Awapuni Trackwork

A very satisfactory final trial by Suffign at Awapuni this morning suggested she could strike good form at Trentham on Saturday

07 December 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - December 7th

By RON GURNEY

A very satisfactory final trial by Suffign at Awapuni this morning suggested she could strike good form at Trentham on Saturday. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Suffign (special 1600m) covered 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 37.1, emphasising that two race-day runs under the belt and subsequent track gallops have brought the mare well forward.

Time honours went to a Mike Breslin-trained Excelebration filly, who cut out 600m in an impressive 35.3, and Donaldson, who has not raced since July, caught the eye with his 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.2. Lincoln's Gal (by I Am Invincible), down to resume at Waipukurau on Sunday (mdn 3yof 1200m), and He's A Freak were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.9, and Lincoln's Gal did finish second at the Foxton trials two weeks ago. Trentham runner Platinum Command (r85 1400m) and Rip Into Ghia went together over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.8, and their stablemate Black Sav (r65 1400m) had Masa Tanaka aboard when working on her own in 52.2 and 38.3. Matt Cameron has the race-day ride. Stephen Nickalls-trained Last Rites (by Guillotine), who debuts in the maiden 1400m at Waipukurau on Sunday, left 1000m behind in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 39.1, while Trentham runners Rock Rulz and Banstead, who are likely to clash in the special 1600m, went together in 1.8.9 and 39.1. The side winkers go on Rock Rulz. Laura Knight-trained Mini Coopa (by Faltaat), who was unplaced on debut at Awapuni three weeks ago, warmed up from the 1000m to run his final 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.7, while a Showcasing 3yo and a Savabeel 3yo, both trained by Lisa Latta, clocked 56.9 and 39.6.

Du'Blues, fresh from a trial win at Foxton two weeks ago, was timed a quiet 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.3, and goes to Waipukurau fresh up for the maiden 3yo fillies' 1200m. Danielle Hirini rides with a kilo claim. A Niagara filly and a Jimmy Choux gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.9, while their stablemates Boxachocolates and Trentham runner Jessiegee (r75 mile) were kept to 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 42.1. Hank Moody, waiting for Manawatu on Saturday week, took 58.9 and 43.1.

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Hank Moody stole the show with a first-class trial on his own at Awapuni this morning

05 December 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - December 5th

By RON GURNEY

Hank Moody stole the show with a first-class trial on his own at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Hank Moody had stable apprentice Alex Shin aboard over 1000m in 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.8. The Savabeel gelding has had four starts in a new campaign and has paid a dividend twice, so a winning turn is coming his way at short notice.

Five To Midnight, narrowly beaten in the Counties Cup last start, and four-year-old maiden mare Stunning (by Shocking) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 36.7. Stunning continues to work solidly after being unplaced when resuming a few weeks ago. Rusty In Melbourne, down to resume at Wellington on Saturday (r65 1400m) was ahead of De Gaulle at the finish of 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.4, while Authentic Paddy (Capt Cook Stakes) and Captain Lincoln (r75 mile) came up with 1.3.9 and 37.3. Suffign (special 1600m), did nice work over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 37 even, while Salamanca and Raul went together, gathering speed from the 1000m (1.8.2) to run the final 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.8. Black Sav (r65 1400m) and Sunday's Waipukurau entrant Petite Midas (mdn 1200m) were paired over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.3, and their stablemates Platinum Command and Miss Oahu posted 50.7 and 37.6. Platinum Command is in the r85 1400m at Wellington, and Miss Oahu goes to Waipukurau on Sunday (mdn 1200m). Master Fin covered 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.7, and his stablemate Word Savvy, after a quiet round, clocked 1.5.9 for 1000m, the last 600 in 38.6. Ringo and Wellington runner Jessiegee (r75 mile) did solid work over 1000m in 1.3.5 and 38 even.

