Awapuni Trackwork

Last-start Trentham winner Far Site heads to Tauranga at the top of her game after a bold semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

22 June 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, 22 June By Ron Gurney Last-start Trentham winner Far Site heads to Tauranga at the top of her game after a bold semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was held on the plough (good), with just one horse timed on the No 1 grass (heavy). Far Site used the plough and, working the reverse way (right-handed), sped over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.4, giving trainer Peter Didham plenty of confidence for the trip north. She will start in either the Tauranga Classic or the r74 1400m. Lightly-raced maiden mare Irish Prayer did solid work as well, covering 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.7. She resumed at Wanganui on Queen's Birthday weekend, finishing a creditable sixth after settling well off the pace, and looks an improver for Otaki (mdn 1400m) on Friday. Her stablemate Obrigado (r74 mile), who resumed the same day, was impressive over 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 37.5, and he has thrived over the last few weeks. Prince Turbo (r65 mile) and his unraced younger sister Sylviemosa (by Alamosa) were paired over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 37.4. Prince Turbo has not raced since mid-January. Khalfani and Valhalla Rising matched strides over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.6, and they will race in maiden company on Friday. Their unraced stablemate Bee Sting (by Vespa), hoping to get a run on Friday, sprinted 600m in 37.8, and Jessie's Rock (r65 mile) left 1000m behind in 1.9.9 and 39.6. Floral Art, a last-start Trentham winner, worked right-handed over 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 39 even. She travels to Tauranga this week as well, and will contest the open mile. Sybarite was timed 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 40.2, while Belclare (by Per Incanto) and unraced two-year-old Platinum Parade (by Belardo), both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 55 even and 40.1. They are entered for Otaki. Casino El Jay, off the scene on race-day for 18 months, and unraced three-year-old filly Zambesi Lass (by Tavistock) warmed up from the 800m to run home 600 in 40.4. They are with Mike Breslin. Master Fin and a Pins filly stablemate covered 800m in 57.8, the last 600 in 42.9, while Otaki maiden entrants Platinum Bordeaux and Steely Zeb were kept to 59.5 and 43.3. Unraced Vespa two-year-old Cavani and a Turn Me Loose-Letsgetiton three-year-old, both trained by Peter Didham, ran 800m in 59.6, the last 600 in 43.4. On the No 1 grass, Otaki runner Jugador (mdn 1200m) had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 41.1.
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Semper Magico followed up a nice gallop on Tuesday with another solid workout at Awapuni this morning.

17 June 2021
Deanna Walzl
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, June 17 By RON GURNEY Semper Magico followed up a nice gallop on Tuesday with another solid workout at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the No 1 grass (heavy) or on the plough (good). Semper Magico used the grass again and produced a similar time to Tuesday, covering 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 40.6. The Per Incanto gelding, who has paid a dividend in all his five starts this campaign, should gain due reward in the last race (r65 1400m) at Manawatu on Saturday. Temyia Taiaroa, who rode him two starts ago, claims 2kg. Race rival Atenartin earned admirers with his 1000m in 1.11.9, the last 600 in 42.4. He was unplaced when resuming at Trentham recently, and Ashvin Mudhoo takes the ride this week with a 3kg claim. Cher Ami, who has improved with recent racing, and unraced Zed four-year-old Demetrias were timed 1000m in 1.12.8, the last 600 in 42.5. Demetrias finished second at the Otaki trials (1400m) two weeks ago. Chillax 'n' Chase, another in the r65 1400m on Saturday, had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 42 even. He was a shade unlucky not to have paid a dividend last start. Last-start maiden winner Venato (r65 1400m) was not chasing the clock over 800m in 59.6, the last 600 in 43.3, and La Jungles, in Saturday's maiden hurdles, ran 1000m in 1.14.3, the last 600 in 44.6. On the plough, Hillcrest Road, unlucky in at least two of his three races to date, ran 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 36.8. Khalfani and Valhalla Rising were paired over 1000m in a smart 1.4.5, the last 600 in 37.3, and they will likely race at Otaki next Friday. Their stablemate Irish Prayer, an improver from a resuming run at Wanganui on Queen's Birthday weekend, ended with 600m in 38.2. Tiro, balloted out of the r65 1400m on Saturday, and Emvees Last Hurrah were kept to 1000m in 1.15.4, the last 600 in 42.2. Tiro was a good third at Awapuni last start, while Emvees Last Hurrah was a big improver (6th) the same day. Hunterville visitor Phelan Foxy (maiden hurdles) schooled over a round of the brush fences in the centre of the course before coming out to run an easy 800m, the last 600 in 45.7. Kusuda (r65 1400m) did a quiet round and a half, increasing the tempo slightly on the second circuit to come the last 600 in 46 even.
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Maiden gelding Splodge and his more accomplished stablemate Keep It Savvy hinted at immediate success at Wanganui when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning.

