Awapuni Trackwork

Queen Kamada and Blue On Black earned admirers for Saturday's Marton meeting on home turf when they worked in good style at Awapuni this morning.

02 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 2 By RON GURNEY Queen Kamada and Blue On Black earned admirers for Saturday's Marton meeting on home turf when they worked in good style at Awapuni this morning. All fast work during a quieter gallop session took place on the plough (good), where Queen Kamada and stablemate Blue On Black were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.7, coming the final 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.3. Queen Kamada has not been disgraced since winning a maiden (1200m) at Awapuni in earrly November. She was close up in the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes on the first day of the Manawatu Christmas meeting and tackles the 3yo 1400m this Saturday, with the blinkers going on. Blue On Black is fresh up in the r72 1400m and does so with an unplaced Foxton trial outing last month under his belt. He has not raced since finishing sixth in the Group 2 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie in mid-April, but looks a picture of health. Prince Turbo, a close second on the middle day at Manawatu, and stablemate Hypatia covered 1000m in 1.4.4, being timed the final 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.1. Last-start winner Just Fabulous and stablemate Rukita were paired over 1000m in 1.4.7, being held together nicely for the final 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.4. They race at Otaki on Monday, with Just Fabulous chasing a Pearl Series bonus in the r72 mile for fillies and mares. Vespa's Diva will debut in the maiden 2yo 800m at Otaki on Monday and worked alone over a steady 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.5. She finished a close in a 2yo trial (850m) at Foxton last month. Lincoln Raider, nominated for the Group 1 Thorndon Mile at Trentham in two weeks, ran 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39 even. In the meantime, he will tackle the r82 mile at Marton on Saturday. Form runner Du'blues (r65 mile) had Danielle Hirini aboard over 1000m in 1.11 even, the last 600 in 39.8, while Red Red Robin came up with 1.8 even and 40.5. Proletariat, seeking four successive wins at Marton (r72 2200m), had trainer Ashley Meadows in the saddle over a well-held 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 41.2. Belle Plaisir (3yo 1400m) was kept to 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 41.2, and Jakkabella, on debut at Otaki (mdn mile), posted 55.6 and 41.7. She may need the run. Marton entrant Rock With Choux (r65 mile), who is knocking on the door, was not after time over 1000m in 1.16.3, the last 600 in 42.7.
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Lisa Latta-trained maidens Platinum Touch, Ajay Lincoln, Mini Maxine and Love Potion all galloped in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning.

