Awapuni Trackwork

China Star, who tackles the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, and big improver Johnny Lincoln were in sparkling form at Awapuni this morning

24 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 24th

By RON GURNEY

China Star, who tackles the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, and big improver Johnny Lincoln were in sparkling form at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), the No 1 grass (dead) and the sand.

China Star and Hastings runner Johnny Lincoln (r65 mile) used the plough and were at a good clip early when covering 1000m in 1.1.8, the last 600 in 37.1. Both horses have trained on well, especially China Star, who won the Manawatu Breeders' Stakes last start. Mike Breslin-trained Kini Marie, who has not raced since last winter, skipped over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37 even, while Mighty Solomon and maiden Platinum Rapper went together in 50 seconds even and 37.1. Platinum Rapper (by Makfi), unplaced on debut at Rotorua two weeks ago, is in at Te Rapa on Saturday (2yo 1200m) and is a half-sister to Platinum Command. Lincoln Star and Lincoln Raider, two more heading to Te Rapa (3yo mile), were on terms over 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.8, while Myrtle and a Niagara gelding, both trained by David Goldsbury, recorded 51.8 and 37.6. Friday's Blenheim entrants Hypatia (mdn 1950m) and Strada Roccia (mdn 1400m) wasted little time early over 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 38.7, followed soon after by Lydia Pickford's pairing of Over Think and That's Funny in 1.4.8 and 38.9.

A Road To Rock gelding and an Iffraaj gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.3, and their stablemates Weare Rocking and unraced four-year-old Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) came up with 51.4 and 38.5. Windsor, in at Hastings (r65 1200m), and unraced O'Reilly three-year-old filly Kiss Me Kate were timed 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38 even, while a Fully Fledged gelding from the Breslin barn went alone in 52 even and 38.8. Higher Power (mdn 2yo 1200m) and an Echoes Of Heaven gelding, both with Jeff Lynds, covered 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 38.7, and Lisa Latta-trained Makfi two-year-old Love Potion, unplaced on debut in January, and a Sweet Orange two-year-old clocked 53.8 and 38.8. Te Rapa-bound Ozil (Breeders' Stakes), a big winner fresh up, had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini aboard when sprinting 600m each time at the end of a quiet round. On the first circuit he recorded 38.6, then 37.5 the second time. A Rip Van Winkle filly and an Alamosa gelding, two more from that stable, dashed 600m in 38.9.

Atenartin and Hastings entrant Derecho, two-year-olds from the stable of Matthew Eales, ran 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 39.4, while a Darci Brahma filly and a Thewayyouare gelding, both with Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 39 even. Cartagena and Stocking did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 40.9, and Son Of Surf had Blenheim runner Before Dawn (mdn 1000m) alongside over 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.8. An Ocean Park filly and a Per Incanto filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 40.7, while Monsieur and a Thewayyouare youngster ended with 600m in 40.8. Hidden Valley and In Dreamland were kept to 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 41.8.

On the No 1 grass, Hastings candidates Lubaya (r65 mile) and Just Fabulous (mdn 2yo 1200m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.9, coming the final 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 39.7, and Showing Grace (r65 mile) was shading Valour after 800m, the last 600 in 38.9.

On the sand, Upmarket (mdn mile) and Princess Spice ended with 600m in 38.2.

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Connections of Wellington acceptor Shared Secrets grew in confidence after the mare's first-class final trial at Awapuni this morning

19 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 19th

By RON GURNEY

Connections of Wellington acceptor Shared Secrets grew in confidence after the mare's first-class final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass for the first time (dead) this autumn, and on the plough (good).

