Awapuni Trackwork

Thorn Pass and Don'stopgirl, who are heading in different directions this Saturday, completed a very pleasing trial together at Awapuni this morning

17 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - August 17th

By RON GURNEY

Thorn Pass and Don'stopgirl, who are heading in different directions this Saturday, completed a very pleasing trial together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass.

Thorn Pass and Don'stopgirl used the plough and were able to cut out a solid 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.4. Thorn Pass is an acceptor at Waikato (r75  2100m) and, despite a good record on heavy tracks, some of his best races have been on far better footing. Don'stopgirl is in a freshened state for a r65 mile at Wairarapa. Time honours went to two unraced horses from the stable of Mike Breslin, who had an Excelebration filly and a Savabeel filly go 800m together in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.8, while Lisa Latta-trained Lincoln Bay and The Rippa came up with 50.7 and 36.4. Raul and Son Of Surf were on terms throughout 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.1, while their stablemates Miss Norway (Waikato) and Glengoyne (Wairarapa) did a quiet round (1400m) before galloping 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 38 even. Both horses have been working solidly. Itsagem, in at Wairarapa (r75 1400m), is holding her form well and covered 800m alone in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.3, and her race rivals Brad Thorn and Stephenstihls went 800m together in 55.9 and 39.9. Ozil and King Cougar, both in the r65 1000m, ended with 600m in 40.2, and Ozil was placed third at the Waverley trials recently.

Wanganui runner Des De Jeu (r65 2060m) gathered speed from the 1200m and was timed 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 40.5, while his stablemate Counter Attack (mdn 2060m) was set a similar assignment, covering 1000m in 1.9 even and 40.6. Mustafa, in at Wairarapa (mdn 1400m), gathered speed from the 800m to run home the last 600 in 40.8. Nom Du Beel, in on Saturday (r65 mile), was given a quiet 1000m in 1.12.2, the last 600 in 41.3, and Waikato entrant Leeds (r85 mile) had Wairarapa runner Missmosa alongside over an easy 800m in 55.9 and 41.2. The blinkers come off Missmosa for the maiden 1400m. Miss Interpreted (Wairarapa), a much improved third last start, worked alone over a quiet 800m in 56.9, the last 600 in 42.3, and Nasheeta (Wairarapa) sprinted 600m in 42.1. Rusty In Melbourne recorded 43.6, and Sweepstake 43.7. An Alamosa gelding and a He's Remarkable gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 43.9.

On the No 1 grass, Platinum Edition was clear of Wanganui acceptor Margaux Glas (mdn 1200m) after 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 44.5, while Lucky Snip and Duchess Of Lincoln, race rivals in the maiden 1360m, took 58.3 and 44.7. Wairarapa runner Bannockburn (r85 1000m) and Kathy's Lincoln, unplaced on debut last month, came up with 58.8. and 45.5.

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Glengoyne and Miss Norway stole the show again when galloping impressively at Awapuni this morning

15 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - August 15

By RON GURNEY

Glengoyne and Miss Norway stole the show again when galloping impressively at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with just one gallop recorded on the heavy No 1 grass.

Glengoyne and Miss Norway used the plough and were paired over a strong 1000m in 1.2 even, the last 600 in 36.9, and these two horses have been marking time for a few weeks now, waiting for an opportunity to turn disappointing form-lines around. They may be heading north this week. Ozil and impressive debut winner King Cougar, both entered for Wairarapa on Saturday (r65 1000m), were on terms throughout a solid 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.2, while Missmosa (mdn 1400m) and Jessiegee and Missmosa, two more from the stable of Mike Breslin, came up with 49.4 and 36 even. How Perfect (r65 1000m) and Nasheeta (mdn 1400m) matched strides over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4, and an unraced Dalghar filly trained by Lucy Tanner did well to stay with stablemate Heavens Keep over the same distance in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.3. Lovetokeephim and Carnaby, both in the r65 mile, covered 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.1, while Dal Kilchoan and Wanganui entrant Des De Jeu (r65 2060m) , both trained by Mark Oulaghan, recorded 1.6.5 and 38.6. Five To Midnight and Foxbridge Plate runner Authentic Paddy cruised over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.1, and their stablemate Black Sav worked alone in 52.1 and 38.3. A Savabeel gelding and a Savabeel colt, both trained by Lisa Latta, warmed up from the 800m (53.3) to run home the last 600 in 38.4.

