Awapuni Trackwork

Heavens Keep, who could be heading to Matamata next start, ran a pleasing trial at Awapuni this morning

15 February 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - February 15th

By RON GURNEY

Heavens Keep, who could be heading to Matamata next start, ran a pleasing trial at Awapuni this morning. With a trials meeting scheduled for Foxton later in the day, fast work (plough, good) was limited.

Heavens Keep had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard when covering 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 38.4. He was a last-start fifth in the Taranaki Cup (1800m) and the $50,000 Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata on Saturday week beckons. Time honours went to his stablemate Bella Margarita, who skipped over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.1. She has been freshened since racing in the spring. Brad Thorn had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini in the saddle over 1000m in 1.5.2, coming the final 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 39 even, and To Sir With Love, another who was last seen in action during the spring, ran 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.4.

A Zacinto filly and a Savabeel filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, went an easy 800m in 57.3, the last 600 in 40.9, while Mancini, fourth on debut last week, and a Rip Van Winkle gelding ended with 40.7. Platinum Edition and a Makfi filly stablemate sprinted 600m in 42.1, and Ozil did two quiet rounds, ending each one with a sprint up the home straight.

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Lisa Latta-trained maiden Stunning worked in great style last Thursday, and she was at it again with a smart trial during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this (Tuesday) morning

14 February 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - February 13

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained maiden Stunning worked in great style last Thursday, and she was at it again with a smart trial during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this (Tuesday) morning. Fast work was on the plough (good) and on the sand (good).

Stunning used the plough and, with stablemate Hare Bawl by his side throughout, reeled off a tidy 800m in 50 even, the last 600 in 37.1. Stunning has paid a dividend in each of his last three starts and looks ready to notch up his first win at Wanganui on Friday. Du'Blues and an unraced Shocking gelding were paired over 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 37.3, and Rock Rulz went alone in 1.5.7 and 38 even. Kathy's Lincoln and Platinum Valos matched strides over 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.2. Shadows Cast kept up an even gallop over 1000m in 1.7.8, coming his final 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39 even, and an Alamosa filly trained by Matthew Eales sprinted 600m in 39.3. Lincoln Star and Wiseman's Fairy were on terms throughout 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 40.1, while Glengoyne and Stephenstihls came up with 55.8 and 40.3. An Alamosa-Lady Of Miracles maiden trained by Ashley Meadows recorded 56.8 and 40.9.

On the sand, Baxstreetboy did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 37.7, and his stablemate Exhibit did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 37.5.

 

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Kamanda Lincoln and maiden Stunning were the star triallists during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning

08 February 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - February 8th

By RON GURNEY

Kamanda Lincoln and maiden Stunning were the star triallists during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

The majority of fast work was on the plough (good), where Kamanda Lincoln and Stunning were paired over a strong 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 37.9. Kamanda Lincoln finished fifth in the Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham two weeks ago, while Stunning has paid a dividend in each of his last three starts. An unraced Excelebration filly trained by Mike Breslin covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.4, and Paddy Bourke came up with 51.1 and 38 even. Bella Margarita posted 51.5 and 38.1, while unraced four-year-old Pins gelding Lincoln's Success and a Snitzel two-year-old filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 52.3 and 38.6. Donaldson, who has not raced since the winter, did nice work over 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 38.7, and So It Was had an unraced Per Incanto three-year-old for a partner over a 600m dash in 39.9.

Beefeater, who will back up his Taranaki Cup win with a tilt on the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday, was kept to 800m in 57.8, the last 600 in 41.7, and an Alamosa filly from the stable of Matthew Eales went an easy 600m in 42.3.

On the sand, Exhibit did a quiet round before speeding up a fraction to complete 800m in 59.6, the last 600 in 45.4.

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Banstead, Platinum Wildcard and Lincoln's Secret, who are possible race rivals later in the week, all galloped in great fashion at Awapuni this morning

07 February 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - February 6th

By RON GURNEY

Banstead, Platinum Wildcard and Lincoln's Secret, who are possible race rivals later in the week, all galloped in great fashion at Awapuni this morning. Most of the fast work centred around horses entered for the Manawatu meeting on Friday, with the plough in use only (good).

