Awapuni Trackwork

Form maiden Platinum Bordeaux and stablemate Crypto Game caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning.

13 April 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, April 13 By RON GURNEY Form maiden Platinum Bordeaux and stablemate Crypto Game caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), but fog prevented the timing of some gallops. Platinum Bordeaux and Crypto Game were paired over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 36.4, easily the best of the session. Platinum Bordeaux has yet to finish first or second in 17 starts to date, but she is knocking on the door with five thirds and four fourths up her sleeve. The mare is likely to race at Hastings on Saturday. Crypto Game (by Super One), in at Otaki on Thursday (mdn 1400m), was unplaced on debut at Otaki in January and has not raced since. Red Red Robin, who was unplaced when resuming at Otaki last month, went alone over 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 38.5. She is in at Otaki again on Thursday (2100m hwt). Silky Red Fox and un-raced Vespa filly Raccourci, two-year-olds with Lisa Latta, matched strides over 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.3. They are likely to meet at Hastings on Saturday. Katchit worked on his own over 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 39.1, and ran a much improved race on his home track last Friday. He is down to race at Otaki (mdn hwt). Wotaripper, who has not raced for a few months, breezed over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.9, and last-start maiden winner Kusuda ended with 600m in 39.8. Otaki runner Little Texas Sky (mdn 1200m) left 1000m behind in 1.3.5, while Putorino (mdn hwt) and Mandalorian went together in 1.6.3. Lincoln's Kruz and Platinum Star (mdn 1200m) posted 1.8.7. Fog prevented any sectionals being taken from these three gallops. Princess Ani and Valhalla Rising, warming up for fresh campaigns, sprinted 600m together in 41.3, and their stablemate Obrigado went alone in 41 seconds even. Milly Khan (by Mongolian Khan) did a quiet round before galloping 800m in an easy 57.5, the last 600 in 42.5. She was unplaced on debut (mdn 2040m) in February and resumes at Otaki on Thursday (mdn hwt) with the blinkers going on. Hypatia, in similar work, ran home her last 600m in 42.4. She is well overdue a return to winning form.
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Rock Island Line and his un-raced stablemate Cher Ami highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

08 April 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, April 8 By RON GURNEY Rock Island Line and his un-raced stablemate Cher Ami highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Rock Island Line and Cher Ami were paired over 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.6. Rock Island Line has not raced since the Manawatu Christmas meeting, but is coming to hand well, and Cher Ami (by Shocking) finished second in a Foxton trial (1400m) early last month. She shows a lot of promise. Lincoln Raider, off the scene since November, worked alone over 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.7, while an Alamosa filly and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, went together in 51 even and 37.4. Semper Magico, who has been freshened again, covered 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.9, and he finished third to Deerfield and Motivation in an open heat (1200m) at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. Putorino, who doesn't seem to have luck on his side, was timed 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 39.3. It is only a matter of time before he puts the record straight. Un-raced three-year-old filly Bee Sting (by Vespa) was not after time over 800m in 59 even, the last 600 in 40.6, and she is a half-sister to former top mare Heni. Super Flash, who has not raced since the spring, ran 1000m in 1.11.7, the last 600 in 41.7, and a Niagara mare with Lisa Latta ended with 41.9.
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Matamata visitor Savy Yong Blonk drew plenty of attention when she galloped at Awapuni this morning.