Shared Secrets, in at Waipukurau (r65 mile), and Canny Magic were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in  38.3, and almost identical was Banstead and Rock Rulz with 1.7.3 and 38.4. Unraced stablemates Windsor (by Alamosa) and Original Gangster (by Road To Rock), both down to debut at Waipukurau, covered 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 38.4. They are trained by Roydon Bergerson. Eva Dawn, racing at New Plymouth on Thursday (mdn 3yo 1100m), worked alone over 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.6, and a Guillotine-On Top five-year-old gelding trained by Stephen Nickalls did a quiet round before speeding up to run 54.7 and 39.9. Wellesley Stakes-winning two-year-old Sir Nate and a Mastercraftsman gelding were kept to 54.2 and 40.1.

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Platinum Edition looks the big improver for Wanganui on Saturday after a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning

30 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - November 30th

By RON GURNEY

Platinum Edition looks the big improver for Wanganui on Saturday after a very pleasing final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was confined to the plough (good), where Platinum Edition, who galloped well on Tuesday, was paired with stablemate Just You over an 800m dash in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.8.

Platinum Edition (by Bullbars), who tackles the maiden 1340m from a good draw at Wanganui, will have the blinkers back on after being without them for his last three starts, while Just You (by Pour Moi) looks set to resume racing shortly. He has not raced since early July. Their better performed stablemate Platinum Command, who finished last in the Feilding Gold Cup at her most recent appearance, covered 800m on her own in 50.5, the last 600 in 36.9, and Stunning (by Shocking), unplaced when resuming two weeks ago, clocked 50.5 and 37.1. Wanganui entrant Dandeedee (r65 mile) and unraced three-year-old gelding Hinton (by Ocean Park) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.7, and Princess Belle (r75 1340m), another big improver for Saturday, was kept to 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.7. Master Fin (by Nom Du Jeu), who has not raced since winning a lower grade middle-distance double at the 2016 Wellington Cup carnival, was timed 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.5, and Troup Road, placed in two Foxton trials recently, posted 52.8 and 38.7. He resumes in the r65 mile.

Sweepstake (r75 1340m) and Jessiegee were well held over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 40.4, while Hare Bawl and a Savabeel colt went together in 56 even and 40.2. Exhibit (r65 1200m) did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 40.7, and her unplaced run last Saturday is best forgotten. A Naigara gelding trained by David Goldsbury was not after time over 800m in 57.2, the last 600 in 42.2, and Wanganui runner Son Of Surf (r65 1200m) sprinted 600m in a casual 43 seconds even. Windsor (by Alamosa) and Original Gangster (by Road To Rock), unraced three-year-old geldings trained by Roydon Bergerson, ran 600m in 44.1, while a Nadeem filly and a Road To Rock filly, two more from that barn, recorded 44.6

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Mike Breslin-trained stablemates Ringo, Dandeedee, Boxachocolates, Stephenstihls, Sweepstake and Salamanca all worked in superb fashion at Awapuni this morning

28 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - November 28th

By RON GURNEY

Mike Breslin-trained stablemates Ringo, Dandeedee, Boxachocolates, Stephenstihls, Sweepstake and Salamanca all worked in superb fashion at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was held on the plough (good), where Ringo and Dandeedee were paired over a strong 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 37.4. Not to be denied, Boxachocolates and last-start Waverley winner Stephenstihls were just as impressive with 1.3.3 and 37.8.

Boxachocolates and Stephenstihls clash at Otaki on Friday (r75 mile), while Dandeedee goes to Wanganui on Saturday (r65 mile). Woodville visitors Handfull (Wanganui) and Bring To The Block were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 37.8, and Word Savvy (by Savabeel), who has not raced since the autumn, went alone in 1.6 even and 37.4. Platinum Edition (Wanganui) and an Ocean Park mare covered 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37 even. Sweepstake (Wanganui) and Salamanca were at a pretty good clip early over 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 38 even, while Kamanda Lincoln, the winner of his last two, and Thorn Pass came up with 1.5.2 and 38.3. These two clash at Otaki (r85 2300m). Troup Road (Wanganui) had Rock Rulz for a partner over 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 38.1, while Canny Magic and Shared Secrets warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.1) to run home the last 600 in 38.8. Lydia Pickford-trained stablemates Over Think and Heart Of Fame, both unplaced at the Waverley meeting after winning Foxton trials, stayed locked together over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.9. They clash in the maiden 1340m at Wanganui.

