Last Chance (r65 1200m) ran the distance in a quieter 1.13.2 and 40.8. Dal Kilchoan makes his steeple debut on Sunday, and this morning had raceday rider Tim Johnson in the saddle over a quiet round before increasing the tempo on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 41.2. Johnson will claim 3kg on Sunday. Master Fin left 1000m behind in 1.12.8, the last 600 in 42.8. He is making good progress on the comeback trail. On the plough, Wanganui debutante Sequoia Dawn (by Redwood) and Hypatia went together over 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 38.5. Sequoia Dawn, who caught the eye at the Foxton trials two weeks ago (4th), is trained by Jane Davidson, and should go well on Sunday (mdn 1360m). Otaki entrant Maidstone Park (r65 2100m) and Johnny Lincoln were on terms throughout 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.4, while a Burgundy filly and a Darci Brahma filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 51.7 and 38.3. Love Potion and a Shamexpress-Aqua Blessing three-year-old gelding were timed 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.4. The Shamexpress gelding won a maiden heat (1000m) at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. Young Squire, in the r65 1400m at Otaki, had raceday rider Rosie Myers aboard over a well-held 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.8. The last-start maiden winner was very impressive at Otaki (1200m). His stablemate Car Pie (r65 1200m), who worked boldly on Tuesday, was kept to 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 39.5. She finished third to Wyndspelle and Authentic Paddy at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. The blinkers come off Car Pie to start a new campaign on Saturday, with apprentice Bridie Ansell claiming 4kg. Obrigado did two circuits, sprinting 600m each time. The first was completed in 39.4. His stablemate Before Dawn went a quiet 800m in 55 even ,the last 600 in 40.9, while Platinum Bordeaux and a Savabeel gelding took 57.1 and 40.5.
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Car Pie again emphasised her vast improvement this time in with a bold gallop at Awapuni this morning.

13 August 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, August 13 By RON GURNEY Car Pie again emphasised her vast improvement this time in with a bold gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was limited, after 26mm of rain over the previous 24 hours, but the plough was in fine order. One gallop was recorded on the heavy No 1 grass. Car Pie (by Alamosa) used the plough and had un-raced Alamosa three-year-old filly Zythepsary for a partner over 1000m in 1.3.4, coming the final 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.7. Car Pie is a half-sister to former good stablemate Mighty Matt (by Any Suggestion), and during her first campaign last summer was successful once, scoring a maiden win (1200m) at Hokitika in January. Her good track gallop this morning comes on top of a third placing to Wyndspelle and Authentic Paddy at the Foxton trials (1000m) two weeks ago, and she will resume racing at Otaki on Saturday (r65 1200m). Zythepsary (ex Cugini) finished a close third (mdn 850m) at the Foxton trials the same day, and debuts at Wanganui on Sunday in a maiden 1200m. Wairoa Cup winner Jessiegee, who has not raced since finishing second in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) in late April, and stablemate Wotarocker covered 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.5. Wotarocker (by Road To Rock) was unplaced at her only start back in March, and is making solid progress in a new campaign for trainer Mike Breslin. Itellyouonething, in at Otaki (r65 2100m), and stablemate Antipodes (by Reliable Man) were paired over 1200m in 1.23.3, coming the final 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.4. Antipodes, unplaced at Gisborne on debut, finished second at the Foxton trials (mdn 1400m) two weeks ago. Light Up, third at the Foxton trials, and Almo Costa were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 38.9, and their stablemate Sweepstake went 800m in 53.7 and 39.8. Prosecco worked alone over a quiet 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 41.9, and Master Fin did 1000m in 1.12.7 and 42.2. On the No 1 grass, un-raced Mark Oulaghan-trained Berry Delightful (by Jakkalberry-Delightful) was timed 1000m in 1.13 even, the last 600 in 42.4.
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Lincoln Falls and Sir Nate have trained on well since last week's Foxton trials, and they worked together in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning.