15 June 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 15 By RON GURNEY Maiden gelding Splodge and his more accomplished stablemate Keep It Savvy hinted at immediate success at Wanganui when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (heavy) or on the plough (good), but fog again hindered the timing of some gallops. Splodge (mdn 2060m), who chalked up his first placing last start, and Keep It Savvy (r74 1360m) used the No 1 grass and were paired over 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 39.8. They should both run in the money on Thursday. Last-start Wanganui winner Durham Lad worked alone over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39.1, and has trained on well. Wanganui runner Sir Beets (r65 mile) and Little Uzi (Manawatu) were on terms throughout 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.6. Four-year-old mare Friday (by Alamosa), who has not raced for 18 months, ran 1000m, being timed the final 800m in 53.4 and 39.1. She finished second at the Foxton jump-outs two weeks ago and is down to run on Thursday (mdn 1360m). Nelson's Blood (by Charm Spirit), on debut at Wanganui, was at a strong clip early over 1000m in 1.4.6, easing to complete the last 600 in 40.2. He won a Foxton jump-out (1000m) a fortnight ago and then finished second at the Otaki trials (1000m) last week. A big run on Thursday would not surprise. Semper Magico was sent 1000m in 1.10.3, the last 600 in 40.3, and has paid a place dividend in all five starts this campaign. Derecho left 800m behind in 55.5 and 40.6. Albufeira and Cholula, three-year-old fillies unplaced on debut at the Feilding meeting two weeks ago, sprinted 600m in 41.9, and Red Rufus ended with 42.1. Kusuda posted 42.9. Dal Kilchoan covered 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 42.3, followed straight after by stablemate West Coast in 1.11.5 and 42.4. Jugador took 1.14.1 and 42.2. Rock Island Line and Wanganui maiden entrant Sacred Pearl were not chasing time over 800m in 60.9, the last 600 in 44.2. Sacred Pearl was unplaced on debut at Feilding. Super Spirit ran 1000m in 1.17.1 and Master Fin clocked 1.17.4, but fog prevented the timing of their last 600s. Jenever, a big chance at Wanganui, was let off with a very easy 600m in 46.6. On the plough, Princess Ani and Prince Turbo matched strides over 1000m in 1.6.even, the last 600 in 37.7. Princess Ani is knocking on the door for her second success. Te Awe Awe, racing at Wanganui with the blinkers on, and Angelina Jay earned admirers with 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.3. They are with Jeff Lynds. Dedoje shaded unraced three-year-old filly Sylviemosa (by Alamosa) at the finish of 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 40.5. Busybeingfabulous, getting fitter by the minute, worked alone over 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 41.3. He should go very close at Wanganui. Dawn County and St Nancy went an easy 1000m in 1.18.8, but could not be timed the last 600 because of fog. The blinkers go on Dawn County for Thursday (mdn 1360m).
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Wellington entrant Sybarite and her stablemate Chillax 'n' Chase lapped up the improved conditions when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning.

