AWAPUNI TRACKWORK 

Thursday, May 23

By RON GURNEY

Kotahi at Trentham on Saturday and Chartwell at Hawera on Sunday galloped together in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning.

The majority of fast work was held on the plough (good), where Kotahi (r65 1200m) and Chartwell (r65 1400m) were paired over a strong 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.5.

Kotahi showed great promise during his second campaign this time last year, winning a maiden 1200m fresh up on a heavy 11 at Awapuni.

He finished third in a Foxton trial (1000m) three weeks ago and has since finished third in a Levin jump-out last Wednesday.

Johnathan Parkes will ride the Alamosa four-year-old on Saturday, and the gelding looks ready to go.

Chartwell (by Redwood), who worked in grand style on Tuesday, has come up well in a new campaign and looks poised to run a bold run fresh up on Sunday.

Higher Power, off to Trentham for the r65 mile, worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.1. This filly failed in Listed company at Riccarton last start, but won a Woodville maiden (1600m) before heading south.

Back in lower grade competition on Saturday, she commands respect, with Chris Johnson the rider.

Former northerner Excelleration, now trained by Peter Didham, warmed up from the 800m (56.2) to run home the last 600 in 37.7.

She ran an improver's seventh when resuming on Anzac Day and then won a Levin jump-out (1000m) last Wednesday. New Plymouth apprentice Hazel Schofer will claim 4kg on the four-year-old in the r72 f&m 1400m on Saturday.

A Tavistock filly, trained by Peter Didham, and a Roc de Cambes filly, trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 37.2. The Tavistock filly is a half-sister to recent Group 1 winner Nicoletta.

Itellyouonething, now trained by Ashley Meadows, and stablemate Proletariat were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 38.1. Itellyouonething has not raced since finishing unplaced in the NZ Cup last November.

He's A Freak and Trentham runner Lincoln Fury (r65 mile) covered 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.7, while an Alamosa-Triple Billing filly and an Alamosa-Minno Noir gelding, both trained by Peter Didham, sprinted 600m in 38.2.

Rock With Choux worked alone over 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 39.9, and a Jakkalberry two-year-old trained by Mark Oulaghan ran 800m in 54.7 and 39.3.

Desert Magic, a big chance at Trentham (r65 1200m), had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini in the saddle over 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 39.7.

A Super Easy filly and a Deep Field filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 40.3, and Veloce went alone in 58 even and 40.1.

Salamanca and Flying Surf were kept to 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 41.2, and Hawera runner Kings Kite (r65 2100m) left 1200m behind in 1.23 even, the last 600 in 41.1.

King Cougar, who will start one of the favourites in the Sprint Final at Trentham (1400m), was given a casual 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 42.2. He worked impressively on Tuesday.

A Rip Van Winkle-Shanro two-year-old filly trained by Anne Herbert, ran 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 42.5. She finished third in a Levin jump-out (850m) last Wednesday.

Tuesday - February 24th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Witness and Snow Line galloped together in grand style at Awapuni this morning. Most of the fast work was on the plough (good), with one horse timed on the outside of the course proper (dead). Platinum Witness and Snow Line used the plough and cut out a smart 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 36.1, with both horses full of running at the finish. A decision on whether Platinum Witness would tackle the NZ Derby at Ellerslie or the Lowland Stakes at Hastings was pending. Snow Line goes to Hastings for the r75 1200m.

Tiberius, who has not raced for two years, and a Congrats filly stablemate covered 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.3, while Deborah Parry-trained Fruition and an unraced Buffalo Man three-year-old stablemate took 50.4 and 36.5. Kings Court, in at Marton on Thursday (r75 1400m), and recent debut maiden winner Bushfire (Hastings) matched strides over 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 36.9, while Lincoln Road, who has not raced since the spring, and a Bel Esprit maiden came up with 51.4 and 36.6. Otaki trial winner The Czar (by Alamosa), who is likely to debut in the two-year-old 1200m at Hastings, had a Duporth colt alongside over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.7, followed a few minutes later by Marton runners Lincoln's Sunset (mdn 2100m) and Anna Lincoln (mdn 1400m) in 52.9 and 38.8. Lord Casanova, in at Hastings (r65 2100m), went with Zedace over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38.7, while Marton entrants Windermere Lad (mdn 2100m) and She's Aloof (mdn mile) recorded 1.6.6 and 38.8. Unraced Mr Nancho mare Diversity, debuting on Thursday (mdn 1200m), took 1.7 even and 38.9. Ticket Clipper (mdn 1400m) and Arsalan (mdn mile) did nice work over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 38.6, while Catalina de Lago (mdn 1400m) was timed 800m on her own in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.4. Rossini Girl (mdn 3yo 1200m) clocked 53.9 and 38.8.

Hasting's chance Written Command (r75 1200m) left 800m behind in 54.4, quickening for the last 600 in 38.7. Lawries Impact, trained by Suzy Gordon, and Tony Bambry's unraced Perfectly Ready gelding did similar work with 57.2 and 38.7 as well. Mystery Gift worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 39 even, in preparation for the maiden 2100m on Thursday, and race rival Troup Road sprinted 600m in 39 even. He will have the blinkers removed from the gear, and a shadow roll added. Recent Otaki trial winner Castup (by Towkay), debuting at Marton, had stablemate Shades Of Grey (r75 1400m) for a partner over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.3, while Ma Belle Kate (by Nom du Jeu), having her first start in the maiden mile, did 1000m in 1.9.9 and 40.8. Cyclone Tracy, who has not raced since Christmas, galloped a quiet 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 40.1, and debut runner Solute (mdn 1200m) took 1.8.6 and 40.1. Gem Twist ended with 600m in 41.7. The Beama, who has won his last two, had trainer Laura Knight aboard over a quiet 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 41.5, and Paddy Owen was kept to 800m in 57.8 and 42.8. Hot Spot (r65 1300m) recorded 59.7 and 42.9. Auckland entrant Mako (r75 2100m) ran 1000m the reverse way (right-handed) in 1.16.3 and 42 even, and his stablemate Carinya, who made a big impression jumping last winter, did a quiet two rounds, ending with 600m in 45.3.

On the course proper, last-start winner Guarantor, also in the r75 2100m at Auckland on Saturday, worked the reverse way over 1400 metres, being timed from the 1200m in 1.20 even, the last 600 in 38.4.

Thursday - February 19th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara didn't gallop as quick as he did last Thursday, but was impressive just the same at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Iamishwara had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over a smart 800m in 48.1, the last 600 coming up in 35.2. It took Kawi to beat him in the Taranaki Cup last week, and the son of Keeninsky is at the top of his game for the Haunui Farm Classic at Otaki on Saturday. Robert Hannam has his first raceday ride on the horse for two years.

Cullister drew attention to her chances in the r65 mile with a solid 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 36.3, while her stablemates Judi Anne (mdn 1200m) and Miss Benci (r75 f&m 1400m) covered 800m in 52.2 and 36.4. Both Cullister and Miss Benci will race in blinkers on Saturday. Haunui Farm Classic entrant Ringo had Good Grace for a partner over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 37.4, while Platinum Express and a Darci Brahma filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 37.5. Platinum Express goes north for Saturday's Group 2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes. Platinum Witness, who is a likely contender for Saturday week's New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie, was on level terms with Otaki runner City Chic (r75 2100m) when working the reverse way (right-handed) over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.3. Pirinitete (r75 2100m), second in the Wairarapa Cup last start, worked alone over 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and debut runner Heavens Keep (mdn 1200m) ran a nice 800m in 50.6 and 38.1. He has been working solidly. Miss Interpreted (mdn mile) had Jess Shackleton aboard over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.5, while a Nom du Jeu filly and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, went together in 53.3 and 38.7.

Lord Casanova (St Leger Trial) and a Perfectly Ready gelding stablemate warmed up from the 800m to sprint home 600 in 38.8, and Stormy Lass had a Thewayyouare filly alongside in 53.4 and 39.1. Hank Moody (mdn mile) and Perfect Symbol (r75 2100m) were paired over 1200m in 1.23.8, the last 600 in 39.6, and Gem Twist left 800m behind in 55.9 and 40.2. An Alamosa gelding and a Per Incanto filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 40 even, while a Thorn Park filly and a Savabeel filly, took 40.3. They are with Lisa Latta. Recent Otaki trial winner The Czar (by Alamosa) and a Stravinsky filly stablemate ran 600m in 40.1, and they are with Mike Breslin. Iffwedance, in Saturday's r65 mile, was not after time with 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41 even. Ticket Clipper, who ran an improver's second at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day, was kept to 800m in 59.6, the last 600 in 43 even, and Otaki runner Troup Road ((St Leger Trial) did 600m in a quiet 44.9. The blinkers come off and a shadow roll goes on.

Tuesday - February 17th

By RON GURNEY

Pins three-year-old Reilly Lincoln and her unraced stakes placed maiden stablemate Platinum Express (by Showcasing) starred on another relatively quiet gallop morning at Awapuni today. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Otaki runner Reilly Lincoln 3yo 1200m), who has won her last two, and Platinum Express were paired from the 800m to sprint home the last 600 in 36.3. Platinum Express finished second in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham two starts ago, and goes north this week for the Matamata Breeders' Stakes.

Unraced Volksraad gelding Expedite did nice work over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.8, and finished second in a Foxton trial in late September. He is trained by Matthew Eales. Cullister and Pirinitete were together throughout 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 36.9, while their stablemate Miss Benci went with Lucy Tanner's unraced Savabeel maiden in 51.4 and 37.4. Jonquil and Miss Interpreted ran 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 37.9. Kolonel Kev and Otaki entrant Stunning Princess left 800m behind in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.8, and were followed straight after by Troup Road and Centurion with 52.7 and 37.7. Kings Court and stablemate Lawries Impact sprinted 600m in 38.3. Hank Moody and Perfect Symbol began from the winning post (1400m) and warmed up from there to run 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 38.2, while Lord Casanova and Southern Secret came up with 1.5.1 and 38.7. An Alamosa and a Per Incanto, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 39.5. The Dolphin was timed 1000m in 1.8.7, the last in 40.9, and Flemington required 1.10.2 and 41.2. Diversity (by Mr Nancho), trained by Mark Oulaghan, came up with 1.11.5 and 41.3. Peroni and a Handsome Ransom filly stablemate worked the reverse way (right-handed) over 1000m, the last 600 in 40.1, while La Monnoye and a Duporth gelding ended with 600m in 41.6. Cracka Crown covered 1000m in 1.11.3 and 42.5, while Leeds and a Road To Rock gelding ran home 600m in 44.4.

 

Thursday - February 12th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara has recorded some fantastic gallops over the past 12 months, but he really turned up the heat at Awapuni yesterday. All fast work during a quiet session was on the plough (good), where Iamishwara had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over a sizzling 800m in 46.8, the last 600 in 34.4, and the gelding did it on his ear. He is at peak fitness for the Taranaki Cup (2000m) at New Plymouth. Lisa Allpress, who has had one ride on the horse previously for one win (Te Rapa), just under two years ago, has been engaged for Saturday's Group 3 handicap.

If I Can I Can and Stormy Lass were paired over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.8, while She's Aloof, unplaced on debut last month, and Ringo were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.3.9, coming the final 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.5. Taranaki entrant Red Sunset (r65 2000m) did nice work over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 38.5, while Dixie Express (3yof 1800m) and Stunning Princess covered 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38 even. Attivaree (Taranaki Cup), who galloped in fine style on Tuesday, was kept to 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.9, while unraced two-year-old filly Petite Midas (by Congrats) and a Volksraad maiden came up with 53.5 and 38.3. They are with Lisa Latta. Troup Road and Centurion left 800m behind in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.4, while their unraced stablemate Expedite (by Volksraad) was not after time with 57.4 and 40 even. Acquisto, in the three-year-old fillies' 1800m on Saturday, had stablemate Lord Casanova alongside over a quiet 800m in 59.3, the last 600 in 41.1. 

Tuesday - February 10th

By RON GURNEY

King Kamada and stablemate Attivaree, Cup contenders at different venues this Saturday, didn't disappoint in training at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough after 13mm of rain overnight. One gallop was recorded on the sand. King Kamada (Avondale Cup) and Attivaree (Taranaki Cup) used the plough and went together over a bold 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36.7, with both horses full of running at the finish.

Most of the remaining gallops were for horses heading to Wanganui on Thursday. City Chic (r75 2060m) and stablemate Stormy Lass matched strides over 800m and were at a fast clip early to cover the full distance in 49 even, the last 600 in 37.1. Mystery Gift (mdn 2060m), a good second at Hastings last start, and Caught Behind (r65 1360m) did nice work over 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 38.2, while Trojan (mdn mile) and Taranaki entrant Acquisto (3yof 1800m) were kept to 800m in 52.8 and 38.8. Unraced two-year-old Ready Set Go (by Perfectly Ready), trained by Lydia Pickford, worked alone over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39.2, and Wanganui runner Taipa Tiger, who will race in blinkers this Thursday (r65 mile), and Dixie Express clocked 53.5 and 39.8. Katie Spice (mdn f&m 1360m) cruised over 1000m in 1.12.7, the last 600 in 39.6, while a Darci Brahma filly and a Swiss Ace gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 39.7. The Beama (r75 2060m) did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 41.3. Time For Gold, trained by Lydia Pickford, and a Royal Gem five-year-old prepared by the Rennies, sprinted 600m in 42.4, while Prioritise (mdn mile) came up with 43.7. Written Command (r75 1200m) took 43.8.

On the sand, Irish Whisper (mdn f&m 1360m) and Yeager (mdn mile) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 42.3. Irish Whisper will race in blinkers on Thursday, while Yeager will have them removed, and a shadow roll added. 

Tuesday - February 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Group-winning three-year-old Platinum Witness looked outstanding in semi- final trackwork at Awapuni this morning and galloped accordingly. All fast work was held on the outside of the course proper (dead), with the majority of horses preparing for either Wairarapa on Friday or Manawatu on Saturday. Platinum Witness was paired with stablemate King Kamada and they warmed up from the 1000m mark to cover the final 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37.5. Platinum Witness, who goes to Te Rapa this week for the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), was shading her partner at the finish.

Lincoln's Sunset and Platinum Command were timed 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.4, and Phoenix Tycoon went alone in 50.3 and 36.6. Manu clocked 50.7 and 37.5. Marton visitor Mako came to the finish of 1000m in 1.5 even, and kept up a nice even gallop to run the final 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.6. Paddy Owen and unraced stablemate Sir Al Tee followed suit with 1.6.1 and 37.4. Written Command and Prioritise matched strides throughout 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.2, while The Bachelor and Hippie required 51.7 and 37.3. Kings Court and Tony Bambry's Bushfire (by Pins) came up with 51.7 and 37.4. Red King had Miss Ana for company over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.8, and Guarantor ran 1200m in 1.18.6, the last 600 in 37.9. Listed stakes winner If I Can I Can and Colonel Lincoln ended 800m with 600 in 38.8. Wairarapa Breeders' Stakes prospect Tie Me Down galloped with stablemate Postboy over 1200m in a solid 1.15.5, covering the 1000m in 1.3.2 and coming the final 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.3. It was first-class work. Cayley Rose and Snowline warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 38.4, and Red Sunset went alone over 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 38.8.

Lucy Tanner's Let's and Margaret Cartwright's Good Mama were paired over 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38.1, and Myminkcoat went alone in 52.6 and 38 even. Crafty Lad clocked 52.4 and 38.2, with Island View and Slimline going together in 52.4 and 38.4. Savaria and Yeager stayed on terms over an even 1000m in 1.8.6, coming the final 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 39.2. Crackling Rosie and Peroni ran 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.8, while Southern Secret and Hot Spot clocked 54.5 and 39 even. Katie Spice, unlucky at Trentham last start, ran 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 39.6, and a Mr Nancho mare from Mark Oulaghan's stable was almost identical with 1.10.7 and 39.6. Two-year-old filly Marvelle (by O'Reilly) and three-year-old gelding Perfect Pitch (by Perfectly Ready) sprinted 600m in 39 even, and they are unraced stablemates in the Gary Vile barn debuting this week. Flemington had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.2, and Catalina de Lago covered 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.3. Cristal, another unlucky runner from Trentham, and Arsalan came up with 55.4 and 40.5. Master Jack was not after time over 1000m, coming the final 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41 even, while Irish Whisper and unraced Foxton trial winner Figurac (by Patapan) ran 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 41.9. A Towkay gelding trained by Roydon Bergerson and a Thorn Park gelding trained by Tony Bambry, sprinted 600m together in 42.1. 

Thursday - January 29th - no trackwork sorry

Tuesday - January 27th
By RON GURNEY

Dixie Express won a maiden 1400m at Hastings in November and looks a great chance to score her second win there on Thursday after a solid workout at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Dixie Express (r65 f&m mile) was joined by talented three-year-old stablemate Kolonel Kev over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.3. Dixie Express will find the task a little easier on Thursday after three races against smart opposition in her own age group, including the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes. The blinkers come off this week and the side winkers go on. Kolonel Kev is entered for the Waikato Guineas (2000m) on Saturday.

Race rival Cullister earned admirers of her own with a bold 1000m in 1.1.9, the last 600 in 37.4, and she will appreciate a cut in the ground. Her stablemate Pirinitete (r75 2000m) reeled off 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 37.2, another strong gallop.  One (mdn 3yo 1400m) and If I Can I Can were paired over 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.7, and Surreal Storm had Robert Hannam aboard over the same assignment in 51 even and 38.2. Figurac (by Patapan), a Foxton trial winner for Roydon Bergerson last month, went with a Towkay gelding stablemate in 53.2 and 38.5.Last-start winner The Beama was timed 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.9, and Let's, a form runner for the maiden 2200m at Hastings, came up with 1.7.5 and 38.2. She will race in blinkers on Thursday. Race rival Mystery Gift recorded 1.8.6 and 39 even, and will appreciate some give in the ground.Windermere Lad (mdn mile) and She's Aloof (mdn 1400m) galloped together over 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 39.2, and Taipa Tiger went alone in 53.4 and 39 even. Troup Road (mdn mile), who rates a big chance, sprinted 600m in 41 even. The shadow roll comes off and the blinkers go on.Pop Hit (mdn 3yo 1400m) was not after time with 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.6, and Red King and Mako stayed together over a quiet 1000m in 1.12, the last 600 in 41.5. Hank Moody went alone in 1.12.9 and 43.5. 

Thursday - January 22nd

By RON GURNEY

Good Mama put her hand up to be counted for the 3yo 1200m at Trentham on Saturday when she worked in fine style at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Good Mama had raceday jockey Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.8. It was a great gallop on her own, and one that delighted both Hannam and trainer Margaret Cartwright.

Wellington Cup lightweight King Kamada had Sadlers Rock for a partner over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.9, and King Kamada, who won the r85 2400m on Cup day last year, has trained on nicely since his last-start third in the Marton Cup. I'llbeyourplatinum (r65 2300m) and Lady Platinum (r85 2400m) were paired over 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 37.9, while Pirinitete and Nom du Beel came up with 53 even, the last 600 in 37.6. Good Grace and Czar ended with 600m in 38.1. Mystery Gift showed her fitness with a bold 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 38.5, and she just needs a track with plenty of give in it to clear maidens. Probable Desert Gold Stakes favourite Platinum Witness strode out nicely over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Serene Star and stablemate Itsraaj (by Iffraaj) recorded 52.6 and 38.7. They are with Tony Kaye. She's Aloof (by Pentire) and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.8, while a Stravinsky filly and one by Nom du Jeu, two more from that barn, sprinted 600m in 38.6. A Thano gelding trained by Ashley Meadows was timed 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39.9, while Lucy Tanner's Solute (by Fully Fledged) and a Savabeel maiden stablemate clocked 1.8.7 and 40.1. Manu sprinted 600m in 40.4.

Wellington entrant Freelinks (r65 2300m) was not after time over 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 40.7, and race rival Guarantor, wearing a shadow roll for raceday, did 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 41 even. A Duporth colt and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.8, while Desert Gold Stakes runner Acquisto and a Thorn Park gelding stablemate came up with 42.6. Miss Interpreted (special conditions 1400m) clocked 42.9.     

Tuesday - January 20th - No trackwork sorry

Thursday - January 15th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara is at the top of his game for the Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday. Working on the plough (good) at Awapuni this morning, Iamishwara had trainer Tony Kaye aboard when completing a smart 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 35.5. He won the Summer Cup (1600m) at Awapuni on Boxing Day and has since finished a close second (conceding 4.5kg) to Mighty Solomon over 1400 metres at the Marton Cup meeting last week.

A Savabeel-Eden gelding trained by Lucy Tanner covered 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.9, and he is an unraced half-brother to southern filly Glade. Rod's Lincoln, an outside chance in the r65 2100m at Wellington on Saturday, had second-day (Monday) runner Chairos (r75 2200m) for a partner over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.1. Racey Red, in on Monday as well (r65 1200m), was timed 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.9, while Trojan and Kings Court were paired over the same assignment in 56.4 and 37.4. Chopper and Peroni were on terms throughout a nice 1000m in 1.4.1, with the final 800m taking 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Chopper is in on Saturday (r65 2100m), while Peroni will wait until Monday (mdn f&m mile). Flemington had trainer Lucy Tanner in the saddle over 1000m in 1.9.3, and he came the final 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.9, in preparation for Monday's r75 2200m. Dal Amore and Dal Kyann sprinted 600m in 39.2. Margaret Cartwright's Good Mama and Lucy Tanner's unraced Solute (by Fully Fledged) ran 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39 even, and Saturday runner Dance In The Park (r65 2100m) sprinted 600m in 40.2. Crackling Rosie was not after time with 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.5, and is seeking her third successive win when she takes on the r75 mile on Saturday. Master Thomas (r65 2100m) had trainer Tracy Collis aboard when working post to post (1400m) and came in from the 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 40.9. He should start one of the favourites in the last of the day at Wellington. Written Command (r75 1200m) sprinted 600m in 41 even, and Miss Interpreted was kept to 44.6. 

Tuesday - January 13th

By RON GURNEY

Thorn Pass and stablemate Fetching took the honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the outside of the course proper (good). Thorn Pass, who has not raced since failing on Manawatu Cup day last month, and Fetching used the plough and cut out 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.8. Fetching, second at Awapuni on Boxing Day last start, is entered for the r65 1400m at Trentham on Saturday.

Written Command (r75 1200m) had Jess Shackleton aboard over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.3, and Miss Interpreted covered 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 37.8. Red Sunset (r65 2100m) and Paddy Owen were timed 1200m in 1.18.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Lord Casanova (r65 2100m) and last-start Otaki winner Acquisto were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.9, while Savaria and Yeager came up with 1.5.3 and 38.7. Dance In The Park (r65 2100m) and a Pins three-year-old gelding stablemate clocked 1.7 even and 38 even. Stunning Princess (r75 1200m), who scored fresh up at Tauherenikau, and Anna Lincoln matched strides over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.1, while their stablemates Platinum Song (by Alamosa), unlucky on debut, and Reilly Lincoln (by Pins), second on debut, ended 800m with 600 in 38.7. Jackson Street (r65 1400m) worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 39.7, and race rival No Enemy followed suit with 1.6.5 and 39.6. A Towkay filly trained by Mark Oulaghan ran 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 39.6. Thursday's Wanganui entrants Jibril (mdn 2040m) and Karching (mdn mile) were sent 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.5, while last-start winner Ollie's Note covered 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 41 even. The latter's stablemate The Beama, in at Wanganui (r65 mile), recorded 1.11.7 and 41.4. Miss Ana (r75 2040m), third at Tauherenikau, was not after time with 1000m in 1.13.3, the last 600 in 42.2, and a Sir Percy gelding trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 42 even. Hank Moody (mdn mile) was again kept to three-quarter pace.

On the course proper, Iffwedance had Jonathan Riddell aboard over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.8, and Wanganui entrant Hinyuen Paladin (r65 1200m) went a quiet 1000m in 1.10.7 and 40.3.

Thursday - January 8th

By RON GURNEY

One Thousand Guineas winner Platinum Witness and stablemate Freelinks were paired in a quality final workout at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Saturday's Marton candidates Platinum Witness (3yo 1400m) and Freelinks (special conditions 2100m) stayed together throughout a bold 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 35.2. Both horse are in fine fettle.

Last-start Summer Cup winner Iamishwara (open 1400m) worked alone with trainer Tony Kaye in the saddle and covered 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 35.6. He is at the top of his game. Bannockburn and a Makfi colt stablemate did nice work over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6, and much improved Attivaree, who is chasing a hat- trick of wins on Saturday (r75 2300m), ran the 800m distance on her own in 50.4 and 37 even. Former Hong Kong galloper Hinyuen Paladin, who has now had two races in a new campaign, and No Enemy were timed 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.7, while National Pride and Our Roberto were almost identical with 50.7 and 37.7. Marton entrant Dixie Express (3yo 1400m) and Miss Lightning were on terms throughout 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.2, and Miss Benci, who goes to the Egmont meeting on Sunday (r75 mile) went with Cullister over the same distance in 51.1 and 37 even. Windermere Lad and Supreme matched strides over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.7, and Mark Oulaghan's Per Incanto filly went alone in 51.6 and 37.6. Marton runner City Chic (r75 1400m) came up with 52.2 and 37.1.