Carla Hearn's Mustafa, in at Wairarapa (mdn 1400m), and Lucy Tanner's To Sir With Love were sent 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 39 even, while Wanganui runner Cartagena (mdn 2060m) began from the 1200m and was timed 1000m in 1.6 even, picking up stablemate In Dreamland (mdn 1360m) for the last 600 together in 39.6. Brad Thorn had Stephenstihls for a partner over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 39.2, and their stablemates Ringo and Waikato entrant Leeds (r85 mile) covered the same distance in 1.7 even and 39.1. An Iffraaj gelding and an Ocean Park gelding, two more from the Breslin barn, ran 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.2. Leicacutcat (Wanganui) went alone over 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.5, while Beefeater and French Serge went together in 54.8 and 39.7. Counter Attack (Wanganui) did a quiet round (1400m) before galloping 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 40 even, and Ollie's Note had trainer Laura Knight aboard over the same distance in 1.9.8 and 40.1. Her unraced Faltaat gelding went 600m in a quiet 43.9.

On the No 1 grass, Foxbridge Plate entrant North And South and Yin Dragon stayed together in very testing ground and ran 800m in 61.6, the last 600 in 47.5. Yin Dragon was nominated for both Wairarapa and Wanganui.

 

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Trainer Mike Breslin is pleased with the progress of two of the stable's up-and-comers, Son Of Surf and Raul, who worked nicely together in training at Awapuni this morning

10 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - August 10th

By RON GURNEY

Trainer Mike Breslin is pleased with the progress of two of the stable's up-and-comers, Son Of Surf and Raul, who worked nicely together in training at Awapuni this morning.

With no Central Districrs meeting today or on Saturday, fast work was limited, and fog prevented the timing of some gallops. Son Of Surf (Any Suggestion-Surf Patrol) and Raul (Magic Albert-Versatile Lady) used the plough (good) and gathered speed from the 1000-metre mark, which they covered in 1.10.4, to come the last 600 in 38.1. Son Of Surf won a Waverley trial last month, but was unplaced on debut (800m) in a maiden juvenile (Hastings) nearly three weeks later when forced very wide on the home bend and becoming unbalanced. He has not raced since. Similarly, Raul won a trial in the autumn and was unplaced on debut (1000m) in a maiden juvenile at Tauherenikau two weeks later when very well supported. Both horses look ready to put the record straight at short notice. A Jimmy Choux gelding and an Excelebration filly were paired over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.3, while a Fully Fledged gelding and a Savabeel filly came up with 49.3 and 36.9. They are all trained by Mike Breslin.

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Miss Norway and Windermere Lad, two out-of-form gallopers, have been working impressively over recent weeks, and it was no exception at Awapuni this morning

08 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - August 8th

By RON GURNEY

Miss Norway and Windermere Lad, two out-of-form gallopers, have been working impressively over recent weeks, and it was no exception at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the plough and on the heavy No 1 grass, but fog prevented the timing of some gallops.

Miss Norway and Windermere Lad used the plough and cut out a bold 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.7, emphasing once again that their raceday form could turn around drastically any tick of the clock. They are entered for the r65 2100m at Woodville on Thursday.  Lightly-raced four-year-old mare Luroel (by Per In canto), who won a maiden race on a heavy track in the spring, dashed 600m in 36.8, while Lovetokeephim, another in the r65 2100m on Thursday, and Heavens Keep were paired over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.3. Mustafa (by Tavistock), unplaced on debut last week, had Hayden Tinsley aboard over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.6, while three-year-old filly Du'Blues (by Duporth) and a Niagara gelding were kept to 55.7 for 800m, the last 600 in 39.7. A Dalghar filly trained by Lucy Tanner took 57.9 and 40.9. Woodville entrants Cartagena (mdn 2100m) and In Dreamland (mdn 1400m) went together over 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in  40.4, while He's A Freak (by He's Remarkable) and an Alamosa gelding sprinted 600m in 40.8. They are with Lisa Latta. Miss Interpreted, third at long odds last week, did a quiet 800m in 59.8 and 43.4.

On the No 1 grass, Woodville acceptor Leicacutcat (mdn 1200m) and Thorn Pass were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.13.4, coming the final 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 41.6, while Margaux Glas (mdn 1200m) and Lucky Snip (mdn 1400m) covered 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 42.2.

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Miss Norway was a star track-worker last Thursday and took some of the limelight again at Awapuni this morning

03 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - July 3rd

BY RON GURNEY

Miss Norway was a star track-worker last Thursday and took some of the limelight again at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was held on the plough (good), with just two gallops recorded on the heavy No 1 grass.