10 June 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, June 10 By RON GURNEY Wellington entrant Sybarite and her stablemate Chillax 'n' Chase lapped up the improved conditions when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (dead) or the plough (good). Sybarite (r65 f&m 1400m), who looks a huge improver, and Chillax 'n' Chase used the No 1 grass, reeling off 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 36.1, which was solid work. Apprentice jockey Faye Lazet rode Sybarite this morning, and will claim 4kg when she takes the race-day mount for the first time on Saturday. Bee Sting (by Vespa), unplaced on debut last week, skipped over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.7. She is a half-sister to former top mare Heni (by Towkay). Rip Van Winkle maiden mare Jenever, winless after 15 starts, is on the improve, judging by her two latest race-day outings and a very smart gallop this morning over 1000m in 1.4.6. She ran her final 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37 seconds even. Splodge, second at Hastings last start, worked with stablemate Word Savvy (by Savabeel) over 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 38.2, while Dal Kilchoan, who has not raced for nearly two years, took 1.7.1 and 39.8. Wellington entrant Showshanelle (r65 f&m 1400m), who worked nicely on Tuesday, covered 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 39.8, and she ran a huge race when resuming at the Rangitikei meeting last month. Little Uzi and a Dalghar filly stablemate were timed 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.6, and a Jakkalberry four-year-old gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan ran 1000m in 1.8.7 and 40.2. Former northerner Tweedledee, who will have his first race from the Oulaghan stable on Saturday (r74 mile), left 1000m behind in 1.12 even, the last 600 in 41.3, while stablemate Master Fin took 1.9.9 and 41.1. On the plough, Prince Turbo and Khalfani worked boldly over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.3, while their stablemates Albufeira and Cholula lost no kudos with their 50.1 and 36.9. All four are with Mike Breslin. Te Awe Awe and Angelina Jay, both trained by Jeff Lynds, caught the eye over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 37.9. Princess Ani and Valhalla Rising, second and fourth respectively when resuming at the Feilding meeting last week, ran 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.3. Wellington entrant Far Site (r65 f&m 1400m) rounded off 800m (57.4) with a last 600 in 37.6, and northern apprentice Callum Jones will claim 3kg aboard the mare on Saturday. Quatromosa cruised over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.1, while a Per Incanto-Letsgetiton filly and a Vespa-Hazel filly, three-year-olds trained by Peter Didham, took 57.6 and 38.2. Floral Art, an improver for Wellington (r74 mile), ran 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 39.8, and Hunterville visitor Wholetthefoxout did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 55.2 and 40.8. He commands respect in Saturday's steeplechase. Ted Can Too was not chasing time over 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 42 even, and neither was Hillcrest Road with 59 even and 42.4.
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Peter Didham-trained stablemates Far Site and Floral Art ran a very pleasing trial during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

08 June 2021
Deanna Walzl
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 8 By RON GURNEY Peter Didham-trained stablemates Far Site and Floral Art ran a very pleasing trial during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the plough (good) and the No 1 grass (dead). Far Site and Floral Art used the plough and gathered speed from the 1000m (1.9.5) to run home their last 600 in 36.6. Far Site has a trial and two races under the belt in a new campaign, all of which points to improved form coming up at Trentham (r65 f&m 1400m) on Saturday. Floral Art (r74 mile) was fifth of eight when resuming at the Rangitikei meeting (1200m) last month, and her form will improve as she steps up in distance. Both horses are adept on the heavy tracks. Super Spirit, racing at Taranaki on Thursday (mdn 1600m), was kept to 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 42.5. His form may improve when he steps up over ground as well. On the No 1 grass, Trentham runner Glide Queen (r74 1000m) breezed over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.7, while her stablemate Showshanelle (r65 f&m 1400m) clocked 1.7.1 and 38.9. Showshanelle resumed at the Rangitikei meeting last month and put up an enormous run from the back of the field to finish sixth, less than two lengths from the winner.
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Glide Queen could be a surprise package if she escapes the ballot at Wanganui, judging by her final hit-out at Awapuni this morning.

04 June 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, June 3 By RON GURNEY Glide Queen could be a surprise package if she escapes the ballot at Wanganui, judging by her final hit-out at Awapuni this morning. Fog prevented the timing of a handful of gallops during what was a quiet session for fast work anyway. Glide Queen, in the r74 1340m on Saturday, used the No 1 grass (slow) and reeled off a bold 1000m in 1.2.1, the last 600 in 38.1. The blinkers are going back on. On the course proper, Irish Odds (r65 1200m) and un-raced two-year-old filly Queen Of Spades (by Iffraaj) were paired over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 37.4. Irish Odds ran the race of an improver at Hawera recently when produced on the fresh side, and top apprentice Hazel Schofer keeps the ride. On the plough, Favoloso (mdn 1200m) had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.1, and his run at Awapuni last start was better than it looks on paper. Form runner Dedoje (r65 mile) was not chasing the clock over 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 41.3, but Leah Hemi will ride the showy chestnut for the first time on race-day.
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Makfi mare Far Site sounded a fair warning when she galloped at Awapuni this morning.