Catalina De Lago, who was the star worker on Tuesday, covered 1000m, the last 600 in 37.8, and looks a strong chance to clear maidens (f&m 1400m) at Egmont on Sunday, with Kelly Myers to ride. Marton Cup prospect Dubai Belle had stablemate Nicoshine (special conditions 2100m) for a partner over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 37.9, while Just Ishi (r75 2300m) and Pirinitete did a quiet round before running 800m on the second circuit in 55.4 and 37.8. Lisa Latta-trained Chairos, who has done all her racing in the South Island (4 wins), ran 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.9, in preparation for the r75 2300m at Marton, while Yeager and unraced Foxton trial winner Figurac (by Patapan) took 54.2 and 38.7. Surreal Legend had Chopper alongside over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.1, while a Savabeel maiden and a No Excuse Needed maiden, both trained by Lisa Latta, recorded 53.8 and 39.2. Top mare Tie Me Down ended with 600m in 40.8. Shades Of Grey, in at Marton (r75 1400m), was not after time with 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 40.7, and neither was The Beama, who ran 1000m in 1.9.5 and 40.3. Mako (Marton Cup) did it in 1.10.9 and 40.5. Red King (r85 mile), whose last start at Trentham under 61kg can safely be forgotten, covered 800m in a quiet 58 even, the last 600 in 42.3, and Hank Moody did three-quarter pace over 1000m, the last 600 in 44.2. 

Tuesday - January 6th

By RON GURNEY

Maiden mare Catalina De Lago continued her solid progress with a very tidy gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Catalina De Lago, with stable apprentice Timothy Johnson in the saddle, worked alone over a bold 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 37.4. The four-year-old has strong form going into the Egmont meeting at Hawera on Sunday, including a last-start second to Postboy at Awapuni on Boxing Day.

Marton prospect Attivaree (r75 2300m), who has won her last two in succession, and Marton Cup chance King Kamada were paired over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37.4, while their stablemates Platinum Witness (3yo 1400m) and Jackson Street took 50.7 and 37.7. Dubai Belle (Marton Cup), runner-up in the Manawatu Cup two starts ago, went with Starcraft maiden Nicoshine (special conditions 2100m) over 1000m in 1.4.4, coming the final 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.8. Nicoshine finished third on debut at Awapuni behind Postboy and Catalina De Lago. Southern Secret (r75 2300m) and Hot Spot (r75 1400m) matched strides throughout 1000m in 1.6.9, with the final 800m coming up in 51.2, the last 600 in a strong 37.3. A Don Eduardo gelding and an Ekraar gelding, both trained by Mark Oulaghan, sprinted 600m in 37 even.

A Darci Brahma colt and a Makfi colt, both trained by Lisa Latta, left 800m behind in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.1, and a Mr Nancho filly from the Oulaghan barn went alone in 55.3 and 40.8. Marton visitors Mako (Cup) and Red King stayed on terms over 1000m in an even 1.9.2, coming their final 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.2. Czar (by Alamosa) and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.7. Last month's Foxton trial winner Figurac (by Patapan) and a Towkay gelding stablemate (Bergerson) ran 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.4, and a Per Incanto filly trained by Mark Oulaghan took 56.7 and 40.3. Dance In The Park and a Pins gelding stablemate clocked 55.6 for 800m, the last 600 in 41 even, while a Swiss Ace filly and a Thano filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 41.3. 

Tuesday - December 23th

By RON GURNEY

Miss Benci and stablemate Nom du Beel were the best workers during a relatively quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), but unseasonal fog prevented the timing of some early trials. Miss Benci, who is knocking on the door for another victory, and Nom du Beel were paired over 1000m in 1.8.7, gathering momentum as they went to come the final 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.7. Nom du Beel raced fiercely on debut last month (1400m), but has since won a trial (800m) at Foxton.

Pirinitete and Just Ishi, both of whom have been freshened since racing at the New Zealand Cup carnival last month, went together over 1000m in 1.6.1, clocking 51.2 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 37.3. It was work that certainly pleased their trainer Gail Temperton. Centurion and Troup Road were timed 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.8, and Racey Red, who tackles the r65 1200m at Manawatu on Boxing Day, went alone in 52.2 and 37.7. Mystery Gift (mdn mile), who has recorded two good thirds since resuming, showed she is right up to the mark with 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.6, while Chipotle (r65 mile) and new stablemate Caper Caleb (mdn mile) covered 800m in 53.1 and 38.7. Southern Secret, who reverts from a middle-distance to a r65 mile on Boxing Day, had Good Mama alongside over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 39 even. Good Mama has been freshened since winning then finishing second back in October. Maurice O'Brien's High Chaparral maiden did 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 40.1.

Thursday - December 18th

By RON GURNEY

Much improved No Excuse Needed gelding Jackson Street could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Jackson Street, in at Manawatu on Saturday (r65 1400m), reeled off a smart 800m on his own in 48.6, the last 600 in 36.2, finishing with plenty in hand. After some very good trackwork in the weeks leading up, Jackson Street scored the second win of his career at Awapuni (1200m) two starts ago. He was then not disgraced stepping up to 1400m at Trentham (6th) for his latest outing.

Race rival Cullister also worked alone, covering 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.7, while Miss Lightning and Fletching went together in 49.6 and 37 even. Unraced NZ Derby nomination Nicoshine (by Starcraft) and a Pins gelding stablemate, both trained by Tony Bambry, cut out 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.3, and Our Roberto, who has not raced since the autumn, went alone in 52.8 and 37.8. Manawatu runners Platinum Lincoln (r75 1200m) and Itsagem (r65 1400m) were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38 even, and Charlestown went alone in 53.2 and 38.9. A High Chaparral maiden trained by Maurice O'Brien did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 38.9. Let Me Think had Hayden Tinsley in the saddle over 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 39.2, while Windermere Lad and She's Aloof (by Pentire), both trained by Mike Breslin, went together in 52.9 and 39 even. Former Hong Kong galloper Hinyuen Paladin (7 wins) sprinted 600m in 39.1.

Iamishwara, who tackles the weight-for-age 1400m on Saturday, had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 39.6, and Dixie Express (3yo 1400m) had Rose And Crown for a partner over the same distance in 54.4 and 40.1. Trojan (3yo 1400m), second at Hastings last week, was kept to 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 40.3, and Pelletier (r65 1400m)  clocked 55.2 and 40.8. The latter's stablemate Hank Moody sprinted 600m in 40.6. Tie Me Down, a huge chance in the r75 mile on Saturday, was not after time with 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 40 seconds even, and race rival Jilted was kept to 58.2 for 800m, the last 600 in 41.6. A Handsome Ransom filly and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.2. 

Tuesday - December 16th

By RON GURNEY

Dubai Belle followed up her second in the Manawatu Cup Prelude on Saturday with a first-class gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Dubai Belle and stablemate Dance In The Park were paired over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.2. Dubai Belle will back up in the Group 3 Manawatu Cup this Saturday, and Dance In The Park tackles the r65 2300m.

Pelletier (r65 1400m) drew attention to his prospects with a bold 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.9, while Thursday's Otaki runner Jibril (mdn 2100m) and Karching were timed 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.9. Obrahma (mdn mile) and Top Cat (mdn 2100m), two more for Otaki, were on terms throughout 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 36.8, and their stablemates Galleta (mdn mile) and Platinum Empire (mdn 1200m) came up with 49.8 and 37.4. Manu (r85 1400m) ended with 600m in 37.2. Triple Billing (r65 mile, blinkers off) did solid work over 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 37.9, and her stablemates Surreal Legend (mdn f&m 1400m) and a Road To Rock gelding ran 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.8. Manawatu entrant Hot Spot (r65 1400m) required 51.9 and 37.5. The latter's race rival Cullister and Pirinitete matched strides over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.9, and Trojan, just beaten at Hastings last Thursday, sprinted 600m in 37.7. He will back up in the maiden mile at Otaki. Tie Me Down, in the r75 mile at Manawatu, was not disgraced at Trentham last start and had Hank Moody for a partner over 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 38.2. Their stablemates Let Me Think and Otaki runner Courtesan, second on debut in October, came up with 1.5.1 and 38.1.

Last-start Wanganui winner Shades Of Grey worked alone over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 38.6, and an unraced O'Reilly three-year-old from the same stable took 53.7 and 39.1. Otaki runner Golden Shells (mdn f&m 1400m) clocked 54.5 and 39.5. Marton-trained visitor Mako left 1000m behind in 1.6.6, the last 600 in 39.5, and Mark Oulaghan's unraced Colombia mare covered the distance in 1.8.3 and 39.9. Manawatu entrants Letsgetiton (Cup & r85 2000m) and Canyon (r65 1400m) were paired over 1200m in 1.21.8, the last 600 in 39.1. Otaki runners Crackling Rosie (mdn mile, blinkers on) and Shadow Player (r65 mile) went together over 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40 even, and Mystery Gift worked alone over 1000m in 1.7.2 and 40.8. Foxton trial winner Figurac (by Patapan) and Yeager sprinted 600m in 40.2. Former Hong Kong galloper Hinyuen Paladin (by Bachelor Duke), trained by Carla Hearn, had Hayden Tinsley aboard over 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 40.2, and Powelka, in at Otaki (r75 2100m), recorded 1.8.8 and 40.9. Marton visitor Miss Ana was timed an easy 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 42.2, while Otaki runners Reykjavik (mdn 2100m) and Chopper (r65 mile) completed the same task together in 58.3 and 42.3.

Thursday - December 11th

By RON GURNEY

Authentic Paddy rounded off his preparation for the Manawatu meeting on Saturday with a pleasing final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the No 1 grass (dead) and on the plough (good) after 39mm of rain over the previous 24 hours. Authentic Paddy used the plough and had regular jockey Robert Hannam aboard over a nice 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.2. He should go his usual honest race in the open 1200m.

His stablemates Caley Rose (r65 Mile) and Thorn Pass were paired over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37 even, while Salamanca (open 1200m) and unraced maiden She's Aloof (by Pentire), working together, came up with 53.2 and 39.7.

On the plough, Miss Benci (r75 1400m), nosed out at Wanganui last start, looked ready to go one better after 1000m in 1.5.7, coming the final 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.7. Her two career wins have been over 1200m, but she is finding the line well over 1400m. Justanexcuse, who has not won a race for over two and a half years, covered 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 36.8. He will carry 61kg in the r85 mile and have the services of Jonathan Riddell, who has won three races on the gelding. Crafty Lad (r75 1400m), who is fresh up for the r75 1400m, was timed 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.7, and Manu was let off with 54.1 and 39.7. Ollie's Note (r65 mile) was another to work alone, but was kept to 1000m in 1.10., the last 600 in 40.9. Dal Amore (mdn 1300m) ran 800m in 58.8, the last 600 in 41.7, and Savaria did 1000m in 1.13.2 and 42.6. Courtesan was not after time with 800m in 58.7, the last 600 in 43.1. The Beama (r65 2100m) did a quiet round before galloping an easy 1000m in 1.13.3,  the last 600 in 45.1. This horse ran a good race at Riccarton last start after travelling wide, and will take advantage of the ace draw on Saturday. A Handsome Ransom filly and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, covered 600m in 44.7. 

Tuesday - December 9th

By RON GURNEY

Iffwedance and Opium, both trained by Trina Riddell, demanded respect for their local Manawatu meeting on Saturday when they produced a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Iffwedance (r65 mile) and Opium (r65 2100m) were paired over a smart 1000m in 1.2.3, the last 600 in 36.7.

King Kamada and his stablemate Don'stopgirl certainly lost no kudos when sent just 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.8, and Don'stopgirl will start one of the favourites for the r75 mile at Hastings on Thursday. Taipa Tiger, also heading that way (r65 1400m), had Darryl Bradley aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 37.2, while Manawatu runners Dubai Belle (Cup Prelude) and Dance In The Park (r65) weren't far behind with 1.4.3 and 37.5. McDaids, in at Hastings (r75 mile), did nice work on his own, covering 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 37.1, and Manawatu entrant Authentic Paddy (open 1200m), with Robert Hannam in the saddle, was kept to 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.6. Stonemason (mdn 2000m), who is due a winning turn, and Lady Like (mdn f&m mile), unplaced on debut, were paired over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.7, and they race at Hastings. Mark Oulaghan's unraced Colombia mare ended with 600m in 37.5. Manawatu entrant Miss Benci (r75 1400m) did encouraging work over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.5, while Hastings runner Lincoln's Sunset (mdn 3yo 1400m), unplaced on debut last month, and a Road To Rock filly stablemate went together in 51 even and 37.8.

Former Hong Kong galloper Hinyeun Paladin (7 wins) and No Enemy galloped together over 800m, the last 600 in 37.7. Hinyeun Paladin (by Bachelor Duke), is now trained by part-owner Carla Hearn and has won over $700,000 in stakes in five seasons of racing. Lady Huntingdon, off to Manawatu (r65 2100m), and Lord Casanova were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.7, and Crafty Lad (r75 1400m) ended with 600m in 38.3. Manu sprinted 600m in 38.8, as did Mike Breslin's Windermere Lad and a Road To Rock gelding stablemate. Hastings runner Rose And Crown (mdn f&m mile) had Caley Rose (Manawatu) for a partner over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.5, and Mystery Gift, working alone, did a quiet round before galloping 800m in 51.9 and 38.4. Pelletier breezed over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.3, while Salamanca, in at Manawatu (open 1200m), and Crackling Rosie went together in 52.6 and 38.9. Trojan, off to Hastings, was timed 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39 even, and possible race rival Troup Road sprinted 600m in 39.4. Revolve, racing on Saturday (r65 mile) did nice even work over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.1, and Postboy clocked 53.2 and 39 even. Dal Amore (mdn 1300m), unplaced on debut last month, was not after time with 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.3. Golden Shells was kept to 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 41.7, and Stephen Mercer's unraced Don Eduardo mare Polk Salad Annie, in on Saturday (mdn 1300m), ran 800m in 56.2 and 41.1. An O'Reilly filly trained by Roydon Bergerson sprinted 600m in 42.4. 

Thursday - December 4th

By RON GURNEY

Justanexcuse and Iamishwara signalled their readiness for premier day at Wellington on Saturday with very satisfying gallops at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Justanexcuse (r85 1400m) reeled off 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.6. Iamishwara (open 1200m), with trainer Tony Kaye aboard, followed soon after with 51.3 and 36.7.

Last-start winner Jackson Street showed he is holding his form well with 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 37.2, and his stablemate Charlestown (r75 1200m), who has not traced since the NZ Cup meeting, came up with 49.7 and 37.1. Caught Behind, who resumes in the maiden 1200m at Waipukurau on Sunday, and an unraced Pentire three-year-old stablemate covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.3. Wellington runners Platinum Command (3yo 1400m) and Lady Platinum (r75 mile) ended 800m with 600 in 37.4. A Perfectly Ready two-year-old trained by Lydia Pickford, was timed 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.1, and Savaria went a few minutes earlier in 53.5 and 38.9. Yeager (by Octagonal) had a Patapan gelding for a partner over 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 39.1, and they are both with Roydon Bergerson. The Beama, with trainer Laura Knight in the saddle, ran 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 39.9. Corporal Lincoln, off to Wellington (r65 2200m), and Waipukurau runner National Pride (mdn mile) were paired over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39.1, and their stablemate Itsagem, heading to the capital (r65 1400m), went alone in 52.8 and 39.3. Taipa Tiger cruised over 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.2, while Sunday runners Special Bid (mdn mile) and Alarinda (mdn 1400m) went together in 54.1 and 39.5. Itsa Houdini (r65 1200m) and Chateau Maroux (mdn 3yof 1200m) clocked 54.2 and 39.7.

Freelinks, who will have the blinkers on for the maiden mile at Waipukurau, had race rival Top Cat alongside over 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 39.6, and a Don Eduardo maiden trained by Stephen Mercer ran 600m in 40.7. Pelletier took 40.9. Hank Moody, who debuts on Sunday, covered 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.8, and he is a half-brother to Karla Bruni. Powelka worked over 1000m, being timed from the 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 41.2, and Szyslak recorded 55.7 and 41.3. Master Jack, in the special conditions mile at Wellington, had trainer Tracy Collis aboard over 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 41.5, and Waipukurau entrant Troup Road (mdn 1400m) sprinted 600m in 41.9. Southern Secret did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in a quiet 42.5. She tackles the r65 2200m at Wellington on Saturday. Miss Interpreted, who should go well from gate one at Waipukurau (mdn 1400m), covered 600m in 43.1.  

Tuesday - December 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Red Melody and Attivaree are working so well that winning runs are close at hand, and they galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Red Melody, who disappointed on her home track last start, and Attivaree used the course proper and were paired over a strong 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 35.8. It could be time for these two mares to show their true ability again at Taranaki on Thursday.

Platinum Command had Platinum Lincoln for company over 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 35.9, and Wellington entrant Justanexcuse (r85 1400m) reeled off his usual solid gallop with 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 35.6. Star Emerald and Freelinks stayed together throughout 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.1, and Taranaki runner Lookherepal (mdn 3yo mile) went alone in 49.2 and 36.6. Red Sunset and Zartan, both off to Waipukurau on Sunday, caught the eye with their 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 36.6, while Corporal Lincoln and Richie cruised over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.6. Last-start winner Jackson Street galloped on his own in 49.7 and 36.8. Centurion (by Danger Looms), a winner at the Otaki trials last month, had Troup Road for a partner over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.8. They are both with Matthew Eales and are down to race at Waipukurau on Sunday. Rod's Lincoln and Don'stopgirl matched strides over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.9, while their stablemates Thorn Pass and National Pride, galloping together as well, came up with 50.3 and 37 even. Gail Temperton's Cullister (by Castledale), who has not raced for nearly 12 months, had Lucy Tanner-trained Let's alongside for a nice working gallop over 1000m in 1.7.8, coming the final 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.2.

Taranaki acceptors Lincoln's Sunset (by Darci Brahma), unplaced in her only race to date, and Petone Prince were on level terms throughout 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.4, while Obrahma shaded Top Cat after the same assignment in 52 even and 38.5. Miss Interpreted, trained by Stephen Mercer, had Kelly Myers in the saddle when galloping with Ashley Measdows-trained McDaids (Rosie Myers) over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.4, and Flemington went alone straight afterward in 1.7.2 and 38.8. Master Jack (1000m) ended with 600m in 39.4. 

On the plough, Kolonel Kev, in at Wellington (3yo 1400m) and Rose And Crown did nice work over 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.1, while Waipukurau entrants Mayari and unraced Hank Moody (by Savabeel) covered 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 37.9. Rekyjavik did a quiet round then picked up stablemate Surreal Legend on the second circuit, sprinting home from the 600m in 37.4. Yeager (by Octagonal), unplaced in one race last summer, and a Towkay three-year-old gelding ran 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.7. They are with Roydon Bergerson. Lord Casanova and Trojan paired up to run 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.7, while Master Thomas and Cyclone Tracy recorded 1.5.7 and 38.6. Windermere Lad, unplaced in one run mid-winter, and a Road To Rock gelding ended with 600m in 42 even. They are with Mike Breslin. Wellington entrants Southern Secret (r65 2200m) did two rounds of three- quarter pace as did her stablemate Hot Spot (r65 1400m). 

Thursday - November 27th

By RON GURNEY

Mighty Solomon and Platinum Lincoln, two horses marking time this weekend, took the time honours in training at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Mighty Solomon and Platinum Lincoln galloped together over a strong 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.1.

Platinum Command (by Red Giant), who has been placed in all three race-day appearances so far, and Lady Platinum were paired over the same assignment, clocking 50.2 and 37.4. Wanganui entrant Miss Benci (r75 1340m) and stable mate Pindy's Secret matched strides throughout 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.5, and a Danger Looms gelding trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 38.6. Karching (by Alamosa), balloted out of the maiden 1340m at Wanganui, and Star Emerald stayed together over 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38 even, and their stable mates Jibril (mdn 2040m) and Freelinks (mdn f&m mile) came up with exactly the same times. King Kamada (r85 mile), fresh from a five-race campaign in Brisbane during the winter, had Stonemason (mdn 2040m) alongside over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.3. King Kamada looks well placed to score fresh up with one kilo off his back and apprentice Michael Dee in the saddle. Manu (r75 1340m) galloped alone over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 39.1, and he will take a power of beating with an apprentice claim. Forget his last run in the open 1400m last week and be guided by his r85 1400m victory at Hastings the time before.

Golden Bay, resuming in the maiden 1340m, went 800m with Richie over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 39 even. Richie is balloted out of the same race. Ollie's Note covered 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.9. Missteeflying (r75 2040m) was kept to 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 39.8 after a bold gallop on Tuesday. She is worth respect at Wanganui, with in- form apprentice Nivesh Teeluck claiming 3kg to rider her at 51kg. Miss Interpreted was not after time with 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.5, while Posterity (mdn 2040m) and Reykjavik did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 41.3. Heni and a Pentire filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.1, and Wanganui entrant Ned (mdn 2040m) worked over 800m in an easy 57.2, the last 600 in 42.4. 

Tuesday - November 25th

By RON GURNEY

Missteeflying and Dixie Express pretty much shared the honours with stablemates Golden Bay and Stonemason, while Written Command lost no kudos at all at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Missteeflying and last-start maiden winner Dixie Express were paired over a strong 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.8. Missteeflying is back racing over ground, so her form should improve.

Golden Bay, who resumes this weekend, and Stonemason went together over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.6, and Written Command galloped alone in 51.3 and 36.2. He has chalked up two thirds from as many starts in a new campaign. Rod's Lincoln had Galleta for a partner over 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 37 even, and their stablemate Taipa Tiger went a few minutes earlier in 49.3 and 37.2. Proud Zoe, unplaced on debut at Te Rapa, and King Kamada came up with 50.1 and 37.4. Kolonel Kev and Blackgammon (by Road To Rock) matched strides throughout 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.2, while Star Emerald and Jibril recorded 50.6 and 37.3. Canyon and Chopper warmed up from the 1000m to run the final 800m in 51 even, the last 60 in 37.7, and Attivaree did a solo 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.8. Caught Behind and Chateau Maroux, both trained by Lydia Pickford, clocked 50.2 and 38.2. Dubai Belle had stablemate Dance In The Park alongside over 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 38.4, while Letsgetiton and Posterity stayed together throughout in 1.4.6 and 38.7. Lisa Latta-trained Richie did 800m in 52.8 and 38.8. Crafty Lad covered 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.3, and Itsa Houdini had trainer Lydia Pickford aboard over 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 39.5. A Colombia mare trained by Mark Oulaghan, was timed 1000m in 1.12.1, the last 600 in 40.9. The latter's stablemate Ned was not after time either over 1000m in 1.14.5, the last 600 in 40.8, and The Beama had trainer Laura Knight in the saddle over 1000m in 1.9.2 and 41.1. Savaria sprinted 600m in 41.2. 

Thursday - November 20th

By RON GURNEY

Petite Brigitte has been mixing her form in a new campaign, but was certainly impressive in a final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Petite Brigitte cruised over 800m on her own in 48.2, the last 600 in 36 even. Rain on the day would work in her favour for Saturday's r75 1400m at Awapuni.

Justanexcuse (Country Cup) showed his usual dash in training with 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.3, while his stablemates Anna Lincoln (mdn 1300m) and Caley Rose (r65 mile) came up with 48.5 and 36.8. Anna Lincoln will wear blinkers on Saturday. Authentic Paddy (Country Cup) had raceday jockey Robert Hannam in the saddle over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.5, and his stablemates Jackson Street (r65 1200m) and Jibril went together in 49.3 and 37.3. Phoenix Tycoon galloped reverse way (right-handed) over 600m in 37.5. Impressive debut winner Bannockburn (r65 1200m) and Dixie Express, also a last-start winner, were paired over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4. Rod's Lincoln, who resumed on a winning note, and Saturday's Rangitikei entrant Lincoln's Sunset (mdn 1500m) matched strides over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.8, with Miss Lightning (r65 1200m) and I'llbeyourplatinum (mdn 1500m) taking 51 and 37.9. Manu (Country Cup), who returned to winning form last start, went on his own over a nice 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and Trojan (mdn 1500m) did similar work, the final 800m coming up in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.4.  Chopper and Surreal Legend went together in 51.9 and 38.2. Red Melody (r65 mile No 1) had Thorn Pass (r65 mile No 2) for a partner over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, while Brad Thorn (r75 2100m) and Posterity took 52.6 and 38.6. Attivaree clocked 52.3 and 38.5.

Denlee (r75 1400m), dropping down in grade, was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 39 even, while Alaghera, wearing side winkers for Saturday (mdn 1500m), did 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 39.6. Girl With A Pearl (r65 2300m) was not after time with 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 39.7, and neither was Mighty Matt (Country Cup) with his 800m in 58 even and 39.1. He wore blinkers in the gallop and will have them on for Saturday. A Pins filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 600m in 39.6, while Rangitikei runner Rosamosa (r65 mile), wearing blinkers for Saturday, and a Caphero maiden ended with 600m in 40.3. Master Thomas (r65 mile) ended 1000m with 600m in 41.1. Perfect Symbol (r75 2100m) was kept to 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 41.3, and Master Jack (mdn 1500m) went 1000m in 1.10.3 and 41.6.

