Awapuni Trackwork

Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine will head in different directions this weekend after burning up the plough together at Awapuni this morning.

05 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, December 5 By RON GURNEY Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine will head in different directions this weekend after burning up the plough together at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Lincoln Hills and Divine Wine matched strides over a smart 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 36.2. Lincoln Hills had no luck from a wide draw last start, but still ran on strongly, and has been working solidly ever since. He is in the r72 1400m at Trentham on Saturday. Divine Wine begins a new campaign in the maiden 1200m at Waipukurau on Sunday and was a good third at the Waverley trials two weeks ago. Lincoln Melody, who has won two races, and maiden Lincoln Lane, both by Savabeel and trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.2. Trentham runner Lincoln Raider (r72 1400m) covered 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.9. He was narrowly beaten in this grade at Feilding two starts ago and was not disgraced last time out in the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton. Piccolo Toro and Maidstone Park covered 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.4, and Trentham runner Excelleration (r82 1200m) went alone in 51.6 and 38.5. My Father's Gun (r65 1400m), who will enjoy better ground on Saturday, joined Red Red Robin over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.4. Empower (MAAT 1600m), who was beaten by the draw last start, ran 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 38.3, and Platinum Touch (by Proisir) recorded 1.6.5 and 38 even. Beefeater had Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.5, while Trentham runners Red Rufus (3yo 1400m) and Den Bosch (MAAT 1600m) went 800m together in 52.8, the last 600 in 38 even. Original Gangster, heading to Waipukurau on Sunday (r65 mile), did a quiet round and half before galloping 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.6. Heni and Prince Turbo left 1000m behind in 1.6.3, the last 600 in 39 even, and their stablemate Flying Surf, in the maiden 1350m on Sunday, ran 800m in 53.9 and 39.6. Queen Kamada worked alone over 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40 even, while un-raced Vespa two-year-old filly Parisian Poppy and an Alamosa filly, both with Mike Breslin, took 55.6 and 40.1. Fibonacci, who has not raced since the autumn, was kept to 800m in 58.9, the last 600 in 41.6.
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Shadows Cast looked ready to redeem himself at Trentham this Saturday, judging by his semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

04 December 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, December 3 By RON GURNEY Shadows Cast looked ready to redeem himself at Trentham this Saturday, judging by his semi-final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the middle of the course proper (dead) or on the plough (good). Shadows Cast (Captain Cook Stakes) used the course proper and had maiden stablemate Saltbush Bill for company over 1000m in 1.3.1, coming the final 800m in 47.9, the last 600 in 35.4, which was excellent work. Shadows Cast was a battling fifth in the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton last month on a track that didn't quite suit (dead-5). A dead-4 is what the chestnut will be hoping for this Saturday. Saltbush Bill (MAAT mile), on the other hand, has a long way to go to emulate his talented stablemate, but has plenty of potential, judging by his one placing from three starts so far. The only other one to use the course proper this morning was My Father's Gun, who reeled off 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 35.1. He will contest the r65 1400m at Trentham. On the plough, time honours went to last-start Rangitikei winner Free To Shine and stablemate Lincoln Kruz, unplaced on debut, who breezed over 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 36.3. They were the only two horses to break 37 seconds for the last 600m on the plough, and tackle the 3yo 1400m on Saturday. Johnny Lincoln (r82 2500m) and Rex Royale (r65 2400m) were paired over 1000m in 1.2.3, the last 600 in 37.4, while Thursday's Taranaki entrant Brahmarahma (r65 1800m) and Ajay Lincoln, two more from the Lisa Latta barn, came up with 1.4.5 and 37.3. Little Texas Sky, unplaced on debut, and Love Potion were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.2, followed soon after by Akela Belle and Platinum Road with 800m in 50.1 and 37 even. Amosia, third in the Wellesley Stakes last start, and Platinum Dubai, a beaten favourite in the same race, covered 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.1. They are in Saturday's 2yo 1100m. Lisa Latta's Lincoln Raider (r72 1400m) and Excelleration (r82 1200m), trained by Peter Didham, went 800m together in 50.5, the last 600 in 37 even, while Beefeater and un-raced two-year-old colt Bradman (by Pins) clocked 50.6 and 37.3. Original Gangster went alone over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.2, as did Don't Know Jakk (r65 2400m) in 51.6 and 37.1. Salamanca (r82 1200m) and last-start maiden winner He's Done A Runner ended with 600m in 38.3. Hank Moody warmed up from the 1200m (1.19.4) to run 1000m in 1.4.3, the last 600 in 38.1, while Red Rufus and Den Bosch left 1000m behind in 1.6.5 and 38.8. Obrigado did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 52.6 and 38.7. Durham Lad, third on debut recently, and Empower (MAAT mile) were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.6, easing down in the home straight to run the last 600 in 39.2. Un-raced four-year-old mare Jakkabella (by Jakkalberry), trained by Mark Oulaghan, recorded 1.6.5 and 39.7.
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It's been a long time between drinks for the connections of Per Incanto mare Amorata, but the seven-year-old could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning.

