Awapuni Trackwork

Semper Magico is ready to chalk up his second victory in four starts after recording a very satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning.

25 February 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 25 By RON GURNEY Semper Magico is ready to chalk up his second victory in four starts after recording a very satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), with one gallop on the course proper (dead-6). Semper Magico used the plough and had trainer Mark Oulaghan's probationer Maria Sanson aboard over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.5. The Per Incanto gelding looks a huge chance in the r65 1400m at his home track on Friday. Shez Gonna Getcha, who has not raced for two years, is on target for a bold resuming run after being timed 1000m in 1.5.8, coming the final 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.4. She narrowly won a Foxton trial (1000m) earlier this month, and will tackle the maiden 1200m on Friday. Her stablemate Red Red Robin (r65 1400m) covered 1000m in 1.8.5, rounding off with 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.9. Jessie's Rock (mdn 1550m), trained by Peter Didham, and Lucy Tanner's un-raced Fabulous three-year-old gelding were paired over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.1. Jessie's Rock has been caught wide from unfavourable draws in his last two races, and just needs better luck in that regard to pay a dividend on Friday. Irish Prayer (by Dial A Prayer) and a Pride Of Dubai youngster, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.9, and a Contributor two-year-old filly trained by Matthew Eales ended with 39.1. Princess Priscilla, a Foxton trial winner not disgraced on debut at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day, breezed over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.7. She is in Friday's maiden 1550m. Spijker (by Iffraaj), unplaced on debut in the spring, and a Howbaddouwantit filly were not after time over 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 41.1, while a No Excuse Needed mare trained by Deborah Parry sprinted 600m in 42 even. On the course proper, New Zealand Derby contenders Den Bosch and Red Rufus, both trained by Peter Didham, worked the reverse way (right-handed) over an even 1000m, the last 600 in 39.1.
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Four-year-old mare Higher Power is set to resume on a good note at Otaki on Saturday after a pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning.

21 February 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, February 20 By RON GURNEY Four-year-old mare Higher Power is set to resume on a good note at Otaki on Saturday after a pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where High Power worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 37.5. The mare won a maiden mile at Woodville almost a year ago and had just one more race, the NZB Airfreight Stakes at Riccarton (unplaced), before going for a lengthy spell. She goes to Otaki for the r65 1400m, and will be ridden by northern hoop Trudy Thornton. Lincoln Melody, who looks a big improver from a resuming run at Otaki last month, and Chartwell were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 37.9. Kamanda Lincoln (r82 2200m), fresh from a sixth in the Wellington Cup, covered 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.4. He has not won a race since November, 2018. Lincoln Fury and a Dissident gelding stablemate stayed together over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.6, while Bella Sorella and Flickering Shadow followed in 51.7 and 38.4. A Redwood filly, trained by Anne Herbert, and an Iffraaj gelding with Nicki Hurdle, warmed up from the 800m (56 even) to run home the last 600 in 38.8. Blue On Black, in the 3&4yo 2100m at Otaki, and next week's Lowland Stakes prospect Queen Kamada worked post-to-post (1400m), being timed from the 1200m in 1.26.8, the final 800m in 54.5 and last 600 in 39.6. Hank Moody was given an easy 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 40.2, and his stablemate Rukita, who will wear blinkers at Otaki (r65 mile), had Colorado Miss alongside over 1000m, the last 600 in 40.1. A Super Easy-Marea Alta three-year-old trained by Mark Oulaghan ran 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 42.2.
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Master Lincoln and Lincoln Melody showed they have taken great benefit from a resuming run each when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning.