 

Tuesday - November 18th

By RON GURNEY

Mike Breslin-trained stablemates Rosamosa and Triple Billing stole the show during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Rosamosa and Triple Billing were paired over a solid 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 37.5. Rosamosa ended her last campaign on a winning note, but the best she has recorded in five starts this time in is one fifth. That could be about to change for the better in this Saturday's r65 mile on her home track. Triple Billing also cleared maidens during her last innings, but has not met with much luck in two unplaced runs in a new campaign.

Unbeaten Pins mare Tie Me Down worked alone over 1000m in 1.6.6, the last 600 in 37.9, while Jackson Street, in Saturday's r65 1200m, and Jibril covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Shades Of Grey came up with 51 even and 37.1. Corporal Lincoln (r65 2300m) ran a nice 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38.4, and Perfect Symbol (r75 2100m) went with Denlee (r75 1400m) over the same distance in 1.4.7 and 38.1. Jilted (r75 1400m) galloped alone in 1.7.9 and 38.2. Brad Thorn (r75 2100m) and Letsgetiton matched strides throughout 1000m in 1.4.3 and came the final 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39.4, and Cyclone Tracy required 1.9.2 and 39.5. A Patapan gelding and an Octagonal gelding, both trained by Roydon Bergerson warmed up from the 800m (56.6) to run home the last 600 in 39.2. A Handsome Ransom three-year-old and a Mettre En Jeu three-year-old, both trained by Ashley Meadows, went 57.7 and 40.1. Master Jack (mdn 150m) had trainer Tracy Collis aboard over 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 40.2, and Guarantor (r65 1200m) recorded 1.10.5 and 41.5. A Cecconi maiden with Jeff Lynds ran 800m in 57.5, the last 600 in 41 even, while Golden Shells (mdn 1300m) was kept to 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 42.6.

 

Thursday - November 13th - no trackwork sorry

Tuesday - November 11th

By RON GURNEY

Lincoln's Excuse (by No Excuse Needed) and unraced Denman gelding Officer Lincoln looked ready for immediate raceday assignments after a most satisfactory gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Lincoln's Excuse and Officer Lincoln, both trained by Lisa Latta, were paired over a solid 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.5. Lincoln's Excuse is back after two races on heavy tracks, including a third on debut, at the beginning of the winter, and Officer Lincoln's latest trial outing produced a third at Waverley (1000m) three weeks ago.

Shades Of Grey worked alone over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 36.9, while a Postponed filly and a Colombia maiden, both from the Latta stable, ended with 600m in 37.5. Peroni and last-start winner Letsgetiton matched strides throughout 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.4, and Red Sunset covered 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 37.8. No Enemy sprinted 600m in 38 even. Caught Behind and Chateau Maroux, both trained by Lydia Pickford, were timed 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.1, while Petone Prince and unraced two-year-old stablemate Five To Midnight (by Domesday) came up with 52.9 and 38.2. Irish Whisper and a Towkay three-year-old gelding, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, cruised over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and a Danger Looms gelding trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 38.5. Pelletier worked on his own over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39 even, and Trojan recorded 53.3 and 39.5. Chipotle and Shadow Player were on terms throughout 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.6, while Post Boy and Hank Moody did it in 54.5 and 39.4. Top Cat and unraced three-year-old filly Lincoln's Gold (by Not A Single Doubt) sprinted 600m in 39.7, and Itsa Houdini had Bachelor Man for a partner over 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 40 even.

Surreal Legend (by Any Suggestion), who was unplaced in her only run mid- winter, and stablemate Special Bid ran 800m in a quiet 55 even, the last 600 in 40.3, and a Pentire three-year-old trained by Lydia Pickford took 57 and 41.3. A Per Incanto two-year-old filly and an Alamosa two-year-old colt, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 42.1.

 

Thursday - November 6th

BY RON GURNEY

Sakhee's Secret mare Zipit suggested a big run fresh-up is not out of the question at Hastings on Sunday, judging by her final gallop at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with just three gallops recorded on the No 1 grass (dead).

Zipit (mdn 1400m) used the plough and had Robert Hannam aboard over a nice 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.4. All four unplaced career starts were last autumn, but it would be safe to say she did not have much luck in any of them. Salamanca and a Falkirk filly stablemate were timed 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.8, and Jerrico went alone in 51.2 and 37.9. Hastings runners Jibril (mdn 2100m) and Freelinks (mdn 1400m) went together in 51.5 and 37.4. Savaria (mdn mile), who ran a huge race on debut, and Hank Moody were paired over a strong 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 38.2, while Dixie Express (mdn 1400m) and Lincoln Street (r65 1400m) covered 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.1. Platinum Empire, a top chance in the maiden 1200m, had a Domesday two-year- old gelding for a partner over 600m in 38.2, followed by Reykjavik and Brad Thorn, who ran 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.9. Southern Secret, who will probably race at Awapuni next Tuesday, worked alone over a quiet round before warming up from the 800m on the second circuit to run home the last 600 in 40.8. Special Bid and a Caphero gelding stablemate sprinted 600m in 40.1, while a Congrats filly and a Not A Single Doubt filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 40.6. Zartan, in the maiden 2100m on Sunday, was not after time with 1000m in 1.11.8, the last 600 in 41.6, and a Cecconi filly trained by Jeff Lynds ended with 42.9.

On the No 1 grass, City Chic, who has paid a dividend at her last starts, sped over 800m in 47.4, the last 600 in 36.3, and National Pride was kept to 51.7 and 38.8. Spike Miligan, in on Sunday (r65 2100m), sprinted 600m in 40.2.

    

Tuesday - November 4th

By RON GURNEY

Patapan four-year-old maiden La Monnoye enhanced his prospects for a likely trip to Riccarton this weekend when he worked very satisfactorily in company at Awapuni this morning. The only gallop timed on the course proper (dead), La Monnoye and stablemate McDaids stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 37.1. It was excellent work. La Monnoye has recorded a third and a fourth in his two races so far (1200m), but poor beginnings and a touch of greenness have cost him victory each time. He tackles the $30,000 maiden (1400m) on the first day of the NZ Cup meeting this Saturday.

On the No 1 grass (dead-slow), Platinum Empire (by Volksraad), who has not raced since the autumn, and stablemate Charlestown were paired over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.6, and Manu was sent 1000m, being timed the final 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.7. Spike Miligan also worked alone, covering 800m in 51 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.7, and Red Sunset warmed up from the 800m (53.2) to come her last 600 in 38.5. Savaria, a close fifth on debut at Woodville last month, ran 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 39.2, and Dowellbyme was kept to 800m in 56.9, the last 600 in 42.3.

On the plough (slow), Written Command, who ran a bold third when resuming at Whanganui a month ago, ran 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.3, and his stablemate Prioritise recorded 49.9 and 37.2. Freelinks and Obrahma matched strides over 800m in 52 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.3, while Caught Behind and unraced stablemate Ready Set Go (by Perfectly Ready), both trained by Lydia Pickford, came up with 52.3 and 38.5. Itsa Houdini, who has not raced since his unplaced run in the Wanganui Guineas at the beginning of September, was not after time with 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 40.9, and neither was No Enemy, who clocked 55.6 and 41.1.

 

Thursday - October 30th

By RON GURNEY

Thorn Pass and Our Gazza showed form reversals could be the order of the day for them at Feilding on Saturday judging by a final gallop together at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the No 1 grass (dead) and on the plpough (slow). Thorn Pass (r65 mile) and Our Gazza (Feilding Cup) used the No 1 grass and skipped over a solid 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 37 even. Thorn Pass looks ready to perform after two races in a new campaign.

Stella Bella (r75 1400m) showed her usual dash by producing a strong 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 37.2, while Red Melody, who is working well, and a Lonhro filly stablemate came up with 49.4 and 37.5. Shadow Player and Peroni caught the eye with a very sound 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 37.9, and Justanexcuse, who takes on the Redcraze Bowl (1400m) ended 800m with 600 in 37.7. Tie Me Down (r75 1400m) sprinted 600m in 37.8. Mighty Matt, another in the Redcraze Bowl, had stable apprentice Brett Muray aboard over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 38.6, while his stablemates St Matthew, a close second on debut, and Chopper went 50.5 and 38.2. Daiello (Redcraze Bowl) left 800m behind in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.2, and he deserves a lot more luck than he's been getting in recent races. Petite Brigitte and a Falkirk gelding stablemate ended with 600 in 38 even. Post Boy and Hank Moody, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, covered 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and Dance In The Park went alone in 53.3 and 38 even. Jackson Street (r65 1200m) and Freelinks clocked 53 even and 39.2. Dowellbyme was sent 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 39.4, while Adidazler and Platinum Command went the reverse way (right-handed) in 1.11.3 and 39.2. Perfect Symbol (r75 2300m) came in from the 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 40.4.

Savaria and Mayari were paired over 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 41.2, and Minstrel Flyer, who worked solidly on Tuesday, recorded 1.9.7 and 41 even. Catalina De Lago (mdn 1300m) ended with 600 in 41.9. Flemington (r75 2300m) had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 41.3, while North And South (Redcraze Bowl) came up with 55.2 and 41.6. Jimmy Mac (r75 2300m) again had trainer Gene Andrew in the saddle over a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 42.1. Pelletier (r65 1200m) sprinted a quiet 600m in 43.2, and stablemate Shades Of Grey was kept to 44.2.

On the plough, Stunning Princess and a Shinko King maiden sprinted 600m in 39.5, while Special Bid and a Caphero gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, took 39.9. Feilding Cup entrant Superturf was given a quiet round before warming up from the 1000m on the second circuit to run 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.9. Jilted ended with 600m in 41.4. Master Thomas (r65 mile) had trainer Tracy Collis aboard over 1000m in 1.11.3, the last 600 in 42.3. He has a wide draw in the last of the day at Feilding.

 

Tuesday - October 28th

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained Feilding entrants Stella Bella and Caley Rose know how to turn up the wick in training, and it was no different at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the No 1 grass (dead) and on the plough (slow). Stella Bella and Caley Rose used the No 1 grass and cut out an eye- catching 800m in 47.8, the last 600 in 36 even. They tackle the r75 1400m and r65 mile respectively on their home track this Saturday.

Also impressive were their stablemates Red Melody and Cutluse, who left 800m behind in 47.9, the last 600 in 36.2. All four are at the top of their game. Not to be denied, Daiello (open 1400m) and Pelletier (r65 1200m) lapped up the perfect conditions to run 1000m in a very smart 60.8, the last 600 in 36.4, while Mighty Matt (open 1400m) and Letsgetiton (r65 mile) went a few minutes earlier in 1.2.6 and 36.9. Flemington worked alone over a nice 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 36.7, and Feilding Cup runner Dubai Belle had Lord Casanova (r65 mile) for a partner over the same distance in 1.1.7, the last 600 in 37.7. Perfect Symbol (r75 2300m) and Tie Me Down gathered speed from the 1200m to run 1000m in 1.1.9, the last 600 in 37.4, and Taranaki entrant Minstrel Flyer (mdn 2000m) went alone in 1.2.7 and 37 even. The blinkers come off on Thursday. Ishidanzin, also racing on Thursday (r65 1800m), galloped with unraced Nom du Beel over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.3, and their stablemates Miss Benci and Pindy's Secret recorded 51.7 and 38.2. Miss Benci has the blinkers on for the r75 1200m at Taranaki. The Beama and Ollie's Note were timed from the 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.7, while Szyslak and Ducati went together in 50.2 and 38.1. Szyslak is in at Taranaki (mdn 2000m), where Ducati tackles the r65 1800m. Jimmy Mac, heading to Feilding (r75 2300m), had trainer Gene Andrew aboard over a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 38.7, and Reykjavik, in at Taranaki (mdn 2000m), did similar work, covering the final 800m in 50.7 and 38 even. Let's ran 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.8.

On the plough, Catalina de Lago, an acceptor at Taranaki (mdn 1400m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 38.3, and looks a big improver on her fresh-up run at Woodville (1200m). Feilding entrant Alamimo (mdn 1300m), unplaced on debut four weeks ago, covered 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.7, while Gem Twist was timed 1000m in 1.7.6 and 39.1. Master Thomas and Jandakot, likely race rivals at Feilding (r65 mile), were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.6, while Taranaki runners Pacific Belle (mdn 2000m) and It's Your Call (mdn mile) did 800m in 55.5 and 40.6. Tallemosa (mdn 2000m) was kept to 56 even and 41.1. 

Thursday - October 23rd

By RON GURNEY

Roydon Bergerson-trained stablemates Manu and Tie Me Down rounded off their preparations for Wellington with first-class final trials at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Manu (r85 1200m) stretched out impressively over 800m in a smart 48.6, the last 600 in 36.3. He looks ready to pounce after being unable to run down the pacemaker at Hawera last start. He will parade much fitter.

Unbeaten 4yo mare Tie Me Down (r75 mile) drew attention to her prospects for a winning hat-trick on Saturday when she galloped a bold 1000m in 1.2.1, coming the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37.2. Lincoln's Express (by No Excuse Needed), who was unplaced in four runs mid- year, and Saturday's Wellington candidate Major Lincoln (r65 1400m) were paired over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.1. Good Mama (special conditions (1200m), who scored fresh up at Tauherenikau, had Saturday's race rider Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.2, and City Chic (r75 mile) came up with 50.8 and 37.3. Jandakot did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.8, and Richie required 51.2 and 38.3. Wellington runner Corporal Lincoln (r65 1400m) and Cutluse went together in 51.6 and 38.2. Adidazler (r65 2100m) was timed 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 38.1, while Minstrel Flyer came up with 1.5.7 and 38.6. Spike Miligan (r65 2100m) sprinted 600m in 38 even.

Top Cat (by Lucky Unicorn), unplaced in her two runs mid-year, had a No Excuse Needed gelding alongside over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.3, while a Statue Of Liberty gelding and a Stravinsky filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, did 600m in 38.6. Wellington entrant Let Me Think (r65 1400m) and his half-brother Perfect Symbol were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.8, coming the final 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.1, and Reykjavik ended with 600m in 39.6. Sadlers Rock and Lady Platinum, race rivals in the r85 2400m on Saturday, covered 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.4, while Kolonel Kev (3yo 1400m) and Platinum Lincoln (r85 1200m) went together in 54.2 and 39.5. Superturf (r85 2400m) did a quiet round before joining stablemate Hot Spot (r65 1400m) for a gallop over 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39.2. Red Melody (r65 1400m) left 800m behind in 54.1 and 40.7. Salamanca, who looks a leading chance at Wellington (r85 1200m), was kept to 600m in 42.5, and his stablemate Leeds (3yo 1400m) was even quieter with 44.1. 

Tuesday - October 21st

By RON GURNEY

Last-start winner Kolonel Kev, Platinum Lincoln, Salamanca and Canyon all worked in grand style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good), with a majority heading to Trentham on Saturday.

Kolonel Kev (3yo 1400m) and Platinum Lincoln (r85 1200m) used the course proper and reeled off a very smart 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 35.8. Not to be denied, Salamanca (r85 1200m) and Canyon were paired over the same distance, recording a slower 800m (49.4), but an impressive last 600 in 35.4. It was great work by both parties. Corporal Lincoln (r65 1400m) and Canterbury entrant Edensong (r65 mile) were solid through 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 35.9, while their stablemates Platinum Express, in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham, and a Lonhro filly came up with 49.8 and 35.7. Manu (r85 1200m) was again in fine touch with his 1000m in 1.2.7, coming the final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.9, while Petone Prince and Platinum Empire (Spec Con 1200m), placed once from two starts in the autumn, posted 49.9 for 800m, the last 600 in 36.7. Fetching (r65 1400m) and Canterbury runner Platinum Witness (3yo mile) were timed 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.2, while Mighty Matt and Trentham hope Leeds (3yo 1400m) went together over 1000m in 1.4.8, clocking 51.5 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 37.8. Let Me Think (r65 1400m) and Tie Me Down (r75 mile) covered 1200m in a strong 1.16.8 and left the 800m behind in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.7, with La Monnoye (spec conditions 1200m), placed third on debut last month, and McDaids (r75 mile) running 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 37.1.

Sadlers Rock and Lady Platinum, both in the r85 2400m, warmed up from the 1000m mark to be timed from the 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.8, while their stablemates Red Melody (r65 1400m) and a Savabeel filly were almost identical with 51.1 and 37.9. Ducati worked alone over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38.9, and Adidazler was given a similar assignment, covering his 1000m in 1.6.9, the 800m in 52.9 and last 600 in 38.5. Lisa Latta-trained unraced two-year-old filly Miss Fi (by Makfi), placed at the Foxton trials recently, had a Captain Rio filly for a partner over 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 39.8, and a Mastercraftsman filly trained by Jeff Lynds sprinted 600m in 41.2.

On the plough, unraced Allez Vous (by Any Suggestion) and Galleta were timed 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.5, while Trentham entrant Major Lincoln (r65 1400m) and a Doomsday colt clocked 55.3 and 37.4. A Colombia mare in the Oulaghan stable ran a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 38.6, and Jerrico went 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.2. Lightly-raced 5yo Mystery Gift was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 39.4. No Enemy had trainer Carla Hearn aboard over and even 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 39.1, while Lincoln Sun (by Pins), unplaced on debut in June, and a filly by Not A Single Doubt took 53.8 and 39.2. They are with Lisa Latta. The Beama ran 1000m in 1.8.2 and 39.6. Miss Interpreted, entered for Trentham, was kept to 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 40.9, and Revolve came up with 56.4 and 41.4. Gem Twist required 56.7 and 41.8. 

Thursday - October 16th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara does not have his best form on the board at present, but he continues to work impressively. It was no exception at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Iamishwara again had trainer Tony Kaye in the saddle over a smart 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 35.6. Bad draws have not done him any favours in recent starts, but he will start from gate one against six rivals in the open mile at Otaki on Saturday.

Cohiba (r65 1200m) and an unraced stablemate cut out 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.7, and City Chic (r75 1400m) went alone in 50.1 and 36.6. Written Command gathered speed from the 800m to sprint home the last 600 in 36.9. Alaghera, in blinkers, and Superturf matched strides over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 37.6, and Authentic Paddy, in the open mile on Saturday, did a solo 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.3. China Star (r65 f&m 1600m) and Petone Prince took 50.5 and 37.7. Gold Wedding (r65 f&m 1600m) covered 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.5, while Sadlers Rock and Lady Platinum went together in 51.1 and 38.3. Jibril (mdn mile) and unraced Denman gelding Officer Lincoln came up with 51.2 and 38.2. Daiello, who would love some rain for Otaki (open 1200m), left 1000m behind in 1.6.1 and came the final 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38 even. He has been galloping solidly.

Last-start winner Miss Lightning (r65 1200m) worked alone over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 38.4, and stablemate Petite Brigitte, who galloped boldly on Tuesday, clocked 52.8 and 39.1. Justanexcuse (open 1200m) was kept to 52.7 and 39.2. Crackling Rosie (mdn 1400m) and Chipotle (r65 1200m) were on terms throughout a 600m dash in 39.8, and The Beama, ridden by his trainer Laura Knight, did a quiet round before galloping 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.6. Let Me Think did an even 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39.8, and Master Thomas (r75 1400m) recorded 1.8.5 and 40.1. Itsagem (r65 1200m) required 53.4 for 800m, the last 600 in 40 even. Attivaree (r65 f&m mile) was not after time with 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.4, while a Statue Of Liberty gelding and a Stravinsky filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.3. Master Jack (mdn 1400m) ended 1000m with 600m in 41.4.   

Tuesday - October 14th

By RON GURNEY

Stonemason and stablemate Petite Brigitte galloped together in good style at Awapuni this morning as the majority of horses prepared for Woodville on Thursday or Otaki on Saturday. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Stonemason and Petite Brigitte were paired over 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.9. Stonemason resumes at Woodville, and went well fresh up for his last campaign.

Don'stopgirl and Attivaree, two more from the stable of Lisa Latta, also did solid work when timed 800m in 50 even, the last 600 in 36.8, and Justanexcuse galloped alone in 50.3 and 36.2. Star Emerald was one of the last to use the plough and cut out 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 36.9. He resumes at Woodville, where he cleared maidens in May. Dance In The Park ended a strong workout with 600m in 36.1, while Leeds and Salamanca went together in 36.7. Daiello, who continues to work solidly, completed 1000m in 1.4, the last 600 in 37.5. Missteeflying and Cutluse matched strides over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37.2, while Miss Lightning and Dixie Express came up with 50.4 and 37.7. Taipa Tiger and Saint Remi (blinkers off) took 50.3 and 37.9. Kim Clapperton-trained Lovetokeephim, unplaced on debut in May, and Roydon Bergerson-trained Shades Of Grey were on terms throughout 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.7. Canyon and unraced filly Judith Kate (Cecconi) ended with 600m in 38.8. Courtesan, a good second on debut, and unraced stablemate Savaria were paired over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.3, and Talk The Torque went 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 38.2. Sue Gordon-trained Lawrie's Choice (blinkers off) and a Helmsman gelding trained by Janine Vandenberg covered 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.2, while Jonquil, third on debut at Rotorua, and a Nom du Jeu gelding stablemate took 52.5 and 38.6. Authentic Paddy was timed a solo 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.8, while Chipotle and a Falkirk mare stablemate went together in 53.9 and 39.2.

Hank Moody and an O'Reilly filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 39.3. Ima Viking had trainer Stephen Gillies aboard over 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 39.6, and Minstrel Flyer, who ran a much improved race at Tauherenikau, went a few minutes earlier in 1.6.5 and 39.7. Let Me Think and unraced filly Irish Whisper worked evenly over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.9, and Red Sunset went alone in 55 even, the last 600 in 39.8. Flemington, who is two races into a new campaign, covered 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 39.2, while Letsgetiton and Crackling Rosie were almost identical when working together in 1.7.4 and 39.3. St'ruth (blinkers off) did 1.7.5 and 39.8. Powelka required 1.6.9 for 1000m, the last 600 in 40.1, while Mark Oulaghan's Mr Nancho-Zalfie gelding took 1.7.7 and 40.2. Perfect Symbol and High Commissioner came up with 1.8.5 and 40.6. Let's and a Gold Centre filly stablemate ran 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.6, followed straight after by Jibril and Platinum Command, who clocked 55.5 and 40.5. The latter was third on debut. Jimmy Mac had trainer Gene Andrew in the saddle over a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 40.6. An unraced Bachelor Duke maiden trained by James Bull ran 1000m in 1.12.5 and 40.5. Freelinks and Obrahma were kept to 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 41.2, and Jilted posted 56 even and 41.1. Master Thomas came up with 56.1 and 41.3. Prioritise sprinted 600m in 41 even, and her stablemate Spike Miligan took 41.2. Just Ishi, who is out of form, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 600m in 41.3. He will race without blinkers at Woodville.  Catalina De Lago ended with 600m in 42.2, and Little Storm recorded 43.5.    

Thursday - October 9th

By RON GURNEY

Stella Bella, who has been marking time in recent weeks, showed she is holding her form strongly with another fast workout at Awapuni this morning. Gallops took place on the plough (good) and a few metres out from the rail on the No 1 grass (slow). Stella Bella used the plough and had this Saturday's raceday jockey Robert Hannam aboard over a smart 800m in 47.8, the last 600 in 36.4. She tackles the r75 mile at Hawera.

Taranaki Breeders' Stakes (1400m) entrant Unbelieveabelle was another to work alone and she cut out 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.6, while Rose And Crown and Princess Sienna went together in 49.1 and 36.8. Pirinitete (Egmont Cup) and Miss Benci (r75 mile) were paired over a nice 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 37.6, while Acquisto and a Keeper gelding were timed 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.8. Manu (r75 1200m) sprinted 600m in 37.4. Powelka and a Viking Ruler mare reeled off 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 38.1, while Egmont runners Southern Secret (r65 mile) and Hot Spot (r65 1400m) covered 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.3. Letsgetiton and Chopper ended with 600m in 38.4. Charlestown, who resumes in the r75 1200m on Saturday, had Petone Prince for a partner over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.5, and Godzila Girl (by Chinese Dragon), who has not raced since last spring, went alone in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.7. Rosamosa and Shadow Player, stablemates in the r65 1400m, matched strides over a 600m dash in 40 seconds even, while a Fully Fledged gelding and a Stravinsky gelding, two more trained by Mike Breslin, clocked 41 even. Attivaree was kept to 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 41.8, while Bamboo and an Alamosa-Di Talento three-year-old came up with 56.3 and 41.1. Gem Twist went 57.6 and 42.6.

On the No 1 grass, Daiello skipped over 800m in 48.3, the last 600 in 36.4, and he has come to hand well after not getting the rub of the green in his recent races. Egmont runner Caley Rose (r65 mile) and Gold Wedding were on terms throughout 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37.7, while Don'stopgirl and Corporal Lincoln (r65 1400m) recorded 49.9 and 37.4. Jibril and Star Emerald took 49.8 and 37.3. Szyslak (mdn mile) and Anotherchancetaken (r65 2100m) left 800m behind in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.4, with Rock Band (r65 mile) and Vice Marshall taking 52.3 and 38.3. Spike Miligan (r65 2100m) warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 40.3, and Kermit was sent 800m in 54.6 and 40.7. High Commissioner and Perfect Symbol covered 1000m in 1.9.7, there last 600 in 41.1. 

