Awapuni Trackwork

Two horses from the stable of Mike Breslin, Salamanca and Desert Magic, really showed their readiness for Otaki on Sunday with first-class final trials working on their own at Awapuni this morning.

17 October 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, October 17 By RON GURNEY Two horses from the stable of Mike Breslin, Salamanca and Desert Magic, really showed their readiness for Otaki on Sunday with first-class final trials working on their own at Awapuni this morning. During a light session, fast work was held on the plough (good) and on the No 1 grass (dead). Time honours went to nine-year-old Salamanca (open 1200m), who sizzled over 800m in 47.5, the last 600 in 35.2. Despite being in his twilight years, he has retained his speed and will carry just 51kg on Sunday with northern apprentice Eilish McCall in the saddle. Semper Magico, who missed a run due to the abandonment at Waipukurau, warmed up from the 1000m mark to complete 800m in 48.1, the last 600 in 35.9. Sir Nate and maiden three-year-old Free To Shine, who was disappointing at Waverley when resuming, ran 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 35.8. Sir Nate finished third and fourth on the last two days of the Hawke's Bay carnival (r82) and is nominated for the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton next month. Lisa Latta-trained three-year-old fillies Kellys Inspiration and Little Texas Sky (by Little Wonder) were paired over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 37 even. Piccolo Toro (by Edenwold), who has not raced since January, and a Zed gelding, two more trained by Latta, were sent 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 37.8. Otaki entrant Prosecco (r72 1400m) and an Iffraaj-Star O'The Ball gelding matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 38.3. Prosecco is capable of a form reversal on Sunday, while the Iffraaj gelding was third at the Otaki trials recently. Floral Art did a quiet round before galloping 800m on the second circuit in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.3, and Queen Kamada was let off with an easy 800m, the last 600 in 44.7. On the No 1 grass, Desert Magic had Danielle Hirini aboard over 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36.5, and he looks a big improver for Sunday (r65 1200m) after resuming at New Plymouth. His work has been solid. Obrigado (r82 2100m) cruised over 600m in 39.4, and his stablemate Sweepstake (open 1200m) was kept to 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.9.
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