06 April 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, April 6 By RON GURNEY Matamata visitor Savy Yong Blonk drew plenty of attention when she galloped at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Savy Yong Blonk warmed up from the 1200m to be timed from the 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 38.8. The Savabeel mare was a late scratching from the Awapuni Gold Cup last Saturday because of a track downgrade earlier in the day, but has remained in the Central Districts for the Group 3 $70,000 Manawatu Breeders' Stakes (2000m) this Friday. Time honours this morning went to Mike Breslin-trained maidens Sorted and un-raced Alamosa two-year-old Hungry, who went together over 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 37.8. Both horses are entered for the Wanganui meeting on Thursday and hold strong claims in their respective races. Hungry's likely rivals on Thursday, Belardo Boy and un-raced Vespa filly Raccourci, covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.6, while Chikira Lass and Khant Katch Her, two more heading to Wanganui, took 52 even and 37.9. See The Lion and and a Vespa three-year-old filly were paired over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.7, and they are with Lydia Pickford. Te Awe Awe (by Zed), who galloped boldly last Thursday, and an Ocean Park gelding caught the eye with 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.3. Khalfani and un-raced two-year-old filly Better Days (by Preferment) left 1000m behind in 1.8.2, coming in from the 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.1. They are in at Wanganui. Hurricane Lincoln and Milly Khan, both entered for the maiden 2050m, did nice work over 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 39.6. Lydia Pickford-trained Tumbleweed warmed up from the 1000m (1.11.1) to run home the final 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 39.4. Wanganui entrant Wind In My Wings and stablemate Favoloso were on terms throughout 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.1, and Little Texas Sky went alone in 53.1 and 39.5. Almeraki and Sybarite, both trained by Deborah Parry, required 53.5 for 800m, the last 600 in 39.7, while Dedoje and He's Done A Runner clocked 54.4 and 39.1. Pickford-trained Crackerjack and un-raced three-year-old Kenki (by Power) sprinted 600m in 39.2, and they are bound for Wanganui on Thursday. Matamata visitor Radegast (r65 mile) worked alone over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 40.9. He was a late scratching last Saturday after a track downgrade. Putorino was not after time over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 40.6, and Glide Queen, in at Wanganui, cruised over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 40.4. The latter's stablemate Venato (by Jimmy Choux) was timed 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 40.5, and was unplaced on debut last October. He has not raced since. Un-raced Ocean Park filly Oceanides left 800m behind in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.1, and she is down to debut on Thursday after some nice gallops recently.
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Ferlax four-year-old Inmyshadow suggested he can go one better on Saturday after a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning.

01 April 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, April 1 By RON GURNEY Ferlax four-year-old Inmyshadow suggested he can go one better on Saturday after a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the plough (slow) and on the No 1 grass (dead). Inmyshadow, in the maiden mile at Manawatu, used the plough and had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.2. The maiden gelding finished second in a Foxton trial (1200m) last month before running third on debut at Otaki (1600m). The track was slow that day, and he may well get similar conditions on Saturday. Time honours this morning went to another four-year-old maiden, Te Awe Awe (by Zed), who skipped over 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38 seconds even. The Jeff Lynds-trained mare has been unplaced in two race-day starts so far. Bradman and un-raced five-year-old stablemate Sindacato (by Per Incanto) were paired over 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.8. Better Days (by Preferment) and Hungry (by Alamosa), un-raced two-year-olds trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 38.9. Manawatu entrant Passione (3yo 2000m) worked alone over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 39.9, and her stablemate Platinum Impact (by Real Impact) took 1.9.9 and 39.8. Chikira Lass and Keep It Savvy warmed up from the 1000m (1.13.2) to run home the last 600 in 39.7, and Den Bosch, in the r65 2200m on Saturday, did a quiet round and a half before sprinting 600m in 39.6. Riccarton visitor and last-start maiden winner Milford Sound (3yo 2000m) did nice work over 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 39.3. Little Texas Sky covered 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.6, followed soon after by un-raced three-year-old filly Bee Sting (by Vespa), who took 53.2 and 39.9. She is a half-sister to top mare Heni. A Road To Rock filly and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, were timed 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.7, while a Redwood gelding and a Shocking filly, both with Lisa Latta, clocked 55.3 and 39.8. Manawatu runner Sassy Susan (3yo 1200m), a costly failure last start, and a Vespa-Silver Penny filly stablemate were on terms throughout 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 39 even. Double acceptor Platinum Rapper breezed over 1000m in 1.10.4, the last 600 in 40.8, and this mare is working solidly. She will love the wetter conditions on offer this weekend. The Rippa, who rates a chance in the r74 mile, ran 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.9, while Colorado Star (Flying Stakes) and He's Done A Runner went together in 55.4 and 41 even. Town Cryer (r65 2200m), not disgraced in the Lowland Stakes last start, and Cambridge visitor Mandalorian (r65 mile) matched strides over 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 41.7. The blinkers go on Town Cryer this week. Super Flash was not after time over 1000m in 1.14.5, the last 600 in 43 even, and neither was Platinum Spirit (r65 2200m) in 1.17.1 and 43.9. Kusuda (mdn mile), who will race without blinkers on Saturday, did a quiet round and a half, before increasing the tempo slightly to run home 600m in 43.1. On the No 1 grass, Venato (by Jimmy Choux), ran 800 in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.7. He finished fifth of 12 in his only race so far, last October. Manawatu entrants Nod Of The Head (3yo 1200m) and Lincoln Star (r74 mile) were locked together over 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 40.6. Nod Of The Head has freshened nicely and won an open heat (1000m) at the Foxton trials last week, while Lincoln Star won't mind the wetter conditions underfoot on Saturday. Neither will Sir Nate (Awapuni Gold Cup), who did nice work over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 41.7. He has been freshened as well, and finished third at the Foxton trials (1400m) last week.
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Trainer Roydon Bergerson took away a heap of confidence for Sires' Produce Stakes day when members of his stable worked at Awapuni this morning.

