Awapuni Trackwork

Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

19 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 19 By RON GURNEY Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.4. Kellys Inspiration has not raced since finishing a creditable fifth in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings last month behind Jennifer Eccles, Loire and Showbeel. She is expected to step out at Manawatu on Saturday week. Original Gangster covered 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.9, while Bradman (by Pins) and Kapinos went 800m together in 52.6 and 38.2. Bradman, who has placed in two trials, debuts in the maiden two-year-old at Tauherenikau on Sunday. Blue On Black, preparing for the Awapuni Gold Cup on Saturday week, worked alone over a steady 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 40.7. Canucia, who looks a big improver for the maiden 1400m on Sunday, had Colorado Miss alongside over 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 42.5. Colorado Miss will run in the Waipukurau Cup (r65 2200m) next Thursday Riverton visitor Feel The Rush, third in the NZ Oaks last Saturday, did a quiet round and a half before increasing the tempo slightly to run 800m in 57.2, the last 600 in 42.7. Her stablemate Lightning Jack, who finished third in the Wellington Guineas the same day, did similar work, finishing with 1000m in 1.14.5, the last 600 in 44.3. Both horses will race at Manawatu on Saturday week.
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Excelleration could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning ahead of her trip to Christchurch for Group 3 competition on Saturday. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Excelleration worked alone over a strong 800m in 49.1, the last 6

17 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 17 By RON GURNEY Excelleration could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning ahead of her trip to Christchurch for Group 3 competition on Saturday. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Excelleration worked alone over a strong 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36 even. The mare returned to winning form at Awapuni (r72 1400m) two starts ago in early February. She did not race again for another month, and had a freshener over 1200 metres at Trentham last Saturday week. The $80,000 South Island Breeders' Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares this week looks a fitting challenge. Platinum Wild Card, in at Tauherenikau on Sunday (r65 1400m), and Platinum Rapper were paired over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.6, while Ozil and Colorado Star came up with 50.7 and 37.6. Last-start winner Carlingford Bay, in on Sunday (r65 1400m), and Bruno Kelly were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.3. They were followed soon after by Kapinos and un-raced Pins two-year-old colt Bradman over 800m in 51.5 and 37.2. Bradman has been placed at the trials, and will debut over 1000m on Sunday. Clownin Around and Tumbleweed, both trained by Lydia Pickford, were locked together over 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.8, while stablemate Infared, unplaced in two January outings, posted 52.1 and 39 even. Hypatia had Sequoia Dawn for a partner over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.4, and last-start maiden winner Jessie's Rock did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 39.2. He goes to Riccarton on Saturday for a r65 1800m. Derecho, who has not raced since August, sprinted 600m in 39.7, while The Great Guru and Sunday entrant Bella Sorella (mdn 1400m) went 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 41 even. Tiro and a Road To Rock gelding galloped 600m in 41.2.
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Heni's younger sister Princess Ani has been freshened and looks set to carry on some solid form judging by her pleasing trial at Awapuni his morning.

12 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 12 By RON GURNEY Heni's younger sister Princess Ani has been freshened and looks set to carry on some solid form judging by her pleasing trial at Awapuni his morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Princess Ani had an un-raced Howbaddouwantit filly for a partner over 1000m in 1.10.9, coming the final 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 37.6. Princess Ani has had a win and a second from four starts so far, her maiden mile victory coming at Otaki in mid-January. Their stablemate Irish Prayer (by Dial A Prayer), who has not raced since August, covered 1000m on her own in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 37.7. Spijker (by Iffraaj), unplaced in his one start last spring, and a Power gelding ran 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.5. They are all trained by Mike Breslin. Lincoln Melody and Platinum Rapper were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1, and their stablemate Lincoln Town went alone in 51.2 and 38.8. He was unplaced whe resuming in January. An Alamosa filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were timed 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Infared and former northerner Tumbleweed, both with Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 38.7. New Zealand Oaks outsider Rukita was not asked for her best over 1000m in 1.8.1, coming the final 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.7. Bella Sorella and a Per Incanto filly were on terms throughout 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.6, and three-year-old maiden Clownin Around was kept to 57 even and 41.5. Cross Roads (by Sweet Orange), who debuts at Woodville on Sunday (mdn 1200m), had un-raced two-year-old filly Town Cryer (by Tavistock) alongside over 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.1. A Darci Brahma filly trained by Jeff Lynds sprinted 600m in 41.3.
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Semper Magico again showed his fitness with another solid trial at Awapuni this morning.