Miss Norway used the plough and had stablemate Glengoyne for a partner over a nice 1000m in 1.3. coming the final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37 even. "Lady Luck" has not been on Miss Norway's side in recent starts and she could turn her form around any tick of the clock. The same applies to Glengoyne. Unraced four-year-olds Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) and Chew The Fat (by Alamosa), both trained by Mike Breslin, were paired over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.4, while their stablemates Ringo and Missmosa came up with 50.6 and 37.3. Debut-winning two-year-old Dijon Bleu, who was unplaced in the Karaka Million, had Dreams Of Platinum alongside over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.2, and their stablemate Kamanda Lincoln (by Savabeel), a maiden winner on Boxing Day, went alone in 50.7 and 37.3. Ozil and an Ocean Park gelding gathered speed from the 800m (52.1) to sprint home the last 600 in 37.9, while Raul and a Fully Fledged gelding did the same (54.7) and ended with 37 even. A Savabeel filly and a Jimmy Choux gelding, two more from the Breslin barn, posted 55.8 and 37.1. The stable's Excelebration filly clocked 37.2. Ready Eddie was a few lengths ahead of lightly-raced Scimitar (by Nom Du Jeu) at the finish of 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 38.4, and Cartagena was timed over the same distance in 1.6.1 and 39.3. Carnaby and How Perfect went together in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.9, and Counter Attack took 1.10.5 and 39.8.

On the No 1 grass, Lincoln Bay and Thorn Pass matched strides over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 41.2, while their stablemates Princess Maryanne, an impressive maiden winner on debut  few weeks ago, and Margaux Glas (by No Excuse Needed), unplaced on debut in April, ran 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 42.6.

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Platinum Command looked in fine fettle for the Winter Cup at Riccarton on Saturday when she galloped in company at Awapuni this morning

01 August 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - August 1st

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command looked in fine fettle for the Winter Cup at Riccarton on Saturday when she galloped in company at Awapuni this morning.

During a light session, fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass, with the majority of horses using the plough (plough). Platinum Command used the No 1 grass and had Authentic Paddy for a partner over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40.4. It was good, sound work, and Platinum Command, who was beaten narrowly in the Winter Cup last year, will appreciate the step up to 1600 metres this week. Golden Bay, heading south again (r65 1600m), and Thursday's Egmont runner Hare Bawl (open 2100m) were paired over 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 42.6.

On the plough, La Monnoye and Duplicity really caught the eye with their bold 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 35.7, and Heavens Keep had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard when working alone over the same distance in 1.5.4 and 37.4. Mighty Solomon and Five To Midnight were timed 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.7. Jessiegee and an Iffraaj gelding covered 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.9, and Egmont runner Battle Creek (r65 1400m), with trainer Gene Andrew in the saddle, was kept to 56.7 and 40.5. A Dalghar filly, trained by Lucy Tanner, and a No Excuse Needed mare trained by Liz Rennie, warmed up from the 1000m (1.17.8) to run their last 600 in 40.1, while a Sebring colt and a Niagara colt, two-year-olds trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.3. Windermere Lad, off to Egmont (r65 2100m), galloped 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 42.9, and a No Excuse Needed three-year-old trained by Matthew Eales was kept to 800m in 59 even, the last 600 in 42.7.

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Miss Norway and Ringo impressed in training at Awapuni this morning when fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the heavy (holding) No 1 grass

31 July 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - July 27th

By RON GURNEY

Miss Norway and Ringo impressed in training at Awapuni this morning when fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the heavy (holding) No 1 grass.

On the plough, Miss Norway did a quiet round of pacework before picking up Ringo on the second circuit to run 1000m togther in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 36.6. It was nice work. Time honours went to their stablemates Raul (by Magic Albert) and a Fully Fledged gelding, who sprinted 600m in 36.9. Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) and Chew The Fat (by Alamosa), unraced three-year-olds trained by Mike Breslin, covered 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.1, while Missmosa and Glengoyne, two more from that barn, came up with 51.6 and 37.2. Nom Du Beel did a quiet round and a half of pacework then picked up a Nom Du Jeu two-year-old to run home the final 800m together in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.5. Cullister paceworked over a round before galloping 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 38.6, while Wairoa-winning juvenile Ozil and an unraced Ocean Park gelding were on terms throughout 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.7. A Jimmy Choux gelding and a Savabeel filly, both from the Breslin stable, took 57.3 and 39.1.

The Rippa and Roc 'N' It were paired over an easy 800m in 57.5, the last 600 in 41.1, and Dal Kilchoan was not after time either over 1000m in 1.11, the last 600 in 41.5. An Excelebration filly trained by Mike Breslin sprinted 600m in 41.7, and Black Sav, who has not raced since December, posted 42.7. Stephenstihls and unraced three-year-old King Cougar (by Alamosa), who placed second at the Waverley trials two weeks ago, matched strides over a very easy 800m in 59.1, the last 600 in 44.3. Stephenstihls resumes in the r75 1200m  while.King Cougar debuts in the maiden 3yo 1200m at Otaki on Saturday.