Shared Secrets used the No 1 grass and had stable rider Nicole Jensen aboard over 1000m in 1.1.8, the last 600 in 35.6, which was a terrific gallop. The Nadeem mare tackles just five rivals in Sunday's r85 2100m, with Masa Tanaka the rider. Her stablemate Dal Sir Tee, an improver for the r65 mile, covered 1000m in 1.3.9, the last 600 in 37.9, while Al Munroe rounded off 1200m with 1000m 1.4.6 and 39 even. Top steeplechaser Upper Cut recorded 1.6.8 and 40.5. The rest of the gallops were on the plough, where Easter Handicap runner Platinum Command sped over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 36.6. She has trained on well since her fresh-up third at Awapuni on Sires' Produce Stakes day and is a lightweight hope at Pukekohe on Saturday. Manhattan Street and Just You were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 36.5, while Before Dawn, fourth on debut at Waverley last week, and Strada Roccia came up with 51.8 and 37.6. Rip Into Ghia and Keep It Savvy went together over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 37.5, and David Goldsbury-trained Myrtle (by Keeper), who has not raced since the spring, and a Niagara gelding stablemate ended 800m with 600 in 37.8. Shadows Cast had stable apprentice Tim Johnson in the saddle over a nice 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38.2, and his stablemate Des De Jeu went 1.6.7 and 38.3. Wellington entrant Thats Amore (r65 mile) and Thorn Pass covered 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 40.9, while Pania and a Sweet Orange two-year-old took 55.4 and 40.1. Ravenhill and Hypatia matched strides throughout a steady 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 40.4.

 

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Authentic Paddy looked on target to score his second Canterbury Gold Cup win in three years on Saturday when he galloped in fine style again at Awapuni this morning

18 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 17th

By RON GURNEY

Authentic Paddy looked on target to score his second Canterbury Gold Cup win in three years on Saturday when he galloped in fine style again at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was on the plough, with one gallop recorded on the sand.

Authentic Paddy used the plough and had Robert Hannam aboard when working alongside stablemate Platinum Command over 1000m in 1.2.2, coming the final 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.5. Platinum Command heads in the other direction this weekend to tacke the Easter Handicap at Ellerslie on Saturday. Master Platinum, who goes to Woodville on Thursday (r65 1400m) and Dreams Of Platinum, in at Wellington on Sunday (r65 1000m), were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.2, while Brahmarahma, who ran a mighty fifth at Waverley last week, and a Savabeel colt came up with 51.6 and 37.9. Lincoln Hills and a Darci Brahma filly matched strides over 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 37.8, while a So You Think filly and a Savabeel gelding, two more from the stable of Lisa Latta, took 51.8 and 38.2. Weare Rocking and an Iffraaj gelding left 1000m behind in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 38 even, and Woodville entrant Bella Margarita went alone in 1.6.6 and 38.1. Unraced gelding Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) and a Fully Fledged gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 54 even, the last 600 in 39.6. A Per Incanto filly trained by Mark Oulaghan warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40 even, and Onawing recorded 56.8 and 40.2. Hidden Valley and Cartagena did a quiet round before speeding up from the 1000m on the second circuit to complete 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 41.3. Woodville entrant Sabatica (mdn 1200m) was kept to 800m in 55.1 and 41 even.

On the sand, To Sir With Love (mdn hwt 2100m) and Heavens Keep were together throughout 1000m in 1.7 even, coming the final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.9.

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Authentic Paddy heads back to the South Island next week and, just for good measure, worked in great fashion at Awapuni this morning

12 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 12th

By RON GURNEY

Authentic Paddy heads back to the South Island next week and, just for good measure, worked in great fashion at Awapuni this morning.

All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Authentic Paddy had stablemate Platinum Command for a partner over 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 38.2. Authentic Paddy finished fourth in the Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) last start and will now tackle the Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) on Saturday week, a race he won in 2016. He only has to finish third at Riccarton to take his career earnings over the $700,000 mark. To Sir With Love, who works well but needs race-day improvement, covered 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.4, and a freshened Ringo, off to Hastings on Saturday for the open 1200m, was timed 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.5. Leah Hemi rides him for the first time. Leeds, who resumes in the r85 1400m, ran 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.1, and he finished second in an open trial (1000m) at Foxton a few weeks ago. Garment and Classic Touch went together in 52.6 and 38.8.