28 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, November 28 By RON GURNEY It's been a long time between drinks for the connections of Per Incanto mare Amorata, but the seven-year-old could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning. All fast work during a quiet gallop session was held on the plough (good), where Amorata breezed over 1000m in 1.2.7, coming the final 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 37 seconds even. She has had two runs back in a new campaign without much luck at the business end of her races, efforts which were noted by the stipendiary stewards. Those two races were over 1600 metres, or thereabouts, and on Saturday she steps up to 2040m (r72) at Wanganui with high hopes for a well overdue success. Her stablemates Arturo (r72 1340m) and Just Fabulous (r65 mile) were paired over 1000m in 1.4.9, being timed the final 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.6. They add strength to Roydon Bergerson's team for Wanganui, with the side winkers going on Just Fabulous, who worked in that gear this morning. Master Lincoln worked alone over 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 37.1, while a Rubick gelding and a Pierro gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, did 800m in 50.4 and 37 even. Lincoln Town covered 1000m in 1.7.1, coming the final 800m in 50.6, the last 600 in 37 even, while his stablemates Jenever and Wanganui runner Chartwell (r65 mile) clocked 1.7.2, for 1000m, with the final sectionals taking 50.7 and 37.6. Heni's younger sister Princess Ani and Voralto (by Sacred Falls) ran 1000m in 1.7.9, coming the final 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 37.8. They are trained by Mike Breslin and were both unplaced on debut last autumn. Blue On Black and Teddy Bear were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, and covered the final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 37.9. My Father's Gun left 800m behind in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Wanganui Cup prospect Platinum Invador had race-day jockey Robert Hannam aboard when working with stablemate Benny Lincoln (mdn 1340m) over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1. Benny Lincoln, who debuts on Saturday, is by Jimmy Choux and has been nominated for the Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January. Hank Moody worked on his own over 1000m in 1.7.1, easing to complete the last 600 in 39.2, and Wanganui entrant Soul Vacation (mdn 1340m), who is fresh up, was kept to 800m in 53.7 and 40.2. Un-raced Vespa two-year-old filly Parisian Poppy and a Howbaddouwantit filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 42.9. Parisian Poppy is a grand-daughter of former top mare Tall Poppy.
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Lincoln Hills rubber-stamped his readiness for the Rangitikei meeting on Saturday with another first-class gallop at Awapuni this morning.