Tuesday - October 7th

By RON GURNEY

Sadlers Rock and Eden Rock are in fine heart for respective staying races at Tauherenikau on Thursday after eye-catching work at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (slow) and on the plough (good). Sadlers Rock (r85 2200m) and Eden Rock (mdn 2200m) used the course proper and were paired over a solid 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 36.5. It was the best of the morning by a long way.

Princess Lincoln and a stable companion covered 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.3, while their stablemates Jackson Street and Yin Dragon came up with 50.6 and 38 even. Don'stopgirl and I'llbeyourplatinum clocked 53.2 and 38.6. Gold Wedding and Charlestown were on terms throughout 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even, and Phoenix Tycoon warmed up from the 800m to run home the last 600 in 39.6. Obrahma and Freelinks ended with 600m in 39 even. Just Ishi and Pirinitete matched strides over 1000m in 1.5.4 and came their final 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 39.6, with Zartan and Reflect galloping a few minutes earlier over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 39.8. Egmont runner Dubai Belle and Lady Huntingdon did good even work over 1000m in 1.9.8 and completed the final 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.6. Miss Benci went alone in 1.11.2 for 1000m, clocking 54.3 and 39.4 for the sectionals. Spike Miligan and Needs To Play looked comfortable running 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39 even, while Anotherchancetaken and Szyslak covered the same ground in 53.2 and 39.5. Corporal Lincoln and Miss Lightning recorded 53.3 and 39.6. Troup Road (by Road To Rock), entered for Tauherenikau on Thursday (mdn 3yo 1400m), had a Danger Looms gelding stablemate for a partner over 600m in 39.9. Unbelieveabelle and Stella Bella were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.5.6, coming up with 53.6 for the final 800m, and easing over the last 600 in 40.9. Tie Me Down, unbeaten in two starts to date, and Denlee were timed their 1000m in 1.7.7, coming the final 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.2. Ralph's Gift went alone in 1.9.3, with the final 800m taking 54.6 and 40.3. Ngawaka was sent 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 41.7, while Reykjavik and Crackling Rosie did 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 41 even. Casual Annie required 56.6 and 41.2, and Shadow Player went with Rosamosa in 56.4 and 42.9. Mayari and Savaria, maidens on debut at Tauherenikau on Thursday, were not after time with 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 43.2, while Brimex and a Spartacus gelding stablemate took 57 even and 43.1.

On the plough, City Chic and Caley Rose were at full speed over 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 36.6, and their stablemate Jerrico sprinted 600m in 36.3. Unraced three-year-old filly Judith Kate (by Cecconi) and a Fully Fledged gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, dashed 600m in 37.6, and Triple Billing ended with 600m in 38.3. Jilted and Golden Shells stayed together throughout 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.2, followed soon after by Hot Spot and Southern Secret in 53.2 and 38.4. Ned covered 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39.5. Red Sunset cruised over 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 39.8, while St Matthew (by Alamosa), who debuts on Thursday, and his stablemate Posterity required 56.2 and 39 even. Gipsy Star had trainer Tracy Collis aboard over 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 40.3, and Shades Of Grey was timed 600m in 40.5. Crafty Lad took 41.7, while Platinum Express and a Makfi filly stablemate clocked 42.7. Manu recorded a quiet 43.9. 

Thursday - October 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Daiello topped off his excellent workout on Tuesday with another fine trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Daiello, who paraded in fantastic order, breezed over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.6, with plenty to spare. In-form northern apprentice Lee Magorrian will claim 3kg on the gelding for Saturday's r85 1200m at Hastings and that will place the horse at a very competitive level.

Time honours went to Iamishwara (open 1400m), who skipped over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.1. He is a renowned good track worker, who again showed that he lacks nothing in race fitness. Race rival Justanexcuse was timed 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.1, while North And South (r85 mile) and Petone Prince were paired over the same distance in 50.5 and 37.7. Platinum Witness, one of three fillies in the Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m), worked alone over 800m in 51, the last 600 in 37.5. She was a fine last- start second to Twya in the Wanganui Guineas (1340m) four weeks ago. Unbelieveabelle (open 1400m) left 800m behind in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.9, and her stablemate City Chic (r75 1400m) came up with 53.5 and 38.4. Both mares are capable of paying dividends on Saturday. Hawke's Bay Guineas entrant Leeds had stablemate Salamanca (r85 1200m) alongside over 600m in 38 even, and the chances of both horses should not be under-estimated. Authentic Paddy (open 1400m) had his raceday jockey Robert Hannam aboard over an even 1000m in 1.10.5, coming the final 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.8. His last two starts are best forgotten. Taipa Tiger covered 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.3, and Shamrock King (by His Royal Highness), a solid fifth placing on debut last month, was sent 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 39.4.

Fighter Class required 53.4 for 800m, the last 600 in 39.6, while Special Bid and Rosamosa went together in 55.3 and 39.7. Chopper and a Stravinsky gelding stablemate warmed up from the 800m to run home 600 in 39.2. Pirinitete and unraced stablemate Nom du Beel (by Nom du Jeu) were not after time over 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 40 even, while Dance In The Park and a Perfectly Ready 3yo filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 40.8. Jimmy Mac, in Saturday's r75 2000m at Hastings, had trainer Gene Andrew aboard over a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 41 even. Master Thomas, balloted out of the r75 1400m, warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 41.1, and his stablemate Master Jack, balloted out of the special conditions 1400m, ended with 600 in 43.8. Roydon Bergerson-trained Hank Moody (by Savabeel), a half-brother to Karla Bruni, sprinted 600m in 42.5. 

Tuesday - September 30th

By RON GURNEY

Daiello could be the dark horse of the r85 1200m at Hastings on Saturday judging by his strong gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good) as the majority of horses prepared for either Whanganui on Thursday or Hastings on Saturday. Daiello used the course proper and lapped up the perfect conditions to run 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36.3. His form is better than it looks on paper and, in recent starts, things have not gone his way entirely.

Justanexcuse (open 1400m) cruised over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.8, while Hawke's Bay Guineas prospect Platinum Witness and Platinum Command (by Red Giant) came up with 50.1 and 36.9. The latter debuts at Whanganui (mdn 3yof 1200m) on Thursday. Manu, who will race without blinkers on Thursday (r75 1200m), covered 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.6, and Mighty Solomon had Corporal Lincoln alongside over the same task in 51.7 and 37.9. Written Command (r75 1200m), an impressive Woodville trial winner recently, sprinted 600m in 38.2, and should go well fresh, while stablemate Phoenix Tycoon took 38.8. Likely Hastings runners Salamanca (r85 1200m) and Leeds (Guineas) were paired over 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.6, and a Mr Nancho-Zalfie gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan recorded 1.6.6 and 38.5. Livamol Classic entrant Ransomed stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 38.4, and he is right on target for back-to-back wins in the Group 1 race at Hastings on Saturday. Unbelieveabelle and Roadtoplatinum were sent 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.7, and Flemington went alone in 51.9 and 38.9. Rock Band and an Alamosa colt stablemate left 800m behind 52 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Adidazler and Obrahma took 52.8 and 38.3. Game last-start winner Lord Casanova and stablemate Zedace were on terms throughout 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.7, while Authentic Paddy and Edensong clocked 52.2 and 39 even. Almost identical were Princess Lincoln and Platinum Lincoln with their 52.5 and 39.

Dowellbyme and Reflect were timed 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.2, and their stablemate Ngawaka, in at Whanganui, ran 53.7 and 39.4. Let Me Think and Perfect Symbol matched strides over 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 39.8. Tony Bambry-trained Lady Huntingdon and Lovetokeephim, owner-trained by Kim Clapperton, went together over 800m, the last 600 in 39.6. Lovetokeephim (by Keeper) was unplaced on debut at the end of May. Courtesan and Mayari ended with 600m in 39.8, while Kolonel Kev and Platinum Express worked an easy 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 39.4. Minstrel Flyer did 1000m in 1.10.4 and 39.7. Whanganui first starters Brecon (by Handsome Ransom) and Casual Annie (by Casual Lies), both trained by Huw Taylor, ran 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 39.3, while Hastings entrants Master Thomas and Master Jack came up with 1.11.3 and 40.7. Cutluse and Lady Lincoln were at a good clip early over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 40.4, and Hot Spot had Southern Secret for a partner over the same task in 55.8 and 40.5. Miss Benci and Ishidanzin took 57.3 and 41 even.

On the plough, a maiden by Road To Rock and one by No Excuse Needed, both trained by Matthew Eales, warmed up from the 800m (53.1), to run the last 600 in 36.9. Denlee had Rosie Myers aboard over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.1, and The Beama did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 39.1. Spike Miligan and a Danger Looms maiden stablemate sprinted 600m in 39 even. Kings Kite had trainer Stephen Beatson in the saddle over 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 40.7, and a Bachelor Duke gelding trained by James Bull ran 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.6. The latter's stablemate Tallemosa (Alamosa-Di Talento) came up with 56.8 and 41.3. Chipotle and a Falkirk mare stablemate were not after time over 800m in 58.5, the last 600 in 42.2, and No Enemy, who has not raced since the autumn, ended with 600m in 42.3. 

Thursday - September 25th

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained stablemates Jackofall and Charlestown could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), where Jackofall and Charlestown were paired over a very smart 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 35.3. Both horses are coming to hand well, with Jackofall's main spring goal being the NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in early November.

Just Ishi drew attention to his prospects at Taranaki on Saturday (open 1800m) with a fine 800m in 47.8, the last 600 in 36.4. He is on the ballot list, and won't mind it if the track is on the slow side. Manu, who looks solid in a new campaign, reeled off 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.5, while Sadlers Rock and Lady Platinum went together in 50.4 and 37.1. Taranaki entrant Fetching (r65 1200m) did nice work on his own over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.2, and his stablemate City Chic (r75 1400m) required 50.8 and 37.3. Greg Lambert-trained Alaghera and a Bachelor Duke filly prepared by Margaret Cartwright galloped together over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.4, and Fruition (by Fully Fledged), unplaced on debut in July, and a Falkirk mare stablemate recorded identical times. Let Me Think warmed up from the 1000m pole to run 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.6, while Jibril and Lincoln's Sunset came up with 52.3 and 37.5. Galleta and an Any Suggestion gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 38.8.

Gail Temperton-trained Pirinitete and Fighter Class, prepared by Tony Bambry were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.3.8 and came their final 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.2. Pirinitete goes to Taranaki for the r85 3210m, the longest flat race in New Zealand. Platinum Witness had Star Emerald for a partner over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.1, while Kolonel Kev (by Darci Brahma) and an unknown stablemate clocked 52.5 and 38.9. Red Melody and a Tavistock 3yo filly stablemate required 53.9 and 39.6. Brad Thorn, off to Taranaki for the r75 1400m, had Golden Shells alongside over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.5, and Taipa Tiger (in company) went 55 even and 39.3. Reykjavik and a Fully Fledged gelding stablemate sprinted 600m in 39.7. The Beama was not after time with 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 39.7, and Perfect Symbol took 1.8.2 and 40.6. Cutluse and Cohiba were timed 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 40.4.

Against the rail on the No 1 grass (dead-slow), By The Powers galloped boldly over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37 even, and jumper Authentic did a quiet round before working quicker over 1200m, the last 600 in 40.6. He is in the 0-1 win steeple at Te Rapa on Sunday. 

Tuesday - September 23rd

By RON GURNEY

Greg Lambert-trained stablemates Superturf and She's Slinky stole the show during a busy gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the No 1 grass (dead-slow). Superturf, in the hands of Robert Hannam, did a quiet round of pacework on the plough and was then joined by She's Slinky (Rosie Myers) for a gallop over 1000m in 1.3.5, coming the final 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.7. They head to Taranaki on Saturday.

City Chic and Gold Wedding, both of whom continue to work solidly, covered 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.4, while their maiden stablemates Obrahma and Golden Emperor, who race at Otaki on Thursday, lost no kudos with 49.6 and 36.7. Flemington and Let's, both trained by Lucy Tanner, gathered speed from the 1000m peg to run 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.9, and Pindy's Secret (by Sakhee's Secret), who debuts on Thursday (mdn 1200m), went alone in 53.3 and 36.6. She is with Gail Temperton. Denlee, second at the Woodville trials two weeks ago, was timed 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.3, and Hot Spot came up with 50.2 and 37.7. Unraced 3yo fillies Courtesan (by Mastercraftsman) and Mayari (Alamosa) required 50.6 and 37.3, and they are with Roydon Bergerson. Missteeflying and Cohiba matched strides over 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.2, while High Commissioner and St'ruth were paired over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.6. Brad Thorn and Chipotle ended with 600m in 38 even. Manu, who was the star turn the previous Tuesday, was kept to 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.1, and last-start longshot winner Jandakot had Master Thomas for a partner over the same distance in 51.5 and 38 even. Peroni and Letsgetiton clocked 51.7 and 38.1. Lincoln Park and a Denman gelding stablemate left 800m behind in 53.5, the last 600 in 38.3, while Irish Whisper (by O'Reilly) and a Keeper gelding took 55.2 and 38.1. Wanganui Guineas placegetter Acquisto and a Starcraft gelding stablemate went 55.7 and 38.8.

Posterity and an Alamosa colt stablemate ran a nice 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 39 even, and Our Gazza had Attivaree alongside over the same task in 52.9 and 39.1. For Fashion, who will race i n blinkers at Otaki (mdn mile), ended with 600m in 39.2. Good Grace and Special Bid were on terms throughout 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.1, and were followed soon after by Pirinitete and Lord Casanova, who came up with 53.7 and 39.3. A Cecconi filly and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 39.7, and Zedace went with a Fully Fledged filly stablemate over 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 39.6. Jimmy Mac had trainer Gene Andrew in the saddle over a round of pacework before galloping 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 39.5, and a Bachelor Duke gelding trained by James Bull took 1.13.6 and 40.7. A Handsome Ransom gelding and a Casual Lies mare, who could both debut at Whanganui next week, ran 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.3. They are with Huw Taylor. Perfect Symbol ended with 600m in 40.4. Rosamosa and Jilted were not after time over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.6, and neither was Shades Of Grey with his 56 even and 40.3. Alaghera did a round and a half of pacework before galloping 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 41.2. Powelka worked an easy 1000m in 1.9, the last 600 in 41.4, and Miss Interpreted ended 800m with 600 in 41.2.

On the No 1 grass, Caley Rose and Brimex enhanced their prospects for Otaki on Thursday with a bold 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.9. They were the only ones to break 50 seconds (800m) on this track. Thorn Pass and Roadtoplatinum were paired over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.3, while Lookherepal (by Pentire) and I'llbeyourplatinum came up with 50.5 and 37.5. Fetching and Lincoln Inn clocked 50.2 and 37.9. There was nothing between Miss Benci and Just Ishi throughout 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.8, with Supercede and Don'stopgirl locked together over the same distance in 50.7 and 38.1. Spike Miligan sprinted 600m in 38.6. Ralph's Gift worked on his own over 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.4, while Dubai Belle and a Keeper gelding stablemate were timed at 51.5 and 38.3. Miss Lightning and debutant Dan Cugat (by Danroad) recorded 51.8 and 38.6, and they are race rivals at Otaki (mdn 1200m) on Thursday. Let Me Think and unraced stablemate Savaria (by Savabeel) cruised over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.4, and Crackling Rosie had Alarinda for a partner over the same task in 52.2 and 39.1. La Danseur sprinted 600m in 39.8. Eden Rock and China Star were kept to 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.2, and their stablemates Freelinks and a Red Giant 3yo filly stopped the clock at 52.8 and 39.7. Authentic warmed up from the 1400m peg to run 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 39.4, while Major Lincoln and Platinum Dragon (by Manhattan Rain) were sent 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 41.3. Platinum Dragon debuts at Otaki (2yo 800m). Zartan went alone in 55.9 and 41.9. 

Thursday - September 18th

By RON GURNEY

Aldebaran Star suggested his last-start disappointment is best forgotten after a first-class final gallop at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was held on the plough (good), where Aldebaran Star had trainer Trina Riddell aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 35.7. He tackles the r85 1400m at Hastings on Saturday from a good draw that will improve three places if the ballots come out. Side winkers are on this week in place of blinkers.

Daiello, who will have the blinkers removed for the open 1200m, also worked alone, and he cut out 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.2. Things just haven't gone his way in recent starts, including an outside draw on Saturday, but his form could change dramatically at any time. Marton visitor Be The Most (by Alamosa) attracted attention with his 1000m in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 36.8, and he has trained on nicely after a debut third at Waverley at the end of July. He is trained by Gloria Kenny. His stablemate Casino, resuming in Saturday's r85 1400m, stretched out well over 1000m in 1.1.8, the last 600 in 37.3, but he did not fare well in the barrier draw either. Adidazler (r65 2200m) and Obrahma were paired over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.3, while Rod's Lincoln and Obrahma came up with 51.3 and 37.6. City Chic (r85 1400m) went alone in 51.7 and 37.8. Karla Bruni, who will have her final race on Saturday before going to stud, was timed 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.1, and she could easily finish on a winning note in the open 2000m. Brad Thorn and Reykjavik matched strides throughout 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.5, and Word's Out covered the same distance on her own in 51.7 and 38.3. China Star and Eden Rock ended with 600m in 38.2.

Authentic Paddy, off to Hastings for the open 1200m, had Robert Hannam in the saddle over 800m in an even 52.4, the last 600 in 38.5, and his stablemate Attivaree clocked 52.8 and 38.4. Missteeflying and a Danroad gelding stablemate left 800m behind in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.2, while a Denman 3yo gelding and an Alamosa 3yo gelding, two more from the Latta barn, recorded 54.4 and 38.4. Shamrock King (by His Royal Highness), a good fifth on debut at Otaki a few weeks ago, covered 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 60 in 39.9, while a Falkirk mare and a Fully Fledged gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.1. Pelletier, drawn wide for the r65 1400m at Hastings, came in from the 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 40.1, and Taipa Tiger was sent 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 41.2. The Beama required 56.9 and 41.3.

On the No 1 grass (dead), Needs To Play sprinted 600m in 37 seconds even, and her stablemate By The Powers clocked 38.6.

Tuesday - September 16th

By RON GURNEY

Darci Brahma gelding Manu showed he is close to racing trim again with a first-class gallop at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), where Manu had Hayden Tinsley aboard over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 35.6. The five- year-old has done a lot of strengthening up since the autumn and looks set to improve on his four wins from 20 starts so far.

Time honours went to Justanexcuse, who is renowned for such things, and he reeled off 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 35.3. He is in Saturday's open 1200m at Hastings. His stablemates City Chic (r85 1400m) and Caley Rose lost no kudos with their 800m together in 48.2 and 36 even. Our Gazza (open 2000m) and Brimex were paired over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.6, and Daiello (open 1200m) went alone in almost identical time, clocking 50.4 and 36.6. Authentic Paddy and Unbelieveabelle, two more entered for the open 1200m, came up with 49.4 and 37.3 when galloping 800m, with Major Lincoln and Roadtoplatinum taking 49.8 and 37.8. Aldebaran Star (r85 1400m) had trainer Trina Riddell in the saddle over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 37.8, while Supercede (r65 1400m) and Canterbury Belle Stakes (Riccarton) entrant Justa Secret required 50.5 for 800m, the last 600 in 37.9. Missteeflying and Don'stopgirl recorded 51.4 and 37.7. Hastings runner Pelletier (r65 1400m) worked a nice 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.5, followed soon after by Miss Benci and Ishidanzin, who galloped 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39 even. For Fashion did it in 54.2 and 39.7. Saturday's Windsor Park Plate (1600m) entrant Zennista was kept to 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 40.3, and High Commissioner took 1.11.8 and 41.2. Red Sunset gathered speed from the 1000m to run 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.3, and Rising Tide ended with 600m in 44.7.

On the No 1 grass (dead), Spike Miligan galloped a solid 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37.5, and Needs To Play did similar work, finishing with 600m in 37.6. La Danseur ran 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 38.2.

Thursday - September 11th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara could easily be the dark horse again in the Marton meeting's Group 3 mile on Saturday after another classy gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Iamishwara had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36 even, and it wouldn't pay to read too much into his two last-start failures. Aimee Taylor, who has won on the horse previously, takes the mount this week.

Stella Bella (r75 mile), who is holding her form strongly, skipped over 800m in a slick 48.1, the last 600 in 36.3, and Mountbatten, with trainer Talia Yeates aboard, sprinted 600m in 36.7. Cutluse and Red Melody were paired over a solid 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37.1, while their stablemates North And South (open mile) and Jackofall came up with 50.1 and 37.1. Lincoln Road (by Swiss Ace), who debuts in the maiden 3yo 1200m on Saturday, had Corporal Lincoln for company over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.6. Lincoln Road finished second at the Woodville trials (800m) in July. Charlestown had Robert Hannam in the saddle when working over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.7, while Saturday's race rivals Petite Brigitte and Platinum Lincoln (r75 1200m) went together in 50.9 and 37.7. Good Grace galloped alone in 50.9 and 37.8. Adidazler (r65 2100m) had Obrahma alongside over 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 37.9, while an Alamosa colt and a Cecconi filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, warmed up from the 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 37.7. Merial Mile lightweight Karla Bruni did good work over 1200m in 1.18.1, covering the final 1000m in 1.3.7. She came in from the 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.3, and is in fine fettle for Saturday. Race rivals Sadlers Rock and Lady Platinum (r85 2100m) were on terms throughout 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38 even, followed soon after by Gold Wedding and Edensong with 51.5 and 38.4. Mighty Matt and Chipotle recorded 51.7 and 38.3.

Jandakot (mdn mile) did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 38.4, and Pirinitete covered 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38 even. Ashley Meadows-trained Jonquil (by Sakhee's Secret) and Mike Breslin's Posterity were timed 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.6, and Jonquil debuts in a maiden 1200m at Rotorua on Sunday. Missteeflying and Cohiba (by Falkirk), a maiden winner in the autumn, matched strides over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.5, while Lyric's Way (by Thewayyouare) and a Postponed gelding, two more from the Latta barn, took 54 even and 39.9. Superturf, off to Rotorua on Sunday for a maiden hurdle, and Marton entrant Just Ishi (r85 2100m) cruised over 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 40.3. Just Ishi worked in blinkers and will race in them for the first time on Saturday. Top prospect Leeds (r75 1200m) and Rock Band (r65 1400m) were not after time either with 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.2, and Miss Benci went alone in 56.2 and 40.3. Reykjavik and Golden Shells sprinted 600m in 40.6, while Mighty Solomon (r75 1200m) and a Denman gelding stablemate clocked 40.9. A Falkirk mare and a Fully Fledged gelding, both with Mike Breslin, did 600m in 42 even. A Manhattan Rain colt and a Darci Brahma maiden, both with Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 42.6, and Let Me Think ended with 600m in 43.6. Supercede worked an easy 800m in 58.3, the last 600 in 43.9, while Rising Tide (r85 2100m) did three-quarter pace over 1000m. 

Tuesday - September 9th

By RON GURNEY

Triple Billing was the best worker on the plough last Tuesday, and she was almost the star turn again at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Mike Breslin-trained Triple Billing breezed over 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.6. It was first-class work.

Time honours went to Stella Bella, who produced one of her regular fast gallops when running 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 36.7. However, she will be hoping for some rain by the weekend for a r75 mile at Marton. Mighty Solomon (r75 1200m) and Princess Lincoln were paired over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.4, while Superturf (rhcp hurdle) and maiden 3yo 1200m first starter Trojan (by Road To Rock), trained by Sue Gordon, ran 1000m 1.5.5, coming the final 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.8. Thorn Pass and Supercede were on terms throughout 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.6, while their stablemates Lady Platinum and Sadlers Rock were almost identical with 50.4 and 37.6. They are all in at Marton. Signora, in at Taranaki on Thursday, worked alone over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.9, while Salamanca and Shadow Player went together in 51.8 and 37.7. Marton entrants Rock Band (r65 1400m) and Leeds (r75 1200m) recorded 51.2 and 38.6. Jibril and Taranaki runner Gold Emperor (mdn 1400m) matched strides over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.5, with Crackling Rosie and Special Bid coming up with 53.7 and 38.7.

Karla Bruni looked in great order walking on to the track before cutting out 1200m in 1.20 even, the last 600 in 38.1. She will be a big chance in Saturday's Merial Ancare Metric Mile. Ollie Red (mdn mile) and Jitzu (rhcp hurdle) did two rounds of the hurdle fences in the centre then galloped 800m on the plough in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.2, with Jitzu a few lengths clear at the finish. Lincoln Inn sprinted 600m in 39 even. Derby Dan covered 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40 even, and an unnamed Handsome Ransom gelding took 1.9.9 and 40.4. Master Jack was timed 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.4, and Itsgem clocked 56.4 and 42.4.

Thursday - September 4th

By RON GURNEY

Mighty Matt, who has not raced since the Grand National meting at Riccarton, was in great form at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), with just a few gallops recorded on the outside of the No 1 grass (dead). Mighty Matt used the plough and, with a light weight aboard, cut out 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.6. He could be seen in the Merial Mile at his home track on Saturday week.