Raul worked alone over 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 39.9, and Lincoln Bay was kept to 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 39.1. Woodville visitors She Knows and unraced Per Incanto three-year-old filly Balanto posted 1.10.1 and 39.3. King Cougar (Otaki) and Son Of Surf (Wanganui) were not after time over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 40.7, and neither was Just You, who covered the same task in 1.13.7 and 40.2. Classic Touch and a Mettre En Jeu four-year-old, both trained by Lydia Pickford, ran 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.5. Hare Bawl, who has not raced since August, and a Savabeel gelding were timed 800m in a quiet 57 even, the last 600 in 40.6, and an Excelebration filly from the Breslin barn sprinted 600m in 41.1.

 

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He's A Freak and Petite Midas caught the eye in training with a smart gallop at Awapuni this morning

21 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - November 21st

By RON GURNEY

He's A Freak and Petite Midas caught the eye in training with a smart gallop at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work was on the plough (good), where He's A Freak and Petite Midas were paired over 800m in 51.4, quickening over the last 600 to finish with 36.8. He's A Freak resumed with a strong fourth at Hastings last Sunday week and looks a huge improver.

Sassy Bride had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 37.4, and Shez Gonna Getcha went a few minutes earlier in 1.3.6 and 37.9. Teraseeda, now trained by Lucy Tanner, covered 1000m in 1.11.8, warming up nicely to run the last 600 in 37 even. A Jeff Lynds-trained Per Incanto filly ended 800m with 600 in 37.4. Tip The Dancer and unraced Weare Rocking (by Road To Rock) were timed 1000m in 1.5.2, the last 600 in 38.1, and Omar came up with 1.7.4 and 38 even. Banstead (by Zacinto), unplaced at Otaki a few weeks ago, ran 1000m in 1.7.5, the last 600 in 39.2, and stablemate Beau Jeu recorded 1.8 even and 39.5. Amorata and So It Was were on terms throughout the same task in 1.7.8 and 40.2.

On the sand, Exhibit was given a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.3.

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Bushfire and Allure suggested they are definite winning prospects on Sunday judging by their final gallop at Awapuni this morning

16 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - November 16th

By RON GURNEY

Bushfire and Allure suggested they are definite winning prospects on Sunday judging by their final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work during a quiet session was held on the plough (good), where Waverley entrants Bushfire (r65 1400m) and Allure (r65 1650m) were paired over 1000m in 1.4.1, coming the final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.6. Bushfire finished second at Otaki last week and has trained on well.

Rusty In Melbourne, who has not raced since the autumn, reeled off 1000m in 1.7.4, sprinting hard the last 600 in 36.6, and Lucy Tanner-trained Teraseeda, another fresh from the autumn, covered 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.6. Boxachocolates, beaten in a blanket finish at Otaki last week, and unraced four-year-old mare Weare Rocking (by Road To Rock) were timed 1000m in 1.3.2, clocking 50.2 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 37.7, while their stablemates Tip The Dancer and an Iffraaj gelding went 800m in 52.7 and 38.9. Waverley runner Nasheeta (mdn 2200m) left 1000m behind in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 38.7, while her stablemates Nicoshine and Vows You Made were on terms throughout the same task in 1.7.5 and 39.1. Sassy Bride, who has been sidelined from racing for nearly 12 months, recorded 1.8.8 and 39.6. Unraced three-year-old gelding Prince Turbo and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were sent 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.5, and a Redwood gelding from the stable of Jeff  Lynds posted 53.8 and 39.3. How Perfect, off to Waverley for the (r65 1650m), had Leah Hemi aboard over 1000m in an even 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.2, while an Alamosa gelding and a Per Incanto gelding, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, were kept to 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 41.9.