Banstead (mdn 3yo 1400m) did nice work over 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 37.6, and is improving with every race. He has recorded two fourths from four starts so far for trainer Matthew Eales. Platinum Wildcard and Lincoln's Secret were paired over the same distance in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 37.8, and Platinum Wildcard was just beaten on debut two starts ago. Kate The Great (r65 1400m) and Wiseman's Fairy were on terms throughout 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while Valour (r65 1400m) and Rock Rulz (mdn 1550m) came up with 52.1 and 38.3. Wafer (r65 1550m) was almost the same with 52.2 and 38.3. Heni (Ashhurst-Pohangina Cup) and Tip The Dancer (r65 1400m) matched strides over 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 38.9, and Shared Secrets had stable apprentice Tim Johnson aboard over the same task in 1.6.5 and 38.8. Duplicity (r75 2100m) posted 1.8.8 and 38.8. Paddy Bourke, who has not raced since the spring, cruised over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38 even, while Manawatu entrants Ravenhill (mdn 1550m) and Friday debutante Hypatia (mdn 3yo 1400m) recorded 53.3 and 39 even.

Their stablemates Prince Turbo (mdn 1300m) and Mancini (mdn 3yo 1400m), who are both on debut on Friday, were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.8, easing to complete the last 600 in 39.6. Mancini (by Jimmy Choux) is a half-brother to stablemate Wafer. Red Red Robin was timed 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39.2, while Hare Bawl (r75 2100m) and He's A Freak (mdn 1500m) went together in 1.9 even and 39.9. Veloce (mdn 1300m) was kept to 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 40.1. Hard But Fair was not after time over 1000m in 1.12.9, the last 600 in 43.4, and neither was an unraced Towkay three-year-old filly trained by Talia Taylor, finishing with 43.9. Fibonacci went an easy 600m in 44.2.

Top-class filly Dijon Bleu was restricted to slow work on the sand. She heads to Te Rapa on Saturday for the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m).

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Heavens Keep followed up an excellent semi-final trial on Tuesday (course proper) with another very pleasing gallop at Awapuni this morning

01 February 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - February 1st

By RON GURNEY

Heavens Keep followed up an excellent semi-final trial on Tuesday (course proper) with another very pleasing gallop at Awapuni this morning.

All fast work during a light session was on the plough (good), where Heavens Keep (Taranaki Cup) and race-day rider Tim Johnson combined again to run 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.4. It was a quieter workout than Tuesday, but just what trainer Lucy Tanner wanted. Unfortunately, the barrier draws did not go in the gelding's favour.

A Per Incanto gelding and a Niagara filly, two-year-olds trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.1, and their stablemates Boxachocolates and Dandeedee did a quiet round and a half before working at more speed over 800m in 54.7 the last 600 in 40.6. They head to Taranaki for the r85 mile and r65 2000m respectively. Glengoyne and Stephenstihls went at a good clip early paired over 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 easing down in 40.1, while Beefeater (Taranaki Cup) and Yemanya were kept to 1.10.5 and 40.9. Ravenhill and a Rip Van Winkle gelding covered 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 41.8.

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Heavens Keep looked ready to take another step past 1600 metres when he galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning

30 January 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - January 30th

By RON GURNEY

Heavens Keep looked ready to take another step past 1600 metres when he galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning.

Heavens Keep was the only horse to use the course proper (good), a few metres out from the rail, and had Awapuni apprentice Tim Johnson aboard over 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 35.5. He faded right out after leading in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile last start, but this week steps up in distance to the Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth on Saturday. It was January last year that he won the Summer Cup (2050m) at Tauherenikau.

On the plough (good), Brad Thorn and Dandeedee were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 37.9, and an unraced Excelebration filly from the same stable cut out a nice 800m in 49.5 and 37 even. A Savabeel filly and an O'Reilly gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.8, while Valour and Showing Grace came up with 52.2 and 38.1. Valour has not raced since winning last autumn, and Showing Grace last appeared in the spring. Boxachocolates and Tip The Dancer were paired over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38.7, while Thursday's Hastings entrant Troup Road (r65 2000m) and Rock Rulz recorded 1.6.7 and 38.2. A Cape Blanco-Woodsong filly trained by David Goldsbury did a quiet round before warming up from the 1200m on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 38.4. Unraced three-year-old Prince Turbo (by Alamosa) and a Jimmy Choux-Salada gelding came up with 1.4.1 and 39 even. Wills Road left 1000m behind in a casual 1.10.1, the last 600 in 39.8, and Banstead was timed 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 40.1. Kathy's Lincoln, in at Hastings (mdn mile), and a Savabeel filly took 56.1 and 40.9. Fibonacci was not after time over 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 41.8, and Lucy Tanner-trained Bella Margarita, the half-sister to Flemington, clocked 57.2 and 41.5. Hastings runner Just You (r65 1400m) did little more than three-quarter pace over 800m.