That's Funny and Over Think, both trained by Lydia Pickford, were paired over 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.6. Over Think (by Cape Blanco) won a Foxton trial in October, but subsequently finished last in both his races before Christmas. Hastings runner Lubaya (r65 mile) and Hank Moody matched strides over 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 40.1. Lubaya had good excuses last start, and can make amends on Saturday. Last Chance, who has not raced since September, ran 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 40.8, and Salamanca, who resumes in the open 1200m at Hastings, was kept to 54.6 and 41.1. Sam Spratt picks up the ride for Saturday. Stocking and Hidden Valley, both trained by Liz Rennie, went 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 41 even, and Windsor (r65 1200m) was not after time over 800m in 58.7, the last 600 in 42.7. Belle Canto warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 58.2, the last 600 in 43.5, and Miss Oahu, a double acceptor at Hastings, was restricted to 58.8 and 43.2.

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Shared Secrets is ready to go one better judging by her bold semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning

10 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 10th

By RON GURNEY

Shared Secrets is ready to go one better judging by her bold semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (slow-heavy) and on the plough (slushy) after rain overnight, which continued throughout the training session.

Shared Secrets, in at Hastings on Saturday, used the course proper and sped over 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 37.3. She failed in the  Masterton Cup two starts ago, but ran a good second at Awapuni last Friday when dropping back in grade. Ringo and King Cougar gathered speed from the 1000m to run a solid 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.7. Hypatia and Ravenhill, rivals at Waverley on Thursday (mdn 1650m), covered 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.6, and Counter Attack ran his final 800m in 56.1 and 40.1. Two-year-old filly Higher Power, trained by Jeff Lynds, took 58.1 and 40.7. She is in at Hastings. Top steeplechaser Upper Cut, warming up for another winter campaign, left 1000m behind in 1.15.4, the last 600 in 44.5.

On the plough, Platinum Edition and recent Foxton trial winner Platinum Rapper matched strides over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.3, while Matthew Eales-trained two-year-olds Derecho and Atenartin posted 51 even and 38.1. Belle Canto, who has been freshened, and an O'Reilly filly ran a nice 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.5. Belle Canto won a Foxton trial (850m) two weeks ago. Last-start maiden winner Lincoln's Secret, who goes to Waverley on Thursday (r65 2200m), was timed 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.7, while Lincoln's Success (mdn 1650m) and Hawke's Bay runner Hare Bawl (r75 2500m) recorded 1.8.2 and 38.6. Rusty In Melbourne (r65 mile) and Thien Ly were on terms over 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 39.4, and an Alamosa-Tai Chi Queen filly trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 39.6. Hawke's Bay entrants Leeds (r85 1400m) and Salamanca (open 1200m) went fast early over 1000m in 1.4.4, easing down appreciably in the home straight to complete the last 600 in 40.1. Their stablemates Wafer (r65 mile) and Jessiegee (r75 1300m) came up with 1.6.8 and 40.2.

Waverley runners Windsor (r65 1400m) and Sligo (mdn 1400m) ran 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 40.1, while Master Lincoln (mdn 1650m) and Hawke's Bay two-year-old runner Lincoln Fury (by All Too Hard) were kept to 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.6. Strada Roccia (Waverley mdn 1400m) and recent Foxton trial winner Before Dawn (by Darci Brahma), who debuts on Thursday (mdn 1200m), galloped 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.9. Winehouse (mdn 1650m) ended with 600m in 42.7, and Stunning (mdn 2200m), who has posted five successive seconds on the form-line, was restricted to 1000m in 1.14.1, the last 600 in 43.4.

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Shared Secrets is ready to go one better judging by her bold semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning

10 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 10th

By RON GURNEY

Shared Secrets is ready to go one better judging by her bold semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (slow-heavy) and on the plough (slushy) after rain overnight, which continued throughout the training session.