31 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 31 BY RON GURNEY Lisa Latta-trained maidens Platinum Touch, Ajay Lincoln, Mini Maxine and Love Potion all galloped in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough, where Platinum Touch and Ajay Lincoln were paired over 1000m in a very respectable 1.4.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Apart from a debut third this time last year, Platinum Touch (by Proisir) has been disappointing on race-day, especially with blinkers on last start in November. Since then, she has finished second in a Waverley trial (1400m) and first in a Foxton one (1600m). She goes straight into a middle-distance maiden on Thursday, with the blinkers coming off. Mini Maxine and Love Potion, two more heading to Tauherenikau, were locked together over 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36.1. Mini Maxine is a four-year-old by Thewayyouare, down to debut on Thursday (mdn 1000m) with no prominent trial form to speak of. However, this morning's workout told us a lot more. Meanwhile, Love Potion (mdn mile) ran her best race in six race-day starts when third at Waipukurau three weeks ago, and has trained on well. Elusive Joule (by Power), unplaced on debut before Christmas, and in-form filly Kellys Inspiration (Marton), covered 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.9, while Benny Lincoln, unplaced on debut at Waipukurau, and Almo Street were almost identical with 49.6 and 36.9. Kapinos, a first-day winner at Manawatu, worked alone over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.6, and un-raced Alamosa four-year-old Mick, a brother to On The Rocks, sprinted 600m only in 36.6. He debuts at Tauherenikau. Don't Know Jakk and stablemate Jakkabella were timed 1000m in a very nice 1.3.3, the last 600 in 37.4, while Lincoln Melody and Tauherenikau runner Maidstone Park came up with 1.4.4 and 37 even. Red River Rock, a second-day winner at Manawatu, and Chartwell matched strides over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 37.3, and Hank Moody went 1200m in 1.18.7 and 37.7. He will race in blinkers at Tauherenikau. Keep It Savvy had likely Marton race rival Lincoln Raider for a partner over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 37.2, while Voralto (by Sacred Falls), who debuts on Thursday, and un-raced Vespa filly Parisian Poppy posted 51.9 and 37.9. They are with Mike Breslin. Desert Magic, a big chance at Tauherenikau, warmed up from the 800m (53) to sprint home in 37.6. Original Gangster dashed 600m in 37.9, as did an Echoes Of Heaven gelding trained by Jeff Lynds. Shez Gonna Getcha was at a good clip from the 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.2, and Master Lincoln, in on Thursday, took 52.2 and 38.8. Den Bosch sprinted 600m in 38.5, and Piccolo Toro ended with 38.9. Marton runner Belle Plaisir, trained by Lucy Tanner, and Red Red Robin, (David Hayes) went fast early over 1000m 1.3.5, but eased to complete the last 600 in 39 even. Un-raced Pierro gelding Piri Piri Pete and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 39 even. Blue On Black and Queen Kamada, off to Marton, were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 39.7, while Colyton Sky (blinkers on at Tauherenikau) and Ritzy Sparkle clocked 1.9.8 and 39 even. Sir Nate had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.1, and Tauherenikau runner Authentic Charm posted 52.9 and 39.5. Balalaika, an un-raced Showcasing two-year-old filly trained by Matthew Eales, did 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.2, while a Super One gelding and un-raced Platinum Rain (by Kermadec) sprinted 600m in 39.4. They are with Lisa Latta. Busybeingfamous, trained by Mark Oulaghan, sprinted 600m in 40.7, and Eastern Warrior was kept to 1000m in 1.7.1 and 41.8 after a quiet round of pacework. Anne Herbert-trained un-raced two-year-old filly Vespa's Diva, second at the Foxton trials three weeks ago, was given a quiet 600m in 43.4, and Ozil ended 1000m (1.14.5) with 600m in 44.4.
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Princess Amelie and Lincoln Hills were paired in an eye-catching final trial for Boxing Day when they galloped at Awapuni this morning.

24 December 2019
Deanna Carr
Princess Amelie and Lincoln Hills were paired in an eye-catching final trial for Boxing Day when they galloped at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was held on the plough (good), where Princess Amelie and Lincoln Hills stuck together over 800m in 47.7, the last 600 in 35.4. Princess Amelie was a fine third in the Stewards' Handicap at Riccarton two starts ago, but was unsuited by a good track in the Levin Stakes last time out. She'll get the sting out of the ground for the r82 1200m on Thursday. Lincoln Hills (dual acceptor) keeps chipping away on raceday while following up good, solid track gallops. Johnny Lincoln, in the same boat, and Akela Belle, rivals in the r72 2100m, gathered speed from the 1000m to be timed the final 800m n 48 even, the last 600 in 35.9. Akela Belle is ready to pay a dividend again. Red Rufus, in at Taranaki on Friday with blinkers on, and Den Bosch covered 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 36.2, and Desert Magic went alone in 48.6 and 36.3. Khalfani, a big improver for Boxing Day (mdn 1400m), and race rival Flying Surf were on terms throughout 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.6. Flickering Shadow (mdn 3yo 1200m) and Platinum Rapper matched strides over 800m in 50 even, the last 600 in 36.6, and Original Gangster (r65 1550m) sprinted 600m in 36.7. He will wear blinkers on Thursday. His race rival My Father's Gun, who will have blinkers removed, cut out a nice 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 37.1, while Blue On Black and Queen Kamada went together in 1.5.6 and 37.4. Lincoln Hanover (mdn 1400m), who is knocking on the door, had Platinum Wild Card (r65 1550m) for a partner over 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 37.2. Their stablemates Father Lenihan (Summer Cup) and Lincoln's Kruz breezed over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.5. Father Lenihan could lead a handful of rivals a merry chase. Jessie's Rock (by Road To Rock), who debuts on Boxing Day (mdn 1400m), for trainer Peter Didham, sprinted 600m in 37.5. He is a half-brother to Jessiegee. Last-start winner He's Done A Runner (r65 1200m) and stablemate Princess Ani (mdn 3yo 1200m) were timed 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.5. Princess Ani is a sister to top mare Heni, and has been working well. Obrigado (r72 2100m) left 800m behind in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.7, while stablemates Voralto (by Sacred Falls) and an Alamosa filly recorded 53.3 and 38.8. Casino El Jay did a quiet round and a half then picked up un-raced Vespa filly Parisian Poppy to sprint home 600m in 38.3. Veloce (r65 15500m), who could,be having her last race on Boxing Day (r65 1550m), ran 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 38.9. Summer Cup chance Jessiegee and Sweepstake (r82 1200m) were kept to 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.2, and their stablemates, a Rubick gelding and a Pierro gelding, clocked 53.3 and 39.2. A Super Easy gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan covered 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.3, and un-raced Vespa's Diva (by Vespa), trained by Anne Herbert, went 55.4 and 40.3. Un-raced mare Jakkabella (by Jakkalberry), trained by Mark Oulaghan, did a quiet round (1400m) then galloped 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 40.1. Kapinos, who won on Eulogy Stakes day last start, was kept to 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 41.1, and Rock With Choux, in on Boxing Day (r65 1550m), was let off with 1000m in 1.11.9 and 42.6. Just Fabulous, another winner on Eulogy Stakes day, ended with 600m in an easy 43.7, and Ozil, second to Just Fabulous that day, took 43 even.
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Last-start Waipukurau maiden winner Durham Lad earned plenty of admirers for the Manawatu meeting on Saturday when he worked in great style at Awapuni this morning.