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Rusty In Melbourne hinted she was a big chance at Wellington with a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning

26 January 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - January 25th

By RON GURNEY

Rusty In Melbourne hinted she was a big chance at Wellington with a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Rusty In Melbourne galloped alone over 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 36.9. She ran an improver's third at Wairarapa last start and will tackle Saturday's r65 mile with Darryl Bradley aboard.

Heni, who heads north for the Westbury Classic (f&m) at Ellerslie on Saturday, stretched out boldly over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37 even, and Kamanda Lincoln, in the Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham, covered 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 37.6. Nessun Dorma (by Dylan Thomas), who has not been to the races since April 2016, wasted no time herself over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 37.8, and former northerner Winehouse (by No Excuse Needed), now trained by Roydon Bergerson, took 1.6.4 and 38.5. She won a trial (1000m) at Foxton last week. Trentham acceptor Suffign (r65 2100m) was timed 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 38.5, and Ellerslie's Westbury Classic runner Sweepstake left 800m behind in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.9.

Hank Moody (Summer Cup) and Beefeater were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 39.1, and last-start winner Shared Secrets (r75 mile) was not tested over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.3. Brad Thorn and a Rip Van Winkle gelding came up with 53.5 and 39.6. Impressive first-day Wellington winner Platinum Mam'selle and Lincoln's Secret (by Excelebration) ran 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.2, and Lincoln's Sunset debuts on the third day of the meeting on Saturday (mdn 1000m). The Rippa (r75 mile) was kept to 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 41.2, and Glengoyne recorded 55.7 and 41.6. Just Fabulous (by O'Reilly), on debut in the maiden juvenile (1000m) and Rosetta (r65 1200m) went together over a quiet 800m in 57.4, the last 600 in 41.3. Duplicity (Summer Cup) was restricted to three-quarter pace.

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Hard Merchandize warmed up for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie on Saturday with a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning

23 January 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - January 23rd

BY RON GURNEY

Hard Merchandize warmed up for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie on Saturday with a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place close in on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good), with one gallop recorded on the sand.

Hard Merchandize used the course proper and had stablemate and third-day Wellington entrant Nadiasstar (r65 2100m) alongside when going the reverse way (right-handed) over 1200m in 1.18.5, the last 600 in 36.1. It was very pleasing work. Hank Moody (Summer Cup) and So It Was (r65 2100m), both heading Wellington, ran 1200m in 1.19.4, the last 600 in 36.5, while their stablemates Original Gangster (mdn mile) and Hard But Fair came up with 1.19.9 and 36.7. Hard But Fair is in at Woodville on Thursday (mdn 2100m). Wellington entrant Ticket Clipper (Summer Cup) caught the eye over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 36.3, and Sweepstake and Heni, both in the Westbury Classic at Ellerslie, worked the reverse way over 1000m, the last 600 in 36.6. Duplicity, another in the Summer Cup at Wellington, had Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m, but was only timed from the 800m, which took 52.4, the last 600 in 37.8. He is in the right form to make his presence felt.

On the plough, Wellington entrant Boy Soldier (mdn 1000m) had a No Excuse Needed gelding alongside over a smart 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.5, and an unraced Cape Blanco-Woodsong filly trained by David Goldsbury took 50.4 and 36.8. He's A Freak (mdn mile) and Thats Amore (r65 mile), both heading to Wellington, were paired over 800m, the last 600 in 37.3, and Suffign (r65 2100m) went 1000m alone in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.4. Five To Midnight, who tackles the Auckland Cup (2400m) on Saturday, and Kamanda Lincoln were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 38 even. Kamanda Lincoln is entered for the Summer Cup (2400m) at Trentham. Race rival Hare Bawl and The Rippa (r75 mile) stayed together over 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.9, and Staywithme, who will race without blinkers at Woodville (mdn 1400m) on Thursday, clocked 53.3 and 38.6. Captain Lincoln, in the Woodville Cup (r75 2100m), worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 39.3, and Beefeater warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.2. Stephenstihls (Woodville Cup) and a Jimmy Choux gelding stablemate were kept to 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.7. On the sand, Upmarket did well to run 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 36.6. He goes to Wellington for the maiden mile.