19 February 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 18 By RON GURNEY Master Lincoln and Lincoln Melody showed they have taken great benefit from a resuming run each when they galloped together at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Master Lincoln and Lincoln Melody were paired over a solid 1000m in 1.5.9, coming the final 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.4. Both five-year-olds promised so much at the beginning of their careers, but have notched only three wins between them from a total of 26 starts. However, Master Lincoln did spend an entire 12 months away from racing. They each had a resuming race last month and appear to have trained on satisfactorily. Their next outings are awaited with interest. He's Our Secret and Kamanda Lincoln went together over 1000m in 1.9.8, rounding off the work nicely with 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.9. He's Our Secret heads to Matamata on Saturday (r82 mile), while Kamanda Lincoln tackles the r82 2200m at Otaki. Desert Magic earned plenty of admirers for the Wairoa meeting on Thursday (r72 1300m) with a solo 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 37.6. Shadows Cast, in the Haunui Farm WFA at Otaki (1600m), covered 1000m in 1.6.7 and finished with 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.3. Lower class performers Rukita (r65 mile) and Colorado Miss almost recorded identical times with 1000m in 1.6.7 and 52.2, the last 600 in 38.4. Colorado Miss will race at the Marton meeting on Friday week. Otaki runner Casino El Jay (r82 2200m) worked quietly over a round and a half before speeding up to run 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.7. Shez Gonna Getcha, who narrowly won a Foxton trial last week (1000m), and un-raced Savabeel gelding Katchit (Savabeel-Ametsis) ran 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 38.6. They are trained by David Hayes. Hank Moody warmed up from the 800m (55.2) to come home the last 600 in 38 even, while a Shocking gelding and a Zacinto gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, went together in 55.4 and 39.5. Blue On Black and Queen Kamada did nice even work over 1200m in 1.26, holding the tempo throughout to run the final 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 40.2. Blue On Black goes to Otaki on Saturday (St Leger Trial), and Queen Kamada tackles the Lowland Stakes (2000m) at Hastings next Wednesday. Wairoa entrant He's Done A Runner (r65 1400m) was kept to 1000m in 1.11.3, the last 600 in 40.7. His solid form will hold him in good stead on Thursday. Prince Turbo and Hypatia, both in the r65 1900m there, matched strides over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 40.7. Hypatia won a maiden 2100m at the Wairoa meeting last year. Dedoje (mdn 1400m) and Colorado Star were paired over 800m in 56.3, the last 600 in 40.4, and Carlingford Bay clocked 56.5 and 41.3. Hasler Lad, who has not raced since the spring, and a Proisir filly stablemate ran an easy 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 41.7, while Ozil, in at Otaki (r65 1400m), ended with 44.3.
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Four-year-old gelding Mick was the only horse timed in fast work at Awapuni this morning, but he didn't disappoint.

11 February 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 11 By RON GURNEY Four-year-old gelding Mick was the only horse timed in fast work at Awapuni this morning, but he didn't disappoint. Working on the plough (good), Mick covered 1000m in 1.5.6, coming the final 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.3. The Alamosa maiden has had just two starts this summer, running nice races without paying a dividend. However, the fitness levels are improving all the time, and a win is close at hand for the brother to Group 1 winner On The Rocks.
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Five year-old mares Excelleration and Authentic Charm were paired in a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning.