21 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, November 21 By RON GURNEY Lincoln Hills rubber-stamped his readiness for the Rangitikei meeting on Saturday with another first-class gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (dead). Lincoln Hills (r72 1400m) used the plough and covered 1000m in 1.4.2, coming his final 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 35.8. He was impressive working in company on Tuesday, but this morning he really made a statement on his fitness levels. He never wins out of turn, but southern apprentice Kozzi Asano rides the horse for the first time on Saturday, and will claim 3kg. Kamanda Lincoln and Platinum Spirit were paired over 1000m in 1.2.9, completing the final 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.7. Rangitikei prospects Kellys Inspiration (mdn 1300m) and Lincoln Star (r65 mile) were on terms throughout 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.3. They did similar time together on Tuesday. Voralto (by Sacred Falls) and Princess Ani (by Towkay), both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 36.2. The pair had one race each last autumn, but were unplaced. Queen Kamada, in the 3yo 1300m on Saturday, and stablemate Blue On Black were timed 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.2. Bulls Country Cup (1400m) chance Heni, who is in foal to Alamosa, warmed up from the 1000m, which took 1.9.8, to run home the final 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 37.7. A Darci Brahma filly and an Echoes Of Heaven filly, both trained by Jeff Lynds, left 800m behind in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.8. Talented filly Belle Plaisir, who is being set for the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni in three weeks time, had Nikki Hurdle's un-raced Iffraaj-Cabasso gelding alongside over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.4. Salamanca (Bulls Country Cup) worked alone over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.1, while That's Funny (r65 2200m) came up with a quieter 1.9.1 and 39.4. A Pierro gelding and a Rubick gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 41.9. On the No 1 grass, Lincoln's Gal (r65 1200m) and Chartwell matched strides over a smart 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 35.9. Lincoln's Gal worked in grand style on Tuesday as well, and certainly looks a dividend prospect fresh up on Saturday. Empower (mdn 1300m), who is knocking on the door of success, ran 1000m in 1.5.5, coming the final 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 38 even.
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Heni and Prosecco, stablemates with Mike Breslin, plus Semper Magico and Original Gangster all stood out in track-work on the grass (dead-slow) at Awapuni this morning.

19 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, November 19 By RON GURNEY Heni and Prosecco, stablemates with Mike Breslin, plus Semper Magico and Original Gangster all stood out in track-work on the grass (dead-slow) at Awapuni this morning. Lincoln Hills and Lincoln's Gal took the time honours on the plough (good). On the No 1 grass, Heni and Prosecco used the No 1 grass and were paired over 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 36.8. They are nominated for Rangitikei on Saturday. Taranaki (Friday) runner Original Gangster, now trained by Peter Didham, skipped over a smart 1000m on his own in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 37 even, while Rangitikei maiden entrant Semper Magico came up with 1.3.1 and 37.1. Prince Turbo and Flying Surf were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.1, and maiden Empower caught the eye galloping on his own in 1.5.2 and 37.9. All three are in at Rangitikei. Beefeater and Kapinos matched strides over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.2, and Obrigado did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 50.4 and 38 even. Berry Delightful (Taranaki) did nice work over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38.1, and her un-raced four-year-old stablemate Jakkabella (by Jakkalberry) clocked 1.5.9 and 38.4. An Atlante filly with Mark Oulaghan ran 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 38.4, while Rangitikei runners Hypatia and Young Squire did a quiet round and a half before covering 800m in 52.1 and 39.6. Casino El Jay worked an even 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.2. On the plough, Rangitikei prospects Lincoln Hills and Lincoln's Gal were paired over a bold 800m in 47.7, the last 600 in 36.1. Maiden gelding Free To Shine, who has paid a dividend in three of his five starts so far, and stablemate Love Potion ran 1000m in 1.2.6, the last 600 in 36.5. Ajay Lincoln, working in a shadow roll, and Brahmarahma covered 1000m in 1.3.2, the last 600 in 36.9, while their stablemates Rex Royale and Platinum Road recorded 1.4.6 and 37.4. Kellys Inspiration and Lincoln Star left 800m behind in 49.7, the last 600 in 37.4, and just a few minutes earlier Platinum Touch and Lincoln Fury posted 50.2 and 37.7. Higher Power had Rusty In Rongotea for a partner over 1000m in 1.6 even, the last 600 in 38.8, and Little Texas Sky, well beaten on debut last month, went alone in 1.7.9 and 38.4. Red Rufus (Rangitikei) and Den Bosch (Taranaki), who both debuted well at Feilding for trainer Peter Didham, ran 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 38.1. Master Lincoln was kept to 800m in 57 even, the last 600 in 40.7, while a Ferlax gelding and an Alamosa filly, both with Deborah Parry, sprinted 600m in 40.1. My Calendar Girl was timed 55.2 for 800m, the last 600 in 41.2, while Queen Kamada and Teddy Bear were kept to 1000m in 1.12.2 and 42.2.
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Jenever and Love Potion, race rivals at Waverley this Sunday, impressed in their final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

