Tuesday - February 28th
By RON GURNEY
Troup Road and Word Savvy, two lower grade performers racing on Lowland Stakes day at Hastings on Thursday, enhanced their prospects with very satisfying final gallops at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (dead), using the new inside top bend, and on the plough (good).
Troup Road used the course proper and, in company with stablemate Salvinia, reeled off a strong 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 36.5. Troup Road is mixing his form, but has recorded two seconds from his last five starts, including one at Hastings over Thursday's distance of 2100 metres. Salvinia races at Marton on Friday (mdn 2100m). Three-year-old filly Ravenhill (by Bernardini), who debuts on Friday (mdn 3yo 1200m), and stablemate Tip The Dancer were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.2, while Dal Django (mdn 1400m), who ran a much improved race for second on a slow track at Whanganui last start, warmed up from the 800m (52.1) to run home the last 600 in 36.6.
Marton runner Alcaldesa (r65 2100m) and an unraced Lonhro two-year-old filly stablemate, who won at the Manawatu trials (1000m) two weeks ago, gathered speed over 1000m (1.8 even) to come the last 600 in 36.7, while Hastings entrant Tiffany's (r65 mile) and unraced three-year-old filly Blondlign (by Align) were sent 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38 even. Tiffany's will race in visor blinkers on Thursday. Iffwedance, who is making steady progress, worked alone over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.2, and Judi Anne, in at Hastings (r75 1300m), was kept to 57.8 and 39.9. New Zealand Derby prospect Stephenstihls and Tarihira, also heading to Ellerslie (r65 2100m), galloped the reverse way (right-handed) over a quiet 1200m in 1.14.7, the last 600 in 42.5.
On the plough, Savabeel maiden filly Word Savvy earned plenty of admirers for the 3yo 1400m at Hastings with a bold 1000m in 1.2 even, the last 600 in 37.4. She finished off her debut race at Tauherenikau in good style over New Year and has not raced since. Classic Touch (r65 mile), whose last-start flop is best forgotten, and Marton entrant Garment (mdn 1200m) matched strides over a nice 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.7, while Hare Bawl (r65 2100m) and Stunning (mdn 2100m), two more racing on Friday, were timed 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 38.9. Helvetica (mdn 1400m), who won at the Manawatu trials two weeks ago, and Boy Soldier (mdn 1200m) covered 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 40.3, and Shadows Cast was kept to 1.9.8 and 40.2. Waiz One (mdn 1400m) and Hastings runner Petite Midas (mdn 1300m) did a quiet 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 40.9. Penance (mdn 1550m) and Show Judge (mdn 1400m), both heading to the Marton meeting, were on terms throughout a quiet 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.6, and Yemanya clocked 56.5 and 41.6. Sixpence (mdn 3yo 1200m) sprinted 600m in 41.7, while Colombian Rose, who has not raced for over 12 months, took 42.2.