19 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 19 By RON GURNEY Last-start Waipukurau maiden winner Durham Lad earned plenty of admirers for the Manawatu meeting on Saturday when he worked in great style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Durham Lad used the No 1 grass and skipped over 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 38 even. He has taken another step forward since Waipukurau and tackles the 3yo 1400m at his home track this week, with Chris Johnson again the rider. Time honours on the grass went to staying mare Red Red Robin, trained by David Hayes, and she cut out 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 36.7. Her maiden stablemate Shez Gonna Getcha, back from injury, covered 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37 even. Prosecco, in Saturday's r82 mile, had Leah Hemi aboard over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.3. She finished second in r72 grade at Trentham last start. Salamanca and Khalfani were paired over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.4, and Salamanca drops in grade (r72 1200m) on Saturday with apprentice Jordan Bassett claiming 4kg. Manawatu Cup acceptor Hank Moody worked alone post-to-post (1400m), being timed from the 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 39.3. He could run a cheeky race, with in-form Kozzi Asano picking up the ride His stablemate Arturo (r72 1200m), who worked impressively in company on Tuesday, ran 800m in an even 54.3, the last 600 in 39.7. He can make amends for a disappointing run last start. Challenge Stakes runner Heni, another to work boldly on Tuesday, was kept to 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 40 even. Dylan Turner rides her for the first time. Du'blues (r65 1400m) was not after time over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.8, and neither was race rival Ritzy Sparkle (wide draw) in 44 seconds for the last 600 of 800m. On the plough, Lincoln Green and Akela Belle recorded the best time with 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.8. Manawatu entrants Platinum Dubai (2yo 1100m) and Kellys Inspiration (3yo 1400m) went 800m together in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.2, and Platinum Dubai will have blinkers on for the first time. Last-start Trentham winner Lincoln Raider (r82 mile) left 800m behind in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1, and Opie Bosson, who won on the horse this time last year, picks up the ride. Maidstone Park and a Zed gelding stablemate ran 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.4, while Manawatu runners Platinum Invador (Cup) and Platinum Spirit (r65 2300m) clocked 52.9 and 39.2. Platinum Invador is a big chance off the minimum again.
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Mike Breslin-trained Heni and Prosecco have been known to turn up the heat together in training previously, and it was no exception at Awapuni this morning.