Caley Rose drew attention to her chances in the r65 mile at Wanganui this Saturday when she worked alongside Lincoln's Legacy over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.8. Letsgetiton went alone in 49.8 and 37.2. Adidazler (r65 mile) and Jibril were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.3, and stablemate Signora (r65 1200m) covered the same distance on her own in 51.1 and 37.8. Justa Secret, who tackles the O'Leary's Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui, was sent 800m with Roadtoplatinum (r65 1200m) in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.4, while a Savabeel filly and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, required 52.9 and 37.6. Good Grace and a Cecconi filly stablemate left 800m behind in 52.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and Rosamosa, off to Wanganui for the r65 1200m, warmed up from the 800m (55.4) to run home the last 600 in 38.8. Jandakot did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.10, the last 600 in 38.8, and Jax gathered speed from the 800m to finish with 600 in 38.5. A Volksraad maiden from the stable of Matthew Eales, sprinted 600m in 39.3.

Authentic Paddy should be one of the hardest to beat in the open 1200m at Wanganui and he completed his final trial with an even 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 39.2. Perfect Symbol (r75 2040m) was timed 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 39.5, and Ollie Red schooled over hurdles in the centre before coming out to run 1000m, the last 600 in 39 even. Let Me Think and an O'Reilly filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 39.8. An El Hermano filly trained by Stephen Gillies ran 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.1, and a Road To Rock gelding with Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 40.6. Saturday's Great Northern Hurdle prospect Harvest The Gold covered 1400m, being timed from the 1200m in 1.26.8 to come his final 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.5. He is a good chance to complete back-to-back Northerns. Wanganui entrant Just Ishi (r85 mile) cruised over 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 40 even, and race rival Our Gazza was sent 1000m in 1.11.7, the last 600 in 40.4. Dowellbyme did a quiet round before galloping 1200m in 1.25.1, the last 600 in 41 even, and her stablemate Upper Cut, a big improver for the Great Northern Steeple, ran 1000m in 1.13.8, the last 600 in 42.7. An Alamosa gelding and a Tiger Prawn filly were timed 600m in 45.2. They are with Mike Breslin.

On the No 1 grass, Kennys Chance enjoyed the improved track conditions when he cut out a bold 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 36.4, and he could be a surprise package at Wanganui (r75 1340m). Wotabuzz, off to Auckland for the 0-1 win steeple on Saturday, had Cody Singer aboard when working the reverse way (right-handed). He did a quiet lap before increasing the tempo on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 38.5. It was solid work.

Tuesday - September 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Smart gallops were the order of the day at Awapuni this morning, but the overall honours went to Tony Bambry-trained stablemates Dubai Belle and Lord Casanova. Fast work took place on the extreme outside of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good).

Excelling on the perfect conditions, Dubai Belle and Lord Casanova used the course proper and cut out a bold 800m in 48.7, the last 600 coming up in 35.7. Dubai Belle awaits the Awapuni meeting next week, while Lord Casanova looks a huge improver for Wanganui this Saturday (r65 mile) after a fine first-up run at Hawera. No less impressive this morning were Lisa Latta-trained stablemates Gold Wedding and Caley Rose, a rival for Lord Casanova. They covered 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 35.9. The best time for 800m was recorded by Daiello (open 1200m) and Poneke (r65 1200m), who worked boldly over 800m together in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.6. City Chic (r75 1340m) and Brimex, in the maiden 1200m at Otaki on Thursday, earned admirers with their 48.7 and 36 even. Saturday's O'Leary's Stakes (1200m) entrant Justa Secret had Lincoln Inn alongside over 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.2, while Jackson Street (r65 1200m) and Platinum Witness clocked 49.7 and 36 even. Platinum Witness was nominated for the O'Learys' Stakes and the Wanganui Guineas. Aldebaran Star (open 1200m) had Jonathan Riddell in the saddle over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.3, and Talk The Torque (Riddell), who goes to Otaki on Thursday (r75 1200m), went a few minutes earlier in 51.1 and 36.9.

Ollie Red (blinkers on) and Jitzu (blinkers off), probable race rivals in the maiden 2100m at Otaki, caught the eye with their 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 37.8. Wanganui runners Authentic Paddy (open 1200m) and Our Gazza (r85 mile) were paired over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37 even, while Kennys Chance (r75 1340m) and Gipsy Star warmed up from the 1000m to come in from the 800m in 49.7 and 37.2. Brad Thorn (r75 1340m) and Salamanca were on terms throughout 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.7, while Thorn Pass (r75 1340m) and Unbelieveabelle (open 1200m) took 51.3 and 37.9. Otaki maiden runner Ned clocked 51.4 and 37.9. Written Command, who won two in succession last spring before going for a good spell, sprinted 600m in 37 even, and Just Ishi, off to Wanganui on Saturday (r85 mile), ran 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.4. Rosamosa (r65 1200m) and Rock Band left 800m behind 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, while Otaki entrant Veracious (mdn 1000m) and Szyslak warmed up over the same distance to record 53.7 and 38.7. China Star and Eden Rock ended with 38.1. Great Northern Hurdle contender Harvest The Gold worked the reverse way over 1200m and drew plenty of attention with his 1.21, the last 600 in 38.7. His stablemate Upper Cut (Gt Northern Steeple) did similar work, clocking 1.21.6 and 40.8. Janine Vandenberg-trained stablemates Dal Finian (Otaki) and Dal Vuitton (Wanganui) were timed 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 39 even, and Gloriano (Otaki) did it in 55.3 and 40.8. St'ruth (Otaki) sprinted 600m in 40.7, and Toothpic (Otaki) went a steady 42.3. Wanganui Guineas hope Acquisto and Otaki runner Zedace were not after time with 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 42.2.   

On the plough, Triple Billing was in full flight over 800m in 48 even, the last 600 in 36.2, while Star Emerald and Adidazler went together in 50.2 and 37.5. Crackling Rosie and Special Bid came up with 51.1 and 37.6. Powelka did an even 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 39.2, and Rising Tide covered 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 39.7. Jandakot did a quiet round before galloping 800m in 54.3 and 39.3. Shades Of Grey was not in top gear over 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 39.4, and Zartan (by Zed), unplaced on debut in May, ran 800m in 54.2 and 40.4. Let Me Think sprinted 600m in 41.4. Minstrel Flyer ended 1000m with 600m in 42.9, and Otaki runner For Fashion (mdn 1400m) went a quiet 600m in 43.2.  

Thursday - August 28th

By RON GURNEY

An outstanding final trial at Awapuni this morning augurs well for Iamishwara in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on Saturday. A majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with just five gallops recorded on the outside of the No 1 grass (dead). Iamishwara used the plough and had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over 800m in an impressive 47.6, the last 600 in 34.6. The Opunake Cup (1400m) winner was not disgraced in the Foxbridge Plate (1200m) and will appreciate the step back up to 1400m this week.

Justanexcuse, another renowned for fantastic track work, covered 800m in 47.5, the last 600 in 35.4, while his stablemates Captain Lincoln, freshened since dead-heating for second in May, and Edensong came up with 47.8 and 36.2. Jackson Street had Adidazler for a partner over 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 36.3, and their stablemates Jackofall and Mighty Solomon recorded 49.5 and 36.4. Private Lincoln and Petite Brigitte were on terms throughout 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.9, followed soon after by a Nom du Jeu filly and a Cecconi filly who ran the distance in 53.5 and 37.7. Good Grace sprinted 600m in 37.8. Winter Cup winner Karla Bruni, who tackles the open mile at Hastings, was timed 1200m in 1.20.4, coming in from the 1000m in 1.4.7, the final 800m in 51.2 and last 600 in 38.5. She looks in tremendous order. Veracious also worked alone, covering 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.7, while Hank Moody (by Savabeel), who is an unraced half-brother to Karla Bruni, and an Alamosa filly sprinted 600m in 38 even. Those two are trained by Roydon Bergerson. A Magic Albert colt and an Align gelding, both with Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 38.9, and their stablemate Alarinda went alone in 39.2. Hastings runners Lady Platinum (r75 mile) and Sadlers Rock (open mile) completed 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39 even. A His Royal Highness gelding trained by Stephen Gillies was timed 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 39.8, and an El Hermano filly from the same stable did 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.8 as well. Jimmy Mac, off to Hastings for the r65 2000m, did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.6, while Jandakot did similar work, clocking 1.10.1 and 39 even. A Chinese Dragon gelding and an Alamosa colt, both with Mike Breslin, ended with 600m in 39.1, and High Commissioner worked an easy 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 41.2. The latter's stablemate Pelletier, a last-start winner in at Hastings (r65 1400m), was kept to 800m in 57.4, the last 600 in 42.2, and Dowellbyme was restricted to three-quarter pace over 1000 metres.

On the No 1 grass, Jax and Peroni were paired over 600m in 37.3, while Hastings entrant Spike Miligan, balloted out of the r65 2000m, went alone in 38.6.

A Mr Nancho-Zalfie gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan did a round of pacework then galloped 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 38.4, while a Mr Nancho filly from the same barn ended with 600m in 39 even. Daiello sprinted 600m in an easy 42.2.

Tuesday - August 26th

By RON GURNEY

Zennista, who will race in the colours of Wellfield Stud at Hastings on Saturday, warmed up for that assignment with a smart semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Zennista used the course proper and cut out 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.2, as she prepared for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at the Hawke's Bay meeting. She is fine fettle. The Zenno Rob Roy mare has been freshened since a winless four-race campaign in Brisbane, where she chalked up a third in the (Listed) Caloundra Cup (2400m) and a fourth in the Group 3 Premier's Cup (2200m).

Meanwhile, Dubai Belle and her stablemate Princess' Jewel impressed in their trial together, covering 800m in 50.8 even, the last 600 in 37.1. Princess' Jewel is in the r65 1400m at Hastings. The latter's race rival Supercede had Corporal Lincoln for a partner over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Stuertzer, who takes on the maiden Steeple at Hawera on Thursday, caught the eye with her 51.6 and 38.2. Hastings runners Sadlers Rock (open mile) and Lady Platinum (r75 mile) were paired over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.8, while Karla Bruni (open mile) and High Commissioner ran 1200m in 1.22.6, the last 600 in 39.7. Pelletier (r65 1400m) and Tie Me Down were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 40.2, and Spike Miligan (r65 2000m) went alone over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 40.1. Authentic and Electriclite, rivals in the restricted open steeple on Thursday, were sent 1400m, coming in from the 1200m in 1.27, the last 60 in 40.8. Lord Casanova, who will wear blinkers for the r65 1400m at Hawera, had Hestolemyroses for a partner over 800m in three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 46.

On the plough, Just Ishi could not have been more impressive when he sped over 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 35.7. He was freshened for an unlucky last-start fifth at Hastings and looks a big improver next time out. Mighty Solomon and Red Melody, who are both working solidly, wasted no time when breezing over 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 35.9. Not to be denied, their stablemates City Chic and Justa Secret recorded 49.1 and 35.6. Manu had Hayden Tinsley in the saddle over 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.4, while Don'stopgirl and a Thorn Park filly stablemate went together in 49.1 and 36.4. Miss Lightning and a Darci Brahma gelding clocked 49.8 and 36.3. Salamanca and Crackling Rosie sprinted 600m in 36 even, followed soon after by a Pins gelding and a Keeper gelding, both trained by Tony Bambry, who ran a smart 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 37 even. Charlestown had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 37.1, while Kyrewood, unplaced on debut last month, and Acquisto went together in 49.1 and 37.2. Fetching sprinted 600m in 37.3. Unraced gelding Baccarat (by Nom Du Jeu) and a Savabeel filly stablemate ran a nice 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37 even, while Missteeflying and a Spartacus 4yo gelding stablemate required 50.2 and 37.1. Attivaree was solo over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.3, and Pirinitete came up with 51.7 and 38.8. Hawera entrant Golden Emperor (mdn 1400m) and Obrahma did good even work over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.9.

Letsgetiton and Triple Billing left 800m behind in 54.4, the last 600 in 38.1, while unraced Courtesan (by Mastercraftsman) and an O'Reilly filly stablemate registered 56.2 and 38.7. They are with Roydon Bergerson. Posterity, an Alamosa colt and a Pentire filly all went together over a 600m dash in 38.4, and their stablemates Vice Marshall and Chipotle galloped 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39.2. Shades Of Grey worked an easy 800m in 55, the last 600 in 40.2, and Stephen Beatson's Kings Kite, in the maiden 2100m at Hawera, rounded off 1000m (1.8.4) with 600 in 40 even. He ran a huge second at Waverley last start. Ollie's Note (r65 1400m) was not after time over 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 41.2, and a Chianti gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan did 800m in 56.1 and 41.5. Special Bid and Shadow Player sprinted 600m in 41.6, while Myminkcoat and Downton Abbey took 41.8. Hell Yeah worked over an easy 600m in 43.4. 

Thursday - August 21st

By RON GURNEY

Jackofall, one of last season's smarter two-year-olds, impressed in training at Awapuni this morning as he continues to build for a new campaign. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (slow). Jackofall, who was a Listed stakes winner last term (Counties) used the plough and had an unraced Thorn Park maiden for company over 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.1.

Their illustrious stablemate Justanexcuse had Kelly Myers aboard over a customary solid clip when covering 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.6. He looks in great order. A Thorn Park filly and a Swiss Ace gelding, two more from the Lisa Latta barn, ran 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.7, while their stablemates Obrahma and a Red Giant filly sprinted 600m in 38.1. Just Ishi and Pirinitete were on terms throughout 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.9, and Attivaree went alone in 52.4 and 38.3. An Alamosa colt and a Chinese Dragon filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, did 600m in 38.4. Shades Of Grey had Darryl Bradley aboard over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.1, and For Fashion, with trainer Laura Knight in the saddle, required 54.3 and 39.9. Good Grace sprinted 600m in 39.5, while a Nom du Jeu filly and a Cecconi filly, two more from the Breslin stable, clocked 39.6. A Colombia mare trained by Mark Oulaghan did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.13.4, the last 600 in 39.7. A Mr Nancho-Zalfie four-year-old gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan was timed 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 40 even. He won a trial (1200m) at Otaki in June. Veracious, unplaced on debut last month, ran 800m in 56.3, the last 600 in 40.7, while Suspect (by Perfectly Ready), unplaced on debut a few weeks ago, and stablemate Hedge Fund sprinted 600m in 41.1.

On the No 1 grass, Ducati turned in a nice trial over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.7, and Jitzu schooled over a round of hurdle fences before galloping 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.8. Harvest The Gold, on song for the open hurdle at Ellerslie on Saturday, cut out 1000m in 1.11.8, the last 600 in 41.8, and Derby Dan ended similar work with 600m in 41.2. Perfect Symbol, in the r75 2000m at Taranaki on Saturday, was kept to 1200m in 1.30.6, the last 600 in 41.3, and Pakuranga Hunt Cup prospect Upper Cut recorded 1.13.8 and 42.6. 

Tuesday - August 19th

By RON GURNEY

Lady Platinum and stablemate Red Melody were impressive at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the No 1 grass (slow-heavy). Lady Platinum and Red Melody used the plough and cut out a very smart 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36 even. Both horses have enjoyed a winter break and are close to racing trim again.

Justa Secret and Edensong were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 36.8, while Baccarat (by Nom Du Jeu) and a Savabeel filly stablemate drew attention with their 600m dash in 37.9. They are with Roydon Bergerson. Karla Bruni was timed 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 37.5, and her stablemate Perfect Symbol did solid work over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38.2. She races at New Plymouth on Saturdsy (r75 2000m). Ollie Red, who tackles the maiden highweight (1600m) at Woodville on Thursday, ran 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.5, while Posterity, a Pentire filly and an Alamoso colt all went together in 53.9 and 38.5. Last-start winner Jimmy Mac, in the r65 2100m at Woodville, had trainer Gene Andrew aboard over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 39.3, and Charlestown sprinted 600m in 39.9. Hank Moody (by Savabeel), an unraced half-brother to Karla Bruni, had an O'Reilly filly stablemate alongside over 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 39.5, and Shades Of Grey sprinted 600m in 40 seconds even. Pelletier had Jess Shackelton in the saddle over 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 40 even, while Leeds and Rock Band went together in 54.2 and 40.2. Salamanca sprinted 600m in 40.3.

Woodville entrant China Star (mdn f&m 1400m) and a Road To Rock filly stablemate covered 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 40.8, while Brad Thorn and Chipotle came up with 56.5 and 40.6. Opium (mdn hwt) had Jonathan Riddell aboard over 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.8, and Ollie's Note did 800m in 56.7 and 42.3. Special Bid and a Road To Rock gelding stablemate ended with 600m 42.2, and Triple Billing took 42.5. Jax and Alarinda were kept to three-quarter pace over 600m (45.9), as was Jandakot over two rounds.

On the No 1 grass, Justanexcuse reeled off a 600m dash in 37.4, while two of his stablemates, Platinum Witneses and a Darci Brahma filly, clocked 38.9. Platinum Witness is in at Woodville on Thursday (mdn 3yo 1100m). St'ruth left 1000m behind in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38.6, and Anotherchancetaken (r65 2100m) did nice work over 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38.7. Upper Cut had lightweight apprentice Timothy Johnson aboard over a mile, coming in from the 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 42.5. Don'stopgirl and a Thorn Park filly stablemate ended with 600m in 44.1, while Wotabuzz did two steady rounds, the last 600 in 45.4. 

Thursday - August 14th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara produced a scintillating final trial before his Opunake Cup win last start and he did the same at Awapuni this morning ahead of Saturday's Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (heavy). As usual, Iamishwara used the plough and, with trainer Tony Kaye in the saddle, reeled off an impressive 800m in 47.9, the last 600 in 35 even. Chris Johnson rode him to win at New Plymouth, and takes the mount again this week.

Vice Marshall, who galloped boldly on Tuesday, worked over 1000m the reverse way (right-handed) and ended with 600m in 38.9. He should be respected in the r65 1200m at his home track on Saturday. Jandakot did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 39.2, while Shades Of Grey was sent 600m in 40.4. A Savabeel filly and an O'Reilly filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, took 40.7. Trina Riddell-trained Going Straight (by Refuse To Bend), who has been off the scene for 12 months, covered 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 coming up in 40 even. Rapt In Gold, in Saturday's r75 1400m, went 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 40.9, and he will have blinkers added to the gear this week. Crackling Rosie and Good Grace sprinted 600m in 41.9. A Cecconi filly and a Nom de Jeu filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 43.4.

On the No 1 grass, Saturday runner Gold Wedding (r75 1400m) and Brimex took the time honours with 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.2. Gold Wedding continues to work solidly. Race rival Stella Bella was kept to 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.4, while Little Storm (r65 2100m) and Sunday's Whanganui acceptor Caley Rose (r65 1360m) went together in 52.8 and 39.9. Jackson Street, who is upset material in the r65 1200m on Saturday, worked alone over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.3, and his race rival Roadtoplatinum and a Savabeel filly stablemate took 54.8 and 40.4. Daiello can turn his form around in Saturday's open 1400m, and he completed his final gallop with 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 40.1. He will have the blinkers removed for this assignment. Whanganui runners Gloriano (mdn hurdle) and Ned (mdn 2060m) were paired over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 40.8. Their stablemate Harvest The Gold, in the open 2100m at Awapuni, took 1.10.6 and 41.1. Red Melody and Lincoln's Legacy were timed 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 41.1, while Awapuni race rivals Needs To Play and By The Powers (r65 mile) sprinted 600m in 41.8. Authentic Paddy (open 1400m) had Robert Hannam aboard over a quiet 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.8, and Rising Tide (open 2100m) ended with 55.9 and 41.9. Rossini Girl, who will have blinkers added to the gear for the maiden 1200m at Whanganui, sprinted 600m in 41.9, while China Star and a Road To Rock filly stablemate took 42.4. Saturday runner Gipsy Star (r65 mile) had trainer Tracy Collis aboard over 1000m, the last 600 in 42.7, and Electriclite did 1000m in 1.12.6 and 42.6. Authentic came up with 1.14 and 42.3. These two contest jumping races on Sunday. Awapuni runner Kennys Chance (r75 1400m) was not after time with 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 43.2, and neither was Signora (r65 1200m), who ran 800m in 59.5, the last 600 in 44.9. 

Tuesday - August 12th

By RON GURNEY

Last-start maiden winner Cyclone Tracy and stablemate Sashay are in good order for the Otaki-Maori meeting at Awapuni on Saturday. They were impressive at Awapuni this morning, when fast work took place on the plough (good) and wide out on the heavy No 1 grass. Cyclone Tracy (r65 mile) and Sashay (mdn mile) used the plough and reeled off 1000m in 1.7.9, the last 600 in 36.9. Sashay has had two raceday outings for two seconds and looked very unlucky last time out after slipping badly 600m from home.

Vice Marshall (r65 1200m) and Sunday's Wanganui entrant Heni (r65 1360m) were paired over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.4, and they are winning chances at the respective venues. Time For Gold had trainer Lydia Pickford aboard over a nice 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 38.1, and he goes to Awapuni on Saturday (r65 2100m). Flemington and Lets went together in 1.5.1 and 38.1. Rapt In Gold covered 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 38.9, while Posterity and a Magic Albert colt were on terms throughout 800m in 52.5, the last 60 in 39.1. An Align gelding and an Alamosa colt, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.2, and two Road To Rock geldings from the same barn went 40.1. A Zed gelding and a Fully Fledged filly, both trained by Tony Bambry, recorded 40.6. Smart three-year-old Itsa Houdini worked an easy 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.8, and Kermit was kept to 59.3 and 42.2. Bacherlor Man was not after time over 800m either, the last 600 in 44.1. Leeds and Chipotle cruised over 600m in 45.9, and Jandakot did a round of pacework then quickened slightly to run home 600m in 46.6.

On the No 1 grass, Saturday runner Stella Bella (r75 1400m) again took the time honours with 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 38.7. Her raceday form is solid without winning. Jackson Street (r65 1200m) and Wanganui entrant Golden Emperor (mdn 1200m) matched strides throughout 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.5, while Roadtoplatinum (Awapuni) and Lincoln Inn (Wanganui) ended with 600m in 38.6. Needs To Play had stablemate Rossini Girl for a partner over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 39.3, and Saturday's open 1400m candidate Authentic Paddy and Caley Rose came up with 52.2 and 39 even. Daiello, another down to contest the open 1400m, had Darryl Bradley in the saddle over 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 39.3, and St'ruth sprinted 600m in 39.2. By The Powers did it in 39.4. Dubai Belle, in the open 2100m on Saturday, worked with Princess' Jewel (r65 1200m) over 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 40.2, and Ned, unplaced on debut, went alone in 54.7 and 40.9. Gloriano, who takes on the maiden hurdle at Wanganui on Sunday, ran 800m in 55, the last 600 in 40.8, and stablemate Minstrel Flyer, a bit disappointing last start, covered 1000m in 1.12.1, the last 600 in 40.7. Rising Tide, in the open 2100m on Saturday, had stable apprentice Timothy Johnson aboard over 1000m in 1.10.3, the last 600 in 41.1, and Harvest The Gold recorded 1.12.2 and 41.3. Sunday's steeplechase runner Electriclite was timed 1000m in 1.14.9, the last 600 in 42.8, and Derby Dan took 1.15.6 and 43.2. 

Thursday - August 7th - no trackwork

Tuesday - August 5th

By RON GURNEY

Jackofall and Mighty Solomon continued solid progress in their three-year- old campaigns when galloping in great style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place a few metres out from the rail on the No 1 grass (slow-heavy) and on the plough (good). Jackofall and Mighty Solomon, both trained by Lisa Latta, used the No 1 grass and matched strides over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.7. They won two races each last season, with Jackofall a Listed stakes winner at Counties in November.

Time honours were taken by Needs To Play, who sprinted 600m in 36.8, while Stella Bella covered 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 38.2. Sadlers Rock and Lincoln's Legacy went together in 50.5 and 38.4. Jackson Street, who can be forgiven his last start failure at Hastings, caught the eye with his 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 38.5. He has been working well for some time. Red Melody had Zipit for a partner over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.7, while Supercede and Gold Wedding, both running in the r65 1400m at Hastings on Thursday, ended 800m with 600 in 38.8. Platinum Witness, who resumes in the 3yo 1200m, and Golden Emperor were timed 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.7, while Dubai Belle and Princess' Jewel warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.8. Thorn Pass and a Thorn Park filly stablemate went a quiet 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40.1, and Rising Tide, in Thursday's r85 2000m, ended 1000m with 600 in 40.2. Jimmy Mac (r65 mile No 1) was sent 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 41.4, and Derby Dan recorded 1.10.4 and 41.6.

On the plough, Lady Huntingdon and a Pins gelding stablemate, both trained by Tony Bambry, were impressive over 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 35.7. Just Ishi and Pirinitete, both acceptors for the r75 mile on Thursday, were paired over 800m in 51.2, with a smart last 600 in 36.4. The blinkers go on Pirinitete. Jandakot (mdn mile) did a nice 50.6 and 37.6. That was after a quiet round of pacework. The blinkers go on as well. Race rival Opium, who has been working solidly, reeled off 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 37.7. Surreal Legend, unplaced on debut, and an Align gelding stablemate covered 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.2, while Tie Me Down required 53.1 and 38.3. The latter's stablemate Pelletier came up with 54.5 and 38.5. Time For Gold was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 39.2, and Aldebaran Star, in Thursday's r85 1400m, ran 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.2. Lady Platinum worked alone over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.8, while a Magic Albert colt and a Pentire filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, warmed up from the 800m to sprint 600 in 39.1. La Danseur, in Thursday's r65 mile No 1, recorded 39.5. Show The Beel (r85 2000m) did two rounds, sprinting the last 600m on each circuit. He clocked 40.8 the first time, then 41.3. Posterity and an Alamosa colt stablemate sprinted 600m in 40.9. Catalina de Lago worked an easy 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 40.3, and a His Royal Highness gelding trained by Stephen Gillies took 1.8.7 and 41.1. Hastings runner Spike Miligan (r65 mile No 2) sprinted 600m in 41.6. Bachelor Man had trainer Lydia Pickford in the saddle over 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.5, and unraced Kings Kite (by King's Chapel) went 1000m in 1.12.7, the last 600 in 42.5. He is trained by Stephen Beatson. Castletown Stakes winner Leeds and stablemate Chipotle were kept to three- quarter pace over 600m. 

