Awapuni Trackwork

With jump-outs scheduled for Foxton later in the day, galloping was at a minimum at Awapuni this morning.

23 June 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 23 By RON GURNEY With jump-outs scheduled for Foxton later in the day, galloping was at a minimum at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was held on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Maiden filly Bella Sorella and six-year-old gelding mare Keep It Savvy, both trained by Lisa Latta, used the No 1 grass and gathered speed from the 1000m mark to come their final 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.1. Bella Sorella (by Darci Brahma) has had only four starts, but finished third second-up at Tauherenikau in March, just before the country went into Covid-19 lockdown. She is down to resume in a maiden 1200m at Wanganui on Thursday. Keep It Savvy was in good form during the late spring and early summer months, but has not raced since Marton Cup day (4th) in early January. Both horses have come to hand well. Showshanelle (by Showcasing), a likely race rival for Bella Sorella on Thursday, worked alone over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39 even. Trained by Matthew Eales, Showshanelle has had only two race-day starts, finishing second on debut at Wanganui (1200m) in the spring. On the plough, two-year-old filly Bee Sting (by Vespa) was too quick for a Howbaddouwantit filly over 600m in 37.1. Bee Sting is an unraced half-sister to former stablemate Heni. Master Fin, in an open entry highweight (1600m) at Wanganui on Thursday, was timed 1000m in 1.11.2, the last 600 in 41.7, while two Mongolian Khan fillies trained by Lisa Latta sprinted 600m in 41.2. La Jungles, another heading to Wanganui (open highweight 2060m) had his trainer Stephen Beaston aboard when working post-to-post (1400m), being timed the final 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43 even.
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Lisa Latta-trained five-year-old geldings Kotahi and Rock Island Line really caught the eye during another quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

18 June 2020
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, June 18 By RON GURNEY Lisa Latta-trained five-year-old geldings Kotahi and Rock Island Line really caught the eye during another quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the No 1 grass (heavy) and on the plough (good). Kotahi and Rock Island Line used the No 1 grass and were at a solid clip throughout 800m in 49 even, the last 600 in 36.3. Kotahi, whose sole victory from 12 career starts so far was at Awapuni (heavy) two years ago, has not raced since last October, but looks ready to make up for lost time. Rock Island Line has improved since finishing unplaced at the Foxton trials two weeks ago, and has won two races on a heavy track (1400m ) so far, with the promise of more to come. Their stablemate Lincoln Dreamer (by Savabeel) worked with Peter Didham's un-raced two-year-old filly Heidi Belle (Vespa-Elegant Emerald) over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.9. Heidi Belle is a half-sister to Colorado Star (by Alamosa). Un-raced three-year-old filly St Nancy (Road To Rock-St Jessie) and a Tavistock-Cold Shoulder filly, two more trained by Didham, ran 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 38.7. A Road To Rock two-year-old and a Jimmy Choux three-year-old, both trained by Matthew Eales, came up with 55.1 and 38.5. On the plough, a Road To Rock-Something Special filly and a Makfi-Shi Kin Fly filly warmed up from the 800m to run the last 600 in 42.9, while a Free Eagle gelding and a Teofilo gelding, two-year-olds with Peter Didham, took 42.3.
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Lydia Pickford-trained three-year-old Tumbleweed again took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

16 June 2020
Lindsey White
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 16 By RON GURNEY Lydia Pickford-trained three-year-old Tumbleweed again took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (slow). Tumbleweed (by Super Easy), ridden by Pickford herself, used the plough and cut out 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 37.7. A fortnight ago at Awapuni, Tumbleweed ran 800m in 51.5 and 37.7, and two days later was unplaced at the Foxton trials. The filly is a former northerner, whose sole victory in 10 starts so far was at Ruakaka last August (1200m) for Cambridge trainer Shaun Ritchie. She has not raced since New Year's Day at Hastings. A Raise The Flag gelding and a Nadeem gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, covered 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.3, and maiden Clownin Around (Pickford), who placed third at the Foxton trials, was kept to 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 40.8. On the No 1 grass, maiden mare Berry Delightful (by Jakkalberry) gathered speed from the 1000m to come her final 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 36.9. She has shown some ability on the flat without winning, but is likely to be seen over hurdles when racing resumes in this region in the coming weeks. She is with Mark Oulaghan. Her stablemates Master Finn, third at the Waverley point-to-point meeting last Thursday, and West Coast warmed up from the 1200m to be timed their final 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 38.3. West Coast is a four-year-old (by Mettre En Jeu), who was unplaced on the flat last winter in his only two starts so far. Un-raced four-year-old gelding Jugador (by El Hermano), trained by Deborah Parry, ran 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 40.8.
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Five-year-old maiden Empower is coming to hand well for trainer Matthew Eales, and galloped well again at Awapuni this morning.