 

 

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Rip Into Ghia and Stunning, maiden race rivals at the Manawatu meeting on Thursday, were in brilliant form at Awapuni this morning

14 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - November 14th

By RON GURNEY

Rip Into Ghia and Stunning, maiden race rivals at the Manawatu meeting on Thursday, were in brilliant form at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), with one gallop recorded on the sand (good).

Rip Into Ghia, who resumed with a third placing at New Plymouth three weeks ago, and Stunning were paired over a very smart 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 35.8. Stunning has not raced since the autumn, but has trialled up strongly, with solid trackwork to boast as well. Not to be denied, Thorn Pass (r75 2100m), who is well overdue a return to winning form, and Denny's Lincoln cut out 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.3, while Keep It Savvy and The Rippa, both in the r65 1550m, came up with 49.1 and 36.6. Roc 'N' It (r65 1500m) and Platinum Raider were on terms throughout 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 36.9, while Thats Amore (mdn 1400m) and Lucky Snip took 51.7 and 37.7. Raul and Strada Roccia recorded 50.4 and 37.6. Dal Kilchoan, who ran an improver's fourth at Otaki last Thursday, did another nice gallop, running 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 37.7, while his stablemates Omar and Lyano went together in 1.3.5 and 37.2. Stephenstihls and Dandeedee posted 1.3.6 and 37.9. Foxton trial place-getter Eugenie Joy (by Dalghar), who debuts in the maiden 3yo 1200m on Thursday, had a Makfi filly stablemate alongside over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 37.2, followed straight after by Rock Rulz (mdn 1400m) and Troup Road with 1.5.1 and 37.9.

Thursday candidate Monsieur (r65 1550m), who has not raced since winning on debut at Woodville last month, ran a pleasing 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 37.7, and Donaldson, who has not raced since July, required 1.7.7 and 37.3. Son Of Surf and Sweepstake, rivals in the r65 1200m, covered 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.3, while their stablemates Jessiegee (r75 2100m) and King Cougar came up with 52.3 and 38.9. Unraced three-year-old Windsor (by Alamosa) and a Road To Rock three-year-old, both geldings trained by Roydon Bergerson, left 800m behind in 52.8, the last 600 in 38.7, and Baxstreetboy, second again at Otaki last week, did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home 600m in 38.1. He will race in side winkers on Thursday. Adonis (r65 1550m) and Allure were well matched over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 38.7, while Platinum Chanel (by Cape Blanco), unplaced when resuming a few weeks ago, and unraced Savabeel filly Lincoln Melody recorded 54.2 and 38.6. They are both in the maiden 3yo 1200m on Thursday. Hank Moody (r65 1550m) had stable apprentice Alex Shin aboard over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.8, and Heavens Keep (open 1550m) warmed up from the 1000m to run his final 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 39.2. Tony Bambry-trained Bushfire and a Niagara gelding trained by David Goldsbury sprinted 600m in 39.1. Suffign, who resumes in the maiden 1400m, was not after time over 800m in 55.6, the last 600 in 40.2. Nicoshine and Vows You Made were given an easy 600m in 42 even, while Yemanya (open 1200m) and unraced four-year-old Sligo (by Pins) took 42.8. Sligo is a half-brother to recent Melbourne Group 1 victor Shillelagh and won a Foxton trial (1200m) two weeks ago.

On the sand, an unraced Cape Blanco filly trained by David Goldsbury was kept to 58 even for 800m, the last 600 in 41.7.