14 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, November 14 By RON GURNEY Jenever and Love Potion, race rivals at Waverley this Sunday, impressed in their final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the course proper (dead), on the No 1 grass (dead) and on the plough (good). Jenever and Love Potion used the course proper and were on level terms throughout 800m in 48.3, the last 600 in 35.5. Both four-year-old mares are owned by respective "Go Racing" syndicates and are likely to clash in the maiden 1400m for fillies and mares on Sunday. Love Potion was balloted out at acceptance time, but has already made it back into the field. Red Rufus and Den Bosch, second and fifth respectively on debut at the Feilding meeting two weeks ago, warmed up from the 800m mark to run home last 600m in 36.4. On the plough, Kellys Inspiration and Piccolo Toro were paired over 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.4, while Prince Turbo and an Alamosa-Triple Billing maiden came up with 49.9 and 36.3. Original Gangster did nice work on his own over 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 37.6, while top mare Heni and Waverley entrant Khalfani (mdn f&m 1400m) clocked 1.5.9 and 37.5. Beefeater left 800m behind in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.3, and Excelleration ended with 600m in 37.5. Veralto and a Howbaddouwantit maiden, both with Mike Breslin, took 38.6. Veloce, who needs a scratching in the r65 1400m on Sunday, was timed 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and she worked impressively in company on Tuesday. The blinkers go on. Berry Delightful also worked alone, covering 1000m in 1.9.7, the last 600 in 39.3, while an Echoes Of Heaven filly and an Echoes of Heaven gelding, both trained by Jeff Lynds, went 53.7 and 39 even. A Darci Brahma filly and another Echoes Of Heaven filly, two more with Lynds, were timed 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.2, while Anne Herbert's Teddy Bear and Nikki Hurdle's Iffraaj-Cabasso gelding ended with 600m in 39.4. Blue On Black was not after time over 800m in 57.5, the last 600 in 41.8, and Hypatia completed a quiet round before galloping an easy 800m in 58.2 and 42.4. On the No 1 grass, Red Red Robin and a Savabeel-Ametsis maiden, both trained by David Hayes, ran 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 38.3. On the sand, Waverley entrant Myrtle (r72 1650m) ended her gallop with 600m in 37.5.
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Du'blues, who looked a shade unlucky not to have paid a dividend when resuming two weeks ago, has trained on beautifully judging by a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning.

12 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, November 12 By RON GURNEY Du'blues, who looked a shade unlucky not to have paid a dividend when resuming two weeks ago, has trained on beautifully judging by a first-class trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (dead-slow) and on the plough (dead), with a majority of horses due to race at the Manawatu meeting on Thursday. Du'blues, trained by Ashley Meadows, used the No 1 grass and had Mike Breslin-trained He's Done A Runner for a partner over a very smart 1000m in 1.2.4, the last 600 in 35.9. Several horses broke 37 seconds for their last 600 metres, but this was the only gallop to break 36 seconds. Du'blues tackles the r65 1200m on Thursday. Veloce and My Calendar Girl matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 36.1, while Jessie's Rock and Soul Vacation, both from the stable of Peter Didham, posted 48.5 for 800m, the last 600 in 36 even. Brahmarahma and Kamanda Lincoln were on terms throughout 800m in 48.3, the last 600 in 36.2, followed soon after by Eastern Warrior, who went alone in 48.3 and 36.4. The Rippa and Keep It Savvy covered 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 36.5, and an Alamosa-Minno Noir gelding, came up with 48.6 and 36.7. Platinum Spirit and Lincoln Star were timed 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.4, and last-start winner Floral Art recorded 49.5 and 36.7. Didham-trained Den Bosch and Red Rufus went together in 52.1 and 36.8. Young Squire and Prince Turbo did nice work over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 37.4, and a Thewayyouare gelding trained by Maurice O'Brien clocked 50 seconds even for 800m, the last 600 in 37.1. Prosecco ended 800m with 600 in 37.6, and a Darci Brahma-Vendemiaire maiden filly with Jeff Lynds ended with 37.6 as well. Platinum Touch and a Deep Impact filly stablemate completed their task in 37.7, and Excelleration took 37.9. Hank Moody worked over 1400m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 38.3, while an Alamosa-Cold Shoulder gelding trained by Peter Didham ran 53 even and 38.8. Obrigado did a quiet round and a half before galloping home 600m in 38.2, and an Echoes Of Heaven gelding trained by Jeff Lynds ended with 600m in 38.5. Arturo worked alone over 1000m in 1.8 even, the last 600 in 39.9, and un-raced three-year-old gelding Durham Lad (by Falkirk) ran 800m in 52.4 and 39.1. He is trained by Matthew Eales and won a Foxton trial last week. A Pins-In Memory Of three-year-old gelding trained by Talia Yeates was given an easy 1000m in 1.11 even, the last 600 in 42.9. He won at the Foxton trials last week as well. On the plough, NZ Oaks-winning mare Sentimental Miss had Rock Island Line alongside over a bold 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 36.9, and both horses are winning chances on Thursday. Platinum Command and Johnny Lincoln were paired over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.6, and Master Fin warmed up from the 1000m mark to clock 51.5 for his final 800m, the last 600 in 38.4. Rusty In Rongotea left 800m behind in 52.2, the last 600 in 38.5, and her stablemate Higher Power was kept to 53.8 and 39.3.
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Princess Amelie and Platinum Invador stole the show during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