30 March 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 30 By RON GURNEY Trainer Roydon Bergerson took away a heap of confidence for Sires' Produce Stakes day when members of his stable worked at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (slow) after 10mm of rain over the previous 24 hours. Bergerson's Sires' Produce Stakes two-year-olds Nest Egg and Reign It In were impressive to say the least, covering 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 35 seconds even. Both horses are very promising in their own right but, as maidens, they do have the task in front of them on Saturday. Jessiegee and Colorado Star were paired over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 35.7, while Platinum Rapper, who is working a treat, and Sir Nate clocked 1.6.5 and 35.8. Raffle, who was brilliant winning on debut early in March, and Flying Surf ran 800m, the last 600 in 35.1, and Flying Surf's last-start disappointment at Trentham is best forgotten. New Year two-year-old winner Ansu and a Savabeel-Include two-year-old ended with 600m in 35.3. Ansu has been freshened, and finished second in a two-year-old trial (1000m) at Foxton last week. Akela Belle and a Shocking filly warmed up from the 1000m (1.11.4) to run home the last 600 in 35.9. Flying Handicap runner Shadows Cast worked alone over a strong 1000m in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 36.9, and a top run on Saturday may well earn him a tilt at the Canterbury Gold Cup three weeks later. Town Cryer and Cambridge visitor Mandalorian were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.6. Town Cryer, who is working solidly, was far from disgraced in the Lowland Stakes last start. The blinkers go on. Glide Queen, who ran a bold third fresh up last month, was timed a nice 1000m on her own in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 36.4, while Passione and Platinum Spirit went together in 1.5.4 and 36.8. Inmyshadow, third on debut, and stablemate Antipodes matched strides over 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 36.9. Nod Of The Head, who won a Foxton trial (1000m) last week, and Lincoln Star ended with 600m in 36.7, while Red Rufus and Jessie's Rock posted 37.9. Derecho, off the scene since November, and a Road To Rock gelding put 800m behind them in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.1, and Red Red Robin was kept to 1000m in 1.10.1 and 39.3. On the plough, a Highly Recommended-Elle's Aura gelding ran 1000m in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.6, and he is trained by Roydon Bergerson. Twentyoneblack and Miss Sailor (by Vespa) ended with 600m in 39.9, while Champagne Sunday covered 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 40.8. Rock Island Line and The Rippa were not after time over 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.5, followed soon after by Far Site and Sassy Susan, who ended with 41.7, as did Bradman and un-raced five-year-old Sindacato (by Per Incanto).
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Shadows Cast, preparing for Saturday week's Awapuni Gold Cup, galloped in fine style in training this morning.