11 June 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, June 11 By RON GURNEY Five-year-old maiden Empower is coming to hand well for trainer Matthew Eales, and galloped well again at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the No 1 grass (slow) and on the plough (good). Empower used the No 1 grass and reeled off 600m in 36.5 to go with his 37.8 on the same track the previous Tuesday. The gelding began racing just on a year ago, and eight starts have yielded a third, a fourth and two fifths. Maidens by Vespa and Showcasing, trained by Lisa Latta, sprinted 600m in 37.2, while a Jimmy Choux gelding and an Alamosa gelding, two more with Matthew Eales, clocked 38.1. On the plough, time honours went to a Power two-year-old filly and a Burgundy two-year-old, both with Lisa Latta, in 50.2 for 800m, the last 600 in 36.6. Flying Surf, trained by Mike Breslin, and a Shocking maiden warmed up from the 800m to run home the last 600 in 37.7. Sequoia Dawn (Breslin) and a Makfi-Shi Kin Fly three-year-old filly (Peter Didham) were paired over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 38.3, while a Burgundy maiden and a Dalghar maiden, both trained by Lisa Latta, took 53.2 and 38 even. Canucia (by Zed), unplaced in two race-day outings in March, and a Road To Rock gelding were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.3, the last 600 in 38.1. They are both with Roydon Bergerson. Rock With Choux worked alone over 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 40.5, and un-raced Tavistock two-year-old filly Town Cryer recorded 55.4 and 40 even. She is in the Bergerson barn. A Per Incanto three-year-old and a Power two-year-old, geldings trained by Anne Herbert, were not after time with 800m in 58.8, the last 600 in 42.6. Last Tuesday, this pair went 53.7 and 38.8 for the same assignment before going to the Foxton trials two days later, where the Power gelding was placed third over 850 metres. Their stablemate La Donna, an un-raced three-year-old filly by Per Incanto, was given a quiet 1000m, the last 600 in 43.8.
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Desert Magic, who has a good record fresh up, showed he was on target to resume on a good note at the beginning of July when he galloped at Awapuni this morning.

09 June 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 9 By RON GURNEY Desert Magic, who has a good record fresh up, showed he was on target to resume on a good note at the beginning of July when he galloped at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), on the No 1 grass (dead-slow) and on the sand. Desert Magic used the plough and breezed over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 35.6. It was a little quicker than trainer Mike Breslin was looking for, but certainly showed the Per Incanto gelding to be in great heart. His stablemate Obrigado covered 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 37.5, and Spijker (by Iffraaj), unplaced in his one start so far, came up with 53.5 and 38.6. Colorado Star and He's Done A Runner were paired over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.7, while un-raced two-year-old Parisian Poppy (by Vespa) and four-year-old mare Zythepsary (by Alamosa) recorded 56.7 and 39.5. Zythepsary was unplaced in three starts last spring. Colorado Miss and Tiro matched strides throughout 1000m in 1.11.6, the last 600 in 42.1, and Ozil went alone in 42.6. On the No 1 grass, Atenartin and Showshanelle sprinted 600m in 36.6, and their stablemate Derecho went 38.7 on his own. Master Fin schooled over hurdles in the oval before coming out to run 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 39.4.
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Hunterville trainer Lydia Pickford has a small team building nicely for the resumption of racing in early July, and she had a handful of them on hand to gallop on the plough at Awapuni this morning.