07 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, November 7 By RON GURNEY Princess Amelie and Platinum Invador stole the show during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Princess Amelie and Platinum Invador were paired over a smart 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 36.6. Princess Amelie has made a terrific start to her four-year-old season with successive wins over 1200 metres, both on heavy tracks. She has now won five from 12, and heads to Riccarton next week for the $100,000 Group 3 Stewards' Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday. That's Funny had trainer Lydia Pickford aboard over 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 37.9, while Prince Turbo and stablemate Princess Ani went 800m in 53.7 and 37 even. Princess Ani is a sister to top-class mare Heni and was unplaced in her only start so far, a juvenile event last autumn. An Alamosa filly and a Howbaddouwantit filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 38.5. Blue And Black and maiden stablemate Teddy Bear, both trained by Anne Herbert, ran 800m in a quiet 57.8, the last 600 in 40.5.
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Platinum Road could put some worthwhile points on the board at Otaki on Thursday judging by his very sound final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

05 November 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday November 5 By RON GURNEY Platinum Road could put some worthwhile points on the board at Otaki on Thursday judging by his very sound final gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Platinum Road (mdn 3yo 1200m) partnered stablemate Keep It Savvy over 800m in a smart 48.2, the last 600 in 36.2. Platinum Road (by Declaration Of War) is in just his second innings for trainer Lisa Latta and, in two races back from a winter break, the three-year-old has not had the rub of the green. He will have a significant gear change on Thursday, with the blinkers going on. Keep It Savvy was pulled up at Otaki last start, suffering from an atrial fibrillation, but seems none the worse for wear. His previous form included two thirds. Last-start Otaki winner Desert Magic, who is heading to Riccarton on Saturday (r72 1100m), had stable apprentice Danielle Hirini aboard over 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 37.2. Otaki acceptor Berry Delightful (mdn mile), in good form, did nice work over 1200m in 1.23.1, the last 600 in 37.9, while Flying Surf, in at Hastings on Sunday (mdn 1400m) and Hypatia went 800m in 51.5 and 37.8. Jessiegee and Sweepstake, who are expected to race on the second day of the NZ Cup carnival at Riccarton next Wednesday, were paired over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 38.4. Jessiegee is nominated for the Coupland's Mile. Otaki runners Rex Royale (r65 2200m) and Ajay Lincoln (mdn mile) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38 even, and Empower (mdn 1200m) went alone in 1.6.1 and 38.6. Amorata (r72 mile) covered 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 38.4, and Ozil was timed 800m in 53.6 and 38.5. Lincoln Hanover (mdn 1200m) and Free To Shine (mdn 3yo 1200m) were at a strong clip early over 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 39.3. Red Red Robin warmed to her work over 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 39.7, and Otaki runner So It Was (r65 2200m) ended with 600m in 39.1. Fully Charged (r65 2200m), who looks in great order, sprinted 600m in 40.2, and the side winkers go on, while Blue And Black covered 800m in a quiet 57.6, the last 600 in 41.3. Young Squire and an Alamosa-Triple Billing three-year-old filly gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 58.7 and 41.4.
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Lower grade sprinter Arturo could keep a fresh-up record in tact at the Feilding meeting on Saturday, judging by his final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