Thursday - July 29th

By RON GURNEY

Horses heading to the Grand National carnival at Riccarton this week took centre stage at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (dead), which provided excellent mid-winter conditions, and on the plough (good).

Greg Lambert-trained stablemates Superturf (r85 1800m) and She's Slinky (r75 1200m) used the course proper and reeled off 800m together in a smart 48.9, the last 600 in 36.5. They are in great form, and David Walsh will ride both horses on Saturday. China Star (mdn 1400m) and Caley Rose (r65 1400m), acceptors at Waverley on Thursday, were paired over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.1, and Winter Cup entrant Karla Bruni, who won the Canterbury feature race last year, covered 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 37.7. Waverley runner Ollie Red (mdn 1400m), unplaced on debut in May, cut out 1000m in 1.5.9 as well, the last 600 in 38.2, and he looks an early improver. Ric O'Shea, heading to the Winter Cup on Saturday, had Supercede for a partner over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.4, while Waverley acceptors La Danseur and Spike Miligan came up with 51.6 and 38.2. Last-start Manawatu winner Ralph's Gift, who is entered for Canterbury (r75 1200m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.9.6, increasing the tempo a shade to finish with 600m in 39.5. His stablemate North And South (r85 1400m) had Robert Hannam in the saddle over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.4, and Winter Cup prospect Mighty Matt was kept to 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 40.1. Waverley maiden highweight runners Just Collie (2200m) and Nimble Nick (1650m) matched strides over 1000m in 1.11, the last 600 in 40.3, and both horses will have the blinkers removed for racing on Thursday. Upper Cut went from post to post (1400m) and ran his final 1000m in 1.25.7, the last 600 in 40.3, and Waverley entrant Signora (r65 1200m) was let off with an easy 1000m, the last 60 in 43.1.

On the plough, nothing worked better than Lady Platinum and classy rising three-year-old Jackofall, who were on terms throughout 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 37.7. Lord Casanova and Zedace required 52.7 for 800m, the last 600 in 38.4, and Pelletier went alone in 56.8 and 38.9. The latter's stablemates Tie Me Down, a winner on debut early last month, and a Mastercraftsman filly went 56.3 and 39.4. An Align gelding and a Pentire filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, covered 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 40.1, while Lady Huntingdon and Acquisto ended with 600m in 40.4. Waverley runner Heni (mdn 3yo 1200m), who recorded a nice second at Hastings last start, ran her final trial (800m) for Thursday in 56.1, the last 600 in 42 even. Minstrel Flyer (mdn 1400m), who looks a big improver, was kept to 1000m in 1.15.6, the last 600 in 43.7, and Vice Marshall (r65 1200m) did little more than three-quarter pace over 800m, the last 600 in 44.8. Stuertzer, an entrant for the maiden steeple at Riccarton on Saturday, schooled over the steeple fences in the centre of the track, then jumped the three permanent fences on the raceday course between the winning post and the 1400m mark. 

Thursday - July 24th

By RON GURNEY

Lincoln Street showed he was on song for the Ryder Stakes at Otaki on Saturday with a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Lincoln Street used the No 1 grass and had fellow classy two-year-old Platinum Witness for company over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.4. He could not have been more impressive winning on debut at Hastings last week.

Daiello, who will have blinkers added to the gear for the open 1200m, had raceday jockey Darryl Bradley aboard over a 600m dash in 36.5. Otaki has been a happy hunting ground for the six-year-old gelding. Fetching and Our Gazza were paired over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 39.1, and By The Powers, an acceptor for the r65 mile, sprinted 600m in 40.4. Princess Lincoln, who is quite capable of paying a dividend in the r75 1200m, was kept to 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 41.4, after a fine workout on Tuesday. Perfect Symbol will have the blinkers removed for the r75 2100m on Saturday, and this morning under Darryl Bradley she ran a quiet 1000m in 1.13.4, the last 600 in 43.4. Miranda Dravitzki takes the ride at Otaki.

On the plough, China Star and a Thorn Park filly matched strides over a solid 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 35.6, while rising three-year-olds Jackofall and Roadtoplatinum recorded 51.6 and 35.5. Thorn Pass and Mighty Solomon cut out 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 36 even, and Otaki entrant Dal Finian (mdn 1380m), who is working well, went alone in 50.9 and 37.5. He will have side winkers added to Saturday's gear. Race rival High Commissioner completed 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.2, and Rosamosa did 800m in 54.1 and 40.2. Brad Thorn and Heni went together in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.1. Surreal Legend (by Any Suggestion), who debuts in the maiden 1380m with no trial form recorded, had stablemate Rock Band alongside over a 600m sprint in 40.5. Ollie's Note was not after time with 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 42.1, and Jandakot ended a quiet round and a half with 600m in 43.7. Jimmy Mac, who will have the blinkers removed for Saturday's r65 mile, did similar work and finished with 600m in 45.1.   

Tuesday - July 22nd

By RON GURNEY

Anotherchancetaken finished third in the Parliamentary Handicap at Trentham last start and has trained nicely for the Levin meeting at Otaki this Saturday. Fast work took place against the rail on the No 1 grass (slow-heavy) and on the plough (good). Anotherchancetaken used the No 1 grass and, working on his own, covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.2. He drops back in grade this week for a r75 2100m.

Stella Bella, in at Manawatu on Thursday (r65 1400m), was given a similar task this morning and cut out the distance in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.1, and likely race rival Sports Coat took 51.6 and 38.4. Levin entrant Minstrel Flyer (mdn 1380m) caught the eye with his 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 38.7, and By The Powers (r65 mile) sprinted 600m in 38 even. Gloriano, who has not raced since her solid first-up second at Tauherenikau early last month, warmed up from the 1000m to come her final 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.6. She is in on Thursday (mdn mile). Form runner Golden Shells (mdn 1200m) had stablemate Vice Marshall alongside over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.2, and Levin entrant Princess Lincoln (r75 1200m) went alone in 52.3 and 38.3. Manawatu first starter Veracious (by No Excuse Needed), in the maiden 1200m, and stablemate Szyslak (mdn mile) were timed 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.6, and Pelletier sprinted 600m in 40.8. High Commissioner, unplaced on debut a few weeks ago, came to the finish of 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 40 even, and former northerner Dowellbyme, who has not raced for two years, clocked 54.4 and 40.3. She is with Mark Oulaghan.

Golden Miss (hurdle) and Upper Cut (steeple), both racing on Thursday, worked over a mile, being timed from the 1200m in 1.23.5, the last 600 in 40.3, while Hestolemyroses and stablemate Princess' Jewel sprinted 600m in 41.1. Derby Dan covered 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 41.1, while Manawatu jumpers Authentic and Electriclite, race rivals in the steeple, galloped a mile, with the final 1000m taking 1.11.7, the last 600 in 41.7. La Danseur, in on Thursday (r65 1400m), sprinted 600m in an easy 43.1, and Foxton visitor Ripdiddler had trainer Christine Eagle aboard over 1000m in 1.13.5, the last 600 in 44.2.

On the plough, Gail Temperton-trained stablemates Pirinitete and Miss Benci took the time honours in separate gallops, though Trina Riddell- trained Opium also impressed. Pirinitete covered 800m in a bold 49.6, the last 600 in 35.8, and Miss Benci went a few minutes earlier in 50.4 and 36.4. They are making pleasing progress. Opium drew plenty of attention with her 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 36.3. She was unplaced when resuming at Waverley a few weeks ago. Janine Vandenberg-trained stablemates Dal Vuitton (Manawatu) and Dal Finian (Levin), were well matched over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 36.9, while Just Collie and Just Ishi came up with 52.2 and 37 even. Reykjavik (Manawatu) and stablemate Surreal Legend did nice work over 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 37.9. The latter (by Any Suggestion), debuts on Saturday at Levin (mdn 1380m). Dance In The Park, also off to Levin (r65 mile), had stablemate Lord Casanova for a partner over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 37.7, and Jandakot was timed the distance in 51 even and 38.1. Manawatu maiden runner Jitzu (2100m) ran 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.6, while Kermit and a Mr Nancho maiden stabllemate went together in 56.4 and 40.3. Lady Huntingdon and a Fully Fledged filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 40.9, while an Alamosa maiden and one by Nom de Jeu, both with Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 41.2. A Pentire filly and an Align gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were timed 600m in 43.3, and Superturf did a round of pacework before running home a quiet 600m in 43.7. 

Thursday - July 17th

By RON GURNEY

Iamishwara indicated he is ready for a bold fresh-up run in the Opunake Cup on Saturday after one of his star gallops at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the outside of the No 1 grass (slow).Iamishwara used the plough and, with trainer Tony Kaye aboard, was able to reel off a very smart 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 35.6. He has not raced since Anzac Day, but did finish second in an open trial (1000m) at Otaki last month.

Karla Bruni, an acceptor for the open mile at Te Rapa on Saturday, breezed over 1000m in a nice 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.5, and she could easily turn her form around this week.Ollie Red (by Soviet Flash), unplaced on debut in May, was timed 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.7, while Rock Band and Reykjavik sprinted 600m in 39.7.Chopper, off to Taranaki for the r65 2000m, had stable apprentice Brett Murray in the saddle over 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 39.6, and Perfect Symbol, an acceptor at both Te Rapa and Taranaki, took 1.7.9 and 39.4.Brad Thorn and  Golden Shells ended with 600m in 39.9, and Tie Me Down clocked 42.1. Ollie's Notewas not after time with 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.7, and neither was High Commissioner, who took 59.4 and 42.5.

On the No 1 grass, Stella Bella took the time honours with 800m in 50.4, he last 600 in 37.5. Her form is genuine, but she is well overdue a winning turn. Opunake Cup prospect Ric O'Shea galloped in grand style alongside Good One Glady (r75 1800m) over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 38 even. Ric O'Shea worked just as well on Tuesday.Needs To Play, an acceptor in two races on Saturday, sprinted 600m in 39 even, and Authentic Paddy, another top chance in the Opunake Cup, had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 40.2.Syszlak and The Raceist, both trained by Deborah Parry, were timed 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.1, and Minstrel Flyer covered the distance in 56 even and 40.9. Gloriano warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 41.3, and Daiello, who will run at Te Rapa (open 1200m) or in the Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth, ended with 41.2. Electriclite rounded off his 1000m with 600 in 43.2.


Tuesday - July 15th

By RON GURNEY

Aldebaran Star looks poised to return to the winner's circle after a long break when he races at Hastings on Thursday. The gelding turned in a winning final gallop at Awapuni this morning, where fast work was carried out on the plough (good) and on the middle of the No 1 grass (slow). Aldebaran Star used the plough and had his trainer and part-owner Trina Riddell aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 35.5. He meets only eight rivals in the r85 1400m.

First starters Lincoln Inn (by Fast 'N' Famous) and China Star (by Chinese Dragon), rivals in the maiden 3yo 1200m, drew plenty of attention after their 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.2. They each won a heat (1000m) at the Otaki trials in June for Lisa Latta. Gail Temperton-trained Our Debutante did nice work alone over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.4, and Talk The Torque, who races at New Plymouth on Saturday, came up with 50.4 and 37.4.Stonemason, in at Hastings (mdn 1400m), covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.2, and Vice Marshall (r65 1200m) left 1000m behind in 1.8.1, coming the final 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.5.La Danseur (r65 mile) sprinted 600m in 37.6, while Heni (mdn 3yo 1200m) and an Any Suggestion filly stablemate were sent 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.4. Polly Flinders (r85 1400m) had trainer Stephen Gillies in the saddle over 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39.7, and Spike Miligan warmed up from the 800m (58.2) to run home the last 600 in 39.9.

Chopper, off to New Plymouth for the r65 2000m, gathered speed from the 1200m mark (1.23) to come in from the 800m in 53.7, the last 600 taking 39.8. An unnamed Mr Nancho maiden trained by Mark Oulaghan was not after time over 1000m in 1.12.2, the last 600 in 41.6, and neither was Hastings runner Jimmy Mac (r65 mile), who did a quiet round before running 1.15.6 and 42.8, on the second circuit.


On the No 1 grass, Hastings entrants Gold Wedding (r65 mile) and Jackson Street (r65 1200m) were paired over a fine 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.9. Both horses have been working extremely well.Supercede (r65 1200m) and New Plymouth acceptor Ric O'Shea (Opunake Cup) matched strides throughout 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 37.4, while Authentic Paddy (Opunake Cup) and North And South (r75 1400m) were almost identical with 49.4 and 37.3. Daiello, yet another Opunake Cup candidate, and Perfect Symbol (r75 1800m) were well matched over 1000m in a very bold 1.3.6, the last 600 in 38.3, and Needs To Play sprinted 600m in 38.2. Dubai Belle, heading to New Plymouth (r85 2000m), had stablemate Hestolemyroses alongside over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while two-year-old Lincoln Street, in at Hastings (800m), and Golden Emperor did it in 51.5 and 38.9. Caley Rose, in the r65 1200m on Thursday, and Good One Glady, who goes to New Plymouth for the r75 1800m, were on terms throughout 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 39.4. 

Thursday - July 10th

By RON GURNEY

Karla Bruni rounded off her Whyte Handicap (1600m) preparation in grand style with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place a few metres out from the rail on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Karla Bruni used the No 1 grass and began from the winning post (1400m) warming up from the 1200m to come in from there in 1.24.2. She covered the final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.6, and her last-start flop at Tauranga is best forgotten.

Not to be denied, Anotherchancetaken did similar work leading up to Trentham on Saturday, running 1200m in 1.22 even, the last 600 in 38.7. He tackles the Parliamentary Hp (2200m). Margaret Cartwright-trained Black Sapphire, preparing for a new campaign, ran 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.7, and Trentham candidate By The Powers (r65 1400m) sprinted 600m in 38.3. Rising Tide (Parliamentary) did strong work over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 40.2, and his stablemate Harvest The Gold (Wgtn Hurdle) ran 1200m in 1.26.8, the last 600 in 40.4. Fetching (r65 1400m) was another to gallop alone, stretching out nicely over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40.7. Wotabuzz (Wgtn Steeple) worked over 1200m, being timed the final 1000m in a steady 1.14.7 and last 600 in 44.3.

On the plough, Golden Bay and Stonemason were paired over an impressive 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.2, and they could be racing at Hastings next Thursday. A Fast 'N' Famous filly and a Chinese Dragon filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, matched strides over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.2, while Brad Thorn and Heni sprinted 600m in 37.1. Opaki visitor Za Brute, in the r75 2100m at Trentham, covered 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.9, and a Mr Nancho filly trained by Mark Oulaghan left 800m behind in 54.5 and 40.1. Chopper had Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 41.5. 

Tuesday - July 8th

By RON GURNEY

Karla Bruni was narrowly beaten by Matost in the Whyte Handicap (1600m) at Trentham last year, but could turn the tables on the northerner this Saturday. Karla Bruni worked in great style at Awapuni this morning, suggesting her last-start flop at Tauranga is best forgotten. Fast work took place on the middle of the heavy course proper and on the plough (good). Some early gallops could not be timed because of poor light. Karla Bruni used the course proper and was sent 1000m in 1.8.4, covering the final 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39 even. She was a winner at Trentham (1600m) two starts ago.

Rising Tide, who tackles the Parliamentary Hcp (2200m), and Harvest The Gold (Wgtn Hurdle) were paired over a mile, being timed from the 1200m in 1.20.4. They completed the task with 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.6. Show The Beel (mdn hurdle) schooled in the centre before coming out to run 800m, the last 600 in 39.2, while Thursday's Waverley entrants Savblanc (mdn 3yo 1200m) and Golden Shells (mdn 1200m) went together in 53.8 and 39.8. Jackson Street worked alone over 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.9, and Wotabuzz (Wgtn Steeple) galloped boldly over a mile, covering 1200m in 1.22.1. His final 800m came up in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.2.

On the plough, Jimmy Mac had trainer Gene Andrew aboard over 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 39.6, and Lets (Lucy Tanner) ended with 600m in 39.9. A Road To Rock filly and a Pentire filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.7, while their stablemates Rosamosa and an Align gelding clocked 42.5. Waverley runner For Fashion, who looks hard to beat in the maiden 1400m on Thursday, was kept to a quiet 800m, the last 600 in 42.3.  

Thursday - July 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Renowned quality track worker Stella Bella turned up the heat again with another first-class gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held against the rail on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Stella Bella used the No 1 grass and had little trouble cutting out 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38 even. She is at the top of her game and ready to put another win on the board at home-track Awapuni on Saturday (r65 mile).

Her stablemates Yin Dragon (r65 1200m) and an Alamosa two-year-old gelding went together over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.6, and Yin Dragon has trained on well since his last-start maiden win. Allez Rose, a double acceptor on Saturday, did good strong work over 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39 even, and Anotherchancetaken, who holds strong claims for the r75 1400m, came up with 1.7.9 and 39.3. Rossini Girl (2yo 1200m) and Needs To Play (mdn mile) covered 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.6, and huge efforts from these two on Saturday would not surprise. Ducati, a form runner in the r65 2100m at Te Rapa on Saturday, was timed 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 41.3, and Authentic Paddy, in the open 1400m at Awapuni the same day, was kept to 55.4 and 41.6. Daiello, who travels north for the open 1200m at Te Rapa, was not after time with 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 41.1, and neither was Marton runner Kermit (3yo 1400m), who clocked 58.3 and 42.8. The latter's race rival Supercede (3yo 1400m) ran 800m in 57.6, the last 600 in 43.8, and Princess Lincoln (r75 1400m) required 58.2 and 43.5. She rates a good chance on Saturday. Golden Miss (r85 2100m) galloped a quiet 1000m in 1.16.8, the last 600 in 44.4, and Ralph's Gift (r65 1200m) went 800m in 59.1, the last 600 in 44.7. He can make amends for his last-start disappointment at Trentham.

On the plough, Just Collie (mdn mile) and Editorial matched strides over 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 37.1, which was quite satisfactory work. A Savabeel gelding and a Keeper gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, warmed up over 800m to run home 600 in 37.8, while La Duca (r65 mile) and stablemate Savblanc (by Iffraaj) did 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.2. For Fashion had trainer Laura Knight in the saddle over 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 38.1, and Karla Bruni skipped over the distance in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 38.6. Itsa Houdini (2yo 1200m), a winner on debut at Otaki two weeks ago, had stablemate Bachelor Man for a partner over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.1, and Superturf (r85 2100m) did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 39.5. High Commissioner (by Zed) ran 800m in a quiet 57.3, the last 600 in 41.3, while Brad Thorn and Reykjavik sprinted 600m together in 41.7. Dual acceptor Little Storm was kept to a quiet round and a half before a last 600m in 44.3. 

Tuesday - July 1st

By RON GURNEY

Cartagena and Dal Vuitton, who are heading in different directions to race this week, worked together in grand style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the outside of the heavy No 1 grass. Cartagena, in at Wanganui on Thursday (mdn hwt 2060m), and Dal Vuitton used the plough, cutting out an eye-catching 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 37.4. Dal Vuitton is in Saturday's r65 mile at the Marton meeting.

Azraf, a close third at Otaki two starts ago, worked alone over a nice 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 37.9, and she tackles the maiden mile on Saturday. Wanganui acceptor Show The Beel (r75 mile) and Marton entrant Superturf (r85 2100m) did 1000m in 1.5.3 and 38.2, with Superturf slightly ahead at the finish, and Karla Bruni covered the distance on her own in 1.8.1 and 38 even. Taumarunui runners Dubai Belle (Gold Cup) and Dance In The Park (r65 2100m) stayed together throughout 1000m in 1.9.8, increasing the tempo as they went to run home the last 600 in 39.7. Koorrabye, off to Wanganui (r65 2060m), was timed 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 39 even, and Jilted (r75 mile) came up with 54.5 and 39.6. Marton entrant Rapt In Gold (r65 mile), galloping in blinkers, took 54.7 and 39.5. Aimee Thomas-trained Little Storm ended with 600m in 41.8, and High Commissioner (by Zed), trained by Roydon Bergerson, went 800m in 59 even, the last 60 in 42.2. Ima Viking, in Thursday's maiden highwweight (1600m) had a His Royal Highness gelding for a partner over 1000m in 1.13.7, the last 600 in 43 even, and Marton runner Kenny's Chance (r75 1400m) was kept to 1.14.9 and 42.3.

On the No 1 grass, Taumarunui entrant Daiello (open 1200m) and Wanganui acceptor Perfect Symbol (r75 mile) did solid work over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.9. Stella Bella, off to Marton (r65 mile), worked alone over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 39.7, while Authentic Paddy and City Chic, both in the open 1400m, went together in 51.4 and 39.6. Our Debutante (r65 1200m) left 800m behind in 52.2, the last 600 in 39.2, while Our Gazza and Wanganui acceptor Elleva (mdn 1200m) ended with 600m in 39.2. Good One Glady and Allez Rose worked over 800m, but could only be timed the last 600 in 39.4. The same applied to Wanganui race rivals Madam Lincoln and Fetching (r75 1200m), who recorded 39.6. Yin Dragon and Ralph's Gift, who should match up in the r65 1200m at Marton, finished 800m with 600 in 39.9, while Diamond Flush (3yo 1400m) and Vice Marshall clocked 40 seconds even. Chopper, in at Wanganui (r65 2060m), covered 800m on his own in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.9, and Taumarunui entrant Ducati (r65 2100m) ended with 600m in 40.2. Marton runner Princess Lincoln (r75 1400m) ran 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.7, and Rising Tide, who ran a terrific race fresh up, finished solid work with 600m in 41.7. Gloriano was timed 800m in 57.3, the last 600 in 43.4, and Kermit (3yo 1400m) ended with 600m in 43.2. Golden Miss took 43.5.

Tuesday - June 24th

By RON GURNEY

Itsagem and Gold Wedding, possible race rivals at Hastings on Saturday, stole the show on gallop morning at Awapuni today. Fast work was held a metre or two out from the rail on the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (good). Itsagem and Gold Wedding used the No 1 grass, which was holding, but still conducive to some good times. They covered 800m in a very respectable 48.8, the last 600 in 37 even.

Their stablemates Golden Bay and Stonemason, who are likely to clash in the maiden 1400m, lost no kudos with their 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 37.3. Petone Prince (mdn 2000m) and Galleta are heading to Stratford on Friday and cut out 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while By The Powers (r65 mile) and Needs To Play (mdn mile), two more for that meeting, ended with 600m in 37.6. Hawke's Bay runner Supercede (r65 1400m) and Madam Lincoln were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.4, and Jackson Street, in at Stratford (r65 1200m), came up with 51.3 and 38.7. Anotherchancetaken and Syzslak matched strides throughout 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.9, while Platinum Choice and Hawke's Bay maiden hurdle entrant Stuertzer recorded 51.7 and 39.8. The latter's race rival Golden Miss had a light weight aboard over 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 39.4, and Signora, heading to Stratford (mdn 3yo 1200m), ran 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 40.8. Perfect Symbol sprinted 600m in 41.6, and Gloriano covered 1000m in 57 even, the last 600 in 42.7. Hawke's Bay Steeple entrant Wotabuzz did two rounds, being timed from the 800m on the second circuit in 57.1 and 42.8. Harvest The Gold (r75 2500m) did two rounds as well, and ran his final 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 42 even. Authentic (mdn steeple) ended with 600m in 44.9, and Little Storm took 45.3.

On the plough, Dubai Belle and a Pins gelding stablemate stretched out boldly over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 36.2, while Stratford runners Reykjavik (mdn 2000m) and La Duca (r65 1400m) did nice work over 1000m in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 37.1. Golden Shells (mdn 1200m) and Windemere Lad left 800m behind in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.9, and Time For Gold (r65 mile), another for Stratford on Friday, did 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 38.7. A youngster by Castledale and one by Pentire, both trained by Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 38.8, and Koorrabye did a quiet round before working over 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 39.8. Hawke's Bay maiden hurdle runner Just Collie was timed 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 40.8, and a Patapan gelding and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m together in 42.6. 

Thursday - June 19th

By RON GURNEY

Ringo had his final gallop before a winter campaign in Melbourne when he worked in fine fashion during a quiet session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass. Ringo used the plough and had stablemate Golden Shells for a partner over 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 38.1, and they were revelling in their work. Ringo leaves for Melbourne late Saturday night and will be based at Caulfield for his tilt on the $152,000 (Listed) Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on July 12. A winner fresh-up at Wanganui (r85 1340m), Ringo will have a lead-up race in heat six ($80,000) of the championship at Flemington (1400m) on Saturday week, June 28.