06 August 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, August 6 By RON GURNEY Lincoln Falls and Sir Nate have trained on well since last week's Foxton trials, and they worked together in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast gallops were held on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass. Lincoln Falls and Sir Nate used the plough and were impressive cutting out 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 35.9. Both horses contested a respective heat over 1000m at the Foxton trials last week, with Lincoln Falls finishing third. Not to be denied this morning, Thursday's Woodville entrant Prince Turbo (r65 mile) skipped over the 800m in 48.3, the last 600 in 36 even. He had his excuses at Otaki last start following placings at Waverley and Trentham. Wotarocker and Princess Ani were paired over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36,5, while Secret Allure and Love Potion came up with 49.8 and 36.3. Car Pie, third at the Foxton trials, and Jessiegee were on terms throughout 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 36 even, just a few minutes after NZ Oaks winner Sentimental Miss and Lincoln Raider clocked 50.1 and 37.1. Sentimental Miss scored an eye-catching win at the Foxton trials (open 1000m) last week, and her big spring mission in New Zealand will be the Group 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings in early October. Light Up had stablemate Almo Costa for a partner over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37 even, and Woodville entrant Thewayyoumademe (mdn 1100m) caught the eye with 1000m in 1.4.2 and 37.7. Monsieur, who resumes after a long break (r65 1400m), covered 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 37.3, and Monkey Town (mdn mile) followed soon after with 1.9 even and 39.1. Hypatia (r65 mile) worked alone over 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.7, while her stablemates Shelly's Lass (mdn 1300m) and Casino El Jay (r65 mile) ended with 600m in 39.6. Veloce (r65 1400m), who won at Otaki in June, sprinted 600m in 39 even, and Last Chance (r72 1100m) ended 800m with 600 in 40.1. Kings Kite worked from post-to-post (1400m), being timed his final 1000m in 1.11.8, the last 600 in 43.5. On the No 1 grass, Keep It Savvy (r65 1400m) and Brahmarahma (r65 mile) matched strides over 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.7. Keep It Savvy looks a big improver from a resuming run at Awapuni recently. Oceans Away (mdn 1300m), who will have the blinkers on at Woodville, and That's Funny ran 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.4, and Veracious (r65 mile) went 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39 even. Empower (mdn 1100m) worked alone over 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 40.4, and his stablemate Derecho (mdn mile) recorded 1.10.6 and 41.4. A Fiorente maiden and a Sacred Falls maiden, both trained by Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 41.6.
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Winter Cup entrants Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line are at the top of their game heading to the Grand National meeting at Riccarton on Saturday.

31 July 2019
Stephen Berryman
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, July 30 By RON GURNEY Winter Cup entrants Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line are at the top of their game heading to the Grand National meeting at Riccarton on Saturday. The two horses worked together in fine style at Awapuni this morning when galloping on the plough (good), cutting out 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.9. Though beaten by almost 15 lengths in the Opunake Cup (1400m) last start, Platinum Rapper was far from disgraced and will appreciate the step back up to the metric mile on Saturday under his light weight. Rock Island Line, who did win at Opunake (r72 1400m), has also been nominated for the r72 1400m at Riccarton as well as the Winter Cup. Lincoln Hills and form maiden Lincoln Town (by Tavistock) warmed up from the 1000m (1.6.2) to run home their final 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 36.6. Father Lenihan (r72 1800m) and Lincoln Star (r65 mile), two more heading to Riccarton, covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.6, while Hasler Lad (3yo 1200m) and Princess Amelie came up with 50.6 and 37.7. Jessiegee worked alone over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.1, while her stablemates Princess Ani and Wotarocker ran 1000m in 1.11.6 and 39.4. Here Comes Trouble, who disappointed at Awapuni after winning a Foxton trial beforehand, sprinted 600m in 39.6, and her stablemate Just Fabulous was kept to 800m in 57.6 and 42.1. Hank Moody and a Road To Rock gelding ran an easy 600m in 43.6. On the No 1 grass, Empower was timed 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.2, while stablemates Derecho and Showshanelle (by Showcasing) sprinted 600m in 40.6.
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Before Dawn, a maiden winner at Tauherenikau over New Year, looks ready for a new campaign judging by a pleasing gallop at Awapuni this morning.

25 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, July 25 By RON GURNEY Before Dawn, a maiden winner at Tauherenikau over New Year, looks ready for a new campaign judging by a pleasing gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), with just one gallop recorded on the heavy No 1 grass. Before Dawn used the plough and cut out 1000m in 1.5.7, coming the final 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.1. The Darci Brahma mare is expected to resume shortly. A Rubick gelding and a Pierro gelding, two more from the Breslin barn, were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.4. The Pierro gelding won a jump-out at Levin (850m) a few weeks ago. Shelly's Lass, another Levin jump-out winner, had Car Pie for company over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.8. Car Pie finished second (850m) at the jump-outs Top mare Heni and Saturday's Levin entrant Prince Turbo (r65 mile) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 37.2. Heni was another winner for Mike Breslin at the jump-outs (850m). Light Up and an Iffraaj gelding left 800m behind in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.5, while their stablemates Casino El Jay and Sequoia Dawn (by Redwood) came up with 51.3 and 37.8. Sequoia Dawn placed second at the Levin jump-outs. Here Comes Trouble had Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 37.3, and Saturday entrant Young Squire (mdn 3yo 1200m) ran 800m in 52.6 and 38.8. On the No 1 grass, Yin Dragon (r72 1200m) and Authentic Paddy covered 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 39.9.
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Father Lenihan and Lincoln Star were in fine touch when galloping together at Awapuni this morning.