17 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 17 By RON GURNEY Mike Breslin-trained Heni and Prosecco have been known to turn up the heat together in training previously, and it was no exception at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good) as horses prepared for either Otaki on Friday or Manawatu on Saturday. Heni (Manawatu Challenge Stakes) and Prosecco (r82 mile) used the course proper and had eyebrows raised after 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 34.8, which was impressive work. Not to be denied any plaudits, fellow trainer Roydon Bergerson then sent out a lower grade pairing of Arturo (r72 1200m) and Ritzy Sparkle (r65 1400m), who reeled off 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 34.8 as well. Shadows Cast (Challenge Stakes), working on his own, soon followed, covering 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 35.3, while Prince Turbo and Hypatia, both in the r65 2300m, went together in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 35.4. Du'blues and a Thewayyouare-Ha'penny maiden warmed up from the 1000m (1.11) to sprint home the last 600 in 36 even, while On A Wing beat Rusty In Rongotea in 1.7 and 37.8. The latter's stablemates Dark Princess (Challenge Stakes) and De Gaulle (r82 mile) were paired over 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 37.1, and Hank Moody went alone in 1.10.3 and 37.8. Last-start Waipukurau maiden winner Durham Lad (3yo 1400m) covered 1000m in 1.10.7, the last 600 in 37.7, while Otaki runners Lincoln Fury and Brahmarahma (r65 mile) posted 1.11.4 and 37.2. Jenever, in at Otaki, and Kellys Inspiration (Manawatu), were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.11.7, the last 600 in 37.8. On the plough, Manawatu Cup prospect Platinum Invador had Rex Royale (r65 2300m) for a partner over 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 36.8. Saltbush Bill, in agt Otaki, was timed 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 36.5, while Secret Allure (Manawatu Challenge Stakes) and Lincoln Raider (r82 mile) were explosive over 800m in 47.2, the last 600 in 36.1. Alamosa four-year-old gelding Mick, who debuts at Otaki (mdn 1400m), covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.2. He is a brother to On The Rocks. Semper Magico, who has been luckless in recent races, cut out 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 36 even. He gets another good chance to break through on Friday. Red Rufus and Den Bosch matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 37.1, and Obrigado was almost the same on his own in 1.3.4 and 37.5. Eastern Warrior did nice work over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 38 even, and un-raced mare Jakkabella, trained by Mark Oulaghan did a round and a half before galloping 1000m in 1.7.4 and 39.6. Rox, in at Otaki, left 800m behind in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.8, and Carlingford Bay (by Atlante), on debut this Friday, was kept to 1000m in 1.13 and 41.4.
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Last-start winner Keep It Savvy hinted back-to-back victories was on the cards on Saturday after a bold trial at Awapuni this morning.

12 December 2019
Stephen Berryman
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 12 By RON GURNEY Last-start winner Keep It Savvy hinted back-to-back victories was on the cards on Saturday after a bold trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where jockey Robert Hannam had Keep It Savvy pinging along on his own over 1000m in 1.6.5, coming the final 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.4. Two starts ago, Keep It Savvy pulled up on the journey, and a post-race examination revealed the horse had suffered an atrial fibrillation. None the worse for wear, he came out three and a half weeks later and scored over 1550 metres on his home track at Awapuni. Keep It Savvy will now contest the r72 1500m back at Manawatu this Saturday, with Robert Hannam taking over from Kozzi Asano. He will carry 2kg more than last time. Lincoln Fury and Almo Street were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37 seconds even, while Lydia Pickford-trained maidens Infra Red (un-raced) and Take Control took 50.3 and 37.1. Manawatu entrants Beefeater (open 1200m) and Just Fabulous (r65 mile) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.3 and came the final 800m in 53.5, sprinting the last 600 in 38.8. Beefeater was a dual acceptor, but will run in the open 1200m with apprentice Mereana Hudson aboard, thus claiming 3kg to 57kg. Deep Blue (r65 mile) had trainer Gene Andrew in the saddle over 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.3, and stablemate So It Was (Andrew), in the r65 2200m, recorded 52.8 and 38.4. Prince Turbo (r65 2200m) did a quiet round before picking up un-raced stablemate Parisian Poppy (by Vespa) on the second circuit to complete 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 38.4. An Echoes Of Heaven gelding trained by Jeff Lynds ran 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.4, and a Nadeem mare with Mark Oulaghan ended with 600m in 39.1. Eulogy Stakes runner Queen Kamada was kept to 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 40 seconds even, while race rival Belle Plaisir clocked 1.10 even and 40.4. Un-raced Atlante three-year-old filly Carlingford Bay, trained by Mark Oulaghan, covered 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 40.7. Rock With Choux, in at Manawatu (r65 2200m), was not after time over 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 41.3, while Arturo and a Sweet Orange gelding stablemate sprinted 600m in 42.7.
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Beefeater and Just Fabulous lapped up the conditions on offer (dead) when they galloped boldly at Awapuni this morning.

