Awapuni Trackwork

Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line showed themselves on-song for New Plymouth on Saturday with a most satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning.

18 July 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, July 18 By RON GURNEY Platinum Rapper and Rock Island Line showed themselves on-song for New Plymouth on Saturday with a most satisfying final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good). Platinum Rapper (Opunake Cup) and Rock Island Line (r72 1400m) used the No 1 grass and covered 800m in 55 seconds even, the last 600 in 39.7. I was hard to believe Platinum Rapper beat only one home in a seven-horse field (3yo 1200m) on her home track last start after she had run such a terrific third in the (wfa) Challenge Stakes (1600m) at Wanganui on Queen's Birthday. The three-year-old filly deserves a chance to make amends, and trainer Lisa Latta obviously has the utmost faith in the daughter of Makfi, who holds a nomination for Winter Cup at Riccarton as well. Rock Island Line has been working solidly for some weeks and his race-day form has improved steadily. He won't get an easier chance to chalk up win three from 19 starts. Platinum Spirit and Keep It Savvy were paired over 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.9, and Taranaki entrant Derecho (MAAT 1800m) was kept to 1000m in 1.13.2 and 42.9. Talented jumper Des De Jeu was timed 1000m in 1.12.9, the last 600 in 43.1. On the plough, nothing worked better than Manhattan Street (r82 1400m) and The Great Guru, who ran 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.7. Heni and Car Pie were on terms throughout 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 37.8, while their stablemates Casino El Jay and Light Up recorded 51.9 and 38.2. A Pierro gelding and a Rubick gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, left 800m behind in 52.7, the last 600 in 39.8, and their stablemate Young Squire (by Alamosa) went alone in 56.1 and 40.9. Wotarocker (by Road To Rock) and Princess Ani (by Towkay), both unplaced on debut in the autumn, sprinted 600m in 40.4, while Jessiegee and an Iffraaj gelding took 41.5. Lincoln Star and a Burgundy filly worked an easy 600m in 41.9, and Before Dawn posted 42.6.
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