23 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, July 23 By RON GURNEY Father Lenihan and Lincoln Star were in fine touch when galloping together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (heavy). Fog prevented the timing of some gallops. Father Lenihan and Lincoln Star used the plough and were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.6, with both horses revelling in their work. Thursday's Manawatu entrant Lincoln Dreamer (mdn 1200m) and Johnny Lincoln, who goes to Levin on Saturday (r82 mile), were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.6, and look great each-way chances this week. Sophia Magia, in at Manawatu (r65 1400m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 38.5, and this mare is very close to an overdue success. Bawl Tyre and a Zacinto gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.6, while Hypatia and an Alamosa gelding came up with 52.6 and 38.7. Wotarocker and Princess Ani, both trained by Mike Breslin, did nice work over 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 38.3, and top galloper Authentic Paddy was kept to 52.7 and 39.4. Kings Kite , who runs on the flat Thursday (mdn 2100m No 1), worked from post-to-post (1400m), running his final 1200m in 1.24.9, the last 600 in 42.3, and Just Fabulous went 600m in an easy 43.4. On the No 1 grass, Salt 'n' Pepper (mdn 1200m) and Fully Charged (r65 1400m), both trained by Marieke Simons, ran 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 38.7. The blinkers go on Salt 'n' Pepper. Keep It Savvy (r65 1400m) and Levin Ryder Stakes entrant Platinum Spirit were not chasing the clock over 1000m in 1.10.8, the last 600 in 41.3. The blinkers come off Keep It Savvy at Manawatu.
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Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line showed themselves on-song for New Plymouth on Saturday with a most satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning.

18 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, July 18 By RON GURNEY Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line showed themselves on-song for New Plymouth on Saturday with a most satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Platinum Rapper (Opunake Cup) and Rock Island Line (r72 1400m) used the No 1 grass and covered 800m in 55 seconds even, the last 600 in 39.7. I was hard to believe Platinum Rapper beat only one home in a seven-horse field (3yo 1200m) on her home track last start after she had run such a terrific third in the (wfa) Challenge Stakes (1600m) at Wanganui on Queen's Birthday. The three-year-old filly deserves a chance to make amends, and trainer Lisa Latta obviously has the utmost faith in the daughter of Makfi, who holds a nomination for Winter Cup at Riccarton as well. Rock Island Line has been working solidly for some weeks and his race-day form has improved steadily. He won't get an easier chance to chalk up win three from 19 starts. Platinum Spirit and Keep It Savvy were paired over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.9, and Taranaki entrant Derecho (MAAT 1800m) was kept to 1000m in 1.13.2 and 42.9. Talented jumper Des De Jeu was timed 1000m in 1.12.9, the last 600 in 43.1. On the plough, nothing worked better than Manhattan Street (r82 1400m) and The Great Guru, who ran 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.7. Heni and Car Pie were on terms throughout 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 37.8, while their stablemates Casino El Jay and Light Up recorded 51.9 and 38.2. A Pierro gelding and a Rubick gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, left 800m behind in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.8, and their stablemate Young Squire (by Alamosa) went alone in 56.1 and 40.9. Wotarocker (by Road To Rock) and Princess Ani (by Towkay), both unplaced on debut in the autumn, sprinted 600m in 40.4, while Jessiegee and an Iffraaj gelding took 41.5. Lincoln Star and a Burgundy filly worked an easy 600m in 41.9, and Before Dawn posted 42.6.
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Prince Turbo is ready to follow up his last-start second at Waverley with an equally as good, if not better, performance at Trentham on Saturday.

09 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, July 9 By RON GURNEY Prince Turbo is ready to follow up his last-start second at Waverley with an equally as good, if not better, performance at Trentham on Saturday. The Alamosa gelding highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning, and warmed up from the 1000m on the plough (good) to cover his final 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.2. Prince Turbo worked impressively with stablemate KIng Cougar last Thursday as well, and the four-year-old is obviously at the top of his game, going forward. De Gaulle and Makoura Lodge were paired over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.2, and De Gaulle has trained on well since his last-start second to Rosewood at Awapuni (1500m) last month. Almo Costa and Light Up matched strides over 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 39.3. On the No 1 grass (heavy), Yin Dragon and Chartwell were timed 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.7, and Veracious went alone in 54.5 and 39.4. Des De Jeu did a quiet round before increasing the tempo slightly to run 1000m in 1.15.3, the last 600 in 43.9
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King Cougar rubber-stamped his fitness for Saturday's Marton meeting with another first-class trial at Awapuni this morning.

