Awapuni Trackwork

Four-year-old sprinter Desert Magic could be a horse to catch at New Plymouth on Saturday, given his recent track gallops.

26 September 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, September 26 By RON GURNEY Four-year-old sprinter Desert Magic could be a horse to catch at New Plymouth on Saturday, given his recent track gallops. Most of the fast work at Awapuni this morning was held on the plough (good), with just one gallop recorded on the No 1 grass (slow). Desert Magic, in the r65 990m, used the plough and had race-day rider Danielle Hirini aboard over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 36.2. The Per Incanto gelding led all the way to win a maiden 1200m on his home track in April (dead) and was placed second on a heavy 10 at Trentham (1200m) at his next start. Time honours this morning went to Father Lenihan and Free To Shine, who cut out 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.7. Free To Shine, who has not raced since June, holds a nomination for the 2000 Guineas in November. Their stablemates Kotahi and The Rippa were paired over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.3, and Kotahi, a Foxton trial winner last week, resumes in the r65 1300m at New Plymouth on Saturday. Semper Magico, a Foxton trial winner last week as well, covered 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 37.6, and he has not raced since May. A Rip Van Winkle-Miss Blackjack filly and un-raced Road To Rock four-year-old Jessie's Rock, a half-brother to Rock On, ran 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.7. They are with Peter Didham. Lincoln Hanover and un-raced Jimmy Choux gelding Benny Lincoln were timed 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.5, and Young Squire went alone in 52 even and 38.3. Hank Moody, off to New Plymouth (r72 1800m), gathered speed from the 1200m mark to run 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 39.3, and Hypatia (r65 2000m) did a quiet round first before posting 1.8.6 and 39.1. Queen Kamada, unlucky not to have paid a dividend on debut at Wanganui last week, ran 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.4, and He's Done A Runner clocked 58.9 and 39.7. New Plymouth entrant Floral Art (r72 1800m) worked quietly over a round and a half, sprinting home the last 600 in 41.1. She looks hard to beat again on Saturday as she steps up past 1600m for the first time. Great Northern Steeplechase runner-up Kings Kite galloped post-to-post, being timed from the 1000m in 1.12.4, the last 600 in 43.9 He goes to Te Aroha on Sunday for the Waikato Hunt Cup. Last-start maiden winner Rock With Choux did little more than three-quarter pace over 800m, the last 600 in 44.4. On the No 1 grass, Our Legacy, ridden by part-owner and trainer Marieke Simons, covered 1000m in a strong 1.2.2, the last 600 in 37.4.
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