Awapuni Trackwork

Almo Costa, who resumed with an encouraging run at Hastings last weekend, could be a huge improver at Wanganui on Saturday after a bold final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

05 September 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, August 5 By RON GURNEY Almo Costa, who resumed with an encouraging run at Hastings last weekend, could be a huge improver at Wanganui on Saturday after a bold final gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) or on the dead-slow No 1 grass. Almo Costa (r65 mile) used the plough and had maiden Sequoia Dawn for company over a smart 800m in 47.6, the last 600 in 35.7. Sequoia Dawn (by Redwood) finished third on debut last month a long odds. Wanganui entrants Last Chance (r65 1200m) and Keep It Savvy (r65 mile) were paired over 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 36.6. Keep It Savvy has been disappointing, but the blinkers go on this week. Young Squire covered 1000m in 1.4.5 and came the final 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 37.8, while Rock Island Line and Free To Shine went 800m in 48.3 and 37 even. Free To Shine, twice placed as a juvenile, is nominated for the 2000 Guineas. Wafer was sent 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.7, and her stablemates Colorado Star and an Iffraaj gelding went together over the same distance, the last 600 in 38.9. Wanganui prospect Lincoln Dreamer (r65 mile) came to the finish of 1000m in 1.7.4, with his final 800m taking 51.9, the last 600 in 38.9. He can win again on Saturday. Wanganui maiden 1200 debutante Belle Plaisir (by Proisir), a half-sister to Heavens Keep, was timed 1000m in 1.8.7, coming the final 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.2. She has been nominated for the 1000 Guineas. A Jimmy Choux gelding and a Savabeel gelding, both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 51.3, the last 600 n 38.1, while Colyton Sky (by Shamoline Warrior) and Rukita (by Roc de Cambes), both with Roydon Bergerson, were kept to 54.4 and 40.4. Hypatia and Casino El Jay did a quiet round and a half before speeding up on the second circuit to run 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.6. On the No 1 grass, open-class sprinter Salamanca reeled off a smart 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 36.6, while un-raced Jakkalberry mare Berry Delightful, trained by Mark Oulaghan, posted 1.4.6 and 38.5. Wanganui debutante Showshanelle (by Showcasing), a Foxton trial winner last month, covered 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.8. She galloped well on Tuesday as well, and is in the maiden 1200. Prosecco and Sweepstake were on terms throughout 1000m, being timed from the 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.1. King Cougar, in the open 1200m at Wanganui, ran 1000m in 1.6.6 and came the final 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.4. The blinkers go on this week, and Troy Harris rides him for the first time. On the sand, Lovetokeephim (r72 2040m) did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m, the last 600 in 37.1. He won a Foxton trial (1600m) last month, and was not disgraced (4th) in a r65 2000 at Hastings last Saturday.
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