04 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, July 4 By RON GURNEY King Cougar rubber-stamped his fitness for Saturday's Marton meeting with another first-class trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work during a quiet gallop session took place on the plough (good), with two hit-outs on the No 1 grass (heavy) after 21mm of rain overnight. King Cougar (open 1400m) used the plough and had stablemate Prince Turbo for a partner over 1000m in 1.4.1, coming the final 800m 48.9, the last 600 in 36 even. Stable apprentice Danielle Hirini is in a position to claim one kilo, thus taking the weight down to 53kg. She has ridden him in trackwork this week, but has not previously ridden him on race-day. Platinum Rapper (3yo 1200m), third under weight-for-age conditions last start, and Sanctum (mdn 1400m) were paired over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.1. Sanctum will wear blinkers for the first time. Itellyouonething (r72 1550m) had race-day jockey Ronald Stam aboard over 1200m in 1.21.7, coming the final 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 39.5. She has had one run back in a new campaign, now trained by Ashley Meadows, and looks a big improver. Here Comes Trouble, resuming in the 2yo 1200m, ran 1000m in 1.10.8 and completed the final 800m in 56.3, the last 600 in 42.2. She won a Foxton trial (850m) last month with Lisa Allpress in the saddle, and the top jockey takes the ride on Saturday. On the No 1 grass, Lincoln Dreamer (mdn 1400m) and Dashing Ruby matched strides over 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.9, while their stablemates Brahmarahma and Hare Bawl, possible rivals in the r65 2100m, took 57.1 and 42.8.
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Winter Cup nominee King Cougar was sharp in training once again at Awapuni on Tuesday morning.

03 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, July 2 By RON GURNEY Winter Cup nominee King Cougar was sharp in training once again at Awapuni on Tuesday morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with just four gallops recorded on the No 1 grass (slow). King Cougar used the plough and had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini aboard over a smart 1000m in 1.1.7, the last 600 in 36.1, and he tackles the open 1400m at Marton on Saturday. The Alamosa gelding has had three runs back for three placings in a new campaign, the latest of which was a third at Otaki behind Red Sierra, another Winter Cup nominee, and Taurus. Platinum Rapper (3yo 1200m) and Johnny Lincoln (r72 1550m) were paired over 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.7, and Platinum Rapper was third in the AG Challenge Stakes at Wanganui last start. This Thursday's Wanganui runner Sophia Magia (r65 f&m 1350m) and Marton debutant Here Comes Trouble (by Darci Brahma) took 50.2 and 36.9. Here Comes Trouble won over 850 metres at the Foxton trials recently. A Tavistock maiden trained by Mark Oulaghan ended with 600m in 37.7 and, soon after, Hypatia and an Alamosa-Elegant Emerald gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.4. Saturday's Marton runners Sanctum and Kellys Inspiration (by Burgundy), both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 38.8. Sanctum, unplaced in two raceday outings so far, is in the maiden 1400m, and Kellys Inspiration debuts in the 2yo 1200m after a recent third at the Foxton trials (1000m). Dal Kilchoan (r65 2100m) worked particularly well over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 39 even, while Port Lincoln, in at Wanganui on Thursday (mdn 1350m), and a Shamexpress gelding posted 1.9.7 and 39.6. Almo Costa and Light Up sprinted 600m in 39.5, and Passing Glance had a Super Easy filly for a partner over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.2. Dark Princess, who has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa in February, had an unknown stablemate for company over 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.4. Marton runner Itellyouonething (r72 1550m) was not after time over 1000m in 1.12.9, the last 600 in 42.8. On the No 1 grass, former northerner Salt 'n' Pepper (mdn 1400m), who is now trained by Marieke Simons, ran 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 36.9. She has not raced for over two years. Bruno Kelly was kept to 1000m in 1.12.6, the last 600 in 40.2, and Thursday's maiden debutant Empower (by No Excuse Needed) came up with 1.14.6 and 40.8. He was third at the Foxton trials recently. Last-start place-getter Derecho, who goes to Wanganui as well (mdn 3yo mile), was timed 800m in 57.7 and 43 even.
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