On the No 1 grass, Bannockburn (open 1200m) and Miss Oahu covered 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 41.1. Miss Oahu (by Pins), who has not raced for 12 months, won a trial at Waverley (1000m) two weeks ago.

 

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Talk The Torque has little form to recommend from four starts in a new campaign, but his track gallop at Awapuni this morning suggested another win is not out the question at short notice

25 July 2017
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - July 25th
By RON GURNEY
 
Talk The Torque has little form to recommend from four starts in a new campaign, but his track gallop at Awapuni this morning suggested another win is not out the question at short notice.
 
Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy (holding) No 1 grass. Talk The Torque used the plough and had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over a smart 1000m in 1.3.9, the last 600 in 37.9, and he could get  some of the money in the r75 1200m at Otaki (Levin) on Saturday. La Monnoye, freshened after autumn racing,covered the distance in 1.4.8 and 36.5. Soiree and former northerner Nasheeta (by Smart Missile) were paired over 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 37.7, while Otaki runners Stephenstihls (r75 1200m) and debutant King Cougar (mdn 3yo 1200m) warmed up from the 1000m to run home the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37.2. A Fully Fledged gelding trained by Mike Breslin sprinted 600m in 38.6. Mighty Solomon and Five To Midnight were on terms throughout 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.7, and their stablemates Dijon Bleu and The Rippa came up with 54.1 and 39 even. Jessiegee and an Iffraaj gelding clocked 54.2 and 39.7.Raul (by Magic Albert), unplaced in his only start in March, and an Excelebration filly sprinted 600m in 38.1, and they are with Mike Breslin. Last-start winner Al Munroe was timed 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 39.4. A Cape Blanco two year-old and a Mettre En Jeu three-year-old, geldings trained by Lydia Pickford, ran 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 40.3.
 
Wanganui runner Des De Jeu (r65 2060m) did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.10 even, the last 600in 40.7, and his stablemate Counter Attack did similar work, covering 1200m in 1.23.7, the last 600 in 40.8. A Savabeel filly and a Jimmy Choux gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.6. Kamanda Lincoln, freshened for spring racing, ran 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 41.6, and Dal Kilchoan left 1000m behind in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 41.7. Ready Eddie, in at Wanganui (r65 2060m), posted 1.11.5 and 42.2. Beefeater, preparing for spring competition, dashed 600m in 42.7. He has come back well. A City On A Hill mare trained by Liz Rennie ended with 600m in 42 even, while a Per Incanto filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, ran 1000m in an easy 1.16.7, the last 600 in 43.3. Ollie's Note was not after time either with his 1000m in 1.17.4 and 44.4. Wanganui runner Paddy Owen (mdn steeple) went over two rounds at three-quarter pace.
 
On the plough, Wanganui chance Yin Dragon (r65 1360m) worked alone over a solid 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 40.8, and he will appreciate the step up in distance again. Margaux Glas and Dreams Of Platinummatched strides over 600m in 41.2, while Leicacutcat (mdn 1200m) and Roc 'N' It ended with 43.9.Last Chance (r65 1360m) worked alone over 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 43.2, while their stablemates Lucky Snip (mdn 1200m) and The Great Guru, in at Otaki (r65 mile), went together in 58.2 and 43.1.
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Platinum Command missed the Whyte Handicap at Trentham last week, but is on song for a consolation prize in the Opunake Cup at New Plymouth on Saturday

20 July 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - July 20th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Command missed the Whyte Handicap at Trentham last week, but is on song for a consolation prize in the Opunake Cup at New Plymouth on Saturday. The five-year-old mare was not after time in her final trial at Awapuni this morning, but still the caught eye. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough. Fog prevented the timing of a few gallops.

Platinum Command was one of just three horses to use the No 1 grass and she cut out 1000m in an easy 1.11.5, the last 600 in 41.8. Three runs back in a new campaign have brought her to peak fitness. Keep It Savvy (3yo 1400m) and Itsagem (r75 1400m), both heading to New Plymouth on Saturday, matched strides over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.9. They are last-start winners certain to make their presence felt.