10 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 10 By RON GURNEY Beefeater and Just Fabulous lapped up the conditions on offer (dead) when they galloped boldly at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper and on the plough (good). Beefeater and Just Fabulous used the course proper and warmed up from the 1200m mark to complete 1000m in 1.2.8, the last 600 in 35.1, which was excellent work. Just Fabulous, in particular, is on the verge of better things following a god run of minor placings. Heni, who is in foal to Alamosa, and Sweepstake were paired over 1000m in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 36.5, and they look in terrific order. Eulogy Stakes entrant Belle Plaisir covered 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 36.2, and Ozil came up with 1.6.1 and 36.3. Prince Turbo and Casino El Jay matched strides over 1200m in 1.14.9 and were timed the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.3. Chartwell had Platinum Spirit for a partner over 1000m in 1.10.5, sprinting home the last 600 in 37.5, and Queen Kamada left 1000m behind in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 39.1. Rock With Choux took 1.11.4 and 39.6. On the plough, last-start winner Keep It Savvy and Platinum Wild Card kept together over a strong 1000m in 1.2.5, the last 600 in 35.4, and So It Was went alone in 1.2.8 and 36.7. Deep Blue was timed 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 37.1, while Princess Ani, the younger sister to Heni, went with Voralto over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.3. These two were both unplaced in their sole start during the autumn. Last-start winner He's Done A Runner covered 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 38.4, and un-raced four-year-old mare Jakkabella recorded 1.6.4 and 38.7. She is with Mark Oulaghan. The latter's un-raced stablemate Busybeingfabulous (by Fabulous) did nice work over 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.4, and Arturo was kept to 1.7.7 and 39 even.
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Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine will head in different directions this weekend after burning up the plough together at Awapuni this morning.

05 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 5 By RON GURNEY Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine will head in different directions this weekend after burning up the plough together at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine matched strides over a smart 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Lincoln Hills had no luck from a wide draw last start, but still ran on strongly, and has been working solidly ever since. He is in the r72 1400m at Trentham on Saturday. Divine Wine begins a new campaign in the maiden 1200m at Waipukurau on Sunday and was a good third at the Waverley trials two weeks ago. Lincoln Melody, who has won two races, and maiden Lincoln Lane, both by Savabeel and trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.2. Trentham runner Lincoln Raider (r72 1400m) covered 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.9. He was narrowly beaten in this grade at Feilding two starts ago and was not disgraced last time out in the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton. Piccolo Toro and Maidstone Park covered 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4, and Trentham runner Excelleration (r82 1200m) went alone in 51.6 and 38.5. My Father's Gun (r65 1400m), who will enjoy better ground on Saturday, joined Red Red Robin over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.4. Empower (MAAT 1600m), who was beaten by the draw last start, ran 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.3, and Platinum Touch (by Proisir) recorded 1.6.5 and 38 even. Beefeater had Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.5, while Trentham runners Red Rufus (3yo 1400m) and Den Bosch (MAAT 1600m) went 800m together in 52.8, the last 600 in 38 even. Original Gangster, heading to Waipukurau on Sunday (r65 mile), did a quiet round and half before galloping 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.6. Heni and Prince Turbo left 1000m behind in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 39 even, and their stablemate Flying Surf, in the maiden 1350m on Sunday, ran 800m in 53.9 and 39.6. Queen Kamada worked alone over 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40 even, while un-raced Vespa two-year-old filly Parisian Poppy and an Alamosa filly, both with Mike Breslin, took 55.6 and 40.1. Fibonacci, who has not raced since the autumn, was kept to 800m in 58.9, the last 600 in 41.6.
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Shadows Cast looked ready to redeem himself at Trentham this Saturday, judging by his semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