02 June 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, June 2 By RON GURNEY Hunterville trainer Lydia Pickford has a small team building nicely for the resumption of racing in early July, and she had a handful of them on hand to gallop on the plough at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (dead). Pickford's three-year-old filly Tumbleweed (by Super Easy) took the time honours with 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.7. Tumbleweed is a former northerner, whose sole victory in 10 starts so far was at Ruakaka last August (1200m) for Cambridge trainer Shaun Ritchie. The filly has not raced since New Year's Day at Hastings. Her stablemate Infared (by Sun Ruler), another three-year-old filly, ran 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and was unplaced in her two starts last January. Maiden three-year-old gelding Clownin Around (by Sacred Falls), covered 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 38.9, and un-raced former northerner Qiji Queen (by Reliable Man) took 52.8 and 38.7. They are both with Pickford as well. Maidens by Power and Per Incanto, both trained by Anne Herbert, were paired over 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.8, and That's Funny went alone in 54.1 and 39.6. A Pickford-trained Jimmy Choux gelding sprinted 600m in 39.7, and stablemate Irish Heart (by O'Reilly) went 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 40.2. She is a four-year-old maiden, formerly trained in the north. A Power gelding trained by Pickford ran 600m in 42.4. On the No 1 grass, Matthew Eales-trained maiden five-year-old Empower (by No Excuse Needed) sprinted 600m in 37.8, and stablemates Derecho and Showshanelle went together in 39.6. Veteran gelding The Great Guru, who will no doubt be seen over jumps when racing resumes next month, ran 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.2. Former smart two-year-old Atenartin, who won the (Listed) Ryder Stakes in 2018, and a Zed maiden sprinted 600m in 41.8. They are with Matthew Eales.
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Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

19 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 19 By RON GURNEY Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion took the time honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Kellys Inspiration and Love Potion were paired over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.4. Kellys Inspiration has not raced since finishing a creditable fifth in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings last month behind Jennifer Eccles, Loire and Showbeel. She is expected to step out at Manawatu on Saturday week. Original Gangster covered 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 38.9, while Bradman (by Pins) and Kapinos went 800m together in 52.6 and 38.2. Bradman, who has placed in two trials, debuts in the maiden two-year-old at Tauherenikau on Sunday. Blue On Black, preparing for the Awapuni Gold Cup on Saturday week, worked alone over a steady 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 40.7. Canucia, who looks a big improver for the maiden 1400m on Sunday, had Colorado Miss alongside over 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 42.5. Colorado Miss will run in the Waipukurau Cup (r65 2200m) next Thursday Riverton visitor Feel The Rush, third in the NZ Oaks last Saturday, did a quiet round and a half before increasing the tempo slightly to run 800m in 57.2, the last 600 in 42.7. Her stablemate Lightning Jack, who finished third in the Wellington Guineas the same day, did similar work, finishing with 1000m in 1.14.5, the last 600 in 44.3. Both horses will race at Manawatu on Saturday week.
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Excelleration could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning ahead of her trip to Christchurch for Group 3 competition on Saturday. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Excelleration worked alone over a strong 800m in 49.1, the last 6

17 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 17 By RON GURNEY Excelleration could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning ahead of her trip to Christchurch for Group 3 competition on Saturday. All fast work was on the plough (good), where Excelleration worked alone over a strong 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36 even. The mare returned to winning form at Awapuni (r72 1400m) two starts ago in early February. She did not race again for another month, and had a freshener over 1200 metres at Trentham last Saturday week. The $80,000 South Island Breeders' Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares this week looks a fitting challenge. Platinum Wild Card, in at Tauherenikau on Sunday (r65 1400m), and Platinum Rapper were paired over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.6, while Ozil and Colorado Star came up with 50.7 and 37.6. Last-start winner Carlingford Bay, in on Sunday (r65 1400m), and Bruno Kelly were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.3. They were followed soon after by Kapinos and un-raced Pins two-year-old colt Bradman over 800m in 51.5 and 37.2. Bradman has been placed at the trials, and will debut over 1000m on Sunday. Clownin Around and Tumbleweed, both trained by Lydia Pickford, were locked together over 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 38.8, while stablemate Infared, unplaced in two January outings, posted 52.1 and 39 even. Hypatia had Sequoia Dawn for a partner over 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 39.4, and last-start maiden winner Jessie's Rock did a quiet round and a half before sprinting home the last 600 in 39.2. He goes to Riccarton on Saturday for a r65 1800m. Derecho, who has not raced since August, sprinted 600m in 39.7, while The Great Guru and Sunday entrant Bella Sorella (mdn 1400m) went 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 41 even. Tiro and a Road To Rock gelding galloped 600m in 41.2.
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Heni's younger sister Princess Ani has been freshened and looks set to carry on some solid form judging by her pleasing trial at Awapuni his morning.