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Shared Secrets followed up an eye-catching workout on the course proper on Tuesday with another impressive gallop today, this time on the plough

18 January 2018
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - January 18th

By RON GURNEY

Shared Secrets followed up an eye-catching workout on the course proper on Tuesday with another impressive gallop today, this time on the plough. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Shared Secrets hit out boldly over 1000m in 1.2 even, the last 600 in 36 even, and she appears to be the horse to beat in Sunday's Woodville-Pahiatua Cup (r75 2100m).

Her stablemate Shadows Cast, who also drew plenty of attention on Tuesday, covered 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.5, and he poses as a major threat in Saturday's Group 1 Thorndon Mile at Trentham. Donaldson, who has not raced since July, showed his solid progress with 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 37.7, and Word Savvy, off to Woodville (mdn mile), came up with 1.5.5 and 37.8. Wellington Cup chance Thorn Pass and Kathy's Lincoln were paired over 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 37.9, while their stablemates Johnny Lincoln and Wiseman's Fairy ran 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.2. A Pour Moi filly and a Snitzel filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37.3, and Woodville runner Teraseeda (mdn 2100m) recorded 51.5 and 37.1. Staywithme (mdn 1400m) warmed up from the 1000m (1.7) to run his final 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.1, while Tip The Dancer and Boxachocolates went 800m together in 50.4 and 38 even.

Miss Oahu (mdn 1100m) galloped with a Savabeel gelding over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.4, and Heart Of Fame (mdn mile) had stablemate Drum Rise (mdn 1200m) alongside over the same distance in 53.5 and 39.1. Hard But Fair (mdn 2100m) and Original Gangster left 1000m behind in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39.5, while Garment (mdn 1100m) and Classic Touch (Wdvl-Pahiatua Cup) covered 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 39.1. A Rock 'n' Pop gelding and an Ocean Park filly, two-year-olds trained by Lisa Latta, were given an easy 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 40.4, and Kamanda Lincoln worked alone in 55.7 and 41.1. Yemanya, off to Trentham for the r75 1400m, matched strides with So It Was over 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 41.7. Yemanya, who worked brilliantly on Tuesday, will have regular blinkers replaced with a shadow roll on Saturday. A Reliable Man filly and a Pentire filly, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran an easy 800m in 58.6 and 42.5.

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Shadows Cast could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning as he prepared for his Group 1 assignment in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham

16 January 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - January 16th

By RON GURNEY

Shadows Cast could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning as he prepared for his Group 1 assignment in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham. Fast work was held close in on the course proper (good) and on the plough (good).

Shadows Cast used the course proper and had stable apprentice Tim Johnson aboard over 1200m in 1.15.1, the last 600 in 34.5. The Per Incanto gelding is in the best form of his life and looks a force to be reckoned with on Saturday. Not to be denied, lower grade performer Yemanya also raised a few heads with her 1000m in 57.5, the last 600 in 34.5 as well, and Shared Secrets, a stablemate of Shadows Cast, lost no kudos with her 57.2 and 35.1.

On the plough, Captain Lincoln and Hare Bawl were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 36.6, while their stablemates Five To Midnight and Wellington Cup nominee Thorn Pass came up with 1.3.4 and 37.1. Ticket Clipper caught the eye with his bold 1200m in 1.17.9, covering his final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.2. He was keen to go a lot faster. Sir Nate and Lincoln's Gal were revelling in their work over 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 37.1. Deedee Panache gathered speed from the 1000m (1.7.8) to run home the final 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while Rosetta and her unraced stablemate Sligo (by Pins) ran 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38 even. Staywithme, who will head to Woodville on Monday, cruised over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.7, and Veloce had an unraced Towkay stablemate alongside over the same distance in 54.5 and 39.1. Sassy Bride, who has recorded two successive seconds in her comeback campaign, had trainer Ashley Meadows in the saddle over 1000m in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 39.5, while Glengoyne and a Rip Van Winkle gelding sprinted 600m together in 41.1. Tip The Dancer and Boxachocolates were kept to 800m in 58.2 and 42.9.

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