31 October 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, October 31 By RON GURNEY Lower grade sprinter Arturo could keep a fresh-up record in tact at the Feilding meeting on Saturday, judging by his final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the No 1 grass (dead-slow) and on the plough (good). Arturo (r65 1200m) used the No 1 grass and had former Matamata mare Ritzy Sparkle (by Pins) for a partner over a slick 1000m in 62 even, coming the final 800m in 47.8, the last 600 in 36.7. After a few solid trial placings last spring, Arturo (by Per Incanto) won on debut at Wanganui in February (1200m), but finished last of eight at Awapuni next time out. He has not raced since. His stablemates Colyton Sky (mdn 1200m No 2) and Just Fabulous (r65 1400m) were paired over 1000m in 63.9, the last 600 in 37.6. Colyton Sky is poised to go a big race on debut, while Just Fabulous has taken great benefit from a resuming run at Hawera three weeks ago. Heni (open 1400m), who has been served by Alamosa, and her younger stablemate Khalfani (mdn 1200m No 2) were on terms throughout 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38. Heni will carry her lightest weight in years in the Redcraze Bowl with stable apprentice Danielle Hirini (4 wins) in the saddle. Khalfani followed up two solid Foxton trial placings last month with an improver's run at Waverley a month ago. She will appreciate the better track conditions on Saturday. A Darci Brahma filly trained by Jeff Lynds ran an easy 800m in 56.8, the last 600 in 41.4, and an Echoes Of Heaven filly from the same stable clocked 57 even and 41.3. On the plough, Feilding Cup prospect Sentimental Miss and Johnny Lincoln (r72 2200m) were impressive matching strides over 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 36.3. It could be time for Sentimental Miss to redeem herself. Their stablemtes Lincoln's Gal and Almo Street covered 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.4, and Platinum Command (r82 mile), who is in foal, went alone in 49 even and 36.5. She will race without blinkers on Saturday. Prince Turbo (r65 1400m) and He's Done A Runner were timed 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.7, while My Calendar Girl and a Pins three-year-old gelding stablemate took 50.8 and 36.8. The Pins gelding won a Levin jump-out a few weeks ago. Original Gangster, now with Peter Didham, came to the finish of 1000m in 1.3.9, the last 600 in 37.2, while Divine Wine and a Deep Field maiden ended with 37.3. Un-raced gelding Jessie's Rock (by Road To Rock) and an Alamosa-Cold Shoulder gelding, both four-year-olds with Peter Didham, ran 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.4. Excelleration, who has not raced since June, worked alone over 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 37.8, while Chartwell and Platinum Road ended with 600m in 38.4. De Gaulle, in at Feilding (r82 mile), breezed over 1000m in 1.6.2, the last 600 in 38.3, just a few minutes after Queen Kamada (mdn 1200m No 2) and un-raced three-year-old filly La Donna (by Per Incanto) went together in 1.9.9 and 38.9. Platinum Spirit and un-raced four-year-old mare Cyndy Wink (by Rip Van Winkle) cut out a nice 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.1. Kellys Inspiration had Benny Lincoln alongside throughout 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.2, while their stablemates Lincoln Fury and Lincoln Hanover recorded 51.2 and 38.3. Higher Power, who has not raced since the autumn, ran an even 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.8, and stablemate Rusty In Rongotea, second at the Levin jump-outs recently, posted 54.5 and 39.2. Peter Didham-trained Soul Vacation (by Alamosa), unplaced in his only race to date, ended with 600m in 39 even, and a Teofilo colt from the same stable took 39.6. Dark Princess, in the Redcraze Bowl at Feilding (1400m), was not after time over 1000m in 1.10.8, the last 600 in 40 even. Rock With Choux (r65 mile) came up with 1.12.3 and 41.3, and Du'blues (r65 1200m) 1.12.8 and 41.6.
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