Meanwhile, Danced All Night also used the plough this morning, pace- working over a round (1400m) before working over 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 38.3. Karla Bruni, off to the Tauranga Classic on Saturday, worked the reverse way (right-handed) and was kept to 1000m in 1.10.7, the last 600 in 40.1. She is in fine fettle. On the No 1 grass, Anotherchancetaken did a nice solo gallop over 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 38.9, while Tauranga entrant Good One Glady (r85 mile) and Allez Rose went together over 800m in 53.1 and 40.9. City Chic, also in the r85 mile at Tauranga, covered 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 40.1, while Golden Emperor and a Mastercraftsman filly stablemate clocked 55.3 and 40.2. 

Tuesday - June 17th

By RON GURNEY

Stella Bella has trained on nicely from a close last-start second at Otaki to record the best time in training at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (slow), though fog prevented the timing of some gallops. Four horses (two pair) heading to Tauranga on Saturday used the course proper the reverse way (right-handed), but could not be timed in poor light. Stella Bella used the No 1 grass and reeled off 800m on her own in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.3. She capitalised on a 3kg claim from Kei Chiong last start and was beaten a long-neck (r65 mile). The mare heads back to Otaki on Friday.

Her stablemates Lincoln's Excuse, placed third on debut recently, and Lincoln Park matched strides over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.5, and are possible race rivals in the maiden 1380m on Friday. Needs To Play (by No Excuse Needed), unplaced on debut last week, and stablemate La Danseur covered 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.6. La Danseur has not raced since October. Unbelieveabelle worked alone over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.4, while Richie and Little Drummer Boy, both entered for the maiden 1380m at Otaki, took 51.1 and 38.7. Fresh up Trentham winner Authentic Paddy and Good One Glady went together over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.8. Authentic Paddy is in the open 1200m on Friday, while Good One Glady heads to Tauranga on Saturday (r85 mile). Supercede was timed 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 39.8, and unraced two- year-old filly Rossini Girl (by Librettist), trained by Matthew Eales, took 53.4 and 40.5. Girl With A Pearl, in at Otaki (r65 2100m hwt), ran 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 41.5, and stablemate Ngawaka (mdn 1600m hwt), fifth fresh up, required 1.13.6 and 41.9.

On the plough, Tauranga entrant Kennys Chance (r75 1400m) and Otaki runner Jandakot (mdn 1380m) were paired over 1000m in 1.12.9, the last 600 in 41.3. Karla Bruni (Tauranga Classic) and Perfect Symbol galloped reverse way on the course proper, but could not be timed because of poor light. The same applied to North And South (Tauranga Classic) and City Chic (r85 mile). 

Thursday - June 12th

BY RON GURNEY

Star Emerald and Platinum Choice were in fine touch at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (good). Star Emerald, in the r65 2100m at Manawatu on Saturday, and Platinum Choice (ITM Awapuni Hurdle) used the No 1 grass and were paired over a solid 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.7. Star Emerald capped off a terrific run of minor placings to score at Woodville (2100m) two starts ago, and was not disgraced at Wanganui last time out. He is well placed to score again with a 3kg claiming apprentice aboard this week.

North And South had Turquoise for a partner over 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.4, and Justanexcuse, in Saturday's open 1500m, ended with 600m in 38.8, as did By The Powers (r65 1400m). Princess Lincoln (r75 1200m) did nice work over 800m, the last 600 in 39.1, while Little Storm (r65 1400m) and Spike Miligan came up with 53.2 and 40.4. Spike Miligan is in at Egmont on Monday (r65 mile). Electriclite, who tackles the L J Hooker Manawatu Steeple, worked over 1200m, coming his final 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.2, and two-year- old Rossini Girl (by Librettist) sprinted 600m in 40.3. She is trained by Matthew Eales. Rising Tide, who resumes in the open 1500m, was timed 1200m in 1.28.8, the last 600 in 41.4, while Szyslak, trained by Deborah Parry, and a Fully Fledged filly stablemate ended with 600m in 41.6. She's Slinky (r75 1200m) was not after time with 800m in 58.3, the last 600 in 42.7, and her last-start failure at Trentham is best forgotten. Harvest The Gold, resuming in the open 2100m, ended 1200m with 600 in 45.9.

On the plough, Stonemason and Adidazler matched strides over 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 36.8, which was excellent work. Adidazler is in Saturday's maiden hurdle. The Great White (r65 1400m) went a solo 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.8, and he could pop up at short notice. He over-raced at Te Rapa last Saturday. A Postponed filly and a Mastercraftsman filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 38.5, while a Chinese Dragon filly and an Alamosa filly, two more from that barn, covered 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 38.9. For Fashion worked an even 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.8, while unraced maidens by Gold Centre and Viking Ruler, both with Lisa Latta, clocked 55.2 and 39.4. Their stablemates, a Savabeel gelding and a No Excuse Needed filly, took 57.1 and 43.4. Nimble Nick and Just Collie schooled over two rounds of the hurdle fences in the centre of the course, while And Thatz Scotty, in Saturday's maiden steeple, and Gloriano did two rounds of the steeple fences in the centre. And Thatz Scotty and Gloriano then jumped three fences (twice) on the raceday steeplechase course. 

Tuesday - June 10th - no trackwork

Thursday - June 5th

By RON GURNEY

Jackson Street and Lincoln Park hinted at winning form over the weekend when they galloped together in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Jackson Street, in at Trentham on Saturday (r675 120m), and Lincoln Park, who goes to Otaki on Monday (mdn 3yo 1400m), used the No 1 grass and were timed a smart 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.7. Jackson Street was narrowly beaten into third place when resuming at Awapuni last Thursday, while Lincoln Park, who disappointed at Hawera last time out, can make amends on Monday.

Trentham runner Good One Glady (r85 mile) and Otaki entrant Itsagem (r65 f&m 1400m) were paired over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.3, and Azraf had an Iffraaj maiden stablemate for company over 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 37.3. Anotherchancetaken, a big improver for the r85 mile on Saturday, had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over a nice 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.7, and St'ruth came up with 1.7.1 and 38.3. Stunning Princess (r65 f&m 1400m) and Top Cat (mdn mile), both heading to Otaki on Monday, covered 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.4, and Ducati went alone in 51.9 and 38.8. Let Me Think and Postboy finished off a solid gallop with 600m in 38.1, and City Chic did a solo 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.8. She is quite capable of winning the r75 1400m at Trentham on Saturday. Wotabuzz and Electriclite, race rivals in the restricted open steeple on Saturday, worked from post to post (1400m) and were timed from the 1200m in 1.21.8, the last 600 in 39.1. Their stablemate Golden Miss, who tackles the restricted open hurdle, was not after time over 1200m in 1.26 even, the last 600 in 39.7. She is on debut over fences on Saturday. Karla Bruni (r85 mile) cruised over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 41.3, and Signora recorded 54.4 and 41.2. Authentic Paddy, who resumes in the open 1200m, came up with a quiet 56.3 and 42.5. Girl With A Pearl (r65 2100m) was never in top gear over 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.6, and there was much to admire about her resuming run for sixth at Hastings two weeks ago.

On the plough, Lincoln's Legacy was in fine touch with 800m in 47.7, the last 600 in 36.2. He is much better than his last outing suggests and can bounce back in the maiden 1200m at Otaki on Monday. Polly Flinders, with trainer Stephen Gillies in the saddle, drew attention with her 1000m in 1.2.1, the last 600 in 36.2. She resumed with a good fifth on her home track last Thursday. Mighty Matt and Chopper matched strides over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.6, while Otaki runner Pirinitete (r75 2200m) and Nimble Nick clocked 50.8 and 37 even. Greg Lambert's Cartagena and Tony Bambry's Furze Lady, possible race rivals (mdn 2100m) at Otaki on Monday, left 800m behind in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.3. Rapt In Gold, who goes to Trentham for the r75 1400m, had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.8, while Golden Shells and Otaki runner La Duca (r65 f&m 1400m) went together in 52 even and 38 even. She's Slinky ended with 600m in 39.3, and Kenny's Chance, in the r75 1400m at Trentham, posted 39.6, while Opium and Going Straight, both trained by Trina Riddell, sprinted 600m in 40.9. Sentiment ended 1000m with 600 in 43 even. Adidazler and Stuertzer were paired over two rounds of the hurdle fences in the centre of the course, as did Otaki race rivals Superturf and Show The Beel (r75 2200m). Superturf then did a round on the plough, sprinting the last 600m in 38.8. 

Tuesday - June 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Authentic Paddy and City Chic, both heading to Trentham on Saturday, were impressive workers during a very quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Using the No 1 grass against the rail (slow), Authentic Paddy (open 1200m) and City Chic (r75 1400m) had first use of this track and reeled off 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 36.5. Authentic Paddy is fresh up on Saturday, but recorded two thirds at the trials during May. He won a 3yo 1200m on a heavy 11 at Trentham just over 12 months ago.

By The Powers and a No Excuse Needed filly stablemate did solid work over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.8, while Dubai Belle and Dance In The Park were kept to 54.3 and 38.4. Karla Bruni, in the r85 mile at Trentham, had Darryl Bradley aboard over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 39 even, and Girl With A Pearl (r65 2100m) was not after time with 1000m in 1.13.6 and 43.3.

On the plough, Time For Gold and Suave Jewel, both trained by Lydia Pickford, matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Time For Gold disappointed at Awapuni last start, but can bounce back at short notice. Wotabuzz and Electriclite, both entered for the $20,000 restricted open steeplechase (4000m) at Trentham on Saturday, schooled competently over two rounds of the steeple fences in the oval.     

Tuesday - May 27th

By RON GURNEY

Roadtoplatinum and stablemate Gold Wedding were impressive workers on a busy gallop morning at Awapuni today, the only pair to clock better than 38 seconds for the last 600 metres. Fast work took place on the middle of the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Roadtoplatinum, in at Feilding on Thursday (mdn 3yo 1200m) with the blinkers going on, and Gold Wedding (Wanganui, Saturday) used the No 1 grass and reeled off 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.5. What's more, they worked when the ground was well and truly chopped up.

Supercede, a possible race rival for Gold Wedding in the r65 1340m, had big improver Petite Brigitte (Wanganui) alongside over a bold 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.6, and Justanexcuse ended his 800m with 600 in 38.5. Feilding acceptor Cutluse (r65 mile) and Wanganui entrant Good One Glady (r75 mile) matched strides throughout 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.7, while Thursday's maiden debutant Kolonel Kev (by Darci Brahma) and Galleta ended with 38.9. Golden Shells (Feilding) had Savblanc for a partner over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.7, while last-start winners Rod's Lincoln and Star Emerald, both in the r65 2040m on Saturday, went together in 52.3 and 38.8. Petone Prince, who will have blinkers added to the gear on Thursday, and Allez Rose (Wanganui) came to the finish of 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 39 even, and Morgold (Feilding) completed a solid gallop with 600m in 39.1. Saturday's Castletown Stakes prospect Platinum Witness was on terms with Lincoln's Express throughout 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 39.4, while Anotherchancetaken (Feilding) ended with 600m in 39.3.

Roydon Bergerson's pairing of Tie Me Down and Wanganui debutant Postboy recorded 51.7 and 39.8 for 800m, with Postboy a recent winner of an Otaki trial (1000m). Lisa Latta's Richie, who ran greenly on debut, and Wanganui debutant Fetching (by Captain Rio) were timed 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 39.3. Fetching won a Waverley trial recently. Their stablemates Miss Lightning and Signora were paired over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 39.4, while Heni and an Any Suggestion filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.5. Let Me Think and St'ruth were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 40.8, while Daiello and a Zed gelding, two more from that barn, went 800m in 55.2 and 40 even. Ralph's Gift ended his work with 600m in 40.3, Wotabuzz took 40.7, Ducati 40.8, and The Great White 41.1. Sentiment and a Zed gelding stablemate ran 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 41.1, and Authentic rounded off 1000m with 800m in 54.9 and 41.7. Spike Miligan covered 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 42.5, and Harvest The Gold took 57.5 and 42.6. Powerade left 1000m behind in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 42.1, and Gloriana posted 1.11.9 and 42.7.

On the plough, Lisa Latta-trained duo Top Cat and Jackson Street, both in at Feilding, left it to one of the last gallops of the morning to come up with 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.1. Top Cat (by Lucky Unicorn) debuts on Thursday, and no other horses broke 50 for 800m on this track today. Wiggle and Talk The Torque, who have been recording some solid gallops, were paired again over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and Dal Finian went alone in 50.7 and 37.9. Aldebaran Star and Miss Irene were timed 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.4, while Heni and Triple Billing clocked 51.9 and 37.8. Lets, trained by Lucy Tanner, galloped solo in 52.2 and 38.1. Greg Lambert's Cartagena and Tony Bambry's Zedace were locked together over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 38.8, while Wanganui entrants Ringo and Letsgetiton ended with 600m in 38.6. Thursday's maiden mile debutant Ollie Red (by Soviet Flash) galloped a nice 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.9, and Danced All Night registered 1.7.2 and 38 even. Opium, unplaced on debut last month, and Going Straight, who has not raced since the spring, finished with 600m in 39.2, and they are both with Trina Riddell. Perfect Symbol was at a good clip from the 1200m and was timed his final 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.6, and Rapt In Gold did 800m in 53.9 and 39.4. Ric O'Shea, in the AG Challenge Stakes at Wanganui, was sent 800m with Unbelieveabelle, the last 600 in 39.5, and Chopper ended with 600m in 41.2 as did Jandakot, who did a quiet round of pacework first.     

Thursday - May 22nd

By RON GURNEY

Stunning Princess and Lincoln Park stole the show at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and against the rail on the No 1 grass (slow-heavy). Wellington candidate Stunning Princes (r65 1200m) and Lincoln Park, who goes to Hawera on Monday (mdn 1200m), used the plough and reeled off a smart 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 36 even. Stunning Princess cleared maidens (1200m) at Trentham last start and has trained on stylishly, while Lincoln Park put in a good third when resuming at Wanganui. He keeps on improving.

Aldebaran Star had trainer Trina Riddell aboard when running 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 37.2, while Jackson Street, balloted out at Trentham (r65 1200m), and Obrahma ran 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.5. For Fashion had trainer Laura Knight in the saddle over 1000m in 1.12 even, the last 600 in 39.4, and Jabez (r65 mile) covered 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.6. Sentiment left 800m behind in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.1, and Golden Miss, in the r75 f&m 1400m on Saturday, was not after time either over 1000m, the last 600 in 42.9.

On the No 1 grass, Justanexcuse cut out 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.4, while Rod's Lincoln (spec conditions 2100m) and Platinum Lincoln (r85 1200m) went together in 50.7 and 37.5. There are few fitter than Rod's Lincoln. Superturf (r75 2100m) went on his own over 1000m in 1.4.8, coming the final 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38.4. He is down in grade and his form could change dramatically. Mighty Matt (r85 1200m) and Fantamo matched strides over 800m in 51, the last 600 in 38.1, and By The Powers (r65 1200m) ended a solid 800m with 600m in 38.2. The Great White (r65 mile) cruised over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39.8, while City Chic (r75 f&m 1400m) and unnamed stablemate ended 800m with 600 in 39.1. Electriclite worked over 1000m, the last 600 in 39.7, while Postboy and Tie Me Down, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 40.3. Adidazler (r75 2100m) finished his work with 600m in 41.1. Paddy Owen (spec conditions 1400m) was not after time with 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 43.5. He bolted in at the last Wellington meeting and his last-start failure is best forgotten.  

Tuesday - May 20th

By RON GURNEY

Stella Bella and Lincoln's Legacy, both in at Hastings on Thursday, and Wellington entrant North And South all worked in great style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the No 1 grass (slow-heavy) and on the plough (good). Stella Bella (r65 mile) used the No 1 grass and, with Robert Hannam aboard, cut out 800m in a very smart 47.2, the last 600 in 36.1. It was a winning gallop.

No less impressive were Lincoln's Legacy (mdn 1200m) and North And South, who went together over 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 36.1 as well. Both horses are in fine fettle. Wellington runner Platinum Lincoln (r85 1200m) had stablemate Roadtoplatinum alongside throughout 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.8, while Hastings acceptors Stuertzer (r65 mile) and Authentic Rascal (mdn 2100m) ended with 600m in 36.6. Jackson Street, entered for Wellington, and Anna Lincoln (by Don Eduardo) were paired over a nice 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 37.1. Anna Lincoln was unplaced on debut in January, but was second in a recent trial. Inazuma and Shirley's Secret matched strides over 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37.6, and Taipa Tiger, in the r65 mile at Wellington, went alone in 50.6 and 37.4. By The Powers (r65 1200m) skipped over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 38.2, while Platinum Choice, who reverts to hurdling at Hastings, went with Adidazler in 50.5 and 38.5. St'ruth and a Zed gelding stablemate covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.3, while Lincoln Park (Hastings) and Stunning Princess (Wellington) came up with 50.9 and 38.1. Jibril and Stonemason took 51 even and 39.6. National Pride had Rose And Crown for a partner over 800m in 51, the last 600 in 38.7, and Spike Miligan ended with 600m in 38.4. Wotabuzz did solid work over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 39.3.

Justanexcuse, in Saturday's North Island Challenge Stakes at Wellington, was at a good clip early over 800m in 51.2, but eased to run the last 600 in 39.6. Hastings runners Powerade (mdn 2100m) and Authentic (rhcp steeple) were on terms throughout 1000m, with the final 800m taking 52.7, the last 600 in 39.6, and their stablemate Chrysolite (Wellington) ended with 39.9. Gloriana ended with 600m in 40.1, Girl With A Pearl 40.2, Upper Cut 40.9, Gipsy Star 41.1, Jabez 41.6, Electriclite 41.8, and Harvest The Gold 42.1.

On the plough, North Island Challenge Stakes prospect Karla Bruni and stablemate Perfect Symbol really caught the eye with their 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 36.9. Dal Finian covered 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.4, and Wellington runner Mountbatten (spec conditions 1400m), ended with 600m in 37.9. Koorrabye took 38.6, while Savblanc and a Handsome Ransom filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, took 38.7. The Great White earned admirers with his 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38.6, and Azraf, now with Tony Kaye, ran 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.8. Surreal Storm had Robert Hannam in the saddle over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 39.2, while Vice Marshall and a Falkirk filly stablemate required 53.9 and 39.8. I'm Not Ticklish sprinted 600m in 42.2, then paceworked a half-lap before sprinting another 600m in 39.8. Dubai Belle and Dance In The Park sprinted 600m in 40.5. Catchitifyoucan rounded off her work with 1000m in 1.12.1, the last 600 in 41.2, while Triple Billing and Heni ended with 600m in 42.3.

Thursday - May 15th

By RON GURNEY

Pirinitete, who is heading north for the open 2100m at Te Rapa on Saturday, and stablemate Just Ishi really caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the outside of the heavy No 1 grass. Pirinitete and Just Ishi used the plough and worked reverse way (right- handed) over an impressive 1000m, being timed the final 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.8. Pirinitete rates a strong chance on this gallop.

Talk The Torque, in the r75 1200m at Rangitikei, had trainer Trina Riddell in the saddle over a solid 800m in 51.8, the last 600 38.1, and is ready for a nice run fresh. Last-start winner Rapt In Gold suggested back-to-back wins is on the cards (r65 1400m) with 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38 even, a workout that delighted trainer Lucy Tanner, who rode the horse. Platinum Witness (2yo 1200m), who ran a terrific second on debut, and Top Cat were paired over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.4, while Leeds (2yo 1200m) and Mighty Matt (r75 1200m) came up with 54.4 and 39.8. Time For Gold (r75 mile) earned admirers with his 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 39.7, and last week's trial winner Postboy (by Postponed) did 1.9.1 and 39.1. He is with Roydon Bergerson. Karla Bruni was timed 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 39 even, while a Zed gelding and a Keeper gelding, both trained by Tony Bambry, sprinted 600m in 41.9. Pelletier ended 800m with 600 in 44.3.

On the No 1 grass, Madam Lincoln put her hand up to be counted for Saturday's r75 1200m with a first-class gallop over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.6. She was one of the last horses to use this track. Our Gazza and an unnamed stablemate worked in poor light and could only be timed the last 600m, which took 38.4, Diamond Flush and Golden Shells recorded 38.8, while Good Grace (2yo 1200m) and Jax clocked 38.9. Ric O'Shea (Rangitikei Gold Cup) and Unbelieveabelle (r75 1200m) came to the finish of 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 39.1, while their stablemates Good One Glady and Stuertzer required 54 even and 39.8. Platinum Lincoln and a Falkirk gelding stablemate covered 600m in 39.2, and Gold Wedding ended with 39.2, Jackson Street 40.2, and Mark Oulaghan's Mr Nancho gelding 40.3. Last-start maiden winner Kermit (3yo 1200m) left 800m behind in 53 even, the last 600 in 40.2, and Ralph's Gift recorded 54.1 and 40.8. St'ruth and a Zed gelding stablemate clocked 54.5 and 40.6. Inarm (by Yamanin Vital), who debuts in the maiden mile with no trial form, cut out 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 40.9, and stablemate Wotabuzz took 1.9.9 and 40.1. Allez Rose ended with 600m in 41.7. Minstrel Flyer warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 42 even, and Serene Star (mdn mile) took 55.5 and 42.4. Salamanca (3yo 1200m) and Canyon (r75 mile) came up with 56 even and 42.3. Gloriana ran 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 42.7, and stablemate Golden Miss (r75 1200m) did 800m in 59, the last 600 in 44.8. Paddy Owen (r75 mile) was not after time over 800m either, the last 600 in 45.2, while Powerade took 46.1. 

Tuesday - May 13th

By RON GURNEY

Golden Bay and Unbelievebelle, who headlined Tuesday and Thursday trackwork respectively the week before last, galloped together in great style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place during a busy session on the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (good) as horses prepared for Woodville on Thursday or Rangitikei on Saturday. Golden Bay and Unbelieveabelle used the No 1 grass and reeled off an impressive 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.8. Golden Bay gives every indication that it is time to clear maidens at Woodville.

Their stablemates Freelinks and Petite Brigitte also caught the eye with 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 37.5, while Richie, who ran greenly on debut, and Woodville debutant Morgold (by Patapan) went a nice 49.3 and 37.9. Miss Lightning and an unnamed stable companion galloped 800m together in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.6, while Rangitikei Gold Cup entrant Dubai Belle had stablemate Dance In The Park alongside over the same distance in 51.4 and 37.8. Stuertzer was at a good clip early over 800m in 49.8, easing to run the last 600 in 38.1, and Roydon Bergerson's two greys, Let Me Think and Pelletier, went together in 50.2 and 38.2. Ric O'Shea, who has transferred to the Lisa Latta stable, had Turquoise for a partner over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.2, and Ric O'Shea tackles the Rangitikei Gold Cup on Saturday. Spike Miligan and a Zed filly stablemate cut out 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.4, and Princess Lincoln covered the distance on her own in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.3.

Anotherchancetaken and Breaking Protokol were paired over 800m, but could only be timed the last 600, which took 38.8. The same circumstances surrounded Lincoln's Legacy, who ended with 38.8 as well. Sand Bird, who has the blinkers on for the maiden highweight on Thursday, left 800m behind in 56 even, the last 600 in 38.9, while Petone Prince and Allez Rose ended with 38.9 also. National Pride and a Savabeel gelding stablemate rounded off their gallop together with 600m in 39.5, with Platinum Witness and Obrahma taking 39.6, Ducati 39.7, Madam Lincoln 39.8, Golden Miss 40.1, Girl With A Pearl 40.1, and Wotabuzz 40.7. Last-start maiden winner Kermit was sent 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 40.1, and his stablemate Powerade came up with 55.4 and 41.6. Upper Cut, another from the Oulaghan barn, finished with 41 even. Jabez was not after time over 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 42.4, and Paddy Owen, who has won two in succession, finished with 600m in 42 even. Electriclite did a quiet round and a half before working home 600m in 42.9, and Minstrel Flyer was timed 1000m in 1.14.4, the last 600 in 43.2.

On the plough, time honours went to Wiggle and Talk The Torque, who skipped over 1000m in a smart 1.1.8, the last 600 in 36.1. Wiggle is a big improver from her first-up fifth at Otaki. Daiello, a trial winner at Otaki last week, and Karla Bruni were on terms throughout a solid 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37 even, and both horses look set for another successful winter. Not to be denied, Greg Lambert-trained stablemates Superturf and She's Slinky ran a nice 1000m in 1.8.7, sprinting home the last 600 in 37.1, and Mark Oulaghan's Sentiment went alone in 1.7.4 and 37.9. Rangitikei two-year-old entrants Leeds and Good Grace, both trained by Mike Breslin, rounded off their work with 600m in 37.2. Leeds finished fifth on debut and has since won a trial at Otaki, while Good Grace has two trial placings. Pirinitete and Just Ishi did good sound work over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.1, while Mighty Matt and Dal Kyann took 50.8 and 38.2. Triple Billing and Heni sprinted 600m in 38 even. Ringo and Salamanca cruised over 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.1, while Southern Secret and Hot Spot came up with 52 even and 38.3. Canyon and Jilted posted 1.5.8 for 1000m, the last 600 in 39.6. Jandakot and Kennys Chance finished their work with 600m in 39 even, and Madam Lincoln clocked 39.8, as did I'm Not Ticklish (blinkers off at Woodville) on the first of two circuits. A No Excuse Needed maiden and one by Castledale, both trained by Gary Vile, ended with 600m in 39.9, and Catchitifyoucan did 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 40.1. Unraced three-year-old filly Savblanc (by Iffraaj) and a Handsome Ransom filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.4, and Helio Star clocked 41.9. 