04 February 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 4 By RON GURNEY Five year-old mares Excelleration and Authentic Charm were paired in a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Excelleration, trained by Peter Didham), and Authentic Charm (Lisa Latta) stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1.1.6, coming the final 800m in 48.3, the last 600 in 36.4. Excelleration, in at Manawatu on Friday, is knocking on the door for an overdue success, while Authentic Charm, a half-sister to Authentic Paddy, is still chasing her first victory. She won a trial at Foxton in December and was fourth when resuming (1300m) at Tauherenikau over New Year. She returns to the same track for a maiden 1000m on Thursday and looks a huge improver. Flickering Shadow (mdn 1300m) and Platinum Wild Card (Manawatu) covered 1000m in 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.1, and Princess Priscilla, on debut at Tauherenikau (mdn mile), went alone in 1.2.7 and 36.2. She was a recent Foxton trial winner (1300m). Hee's Our Secret, who dead-heated for first on the final day of the Wellington Cup carnival, and Kellys Inspiration ran a nice 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 36.1. They are in on Friday. Don't Know Jakk (r72 2100m) was timed 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 36.3, and his failure on Wellington Cup was too bad to be true. He can make amends. Jessie's Rock (Tauherenikau) did a quiet round and a half before speeding up to run 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 36.8, and he gives every indication 1600 metres will suit on Thursday. Friday runners Rukita (r65 1550m) and Colyton Sky (mdn 1400m) matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 37.2, while Platinum Spirit (r65 2100m) and Platinum Road went together over 800m in 49.1 and 37.5. Benny Lincoln (Tauherenikau) and Lincoln Fury were on terms throughout 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.9, and He's Done A Runner (Manawatu) went alone in 50.9 and 37.3. Semper Magico, a winner at Otaki in December (slow), but unplaced on the first day at Wellington (good), ran 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.6. He is in the r65 1550m on Friday. Last-start Otaki maiden winner Princess Ani (r65 1550m) and stablemate Prince Turbo (r65 2100m) came to the finish of 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.4, and Carlingford Bay, in at Tauherenikau, ended with 600m in 38.9. Lincoln Lane (Tauherenikau) had Maidstone Park for a partner over 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 38.5, and Lincoln Lane looks a huge improver after a creditable resuming run at Otaki. Flying Surf, a maiden winner on Boxing Day but unplaced at Wellington, and stablemate Voralto, unplaced when resuming, ran 1000m in 1.7.4 and 38.6. They race at Manawatu. Blue On Black r72 2100m) began from the winning post (1400m) and was timed from the 1200m in 1.24.8, coming the final 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 38.9. Sweepstake (Wairarapa Breeders') and Dedoje (mdn 1300m) covered 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.9, and Dedoje (by Rubick) was just caught on debut at Otaki last month. Den Bosch, preparing for the Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie on Saturday week, worked right-handed over 1000m in a quiet 1.10 even, the last 600 in 39.6. Manawatu entrant Busybeingfamous, caught wide on debut at Otaki, was kept to 1000m in 1.10.3, the last 600 in 39.7, and un-raced Mongolian Khan two-year-old colt Bo Jackson, trained by Anne Herbert, went an easy 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 42 even. He is a half-brother to Callsign Mav.
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Red Rufus rubber-stamped his fitness for New Plymouth on Saturday when he worked in great style again at Awapuni this morning.

30 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 30 By RON GURNEY Red Rufus rubber-stamped his fitness for New Plymouth on Saturday when he worked in great style again at Awapuni this morning. All fast work during another quiet gallop session was on the plough (good), where Red Rufus (r65 2000m) again had stablemate Jessie's Rock for a partner over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.3. Red Rufus won a maiden mile at New Plymouth between Christmas and New Year and returns there this weekend for a step up in distance. Robert Hannam is booked to ride. Dedoje, second on debut at Otaki last week, and He's Done A Runner were paired over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 36.9, while a Dissident gelding and a Real Impact filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 51.3 and 37.6. Heni's full sister Princess Ani, who won at Otaki last week, and Voralto covered 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 38.1. Voralto (by Sacred Falls) was unplaced when resuming at Otaki. Sweepstake and Flying Surf were timed 1200m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 39.4, while a Per Incanto filly and a Niagara filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 56.1 and 39.9. Taranaki Cup entrant Beefeater, who won the race two years ago, worked on his own over an easy 1000m in 1.10.5, coming the final 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.5. Un-raced Nadeem four-year-old mare Princess Priscilla did a quiet round before increasing the tempo on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.13 even, the last 600 in 40.8. She dead-heated for first in a Foxton trial (1300m) two weeks ago for trainer Mark Oulaghan.
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Red Rufus and stablemate Jessie's Rock were the star trialists during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