Shared Secrets, in at Hastings on Saturday, used the course proper and sped over 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 37.3. She failed in the  Masterton Cup two starts ago, but ran a good second at Awapuni last Friday when dropping back in grade. Ringo and King Cougar gathered speed from the 1000m to run a solid 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.7. Hypatia and Ravenhill, rivals at Waverley on Thursday (mdn 1650m), covered 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.6, and Counter Attack ran his final 800m in 56.1 and 40.1. Two-year-old filly Higher Power, trained by Jeff Lynds, took 58.1 and 40.7. She is in at Hastings. Top steeplechaser Upper Cut, warming up for another winter campaign, left 1000m behind in 1.15.4, the last 600 in 44.5.

On the plough, Platinum Edition and recent Foxton trial winner Platinum Rapper matched strides over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.3, while Matthew Eales-trained two-year-olds Derecho and Atenartin posted 51 even and 38.1. Belle Canto, who has been freshened, and an O'Reilly filly ran a nice 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.5. Belle Canto won a Foxton trial (850m) two weeks ago. Last-start maiden winner Lincoln's Secret, who goes to Waverley on Thursday (r65 2200m), was timed 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.7, while Lincoln's Success (mdn 1650m) and Hawke's Bay runner Hare Bawl (r75 2500m) recorded 1.8.2 and 38.6. Rusty In Melbourne (r65 mile) and Thien Ly were on terms over 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 39.4, and an Alamosa-Tai Chi Queen filly trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 39.6. Hawke's Bay entrants Leeds (r85 1400m) and Salamanca (open 1200m) went fast early over 1000m in 1.4.4, easing down appreciably in the home straight to complete the last 600 in 40.1. Their stablemates Wafer (r65 mile) and Jessiegee (r75 1300m) came up with 1.6.8 and 40.2.

Waverley runners Windsor (r65 1400m) and Sligo (mdn 1400m) ran 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 40.1, while Master Lincoln (mdn 1650m) and Hawke's Bay two-year-old runner Lincoln Fury (by All Too Hard) were kept to 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.6. Strada Roccia (Waverley mdn 1400m) and recent Foxton trial winner Before Dawn (by Darci Brahma), who debuts on Thursday (mdn 1200m), galloped 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.9. Winehouse (mdn 1650m) ended with 600m in 42.7, and Stunning (mdn 2200m), who has posted five successive seconds on the form-line, was restricted to 1000m in 1.14.1, the last 600 in 43.4.

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Heni rounded off her NZ Breeders' Stakes preparation with a very satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning

05 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - April 5th

By RON GURNEY

Heni rounded off her NZ Breeders' Stakes preparation with a very satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Heni was partnered by stablemate Jessiegee over 800m the reverse way (right-handed) in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.9. The Towkay mare has had Saturday's Group 1 feature on the radar for quite some time and, despite having raced over 1600 metres only once before (3rd), she is ready to make her presence felt in the biggest test of her life.

Her stablemates Hypatia and Ravenhill did eye-catching work also, with a smart 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 37.9 as well. They are progressing maidens, who will get their day in the sun at short notice. Master Lincoln (by Mastercraftsman), unplaced in two raceday runs so far, and Rip Into Ghia sped over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 37.1, while their stablemates Platinum Rapper (by Makfi), who has won two Foxton trials, and Sentimental Miss (by Reliable Man) recorded 51.4 and 37.8. These two are unraced two-year-old fillies. Brahmarahma, a recent Foxton trial winner, and an unraced Reliable Man three-year-old gelding, two more trained by Lisa Latta, left 800m behind in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.1, while a Road To Rock-Something Special three-year-old filly and an Alamosa-Shez Sinsational two-year-old filly took 51.2 and 38.3. These two are with Peter Didham. A Rip Van Winkle filly and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 80m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, while their stablemates Son Of Surf and unraced three-year-old Lincoln Honey (by Excelebration) sprinted 600m in 38.7. Lincoln Raider, heading to Te Aroha (3yo 1400m) this weekend, worked the reverse way (right-handed), but was kept to 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.6. He galloped in impressive fashion on Tuesday, and warrants respect on Saturday.