04 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 3 By RON GURNEY Shadows Cast looked ready to redeem himself at Trentham this Saturday, judging by his semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the course proper (dead) or on the plough (good). Shadows Cast (Captain Cook Stakes) used the course proper and had maiden stablemate Saltbush Bill for company over 1000m in 1.3.1, coming the final 800m in 47.9, the last 600 in 35.4, which was excellent work. Shadows Cast was a battling fifth in the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton last month on a track that didn't quite suit (dead-5). A dead-4 is what the chestnut will be hoping for this Saturday. Saltbush Bill (MAAT mile), on the other hand, has a long way to go to emulate his talented stablemate, but has plenty of potential, judging by his one placing from three starts so far. The only other one to use the course proper this morning was My Father's Gun, who reeled off 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 35.1. He will contest the r65 1400m at Trentham. On the plough, time honours went to last-start Rangitikei winner Free To Shine and stablemate Lincoln Kruz, unplaced on debut, who breezed over 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 36.3. They were the only two horses to break 37 seconds for the last 600m on the plough, and tackle the 3yo 1400m on Saturday. Johnny Lincoln (r82 2500m) and Rex Royale (r65 2400m) were paired over 1000m in 1.2.3, the last 600 in 37.4, while Thursday's Taranaki entrant Brahmarahma (r65 1800m) and Ajay Lincoln, two more from the Lisa Latta barn, came up with 1.4.5 and 37.3. Little Texas Sky, unplaced on debut, and Love Potion were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.2, followed soon after by Akela Belle and Platinum Road with 800m in 50.1 and 37 even. Amosia, third in the Wellesley Stakes last start, and Platinum Dubai, a beaten favourite in the same race, covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.1. They are in Saturday's 2yo 1100m. Lisa Latta's Lincoln Raider (r72 1400m) and Excelleration (r82 1200m), trained by Peter Didham, went 800m together in 50.5, the last 600 in 37 even, while Beefeater and un-raced two-year-old colt Bradman (by Pins) clocked 50.6 and 37.3. Original Gangster went alone over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.2, as did Don't Know Jakk (r65 2400m) in 51.6 and 37.1. Salamanca (r82 1200m) and last-start maiden winner He's Done A Runner ended with 600m in 38.3. Hank Moody warmed up from the 1200m (1.19.4) to run 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 38.1, while Red Rufus and Den Bosch left 1000m behind in 1.6.5 and 38.8. Obrigado did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 52.6 and 38.7. Durham Lad, third on debut recently, and Empower (MAAT mile) were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.6, easing down in the home straight to run the last 600 in 39.2. Un-raced four-year-old mare Jakkabella (by Jakkalberry), trained by Mark Oulaghan, recorded 1.6.5 and 39.7.
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It's been a long time between drinks for the connections of Per Incanto mare Amorata, but the seven-year-old could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning.

28 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, November 28 By RON GURNEY It's been a long time between drinks for the connections of Per Incanto mare Amorata, but the seven-year-old could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning. All fast work during a quiet gallop session was held on the plough (good), where Amorata breezed over 1000m in 1.2.7, coming the final 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37 seconds even. She has had two runs back in a new campaign without much luck at the business end of her races, efforts which were noted by the stipendiary stewards. Those two races were over 1600 metres, or thereabouts, and on Saturday she steps up to 2040m (r72) at Wanganui with high hopes for a well overdue success. Her stablemates Arturo (r72 1340m) and Just Fabulous (r65 mile) were paired over 1000m in 1.4.9, being timed the final 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.6. They add strength to Roydon Bergerson's team for Wanganui, with the side winkers going on Just Fabulous, who worked in that gear this morning. Master Lincoln worked alone over 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 37.1, while a Rubick gelding and a Pierro gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, did 800m in 50.4 and 37 even. Lincoln Town covered 1000m in 1.7.1, coming the final 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37 even, while his stablemates Jenever and Wanganui runner Chartwell (r65 mile) clocked 1.7.2, for 1000m, with the final sectionals taking 50.7 and 37.6. Heni's younger sister Princess Ani and Voralto (by Sacred Falls) ran 1000m in 1.7.9, coming the final 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.8. They are trained by Mike Breslin and were both unplaced on debut last autumn. Blue On Black and Teddy Bear were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, and covered the final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.9. My Father's Gun left 800m behind in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Wanganui Cup prospect Platinum Invador had race-day jockey Robert Hannam aboard when working with stablemate Benny Lincoln (mdn 1340m) over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Benny Lincoln, who debuts on Saturday, is by Jimmy Choux and has been nominated for the Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January. Hank Moody worked on his own over 1000m in 1.7.1, easing to complete the last 600 in 39.2, and Wanganui entrant Soul Vacation (mdn 1340m), who is fresh up, was kept to 800m in 53.7 and 40.2. Un-raced Vespa two-year-old filly Parisian Poppy and a Howbaddouwantit filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 42.9. Parisian Poppy is a grand-daughter of former top mare Tall Poppy.
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