12 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, March 12 By RON GURNEY Heni's younger sister Princess Ani has been freshened and looks set to carry on some solid form judging by her pleasing trial at Awapuni his morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Princess Ani had an un-raced Howbaddouwantit filly for a partner over 1000m in 1.10.9, coming the final 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 37.6. Princess Ani has had a win and a second from four starts so far, her maiden mile victory coming at Otaki in mid-January. Their stablemate Irish Prayer (by Dial A Prayer), who has not raced since August, covered 1000m on her own in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 37.7. Spijker (by Iffraaj), unplaced in his one start last spring, and a Power gelding ran 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.5. They are all trained by Mike Breslin. Lincoln Melody and Platinum Rapper were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.1, and their stablemate Lincoln Town went alone in 51.2 and 38.8. He was unplaced whe resuming in January. An Alamosa filly and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were timed 800m in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.6, while Infared and former northerner Tumbleweed, both with Lydia Pickford, sprinted 600m in 38.7. New Zealand Oaks outsider Rukita was not asked for her best over 1000m in 1.8.1, coming the final 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 39.7. Bella Sorella and a Per Incanto filly were on terms throughout 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.6, and three-year-old maiden Clownin Around was kept to 57 even and 41.5. Cross Roads (by Sweet Orange), who debuts at Woodville on Sunday (mdn 1200m), had un-raced two-year-old filly Town Cryer (by Tavistock) alongside over 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.1. A Darci Brahma filly trained by Jeff Lynds sprinted 600m in 41.3.
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Semper Magico again showed his fitness with another solid trial at Awapuni this morning.

10 March 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, March 10 By RON GURNEY Semper Magico again showed his fitness with another solid trial at Awapuni this morning. Most of the fast work was on the plough (good), with just one gallop recorded on the course proper (dead). Semper Magico used the plough and skipped over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 37.3. He cleared maidens four starts ago in December, and has held his form pretty well since. He goes to Trentham on Saturday for a r65 1400m, and would appreciate some give in the ground. His stablemate Shadows Cast (Lightning Hcp) was not asked for his best over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.5, and he continues to hold his form in Group company. New Zealand Oaks entrant Rukita drew plenty of attention in her workout with stable veteran Hank Moody, who was nominated for both Trentham and Woodville (Sunday). The pair warmed up from the winning post (1400m) to be timed at a good clip from the 1200m in 1.21.6, coming the final 1000m 1.6.4, the 800m in 52.4 and last 600 in 38.6. Rukita has a huge task ahead of her over 2400 metres on Saturday, if she gets in, taking on black type at the highest level for the first time. It will be her first start beyond 1600m as well, but she is as fit as hands can make her. Woodville Cup (r82 mile) entrant Amorata, who has not raced for five weeks, covered 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 40.6, and Berry Delightful, out since November, was kept to 1.11.4 and 40 even. Un-raced Per Incanto three-year-old Cross Roads, trained by Roydon Bergerson, had a Tavistock two-year-old for a partner over an easy 800m in 55.4, the last 600 in 40.9. Cross Roads has placed at the trials twice and debuts on Sunday (mdn 1400m). Sequoia Dawn and a Pride Of Dubai gelding ran 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 41.4, and last-start maiden winner Jessie's Rock did a quiet round and a half before sprinting 600m in 41.3. On the course proper, Dark Princess (Cuddle Stakes) and stablemate Nessun Dorma, in at Woodville (r65 mile), were paired over 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.8. Third-last par says CROSS ROADS in maiden 1400m at Woodville. Should be maiden 1200m.
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