26 March 2021
Deanna Walzl
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 25 By RON GURNEY Shadows Cast, preparing for Saturday week's Awapuni Gold Cup, galloped in fine style in training this morning. All fast work was on the plough, where Shadows Cast covered 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 38.2. Through the Awapuni Gold Cup with flying colours, he is then likely to go south for the Canterbury Gold Cup on Anzac weekend. Platinum Rapper, in at Tauherenikau on Sunday (r74 2050m), did solid work over 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 38.7 and, like Shadows Cast, is well overdue a return to winning form. Town Cryer (r65 2050m) and Beefeater were paired over 1200m in 1.17.8, the last 600 in 38.9, The blinkers go on Town Cryer, who was not disgraced in the Lowland Stakes last start. Lincoln Hanover (r65 1400m) warmed up from the 1000m (1.10) to run 800m at speed, the last 600 in 38.3. Forget his last-start performance on a slow track. Khalfani and un-raced three-year-old filly Sylviemosa (by Alamosa) were on terms throughout 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.6, and Quatromosa ended with 600m in 38.9. Un-raced two-year-olds Better Days (by Preferment) and Hungry (by Alamosa) went together over 800m in 52,1, the last 600 in 38.7. They are with Mike Breslin. Tauherenikau acceptor Little Texas Sky (mdn 130m) worked alone over 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 39.7, and this mare could be a surprise package on Sunday. Silky Red Fox and Rock Island Line matched strides over 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 39.9, while their stablemates Passione and Platinum Spirit ended with 600m in 39 even. Opaki visitor Sassenach had trainer Austin Brown aboard over 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 40.8, and un-raced Per Incanto five-year-old Sindacato, trained by Roydon Bergerson, clocked 1.12.4 and 40.9. Sassy Susan, a costly failure last start, was kept to 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 40.1, and she will make amends at short notice. Cherokee Angel, who debuts on Sunday (mdn 1300m), went a quiet 800m in 58 even , the last 600 in 43.3.
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Five Lisa Latta-trained horses were dominant in training gallops at Awapuni this morning.

23 March 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 23 By RON GURNEY Five Lisa Latta-trained horses were dominant in training gallops at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), where Jokerman, Platinum Bordeaux, Platinum Rapper, Platinum Petals and an un-raced Ocean Park filly all excelled over 800 metres. The maidens Jokerman and Platinum Bordeaux took the time honours with 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.2. Jokerman (by Raise The Flag) is a lightly-raced five-year-old who won an Otaki trial (1400m) last month, but was unplaced when resuming at Awapuni three weeks ago. He looks an improver. Platinum Rapper and Platinum Petals were paired over 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.3, while Oceanides, the un-raced Ocean Park filly, went alone in 52.1 and 37.8. Beefeater and Town Cryer were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.7, followed soon after by Lincoln Hanover who clocked 1.6.9 and 38.9. Un-raced three-year-old Crackerjack (by Jimmy Choux) and Ispywithmylittleye, both trained by Lydia Pickford, did nice work over 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.2. Crackerjack finished second at the Foxton trials (1000m) three weeks ago and has trained on well, while three-year-old filly Ispywithmylittleye (by Atlante) is unplaced in two races so far. A Road To Rock filly and an Alamosa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 38.3. Glide Queen was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.6.2, but finished with 600m in 39.3, while Dedoje and impressive debut winner Raffle went together in 1.8.9 and 39.3. Pickford-trained Tumbleweed (by Super Easy), who has not raced since the spring, was timed 1000m in 1.11.3, the last 600 in 40.8. Little Texas Sky was not after time either, running 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 41.4. She finished second in an Otaki trial last month, but was unplaced when resuming three weeks ago. Ashley Meadows-trained Inmyshadow (by Ferlax), who finished third on debut at Otaki two weeks ago, and Almeraki (Deborah Parry) came to the end of 1000m in 1.11.7, the last 600 in 41.6. See The Lion and Kenki, both trained by Lydia Pickford, covered 800m in an easy 56.6, the last 600 in 42.3. Kenki is an un-raced three-year-old by Power and placed third at the Foxton trials three weeks ago.
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First-day winner Jessiegee and stablemate He's Done A Runner rubber-stamped their fitness for Trentham with a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning.

