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Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle stole the show with an eye-catching semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning.

15 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 15 By RON GURNEY Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle stole the show with an eye-catching semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle used the course proper and reeledd off 1000m together 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.6, with both horses keen to do more. Father Lenihan, in at Trentham on Saturday (r82 1600m), was a last-start winner at his home track on Marton Cup day, making it three wins from 12 races so far. He has been to Trentham twice previously for a third and fourth placing and looks ready to go one better on the champagne turf. Platinum Mam'selle (3yo 1200m) is no stranger to Trentham either, and was successful at the Wellington Cup carnival last year. She has had three races in a new campaign and is poised to strike winning form again. Telegraph Handicap runner Sweepstake and stablemate Prosecco (r72 1400m) were paired over 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 36.5, and Sweepstake is a definite combo bet for the $250,000 Group 1 feature. Lincoln Raider (r82 mile) and Sir Nate were on terms throughout 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.4, while Authentic Paddy (Thorndon Mile) and Miss Oahu (r65 1200m) covered 1000m in 1.6.1, coming the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.1. On the plough, Lovetokeephim, who has been freshened, and maiden Veloce went together over a nice 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 37.1. Veloce steps up to 1600 metres at Otaki on Monday and his last-start is best forgotten. Wellington Cup hopeful Duplicity galloped with Mark Oulaghan-trained Dal Kilchoan, beginning with a quiet round (1400m) before gathering speed on the second circuit to run 1200m in 1.22.6. The pair came in from the 1000m in 1.6.8, with the final 800m taking 52.7, the last 600 in 38.9. Duplicity has great credentials going into Saturday's $250,000 Group 3 feature. Fibonacci (r65 1200m) was timed 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.8, while Miss Doherty and Sophia Magia ended with 600m in 38.1. Amorata (r72 2200m) did two rounds, sprinting the last 600m each time, the second of which took 38.3. Red Red Robin left 1000m behind in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.9, while Fictitious and last-start winner Stunning ended with 600m in 39.3. Colorado Miss and Tiro were not after time over 1000m in 1.12.8, the last 600 in 43.1, and Don't Know Jakk, second at Tauherenikau last start, was kept to 1.14.9 and 43 even. Un-raced three-year-old filly Wotarocker (Road To Rock-Turfstar) went 600m in 43.4. She is with Mike Breslin.
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