On the plough, Soiree and former northerner Nasheeta (by Smart Missile) were paired over a nice 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.8, while their stablemates Allure and Veuve Cliquot covered 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 37.6. These two will be entered for next Saturday's Ryder Stakes at Otaki. Duplicity, who has not raced since January, worked alone over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 37.7, while Wairoa-winning two-year-old Ozil and an Ocean Park gelding stablemate came up with 51.8 and 38.2. Cullister did a quiet round of pacework before galloping 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and a Per Incanto filly trained by Jeff Lynds sprinted 600m in 40 even. Miss Interpreted, balloted out of the r65 2000m at New Plymouth, was given a quiet 1000m (1.20.6), the last 600 in 42.5, and Ringo, also working alone, covered the same distance in 1.20.7 and 43.3. 

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Glengoyne and Brad Thorn stole the show during a busy gallop session at Awapuni this morning when fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass

18 July 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - July 18th

By RON GURNEY

Glengoyne and Brad Thorn stole the show during a busy gallop session at Awapuni this morning when fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass.

Hastings runner Glengoyne (r65 1650m No 1), who has been disappointing at his last two starts, and Taranaki entrant Brad Thorn (r75 1400m) used the plough and were impressive cutting out 1000m in 1.2.8, the last 600 in 36.6. Brad Thorn has not raced since the spring, but won a jump-out (1000m) at Levin three weeks ago. La Monnoye, who has been freshened again, worked solidly over 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 37.2, while Hastings runner The Czar (r65 1650m No 2), one of the last to use the plough, came up with 1.6.1 and 37 even. Garment (mdn 1200m) and That's Funny went together in 1.6.5 and 37.3. Fusion (mdn 1650m) and Fruition matched strides over 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 37.8, while King Cougar, second at the Waverley trials last week, and Missmosa (blinkers on, mdn 1200m) were timed 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.4.

Thursday's debut two-year-old Son Of Surf (Any Suggestion-Surf Patrol), a winner at the Waverley trials (800m), and Jessiegee sprinted 600m in 38.8. Unraced Tavistock gelding Mustafa, trained by Carla Hearn, did nice work over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 38.8. Dandeedee (r65 1650m No 1) and Taranaki entrant Stephenstihls (3yo 1400m) picked up speed from the 1000m to complete their final 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.1. Authentic Paddy did 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.1, and Heavens Keep recorded 52.4 and 38.6. To Sir With Love, in at Hastings (mdn 1400m) and game in defeat when debuting there three weeks ago, was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 easing down in 39 even. Hare Bawl (Taranaki) and Roc 'N' It were paired over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.2, and Cartagena covered 1000m, the final 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.1. Jeff Lynds-trained Oonagh, unplaced on debut last month, ran 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 39 even. She is in at Hastings (mdn 1650m). Nom Du Beel (r65 1650m No 1) required 1.9.5 and 39.6. An Alamosa gelding and an Ocean Park filly, unraced two-year-olds with Roydon Bergerson, went 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 39.9.

Five To Midnight, who has not raced since winning the Hawke's Bay Cup in April,  was timed an easy 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.4, and Just Ishi, in Thursday's Wellington Steeplechase at Hastings, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.7. Ollie's Note posted 1.10.4 and 40.8. A Cape Blanco two-year-old and a Mettre En Jeu three-year-old, both trained by Lydia Pickford, ran 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 41.7, while smart-winning two-year-old Lincoln Hills (by All Too Hard) sprinted 600m in 41.2. Miss Mindi ended with 600m in 41.6. Kings Kite, who could be off to Te Aroha on Friday, worked from post to post (1400m), being timed from the 1200m in 1.25.3, the last 600 in 42 even, and Ready Eddie went from the 1200m mark, the final 1000m in 1.10.9 and last 600 in 42.1. Jimmy Lincoln (by Jimmy Choux), a two-year-old winner on debut at Hastings in April, was sent an easy 1000m in 1.15.6, the last 600 in 42.2, and No Excuses quickened a shade after a quiet round to run 1000m in 1.12.7, the last 600 in 43.4. Miss Interpreted ended with 600m in 43.7.

On the No 1 grass, last-start winners Keep It Savvy, in at Taranaki (3yo 1400m), and Almo Street were on terms throughout 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 40.9, while Kate The Great (Hastings) and Meursault (Opunake Cup) came up with 58 even and 42.9. Platinum Command and North And South, two more in the Opunake Cup, recorded 58.7 and 42.2. Hiphop (Hastings) and Thorn Pass (Taranaki) were at a reasonable clip early over 1000m, but finished with a time of 60.2, the last 600 in 45.9. Lincoln Bay was the same, registering 61.5 and 47.1. Last-start winner Showing Grace was timed 1000m in 1.20.1, the last 600 in 46.1.

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