18 March 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 18 By RON GURNEY First-day winner Jessiegee and stablemate He's Done A Runner rubber-stamped their fitness for Trentham with a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Jessiegee (Cuddle Stakes) and He's Done A Runner (r65 1600m) were paired over 1000m in 1.8.9, coming the final 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.3. Jessiegee returned to winning form when she dead-heated with Credit Manager (1600m) at Trentham last Saturday. The Alamosa mare has four Group-placed seconds to her credit, one of them in the 2019 Cuddle Stakes, and now she gets a chance to go one step further. The blinkers go on. He's Done A Runner has improved with every race this campaign and, this week, trainer Mike Breslin has elected to remove the blinkers from the gelding. Their stablemates Dedoje and a Sooboog colt covered 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 37.6, while Peter Didham-trained four-year-olds Red Rufus and Champers took 52 even and 37.8. Kusuda and Far Site, two more from that barn, were on terms throughout 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 37.3, followed soon after by stablemates Twentyoneblack and a Savabeel-Include gelding, who sprinted 600m together in 38.9. Jessie's Rock did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 39.6, and he will be a big improver from his unplaced effort on a slow track at Otaki last start. Wellington runners Arturo (r65 1200m) and Kapinos (open 1200m) were locked together over 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39.7. Sir Nate, who disappointed in the Ashhurst-Pohangina Cup last start, was timed 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 40.5. He was in good form prior to that race. In-form three-year-old Bradman, in at Wellington, (MAAT 1400m), and a Highly Recommended gelding from the same stable ran 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 41.9. Race rival Dawn County sprinted 600m in 41.4. Mandalorian (r65 mile) had Town Cryer for a partner over 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 42.1, and the blinkers go on Mandalorian this week. Per Incanto three-year-old filly Raffle, impressive winning on debut a few weeks ago, and un-raced Alamosa filly Sylviemosa were sent an easy 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 42 seconds even. Nod Of The Head, who has not raced since winning on Boxing Day, and Chikira Lass were not after time over 800m in 57.9, the last 600 in 42.3. Cuddle Stakes prospect Belle Plaisir, who worked in great style on Tuesday, again had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard and was kept to 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.7. Race rival Excelleration did little more than three-quarter pace over 800m, and the 1600 metres at Trentham will hold no fears.
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Belle Plaisir earned admirers for the Cuddle Stakes on Saturday with a very satisfactory gallop at Awapuni this morning.

16 March 2021
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 16 By RON GURNEY Belle Plaisir earned admirers for the Cuddle Stakes on Saturday with a very satisfactory gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Belle Plaisir used the course proper and had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over a solid 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 36.1. The four-year-old mare, a previous winner at Trentham (heavy), blotted the copybook two starts ago, but her overall form this campaign has been solid. The Cuddle Stakes now gives her the perfect opportunity to pick up some valuable black type. Meanwhile, Semper Magico and Super Flash were paired over 1000m in 1.4.3, but could not be timed the last 600 because of poor light. Duplicity and stablemate Antipodes (by Reliable Man) stayed together over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 36.2. Duplicity ran a respectable seventh in the Wellington Cup three starts ago, but has been disappointing since. The St Leger distance (2600m) on Saturday will be more to his liking. Antipodes, a lightly-raced five-year-old, has not been seen for 16 months, when her maiden form was good. Meglio Di Falcrest and un-raced three-year-old colt Dennismac (by Sweynesse), two more from the barn of Ashley Meadows, were timed 1000m in 1.11.9, the last 600 in 37 seconds even. All other gallops were on the plough, where Excelleration covered 1000m in 1.7 even, coming the final 800m in 50.4, the last 60 in 36.7. She is another Cuddle Stakes prospect and looks ready to add some more black type to the pedigree page. Her stablemate Dawn County lost no kudos when running 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.1, and she will not be a maiden for much longer. Kapinos and Arturo were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.2, and they are both knocking on the door. Maiden filly Platinum Star (by Burgundy), who has not raced since the spring, worked alone over 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38 even, while Flying Surf and Sorted went together in 53 even and 38.3. Bradman and an un-raced Highly Recommended gelding left 1000m behind in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 40 even, while Mandalorian and Town Cryer took 1.7.9 and 40.6. An Alamosa filly and a Road To Rock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.7. Venato (by Jimmy Choux), trained by Matthew Eales, went an easy 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 41.6. After two solid trial placings in the spring, this four-year-old finished fifth on debut (slow track) in the spring. He has not raced since. Father Lenihan was not after time over 1000m in 1.14.9, the last 600 in 43.7.
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There will be no trackwork update today (Thursday 11 March).

11 March 2021
Lindsey White
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