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Tony Bambry-trained four-year-old maiden Nasheeta hinted at a sharp improvement in form at Hastings on Sunday when she galloped in fine style at Awapuni this morning

10 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - November 9th

By RON GURNEY

Tony Bambry-trained four-year-old maiden Nasheeta hinted at a sharp improvement in form at Hastings on Sunday when she galloped in fine style at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Nasheeta went the reverse way (right-handed) with raceday rider Dylan Turner in the saddle. The mare covered 1000m in 1.3 even, the last 600 in 35.9, which was excellent work. She tackles a middle-distance for the first time on Sunday (mdn 2100m) and deserves respect.

One Thousand Guineas prospect Dijon Bleu stepped out this morning and didn't disappoint when working alongside stablemate Rip Into Ghia over 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 35.9, while Keep It Savvy and Stunning, two more from the Latta barn, came up with 48.5 and 35.8. Lucy Tanner's unraced three-year-old filly Eugenie Joy (by Dalhgar), who finished second at the Foxton trials last week, did nice work over 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 37.7, and Hastings runner How Perfect (r65 2100m) recorded 1.4.4 and 37.9. Last Saturday's Feilding winner Shadows Cast, who is heading to Riccarton for the Coupland's Mile next Wednesday, ran 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.7, and Monsieur (by Pour Moi), who won on debut at Woodville last month, posted 1.6.2 and 37.3. Unraced Alamosa three-year-old gelding Prince Turbo and a Road To Rock gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were paired over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.6, while Roc 'N' It and Hastings runner He's A Freak (mdn 3yo 1300m) took 51 even and 37.2. Waikato entrant Salamanca (open 1200m) covered 800m in 55.3, the last 600 in 38.4, and Omar (by Nadeem), unplaced on debut at Woodville last month, came up with 53.1 and 39 even. Unraced Alamosa three-year-old Windsor and a Road To Rock three-year-old recorded 54.5 and 39.9. They are with Roydon Bergerson. King Cougar and an Iffraaj gelding sprinted 600m in 41 even, and Beefeater, another heading to the Coupland's Mile next Wednesday, was kept to 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 43.1.

 

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Lisa Latta-trained Per Incanto mares Kate The Great and Temptress were in stunning form at Awapuni this morning

08 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - November 7th

By RON GURNEY

Lisa Latta-trained Per Incanto mares Kate The Great and Temptress were in stunning form at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), with a majority of those timed heading to the Otaki-Maori meeting on Thursday.

Kate The Great (r65 1400m) and Temptress (mdn 1200m), who are both fresh up at Otaki, were in full flight from the 800m, which they covered in 48.2, the last 600 in 35.6. Kate The Great has trained on well after winning a trial at Waverley (slow track) three weeks ago. Dal Kilchoan (mdn mile), second at the Foxton trials last Tuesday, enhanced his prospects for Otaki with a very tidy 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 36.5, while his stablemates Shared Secrets (r65 1400m) and a Sebring filly took 1.7.3 and 36.7. Miss Oahu (mdn 1200m), who was disappointing resuming at Waverley last month, cut out 800m in a nice 49.3, the last 600 in 36.3, and she does look well. Duplicity, trained by Ashley Meadows, and Cornerstone (Gary Vile) warmed up from the 1000m to come the final 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37 even. Duplicity heads to Riccarton (r65 mile). Ringo, heading to Riccarton for next Wednesday's Coupland's Mile, and Salamanca (Waikato Saturday) were paired over a solid 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 37.9, while their stablemates Boxachocolates, in at Otaki (r75 mile), and Jessiegee came up with 1.5.1 and 37.7.