28 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 28 By RON GURNEY Red Rufus and stablemate Jessie's Rock were the star trialists during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Red Rufus and Jessie's Rock, both trained by Peter Didham, skipped over 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 36.8. Red Rufus cleared maidens at New Plymouth lst start (160m) at his fourth attempt on race-day, when wearing blinkers for the first time. He has trained on well, and will return to New Plymouth this Saturday for a r65 2000m. Jessie's Rock has had two races for a sixth and a fifth and is steadily improving. Seven-year-old mare Shez Gonna Getcha, who has not raced for nearly two years, ran 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 36.9. She is trained by David Hayes. Maiden three-year-old gelding Wotaripper (by Rip Van Winkle), who won a Foxton trial (1000m) impressively two weeks ago for trainer Lisa Latta, was timed 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 37.2. Mick (by Alamosa), unplaced in two race-day starts so far, ran 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 37.9, while Red Red Robin went 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 38.7. Queen Kamada and Blue On Black were paired over 1200m in 1.18.3, coming the final 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.5. Queen Kamada was fifth in the Desert Gold Stakes last start, while Blue On Black was unlucky in the r82 mile the same day. They head to New Plymouth on Saturday for the Oaks Prelude and Taranaki Cup respectively, both over 1800 metres. A Super One gelding and a Dalghar filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.1, and Excelleration sprinted 600m in 39.5. A Free Eagle-Daft colt trained by Peter Didham ran 600m in 40 seconds even, and his stablemate Kusuda went 800m in an easy 57.5, the last 600 in 41.5. Kusuda was unplaced on debut in September (heavy), and has not raced since.
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Wellington Cup lightweight Johnny Lincoln and Desert Gold Stakes prospect Kellys Inspiration were impressive in separate gallops at Awapuni this morning.

16 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 16 By RON GURNEY Wellington Cup lightweight Johnny Lincoln and Desert Gold Stakes prospect Kellys Inspiration were impressive in separate gallops at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Johnny Lincoln was paired with stablemate Lincoln Green over 1000m in 1.2.3, coming the final 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.9. Johnny Lincoln, a multiple place-getter in the lower grades, blotted his copybook at Awapuni last start, but he is certainly fit enough to go 3200 metres on Saturday. Nine previous starts at Trentham have yielded four seconds, two thirds and two fourths. Meanwhile, Kellys Inspiration (Desert Gold Stakes) had stablemate Flickering Shadow for a partner over 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 35.9. Kellys Inspiration won a maiden sprint at Waipukurau three start ago, and has performed with credit in two three-year-old races (1400m) since. Her track-work this week has been first-class. Flickering Shadow, in at Otaki on Monday (mdn 1200m), has made steady progress in four starts this campaign. Maidstone Park and Master Lincoln, rivals in the r65 mile on Monday, were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 36.3. Form maiden Lincoln Town (by Tavistock), resuming on Monday (mdn 1400m), and Love Potion gathered speed from the 1000m mark to their final 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.1, and Wellington acceptor Original Gangster (r65 mile) clocked 52.2 and 37.7. Colorado Star and un-raced Vespa two-year-old Parisian Poppy ran 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.3, while last-start maiden winner Rukita and Colorado Miss did 1000m in 1.5.2 and 39 even. They are both in at Otaki. Wellington entrants Blue On Black (r82 mile), who won fresh up on Marton Cup day, and Queen Kamada (Desert Gold Stakes) covered 1000m in a well-held 1.10.8, the last 600 in 40.3. Blue On Black is thriving. Excelleration (r72 1400m) was not after time over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.1, and neither was Durham Lad (3yo 1200m) with 55.8 and 40.7. Hank Moody (r72 2200m), who ran fifth in the Wellington Cup last year, was given an easy 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 43.1. Australian visitor Winter Bride (Telegraph Hp) pace-worked two rounds on the sand track.
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Last-start winner Blue On Black and stablemate Queen Kamada had the edge on some more accomplished horses at Awapuni this morning, but only just

