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Beefeater and Original Gangster again showed they are at the top of their game for the Taranaki meeting on Saturday with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning.

31 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 31 By RON GURNEY Beefeater and Original Gangster again showed they are at the top of their game for the Taranaki meeting on Saturday with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), though fog prevented the timing of several trials. Beefeater (Taranaki Cup) and Original Gangster (r65 2000m) galloped in solid fashion together on Tuesday and have followed that up with more pleasing work. They gathered speed from the 1200m peg to run the final 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.6, and both horses look leading prospects on Saturday. Beefeater won the Taranaki Cup last year, and Original Gangster will appreciate the step in distance in his first attempt past 1600m. A Guillotine gelding trained by Leon Mudgway and a Sweet Orange gelding trained by Lisa Latta were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.9, and Veloce went alone in 52 even and 37.4. Heni and Ravenhill matched strides over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.6, while an Alamosa filly and a Road To Rock filly, two more from the Breslin stable, ran 800m in 51.9 and 38.5. Weare Rocking and an Alamosa mare left 800m behind in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.7, while a Per Incanto gelding and a Rubiz colt, also from the Breslin barn, took 53 even and 38.1. Casino El Jay and a Sacred Falls maiden covered 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.3, while their stablemates Young Squire (by Alamosa), placed third on debut at Otaki last Monday week, and Shelly's Lass (by Niagara), unplaced the same day, ran 53.1 and 39.2. An Ego-Sunshine Park maiden trained by David Hayes was timed 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.3.
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