Woodville debut winner Monsieur (by Pour Moi) worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 37.6, and will race next at the Rangitikei meeting on Saturday fornight. Raul and a Road To Rock mare ran 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.6. Otaki entrants Dreams Of Platinum (r65 f&m 1200m) and Platinum Raider (mdn 1200m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 37.6, and Suffign went on her own in 1.6.9 and 38.6. Sweepstake had Strada Roccia alongside at a good clip early over 800m in 50.6, easing to complete the last 600 in 38.2. Platinum Edition and Rock Island Line, rivals at Otaki (mdn 3yo 1400m), recorded 51.2 and 38 even. Baxstreetboy (mdn 1200m), second on debut at Woodville last month, did a quiet round and a half before galloping home the last 600 in 38.1, while a Sweet Orange two-year-old gelding and a Nadeem three-year-old filly, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 38.5. Last-start Waverley winner Son Of Surf and unraced Savabeel filly Hypatia cruised over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.8, while Otaki entrant Petite Midas (mdn 1200m) went with an unraced stablemate in 54 even and 38.6. Boy Soldier (mdn 1200m) had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 1000m in 1.10.6, the last 600 in 38.2, and Miss Interpreted (r65 2200m), with her trainer Stephen Mercer in the saddle, took 1.11.6 and 40.9. Unraced Alamosa gelding Windsor, third at the Foxton trials in September, and a Road To Rock gelding sprinted 600m in 40.1, and they are in the Bergerson stable. An O'Reilly filly and a Per Incanto gelding, two more from that barn, took 40.7, as did and Iffraaj gelding and an Ocean Park gelding, both of whom are trained by Mike Breslin.

 

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Shadows Cast earned plenty of admirers for the Feilding meeting on Saturday when he galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning

02 November 2017
Stephen Berryman

Thursday - November 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Shadows Cast earned plenty of admirers for the Feilding meeting on Saturday when he galloped in grand style at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), but there were two gallops on the No 1 grass (dead), one on the course proper (dead) and one on the sand.

Shadows Cast used the plough and had stable apprentice Tim Johnson aboard over a smart 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 36.3. The gelding ran an eye-catching fifth when resuming at Hastings (1400m) recently and has trained on impressively. Alysha Collett rode him that day and retains the ride for Saturday's Redcraze Bowl (1400m). Last-start winner Son Of Surf and unraced stablemate Prince Turbo (by Alamosa) were paired over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.2, and Feilding runner Nasheeta (mdn 1550m) went alone in a respectable 50.6 and 37.9. Thorn Pass and The Great Guru, rivals in the r75 2100m, warmed up from the 1000m to run 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.4, while last-start Hastings winner Heavens Keep (r85 1550m) and To Sir With Love (mdn 1550m) did similar work in 51.1 and 37.1. To Sir With Love will race in blinkers on Saturday. Suffign, who is close to resuming, was timed 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38 even, while Lincoln Bay, in Saturday's r65 1500m No 2, and Rock Island Line covered 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.1. How Perfect (r65 1550m No 1) and a Burgundy three-year-old gelding stablemate came up with 53.7 and 38.8.

Unraced three-year-old filly Hypatia (by Savabeel) and a Road To Rock gelding stablemate were on terms throughout 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.3, and Omar (by Nadeem), unplaced on debut at Woodville recently, ended with 600m in 40 even. Feilding Cup runner Five To Midnight, who will be ridden by Masa Tanaka for the first time, was kept to a quiet 600m in 42.5, while Nicoshine and Vows You Made went together in 42.1. Beau Jeu (r65 1550m No 2 ) ran a quiet 800m in 59.2, the last 600 in 42.8. The latter's race rival Hank Moody and So It Was (r65 1550m No 1) did little more than three-quarter pace over 1000m, as did Helvetica (mdn 1500m) on her own.

On the No 1 grass, Yin Dragon (r75 1400m), who will be ridden by four-kilo claiming apprentice Alex Shin, ran a very pleasing 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37.3, while Howzangel (mdn 1550m) and Veuve Cliquot were far more casual with 57.1 and 41.2. On the courser proper, against the rail, Beefeater (Redcraze Bowl) and Hard But Fair warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.2) to run home the final 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in a nice 37.9. Beefeater will race in blinkers on Saturday.

On the sand, Exhibit (r65 1250m) did a quiet round and a half before galloping 600m on the second circuit in 37.2.

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