Thursday - May 8th

By RON GURNEY

North And South showed she is the horse to beat in the r75 1400m at New Plymouth on Saturday with a terrific final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the outside of the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). North And South used the No 1 grass and had stablemate Princess Sienna alongside throughout 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.2. They had early use of the grass track, but the work was still first-class.

National Pride and an unknown stablemate covered 800m in 49.2, the last 600 in 37.3, while Let Me Think and a Zed gelding came up with a final 600m of 37.2. Justanexcuse reeled off another smart gallop, the last 600 in 37.4, and Turquoise and a Falkirk maiden, two more from the Latta barn, ran 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 38.5. Ducati, in the r65 1800m at New Plymouth, worked alone over 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 38.5, and City Chic, who heads to Rotorua (r75 1400m) took 52.3 and 38.9. She is ready for an overdue win. Travelling companion Stella Bella (r65 1400m) had Robert Hannam aboard over 800m, the last 600 in 38.7, and apprentice Michael Dee rides both City Chic and Stella Bella on Saturday. A Librettist filly and a Danger Looms gelding, both trained by Matthew Eales, sprinted 600m in 38.9, while New Plymouth winning prospect Cutluse (mdn mile) and Freelinks cut out 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 39 even.

Taipa Tiger (r65 1800m) was sent 800m on his own in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.3, and Adidazler, in the highweight at Rotorua (2200m), had an unknown stablemate for company over the same distance in 52.6 and 39.6. Kool Return (r65 1800m) did nice work on her own over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.5, while her stablemates Chrysolite, in at New Plymouth (r75 2000m), and Electriclite ended 1000m with 53 even and 39.2. Obrahma left 800m behind in 53.7, the last 600 in 40.7, and a Mr Nancho gelding from the Oulaghan stable did 1000m in 1.11.8, the last 600 in 40.8. An Ekraar maiden and one by Starcraft, both with Ashley Meadows, were timed 1000m in 1.14.2, the last 600 in 40 even, and Ned (by Yamanin Vital), trained by Mark Oulaghan, did 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 42 even. Upper Cut was not after time with 1000m in 1.15.1, the last 600 in 43.4, and stablemate Gloriano (by Thano), unplaced in two outings last spring, clocked 1.16.7 and 44.4.

On the plough, Dubai Belle, heading to the open mile at Awapuni on Saturday week, had a Starcraft two-year-old stablemate for a partner over 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.2. A Pins two-year-old gelding and a Mastercraftsman two-year-old filly sprinted 600m in 38.4, while a Darci Brahma gelding and a Pentire filly took 39.3. All four are trained by Lisa Latta. A Zed filly in the Oulaghan stable covered 800 in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.5, and Samsi ended with 600m in 41.6. Jandakot did a quiet round and a half and finished with 600m in 45.1.  

Tuesday - May 6th

By RON GURNEY

Justanexcuse is renowned for his good trackwork and he obliged again at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (slow) and on the plough (good). Justanexcuse used the course proper and, with former jockey Renee Fraser in the saddle, reeled off a smart 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 36.7. He looks as well as ever.

His stablemates City Chic and Taipa Tiger were paired over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.2, while Stella Bella, in the hands of Robert Hannam, did solid work on her own in 50.7 and 37.6. Golden Bay and Captain Lincoln caught the eye with their 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.4, while Tony Bambry's Dance In The Park and Greg Lambert's Alaghera came up with 51.9 and 38.2. Jack's Point and maiden Cutluse stayed together throughout 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and Rod's Lincoln matched Emerald Star all the way in 53.1 and 38.1. Crafty Lad and Jibril were timed 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even, and were followed son after by Tie Me Down and Let Me Think, who recorded 51.8 and 39 even.

Authentic Rascal and Roadtoplatinum left 800m behind in 51.7, the last 600 in 39.1, while their stablemates Rose And Crown and Lincoln's Legacy posted 52.7 and 39.2. Lincoln Park and Jackson Street were locked together over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.6, and Time For Gold covered 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 39.9. Chrysolite and Kermit ended their work with 600m in 39.8, and Breaking Protocol came up with 39.9. Pirinitete and Just Ishi increased the tempo from the 1000m to run 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 40.5. Aldebaran Star finished off his work with 600m in 40 seconds even, while Fighter Class and Furze Lady went together in 40.7. Authentic galloped 1000m, but was timed only 800m, which he covered in 57.5 and 42.3.

On the plough, Koorabye did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m on the second circuit in 38.8. Jilted and Peroni were on terms throughout 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 39.2. For Fashion worked alone over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.4, while Dal Vuitton and Dal Finian went together in 55.6 and 39.3. Triple Billing sprinted 600m in 40.7, and Bachelor Man took 40.8. Jax required 41.6, and Helio Star recorded 42 even. 

Thursday - May 1st

By RON GURNEY

Unbelieveabelle showed she was inching closer to race fitness with a fine gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Unbelieveabelle used the No 1 grass and, working alone, covered 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 38 even. She won two races in succession last June and appears to have come back as well as ever.

Good One Glady and former Foxton mare Petite Brigitte were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38 even, while their stablemates Jibril and Our Gazza came up with 51.3 and 38.2. Meadow View, who galloped strongly on Tuesday, followed up with another solid 1000m, the last 600 in 38.1, and Stuertzer ended with 600m in 38.8. Powerade left 800m behind in 53.7, the last 600 in 40.4, and his stablemate Electriclite was timed at 54.2 and 40.6. Golden Miss ended with 600m in 40.1, Authentic Paddy clocked 40.3, and Girl With A Pearl took 40.8. Furze Lady and a Perfectly Ready filly, both trained by Tony Bambry, sprinted 600m in 41.2, while Lincoln Park and a Don Eduardo maiden required 41.7.

On the plough, Trina Riddell-trained Cocoa reeled off 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.9, while Little Drummer Boy and a Falkirk gelding recorded 51.8 and 38.3. Daiello, who worked impressively in company on Tuesday, worked alone this time, running 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.7. His stablemates Tie Me Down and St'ruth went together in 54.7 and 40.8. Two Alamosa geldings from the Latta stable ended with 600m in 40.5, while Top Cat (by Lucky Unicorn) and a Denman two-year-old covered 800m in 57.4, the last 600 in 42 even. Jandakot ended with 600m in 42.9, and Powelka was not after time with 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 43.1.

Tuesday - April 29th

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained maidens Golden Bay and Lajuca stood out during a busy training session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place against the rail on the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (slushy). It was the first use of the grass this year, and times were pretty good. Golden Bay and Friday's Otaki-Maori entrant Lajuca (mdn f&m 1400m) used the No 1 grass and reeled off a very smart 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.3. Golden Bay is marking time in the wings, while Lajuca, who has not raced since January last year, has been working solidly in recent weeks.

Karla Bruni, one of just nine nominations for the open 1200m on Friday, had stablemate Daiello for a partner over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37.9, and were revelling in their work. Karla Bruni is fresh up. Petone Prince (mdn mile) and Good One Glady were paired over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4, while Spike Miligan (r65 1400m) and a Thano filly stablemate came up with 50.6 and 37.9. By The Powers and La Danseur sprinted 600m in 37 seconds even, and their No Excuse Needed filly stablemate ran a nice 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.8. Meadow View (by Don Eduardo) and a Nom de Jeu maiden, both with Ashley Meadows, were timed 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.7, while Otaki maiden 1400m entrants Itsagem and debutante Shirley's Secret (by No Excuse Needed) took 51.5 and 38.4. Dubai Belle (r85 1400m), a big improver from Anzac Day, galloped with Gamer Royale (r65 2100m) over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 38.2, and Surreal Storm (r85 1400m) went alone in 52.6 and 39.5. Maiden jumper Authentic schooled in the middle before coming out to gallop 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 39 even, and St'ruth required 1.9.8 and 39.6.

Kool Return had a light weight aboard when running 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.5, and Black Sapphire recorded 54 even and 39.8. Minstrel Flyer (by Minstrel Court) clocked 53.1 and 40.3. Otaki runner Hestolemyroses (mdn f&m 1400m) and a Don Eduardo filly stablemate left 800m behind in 54.2, the last 600 in 40.1, and Guarantor galloped on his own in 54.9 and 40.3. Superturf (r85 1400m) and Show The Beel were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 40.4, and Jabez ran over the same distance, registering 55.8 for the 800m, the last 600 in 42.4.

On the plough, time honours went to Unbelieveabelle in the hands of Robert Hannam, cutting out 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 37.8. Golden Shells and La Duca were next with 52 even and 38.6. Otaki runner The Great White and stablemate I'm Not Ticklish stayed together over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.9, while Mighty Matt and Salamanca were kept to 1.7.4 and 39.9. Danced All Night took 1.8.2 and 39.5. Fantamo (r65 1400m) and Dal Kyann covered 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39 even, with Edensong (r65 2100m) and Platinum Street taking 52.8 and 39.1. Gold Wedding galloped alone in 54.2 and 40.7. A High Chaparral colt and an Any Suggestion filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.1, while Let Me Think and a Postponed gelding, both with Roydon Bergerson, took 58.1 and 40.7. Ringo and Leeds were not after time over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.2, and their stablemates Shadow Player and Letsgetiton went 1000m in 1.11.5 and 41.6. Sky Hawk was timed 800m in 56.9 and 41.7, and Jilted required 58.2 and 42.7. Tie Me Down and a Mastercraftsman filly stablemate clocked 58.5 and 42.1. For Fashion sprinted 600m in 42.5. 

Thursday - April 24th

By RON GURNEY

Top-class sprinter-miler Justanexcuse looked on song for his resuming run on Saturday when he galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good) as most horses prepared for either Trentham on Saturday or Woodville on Monday. Justanexcuse breezed over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.7, and he was the only horse to break 37 seconds for the last 600m. He is in terrific order. Justanexcuse has not raced since his unsuccessful three-race Brisbane campaign last winter, but he did finish second in an open 1000m trial at Wanganui last week. It is more than likely he will race at Te Rapa on Saturday (open 1200m), instead of Trentham (open 1400m), and will be ridden by Darryl Bradley.

Itsagem and Stormy Lass were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.4, and Obrahma, in the maiden 1400m at Woodville, caught the eye with his 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.9. Miss Lightning (mdn 1200m) and Golden Bay did nice work together when galloping 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.8, and Allez Rose (r65 f/m mile) warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 51.9 and 38.8.Roydon Bergerson's Pelletier (mdn 3yo 1100m) and Mike Breslin's Reykjavik matched strides throughout 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.6, and were doing their work nicely at the finish. Mighty Matt and Salamanca stayed on terms over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.8, and Rapt In Gold (mdn 1400m) went alone in 52.6 and 38.2. Trentham runner Taipa Tiger (r65 mile) required 52.7 and 38.6. Don'stopgirl (Woodville) and a Thorn Park gelding stablemate came up with 52 even for 800m, the last 600 in 38.7, and Crafty Lad recorded 52.5 and 39.6. City Chic, off to Trentham (r75 1400m), ran 53 even and 39.1.

Hestolemyroses and Bobby Boucher, stablemates racing at Woodville on Monday, cut out 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 39.8, and Cambridge entrant Lady Platinum (r75 2400m) was timed 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.4. Trentham runner Perfect Symbol (r75 2100m) warmed up from the 1200m and picked up Karla Bruni to run 1000m in 1.8.4, the last 600 in 39 even, and The Great White went alone in 1.8.7 and 40.4. Flemington had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 40.1, and For Fashion clocked 55.4 and 40.4. Superturf and Woodville maiden runner Alaghera went together in 55.9 and 40.3. Hot Spot (r65 f&m mile) cruised over 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 40.8, and stablemate Southern Secret (r75 mile) did 1000m in 1.10.6 and 40.1. Lets ended with 600m in 40.6. Wotabuzz, preparing for another winter campaign, did a round of pacework before galloping 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 41.9. He looks particularly well. Trentham race rivals Just Collie and Nimble Nick (mdn mile) went an easy 800m in 56.1 and 41.1, while Diamond Flush and an Any Suggestion filly stablemate took 57 even and 41.5. Supercede, heading to Te Rapa for the Cambridge Breeders' Stakes (1200m), was not after time with 800m in 57.2, the last 600 in 42.5. He could go well on Saturday. Woodville runner Paddy Power (mdn 1400m) left 1000m behind in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 42.7, and stablemate Wilbur (r75 mile) took 1.11.3 and 42.8. A Gone For Real gelding with Janine Vandenberg went 600m in 43.1, and Woodville first starter Signorina (by Conatus) came up with 43.2. 

Tuesday - April 22th

By Ron Gurney

Lisa Latta-trained maidens Princess Sienna and Lincoln's Legacy earned admirers for Feilding's Anzac Day races with a smart gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the plough (good), with one gallop timed against the rail on the course proper (slow). Princess Sienna (mdn 1400m) and Lincoln's Legacy (mdn 3yo 1200m) reeled off 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.8, and they were the only horses to break 37 seconds for the last 600 metres. Princess Sienna (by Lonhro) blotted her copybook at Tauherenikau on Waitangi Day in February and has not started since, while Lincoln's Legacy (by No Excuse Needed), an unlucky fourth on debut, got in all sorts of trouble second-up at Whanganui.

Pirinitete (r75 mile) worked solidly over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 37.9, and was full of running at the finish. Pelletier and Karla Bruni were paired over 800m in 50.6 and 37.3. Jibril and recent trial winner Captain Lincoln (by Stravinsky) covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.6, and Captain Lincoln was entered for Anzac Day (mdn 3yo 1200m). Feilding maiden 1400m runner Freelinks (by Thorn Park), unplaced on debut when well backed, had Galleta for a partner over 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.9. Lady Platinum, who was nominated for both Wellington (r75 2100m) and Cambridge (r75 2400m) on Saturday, had Adidazler alongside over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.7. Dubai Belle, in the ITM Anzac 1600 at Feilding, and Fighter Class (r65 1400) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.5 and ran the final 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 38.2. It was good work.

Wellington entrants Nimble Nick and Just Collie, both in the maiden mile, were timed 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.7, while The Great White and I'm Not Ticklish were sent 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.1. Top sprinter-miler Justanexcuse, who held a nomination for both Wellington (open 1400m) and Cambridge (open 1200m), ran 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.4. ITM Anzac 1600 runner King Kamada galloped with Wellington entrant City Chic (r75 1400m) over 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38 even, while Tie Me Down and Shonda Rimes left 1000m behind in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 39.7. Dual meeting nominee Time For Gold (r65) had trainer Lydia Pickford aboard over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 39.3, while Feilding runners Gamer Royale (r65 2100m) and Dance In The Park (mdn 1400m) cut out the distance in 1.6.4 and 39.7. Mike Breslin-trained last-start winners Shadow Player and Letsgetiton were paired over 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.6, and Feilding runner Miss Benci (r75 1200m) went alone in 53.5 and 39.3. Dual meeting entrant Fantamo (r65) stayed on terns with Alarinda throughout a quiet 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 39.6, and Crafty Lad (Wellington) took 53.8 and 40.9. Jandakot covered the same distance in 55.8, the last 600 in 41.1, and Show The Beel came up with 56.5 and 41.5. Bull-trained Koorrabye, in at Feilding (r65 1400m), recorded 57.8 and 41.3. Catchitifyoucan ended with 600m in 41.4, and Platinum Street clocked 41.5. Powelka (r75 1200m) did 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 42.4.

On the course proper (slow), Supercede, entered for the Cambridge Breeders' Stakes (3yo 1200m) on Saturday, was sent 800m with Feilding runner Rose And Crown (mdn 3yo 1200m) in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.8.  

Tuesday - April 15th

By RON GURNEY

Hawke's Bay Cup prospect Sadlers Rock is on target for his biggest career win judging by his pleasing semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Sadlers Rock and stablemate Adidazler were paired over a solid 1000m in 1.5.8, coming the final 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38 even. Sadlers Rock was a winner over 2200 metres at Trentham two starts ago and then finished second to Silverdale in the Hawke's Bay Cup Prelude (2100m) last time out.

The Great White, trained by Tracey Newton, lost no kudos when he covered 1000m on his own in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 38.5, while Talk The Torque and Cocoa (by One Cool Cat), unplaced in only start last winter, ended with 600m in 38.6. They are with Trina Riddell. Pirinitete shaded Miss Benci at the finish of 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.4, and Crafty Lad went alone in 51.3 and 38.6. Hawke's Bay runners Jack's Point (open 1200m) and Taipa Tiger (r65 mile) galloped together and recorded 52 even and 38.2. Don'stopgirl (r65 mile) and a No Excuse Needed gelding stablemate were timed 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.7, while Leeds and a High Chaparral gelding stablemate came up with 52.7 and 38.7. A two-year-old by Starcraft and one by Nom de Jeu, both trained by Ashley Meadows, left 800m behind in 54.8, the last 600 in 38.8, while Dal Kyann and Golden Shells, who are with Mike Breslin, clocked 54.6 and 39 even.

Thursday's Taranaki entrants Helio Star (mdn 1400m) and Dal Vuitton (r65 1400m) had little between them throughout 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 39 even, followed by National Pride and Inazuma (mdn mile) with 54.9 and 39.6. Air Supply and Vettriano were on terms throughout 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 39.6, while Fantamo and Alarinda required 55.2 and 40.1. Nimble Nick and a Gold Centre three-year-old gelding stablemate were similar with 55.4 and 40.5. Former Hawke's Bay Cup winner Flemington had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 1000m in 1.7.3 and he came the final 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.3. He has not raced since the spring. Margaret Cartwright's Show The Beel, who will be tried as a jumper in the winter, had Gary Walsh in the saddle over 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 41.3, and Lets, trained by Lucy Tanner, did 56.7 and 41.7. Catchitifyoucan ended 800m with 600 in 41.1, and Rapt In Gold took 41.4, while a Howbaddouwantit-Gemmas Destiny three-year-old filly prepared by breeder Pauline Gorton took 41.5. Top galloper Ringo was let off with an easy 600m in 42.3, and Laura Knight's For Fashion (by Falkirk), unplaced in only start so far last spring, ran 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 42 even.

Thursday - April 10th

By RON GURNEY

Stella Bella looked ready to make her presence felt at Trentham on Saturday with a smart final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Stella Bella (r65 1400m) reeled off 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.5. She does not have a good record fresh up, but that may change come Saturday.

Well-bred Cutluse, who was unplaced on debut at Otaki last week, had a Stravinsky gelding stablemate for a partner over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.3. Iamishwara, in the open 1400m at Trentham, had trainer Tony Kaye aboard over 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.1, while Inazuma and a Captain Rio gelding were paired over the same task in 51.5 and 38.4. Brisbane Cup hopeful King Kamada, also listed for the open 1400m on Saturday, cruised over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.1, while a California Dane two-year-old filly and a Red Giant two-year-old filly ended with 600m in 39.3. They are with Lisa Latta. Stunning Princess, an each-way chance in the maiden 1000m at Trentham, had Lincoln Park (by Thorn Park) alongside over 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 40.4. Lincoln Park finished fifth on debut at Tauherenikau.

Missteeflying (r65 2200m), better than her last-start effort at Hastings, galloped with Allez Rose over 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.3, and Kool Return (r65 1400m) came up with 55.9 and 40.9. A St Reims gelding and a Falkirk gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.7, and their top-class stablemate Justanexcuse went alone in 56.1 and 41.1. Powelka worked a nice 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 41.6, while Diamond Flush and an Align gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41 even. Daiello clocked 41.4. Wilbur was not after time with his 1000m in 1.13 even, the last 600 in 43.5.

Tuesday - April 8th

By RON GURNEY

Top-class mare Zennista showed she was ready to step out at Trentham on Saturday with a very satisfactory trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Zennista (open 1400m) cut out 800m on her own in 50.1, the last 600 in 36.7. The Zenno Rob Roy mare will head to Australia after Saturday for another campaign at the Brisbane winter carnival. Five starts there last year yielded a win (Caloundra Cup), two thirds and a fourth. One of her thirds was in the Brisbane Cup. She won the Group 3 wfa Sofitel Stakes at Ellerlsie last spring, but has not raced since the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (7th) there on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, last-start winner Jerrico, in at Manawatu on Friday (r85 mile), covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 36.3, and he is quite capable of a repeat success. Abraham Lincoln (r75 2100m) was paired with Crafty Lad (r65 mile) over 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.4, and Trentham juvenile entrants Cousin Colin and Our Roberto were together for the same task in 50.9 and 38.4. Manawatu maiden mile runner Mountbatten had co-trainer Talia Taylor aboard when galloping 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 38.2, while King Kamada and City Chic went together over 800m in 51.4 and 38.1. King Kamada is likely to accompany stablemate Zennista to Australia after also contesting the open 1400m at Trentham on Saturday. The Brisbane Cup is high on his agenda. Salamanca and Mighty Matt came to the end of 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.8, while a High Chaparral gelding and an Any Suggestion filly, two more trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39 even.

Air Supply did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m on the second circuit in 39.1. Let Me Think and St'ruth sprinted 600m in 39.5, and their stablemate Pelletier went alone in 39.2. Petone Prince and Zipit, both entered for the maiden mile on Friday, were on terms throughout 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.9, and Powerade, in at Trentham (mdn 1400m), took 53.9 and 39.7. Stella Bella (Trentham) went fast early over 1000m in 1.3.8, easing down over the final stages to come up with 40.2 for the last 600m. Gem Twist and a Perfectly Ready two-year-old stablemate did 800m in 55.3 and 40.8. Time For Gold had Suave Jewel for a partner over 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 40.3. Posterity (mdn 3yo 1200m) and Shadow Player (mdn 1400m) were not after time with 1000m in 1.12.6, the last 600m in 41.7. Posterity goes to Manawatu, while Shadow Player races at Trentham. I'llbeyourplatinum, in on Friday, and Lajuca cruised over 80m in 58.1, the last 600 in 41 even, while a Savabeel two-year-old filly and a Mastercraftsman two-year-old filly, both with Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 41.4. Trentham entrant Chrysolite (r75 mile) ran a quiet 1000m in 1.14.3, the last 600 in 42.6, while Ringo and Golden Shells sprinted 600m in an easy 43.2. I'm Not Ticklish ended 800m with 600m in 44.1, and maiden Dal Kyann (by Gone For Real), who recorded successive fifths during the summer, took 45 even. 

Thursday - April 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Missteeflying and Edensong, race rivals at Hastings on Saturday, drew the most attention in training at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), though fog again prevented the timing of some gallops or part thereof. Missteeflying, who scored at Hastings four starts ago (2200m), and last- start winner Edensong were paired over a strong 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.5. They tackle Saturday's r65 2000m, but the barrier draw (18) did not go Edensong's way.

Ishidanzin and Just Collie went together over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.6, while Golden Bay and stablemate Cousin Colin did 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.2. Air Supply, back in work with Huw and Talia Taylor, sprinted 600m in 38 even, while Supercede and a Snitzel filly stablemate ended with 38.9. Hastings runner Galleta (mdn 1400m) and a No Excuse Needed filly clocked 39.7. Miss Benci, in at Hastings (r75 1200m), worked alone over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 40 seconds even, and a Colombia filly from the Oulaghan stable covered 1000m, the last 600 in 40.1.

Polly Flinders and Redline ended with 600m in 40.3, while It's My Time and St'ruth sprinted 600m in 40.1. Hastings race rivals Chopper and Reykjavik (mdn 1400m) were timed 800m in 53.5 and 40.8. Form runners Rod's Lincoln and Star Emerald, who will go head-to-head in the maiden 2000m on Saturday, matched strides over 800m, the last 600 in 41.1. Fog prevented the timing of the whole gallop. The Great White did two circuits, sprinting home 600m the first time before covering 800m on the second round in 58.8, the last 600 in 42.9. Hastings runner Hot Spot (mdn 1400m) had stablemate Superturf for a partner over a cruisy 800m in 59.8, the last 600 in 43.4, and Lisa Latta- trained Obrahma, off the scene for 12 months, did 800m in 58.9 and 42.8. 

Tuesday - April 1st

By RON GURNEY

Hot Spot, who was beaten narrowly last time out, and stablemate She's Slinky galloped together in fine style at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), but a heavy fog prevented the timing of several gallops. Hot Spot and She's Slinky warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m, the last 600 in 36.5, and both horses were working strongly at the finish. Hot Spot has been making steady progress at the races and was run down late by Skychi at Waverley last Sunday week. She has been entered for Hastings on Saturday (mdn 1400m), where She's Slinky could begin her autumn campaign in the r75 1200m, weather permitting.

Missteeflying (r65 2000m) and stablemate I'llbeyourplatinum (mdn 1400m) covered 800m as well, and again the last 600m (37.1) was all that could be timed because of fog. Galleta (mdn 1400m) and two-year-old Roseofplatinum, two more from the stable of Lisa Latta, ended their work with an easy 600m in 42.6. Roseofplatinum (by Darci Brahma), debuts in the maiden juvenile (800m) at Otaki on Thursday without being seen at the trials.