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Five To Midnight rounded off his Auckland Cup preparation in fine style when given his final trial at Awapuni this morning

07 March 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 7 By RON GURNEY Five To Midnight rounded off his Auckland Cup preparation in fine style when given his final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was confined to the plough (good), but fog prevented the timing of several early gallops. Five To Midnight worked left-handed with Authentic Paddy on Tuesday, but had stablemate Lincoln's Secret alongside today when going right-handed over 1000m in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 37.6. He was nosed out by Ladies First in the Auckland Cup last year, but 12 months on is looking to go better in the Group 1 two-miler at Ellerslie on Saturday. He could not be fitter. Wellington entrant Lincoln Fury (mdn mile) and talented filly Sentimental Miss were paired over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.5. Lincoln Fury is at the top of his game and deserves to break through at Trentham. Sentimental Miss is still on-song for the NZ Oaks on Saturday week, despite finishing unplaced in the Lowland Stakes last start. She did not get the rub of the green from the outside barrier at Hastings, and the run is best forgotten. Hypatia, off to Wellington on Saturday for the r65 2400m, had a Hinchinbrook maiden for company over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.8. Hypatia won well at Wairoa last start and will be right at home on the roomy track over 2400 metres. Bella Margarita and a Per Incanto three-year-old, both trained by Lucy Tanner, ran 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.6, while a Towkay filly (sister to Heni) and a Howbaddouwantit filly, both in the Breslin stable, clocked 58.5 and 40.6. Wellington runners Voralto (by Sacred Falls) and Car Pie (r65 1000m) sprinted 600m in a quiet 40.3. Voralto is on debut in the maiden two-year-old 1000m at Trentham.
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