Unraced four-year-old gelding Suggest Alot (by Any Suggestion) and a Fully Fledged gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, covered 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 39.6, while a Burgundy gelding and a Road To Rock gelding, both with Peter Didham, clocked 55.1 and 39.9. Stocking, unplaced in two runs to date, and stablemate Cartagena were timed 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 40.5, and In Dreamland, from the same stable, did 1000m in 1.10.2 and 40.7. An Alamosa filly and a Rip Van Winkle filly, two-year-olds with Lisa Latta, ended with 600m in 41.2, while Weare Rocking and an Iffraaj gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, came up with 42.8. 

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Lincoln Raider and Just You, who will go in different directions this week, raised a few eyebrows with an impressive gallop together at Awapuni this morning

03 April 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - April 3rd

By RON GURNEY

Lincoln Raider and Just You, who will go in different directions this week, raised a few eyebrows with an impressive gallop together at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with one gallop recorded on the sand.

Lincoln Raider, who cleared maidens at Waipukurau last start, and Just You used the plough and were paired over 800m the reverse way (right-handed), the last 600 in a smart 34.5. Lincoln Raider heads to Te Aroha for a 3-y-o 1400m on Saturday, and Just You stays at home for a r65 1200m on her home track Friday. Wafer, who may tackle the Manawatu Breeders' Stakes (2000m) on Friday, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in a bold 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.5. She is better than her last-start failure in the Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham. Ringo, in the open 1400m at Te Aroha, and Salamanca matched strides over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.8, and Manawatu runner Bella Margarita (r65 2100m) was sent 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 37.3. China Star (Breeders' Stakes) and Riccarton prospect Fictitious (NZB Insurance Stakes) were at a good clip early over 800m in 1.1.9, the last 600 in 38 even. China Star has not won for more than two years, but has chalked up multiple placings in the interim. Master Platinum  (r65 1400m) and Thorn Pass (r85 1400m) were timed 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.5, while Strada Roccia and a Darci Brahma filly came up with 52 even and 38.6. Maiden winner Exceptional (Nadeem), who has not raced for 12 months, clocked 52.5 and 38.1.

Thats Amore (r65 2100m) and a So You Think filly ran 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 38.5, and Valour (r65 1400m) went alone over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 38.3. King Cougar and Sweepstake, possible rivals on Friday (r75 1200m), were locked together over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.5. Sweepstake may yet travel to Te Aroha (r85 1200m). Cog Knish and a Niagara gelding warmed up from the 1000m (1.12.4) to run home the last 600 in 39.6. Suffign did a quiet round on the sand before switching to the plough to sprint 600m in 39.1, while unraced Colorado Miss (by Alamosa) and a Per Incanto gelding did 600m in 42.7. They are with Roydon Bergerson. Belladita was given a quiet 800m in 58.5, the last 600 in 43.3.

On the sand, Manawatu runner Exhibit (r65 1200m) did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600m solidly in 36.6. The blinkers may be going on.

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In-form mare Miss Oahu again showed she is at the top of her game with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning

29 March 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - March 29th

By RON GURNEY

In-form mare Miss Oahu again showed she is at the top of her game with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Miss Oahu had stablemate Just You alongside over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.6. The Pins four-year-old has won two of her last three and comes in on the minimum for Saturday's r75 1400m.

He's A Freak (Manawatu Classic), who can bounce back from his NZ Derby disappointment last start, and Rumour Has It covered 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.8. Rock Island Line, who has not raced since November, and a Savabeel gelding were timed 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in a nice 36.9, and Word Savvy, a maiden winner two starts ago, galloped 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.3. Roydon Bergerson-trained Belladita and unraced filly Colorado Miss (Alamosa-Turfstar) were paired over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.5, and unraced Excelebration three-year-old filly Lincoln Honey, prepared by Mike Breslin, took 53.8 and 38.7. Son Of Surf and Glengoyne stayed together over 800m, the last 600 in 38.1, while Manawatu runners Five To Midnight (Awapuni Gold Cup) and The Rippa (r75 2100m) left 1000m behind in an even 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.8. Beefeater (Awapuni Gold Cup) and Lubaya (r65 1550m) matched strides throughout 1000m in 1.9.9, the last 600 in 39.4, followed soon after by Platinum Mam'selle (Sires' Produce) and Dreams Of Platinum (3yo 1200m), who warmed up from the 1000m (1.13.6) to run home the last 600 in 39.7.