14 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 14 By RON GURNEY Last-start winner Blue On Black and stablemate Queen Kamada had the edge on some more accomplished horses at Awapuni this morning, but only just. Fast work was held wide out on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Blue On Black, who won fresh up on Marton Cup day (r72 1400m), and Queen Kamada, second the same day (3yo 1400m), were paired over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 34.8. They were the only two horses to break 35 seconds for the last 600m. Blue On Black tackles the Douro Cup (r82 mile) on Saturday, and Queen Kamada steps up a notch for the Desert Gold Stakes. Paddy Bourke worked impressively on his own, cutting out 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 35.1, as did Ozil, who posted 1.7.6 and 35 seconds even. Belle Plaisir (Desert Gold) and Durham Lad (3yo 1200m) matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 35.5, while Shadows Cast, out to defend his Thorndon Mile title, and Don't Know Jakk (r72 2200m) came up with 1.4.1 and 35.1. MIke Breslin-trained maidens Princess Ani and Piri Piri Pete, unplaced in respective races over Christmas-New Year, were sent 1000m in a nice 1.4.2, the last 600 in 35.7, and Trentham runner Hank Moody (r72 2200m) went alone in 1.5.5 and 35.6. Excelleration (r72 1400m) warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.7) to complete the final 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 35 even, while an in-form Just Fabulous and last-start Otaki maiden winner Rukita went together in 1.7.1 and 36.4. On the plough, Secret Allure (Thorndon Mile) and Kellys Inspiration (Desert Gold) breezed over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 36.4. Secret Allure is a strong lightweight chance. City of Auckland Cup winner Platinum Invador had Wellington Cup nominee Johnny Lincoln for a partner over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 36.9. Red River Rock and Platinum Road, both in the r72 2200m, covered 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 37.3, and Mick, unplaced on debut at Tauherenikau, went alone in 1.4.5 and 37.4. Jessie's Rock, who ran an improver's sixth in his Boxing Day debut, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 37.4. His stablemate Original Gangster, in on Saturday (r65 mile), ended with 37.9, and Casino El Jay recorded 39 even. An Alamosa filly and a Vespa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, went an easy 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 40.5, and Trentham specialist Lincoln Raider (Douro Cup) was kept to 57.7 and 41.8. Red Red Robin and Shez Gonna Getcha were at a fast clip early over 1000m in 1.6.7, easing to run the last 600 in 41.6.
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Last-start Manawatu winner Kapinos showed he was poised to take that fine form to Wellington on Saturday when he galloped at Awapuni this morning.

08 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 7 By RON GURNEY Last-start Manawatu winner Kapinos showed he was poised to take that fine form to Wellington on Saturday when he galloped at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was on the plough (good), with just one pair timed on the course proper (good). Kapinos, who scored on Eulogy Stakes day at Manawatu (r65 1200m), used the plough, and breezed over 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 36.6. He tackles the r72 1200m at Trentham, possibly with just four rivals. My Father's Gun, in the r65 1400m, ran a much better race last start and had Tim Johnson aboard this morning over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 36.9. Last-start Boxing Day winner Lincoln Hills and Sir Nate, rivals in the r82 1400m, were paired over a smart 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 36.3, while Colorado Star and a Rubick gelding sprinted 600m in 36.9. Colorado Miss, in at Wanganui on Thursday (r65 mile), stayed on terms with last-start Summer Cup (1600m) winner Beefeater over 1000m in 1.3.6, coming the final 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.2. Beefeater is in Saturday's Anniversary Hcp (1600m) at Trentham. Tennielle Bishop-trained Explosive Roc, who was unplaced when resuming on Wanganui Cup day in November, ran 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.6. She returns to Wanganui on Thursday for another maiden 1340m. Prince Turbo and Hypatia, both in the r65 2100m at Trentham, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.8. PrinceTurbo was narrowly beaten last start on the middle day at Manawatu. Anniversary Hcp entrant Jessiegee, third in the Summer Cup, and He's Done A Runner, runner-up the same day, stayed together over a nice 1000m in 1.5.7, coming the final 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.3. He's Done A Runner (r65 1400m) goes to Trentham as well. Rex Royale and Platinum Spirit, likely rivals in the r2100m on Saturday, cruised over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 39 even. They are both strong prospects for trainer Lisa Latta. An un-raced two-year-old Crantock (by Pentire) and a Power gelding, sprinted 600m in 40.8, while a Vespa filly and an Alamosa filly, two more trained by Mike Breslin, dashed 600m in 41.5. The Vespa filly is a two-year-old half-sister to Heni, who is now retired to stud. Wanganui entrant Soul Vacation (mdn mile No 2) did a round and a half before ending with a quiet 600m in 43.8, and stablemate Rox (mdn mile No 1) did similar work, the last 600 in 44.3. On the course proper, Wellington runners Semper Magico (r65 1400m) and Saltbush Bill r65 2100m), both last-start Otaki maiden winners for trainer Mark Oulaghan, covered 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 35.4. They are big chances again.
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