10 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 10 By RON GURNEY Semper Magico again showed his fitness with another solid trial at Awapuni this morning. Most of the fast work was on the plough (good), with just one gallop recorded on the course proper (dead). Semper Magico used the plough and skipped over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.3. He cleared maidens four starts ago in December, and has held his form pretty well since. He goes to Trentham on Saturday for a r65 1400m, and would appreciate some give in the ground. His stablemate Shadows Cast (Lightning Hcp) was not asked for his best over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.5, and he continues to hold his form in Group company. New Zealand Oaks entrant Rukita drew plenty of attention in her workout with stable veteran Hank Moody, who was nominated for both Trentham and Woodville (Sunday). The pair warmed up from the winning post (1400m) to be timed at a good clip from the 1200m in 1.21.6, coming the final 1000m 1.6.4, the 800m in 52.4 and last 600 in 38.6. Rukita has a huge task ahead of her over 2400 metres on Saturday, if she gets in, taking on black type at the highest level for the first time. It will be her first start beyond 1600m as well, but she is as fit as hands can make her. Woodville Cup (r82 mile) entrant Amorata, who has not raced for five weeks, covered 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 40.6, and Berry Delightful, out since November, was kept to 1.11.4 and 40 even. Un-raced Per Incanto three-year-old Cross Roads, trained by Roydon Bergerson, had a Tavistock two-year-old for a partner over an easy 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 40.9. Cross Roads has placed at the trials twice and debuts on Sunday (mdn 1400m). Sequoia Dawn and a Pride Of Dubai gelding ran 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.4, and last-start maiden winner Jessie's Rock did a quiet round and a half before sprinting 600m in 41.3. On the course proper, Dark Princess (Cuddle Stakes) and stablemate Nessun Dorma, in at Woodville (r65 mile), were paired over 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.8. Third-last par says CROSS ROADS in maiden 1400m at Woodville. Should be maiden 1200m.
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Blue On Black rounded off his Wellington preparation with another satisfactory trial at Awapuni this morning.

05 March 2020
Stephen Berryman
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 5 By RON GURNEY Blue On Black rounded off his Wellington preparation with another satisfactory trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the course proper (dead). Blue On Black used the course proper on Tuesday, but worked on the plough this morning, covering 1200m in 1.24.7, coming the final 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.7, which was just what trainer Anne Herbert ordered. He was nominated for the weight-for-age Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday as well, but the gelding will now tackle the easier option (open 2200m) at Trentham. Claiming apprentice Charlotte O'Beirne will ride him for the first time. A Power gelding and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.9, while an Alamosa gelding and another Alamosa filly went 600m in 38.6. Eva Dawn, who has not raced for 11 months, was timed 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.7. On the course proper, Hank Moody worked alone over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and Wellington entrant Excelleration (r72 1200m) ended with 600m in 39.7. Race rival Colorado Star, who is resuming, left 1000m behind in 1.12 even, the last 600 in 40.6. During his first ever campaign last spring, he won two from four and added a second and a fourth. He should go well fresh.
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Blue On Black, who was entered for both Auckland and Wellington this week, completed a most satisfactory trial at Awapuni this morning.

03 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 3 By RON GURNEY Blue On Black, who was entered for both Auckland and Wellington this week, completed a most satisfactory trial at Awapuni this morning. Using the course proper (dead), Blue On Black worked in the dark from the 1400m, warming up from there to be timed his final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 36.7. He has won two of his last four races, including a three and four-year-old set-weight event at Otaki. On Tuesday, he was nominated for both the $200,000 Group 1 Bonecrusher Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie and the $35,000 open 2200m at Trentham on Saturday. All other fast work timed was on the plough (good), where Kamanda Lincoln and Lincoln Green took the honours with 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.5. Kamanda Lincoln finished sixth in the Wellington Cup two starts ago, but was then a disappointing last in a field of seven at Otaki a few weeks ago. Last-start winner Excelleration, who goes to Trentham for the r72 1200m, did very nice work on her own over 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.1. She is being set for the Group 3 SI Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday fortnight. Berry Delightful, who has not raced since mid-November, covered 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 38.6, while He's Our Secret and Lincoln Melody went 800m together in 51.3 and 38.2. Un-raced Savabeel three-year-old Katchit, trained by David Hayes, had a Super Easy gelding (Mark Oulaghan) for a partner over 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 39.5. Colorado Star, who resumes at Trentham (r72 1200m), and Jessiegee were paired over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.4. Colorado Star won two from four last preparation. A Shooting To Win filly trained by Gary Vile and an El Roca gelding (David Goldsbury) warmed up from the 800m (58.9) to run home the last 600 in 39.3. Sequoia Dawn, who did well with three placings from three starts in the spring, and a Pride Of Dubai gelding from the same stable, went an easy 800m in 58.8 and 41.2.
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Semper Magico is ready to chalk up his second victory in four starts after recording a very satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning.

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

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

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

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