01 June 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 1 By RON GURNEY Makfi mare Far Site sounded a fair warning when she galloped at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the plough (slushy) and on the No 1 grass (slow). Fog prevented the timing of some gallops. Far Site used the plough and skipped over 1000m in 1.2.3, the last 600 in 37.4, suggesting a form reversal is on the cards next time she steps out. Two of her three wins have been on heavy tracks. The fastest last 600 metres belonged to lightly-raced five-year-old maiden mare Irish Prayer, who cut out 800m in 51.1 and 36.5. She has not raced since the spring, but resumes at Wanganui on Saturday (mdn 1200m). Her stablemate Obrigado (r74 1340m) worked stylishly as well, skipping over 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 37.4, and Floral Art, unplaced when resuming at the Rangitikei meeting recently, took 1.5 even, the last 600 in 37.5. She is a big improver. Unraced three-year-old filly Bee Sting, a half-sister to top mare Heni, covered 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 37.1. She debuts at Feilding (mdn 3yo 1200m) after positive runs at the jump-outs. Her three-year-old stablemates Albufeira (by Alamosa) and Cholula (by Road To Rock), both down to debut on Thursday (mdn 1400m), were timed 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.6. Feilding runners Prince Turbo (r65 1400m No 1) and Princess Ani (r65 1400m No 2), who both start fresh campaigns on Thursday, were paired over 800m in 54 seconds even, the last 600 in 39.5. House Of Cartier, a big improver from a resuming run in the Rangitikei Cup, worked alone over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 40.7. She is in the weight-for-age mile at Wanganui. Her unraced stablemates Frankenstein (by Alamosa) and Big Franck (by Teofilo), who both trialled in the summer, ran 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.8. Favoloso, off to Wanganui (mdn 1200m), had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over a quiet 1000m in 1.10, the last 600 in 41.2. On the No 1 grass, last-start maiden winner Ted Can Too ran 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.3. He steps out at the Feilding meeting on Thursday (r65 1400m). Sybarite, in the same race, also worked alone, covering 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.7, and Wanganui entrant Durham Lad (r65 1200m) clocked 55.4 and 41 even. Showshanelle left 1000m behind in 1.10 even, the last 600 in 41.3, while Platinum Lining (by Kermadec) and a Zebedee filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, went 800m in 56.1 and 41.6. Platinum Lining is a big chance at Feilding (mdn 2yo). Platinum Bordeaux, in at Feilding, and Chikira Lass (Wanganui) were not after time over 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 42.9, and Venato (Feilding) went alone in 58.7 and 42.3.
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Semper Magico could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning in his final hit-out for the Wellington meeting on Saturday.

27 May 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, May 27 By RON GURNEY Semper Magico could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning in his final hit-out for the Wellington meeting on Saturday. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Semper Magico, in the r74 mile, used the No 1 grass and reeled off 1000m in a slick 1.1.5, the last 600 in 36.3. He is at the top of his game and looks ready to salute the judge after a run of seconds since he resumed last month. Valhalla Rising, who will resume shortly, was shading unraced Alamosa three-year-old filly Sylviemosa after a smart 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 35.8. Their stablemates Princess Ani and Prince Turbo followed soon after with 49.3 and 36.1. Wellington entrant Chillax 'n' Chase (r65 1200m) had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4. Northern apprentice Callum Jones rides the gelding with a 3kg claim. Platinum Rapper (open 1400m) covered 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.5, while her stablemates Origineel and Belclare took 52.9 and 38.9. Atenartin (r65 1200m) and debut runner Road Cruz (mdn 1400m) matched strides over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.1. Road Cruz won a Foxton trial (1200m) two weeks ago. Former northerner Tweedledee (7 wins) was timed 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 40.8, and he is now with Mark Oulaghan. Gaelic Spirit, third at Wanganui last start, was not chasing the clock over 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.6. On the plough, Obrigado skipped over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.2, and his stablemate Irish Prayer went 50.2 and 36.5. A Savabeel-Include two-year-old gelding and an Alamosa-Shi Kin Fly mare ran 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.9. They are trained by Peter Didham. Unraced Alamosa three-year-old filly Albufeira and a Road To Rock filly, both with Mike Breslin, left 800m behind in 51 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.2. Wellington entrant Almeraki (r65 mile) and Sybarite were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 39.7. Almeraki was a maiden winner at Woodville last month and goes to Trentham with Lisa Allpress the rider. Pleasure (r65 1200m), impressive winning on debut at Wanganui after a trial win at Foxton, went with Dawn County (mdn 1400m) over a quiet 800m in 58.3, the last 600 in 40.6, and their stablemate Excelleration (r74 1200m) ended with 40.1. St Nancy (r65 mile) did a quiet round and a half before quickening the tempo to run an easy 800m in 59.2, the last 600 in 42.2. Jessie's Rock (r74 2400m) did similar work, ending with 45.1.
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Last-start debut winner Pleasure and maiden Dawn County looked on song for Trentham this Saturday when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning.