Al Munroe, back after a summer break, ran 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 40.9, and his stablemate Des De Jeu went 1.8.3 and 40 even. Hank Moody, in Saturday's r75 2100m, recorded 1.11.1 and 40.8. Ravenhill and Hypatia were not after time over 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 41.2, and neither was Banstead (Manawatu Classic), who ended with 600m in 41 even. Weare Rocking and an Iffraaj gelding clocked 41.9. Heni, one of the leading chances in the open 1400m at Manawatu, had Rosie Myers aboard over a quiet workout, the last 600 in 42.5, and Heavens Keep (r85 1550m) was kept to 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 42.9. Counter Attack took 1.12.9 and 42.1. Authentic Paddy (Awapuni Gold Cup) had Robert Hannam aboard when restricted to three-quarter pace. He couldn't be more ready for another home-town victory at Awapuni, where he has won more races (3) than anywhere else.

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Heni looked ready for Sires' Produce Stakes day this Saturday with a first-class semi-final trial with stablemate Wafer at Awapuni this morning

28 March 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - March 27th

By RON GURNEY

Heni looked ready for Sires' Produce Stakes day this Saturday with a first-class semi-final trial with stablemate Wafer at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place 10 metres out from the rail on the course proper (dead) and on the sand, with the majority of fast gallops coming on the plough (good). Heni (open 1400m) and Wafer used the course proper and reeled off 1000m together in 1.2.3, the last 600 in 35.1, and both horses were revelling in their work.

Wills Road (open 1400m) and Thien Ly gathered speed from the 1000m, which they covered in 1.9.8, to run home the final 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 37.7. Last-start winner Banstead (Manawatu Classic) and his stablemate Valour (r65 1550m) were paired over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 37.5. On the plough, Awapuni Gold Cup runner Five To Midnight had The Rippa (r75 2100m) for a partner over 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 36.9, while their stablemates Authentic Paddy (Awapuni Gold Cup) and Platinum Command (r85 1550m) came up with 1.2.7 and 37.1. Not to be denied, Heavens Keep (r85 1550m) and Thursday's Wanganui entrant To Sir With Love (mdn hwt mile) posted 1.2.5 for 1000m, the last 600 in 37.6. They continue to work solidly despite disappointing form-lines. He's A Freak (Manawatu Classic) and an unknown stablemate gathered speed from the 1000m to run 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.7, while Sires' Produce Stakes chance Platinum Mam'selle and Johnny Lincoln recorded 52.8 and 38.8.

Dreams Of Platinum, in at Manawatu (3yo 1200m), and Secret Allure matched strides over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.3, and Ozil (3yo 1200m) did two quiet rounds, ending with a 600m sprint each time in 38.7 and 38.3 respectively. Suffign sprinted 600m in 38.4. Three-year-old colt Father Lenihan (by O'Reilly), who has not raced since an unplaced debut 10 months ago, and a Swiss Ace filly covered 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.2. A Road To Rock-Something Special filly and an Alamosa-Shez Sinsational filly, both trained by Peter Didham, went 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.1, while Wanganui runner Boy Soldier (mdn 1340m) and Monsieur were kept to 56.5 and 40.5. Des De Jeu, back from a spell, was timed 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 40.9, and Itsagem was not as quick with a casual 1.14.7 and 41 even. A Road To Rock gelding and a Rip Van Winkle filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 40.7, while Weare Rocking and an Iffraaj gelding, two more from that barn, took 40.9. Last Chance was not after time over 800m in 57.7, the last 600 in 42.9, while Just Fabulous and a Per Incanto-Foxtrot two-year-old gelding ran 600m in 43.5. Wanganui runner Windsor (r65 1200m) and Belladita ended a quiet 1000m with 600m in 44.8, and Counter Attack took 45.5.

On the sand, Wanganui entrant Exhibit (r65 1200m) did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600m in 37.8.

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