25 May 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, May 25 By RON GURNEY Last-start debut winner Pleasure and maiden Dawn County looked on song for Trentham this Saturday when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (slow). Pleasure (r65 1200m) and Dawn County (mdn 1400m) used the plough and were able to cut out 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 37.2, which was solid work. After a Foxton trial success, Pleasure was impressive winning at Wanganui, and gave every indication there is more to come, while Dawn County has paid a dividend in three of his four starts so far. Their stablemate Excelleration, also heading to Trentham (r74 1200m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 37.9, and she won a Foxton trial (1000m) two weeks ago. An unraced Ocean Park gelding trained by Jeff Lynds caught the eye over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.4. Super Flash (r65 mile), who finished second when resuming on Anzac Day, covered 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 39.6, and he has trained on well. Angelina Jay, trained by Jeff Lynds, sprinted 600m in 40.7, and she was unplaced in her only start to date, back in December. St Nancy, in at Trentham (r65 mile), ended with 40.1. Super Spirit and Kentucky Boy were paired over 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 41.4,and they are with Mark Oulaghan. On the No 1 grass, Trentham runner Atenartin (r65 1200m) shaded his unraced stablemate Road Cruz (mdn 1400m) after 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.4. Road Cruz (by Road To Rock) won a Foxton trial (1200m) two weeks ago and debuts on Saturday. Durham Lad (r65 1200m), who has not raced since the spring, was timed 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, and he finished second at the Waipukurau jump-outs (1000m) last Wednesday. Former northerner Tweedledee (by Zed) and a Jakkalberry gelding did strong work over 1200m in 1.20.5, the last 600 in 39.5. They are trained by Mark Oulaghan. Last-start Woodville maiden winner Platinum Star (by Burgundy) was kept to 1000m in 1.15.8, the last 600 in 41.9. He is another in the r65 1200m on Saturday.
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Beefeater and his stablemate Irish Odds were impressive at Awapuni this morning in their final workout for the weekend.

20 May 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, May 20 By RON GURNEY Beefeater and his stablemate Irish Odds were impressive at Awapuni this morning in their final workout for the weekend. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (slow), on the plough (good), with one gallop against the rail on the course proper (slow). Beefeater, in at Rangitikei (open 1200m), and Irish Odds, who heads to Egmont on Sunday, used the No 1 grass and worked boldly over 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 38 even. Beefeater was a last-start second in an open 1300m at Awapuni (slow) on Anzac Day, while Irish Odds resumes in a r65 1100m. She has freshened well. Atenartin (r65 1200m) and Derecho (mdn 1400m), who both resume on Saturday, covered 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.9. Katchit, in the maiden 2000m on Sunday, did nice work over 1000m in 1.7.9, the last 600 in 39.3, and Showshanelle, resuming Saturday (r65 1200m), went 800m in 53.8 and 39.6. Far Site (r74 1400m) left 1000m behind in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 40 seconds even, and she looks a big improver from a resuming run at Woodville. La Jungles, ridden by trainer Stephen Beatson, was timed 1000m in 1.10.8, the last 600 in 41.9, and Chikira Lass (r65 1200m) clocked 1.13.1 and 41.4. On the plough, nothing worked as good as Jessie's Rock, who covered 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 36.8. He really caught the eye. The gelding will carry the top weight of 60kg, when he steps up to 2100m (r65) for the first time on Saturday, and will be ridden by Sam Collett. Favoloso, resuming in the maiden 1400m, was another to work alone and was timed 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 38.8. Rangitikei Cup runner House Of Cartier took 1.10.3 and 38.5. Little Uzi (r65 1200m), who rates a chance fresh up, and stablemate Sir Beets (r65 2100m) earned admirers with their 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.4. Last-start Woodville maiden winner Platinum Star breezed over 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.3, and Floral Art, resuming in Saturday's open 1200m, took 55.7 and 39.2. Amosia was not after time over 1000m in 1.13.2, the last 600 in 41.5, and neither was Busybeingfabulous (mdn 1400m) with 1.12 and 43.5. Despite resuming on Saturday, he warrants some respect. Last-start winner Belle Plaisir, balloted out of the Rangitikei Cup, was kept to 1.13 even and 43.7. On the course proper, Ted Can Too and unraced two-year-old filly Nobellem ran 1000m in 1.17.4, the last 600 in 39.7. Nobellem (by Belardo) is trained by Nikki Hurdle and won a Waverley trial (800m) three weeks ago.
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