Awapuni Trackwork

Last-start winner Blue On Black and stablemate Queen Kamada had the edge on some more accomplished horses at Awapuni this morning, but only just

14 January 2020
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 14 By RON GURNEY Last-start winner Blue On Black and stablemate Queen Kamada had the edge on some more accomplished horses at Awapuni this morning, but only just. Fast work was held wide out on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Blue On Black, who won fresh up on Marton Cup day (r72 1400m), and Queen Kamada, second the same day (3yo 1400m), were paired over 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 34.8. They were the only two horses to break 35 seconds for the last 600m. Blue On Black tackles the Douro Cup (r82 mile) on Saturday, and Queen Kamada steps up a notch for the Desert Gold Stakes. Paddy Bourke worked impressively on his own, cutting out 1000m in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 35.1, as did Ozil, who posted 1.7.6 and 35 seconds even. Belle Plaisir (Desert Gold) and Durham Lad (3yo 1200m) matched strides over 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 35.5, while Shadows Cast, out to defend his Thorndon Mile title, and Don't Know Jakk (r72 2200m) came up with 1.4.1 and 35.1. MIke Breslin-trained maidens Princess Ani and Piri Piri Pete, unplaced in respective races over Christmas-New Year, were sent 1000m in a nice 1.4.2, the last 600 in 35.7, and Trentham runner Hank Moody (r72 2200m) went alone in 1.5.5 and 35.6. Excelleration (r72 1400m) warmed up from the 1000m (1.10.7) to complete the final 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 35 even, while an in-form Just Fabulous and last-start Otaki maiden winner Rukita went together in 1.7.1 and 36.4. On the plough, Secret Allure (Thorndon Mile) and Kellys Inspiration (Desert Gold) breezed over 1000m in 1.5 even, the last 600 in 36.4. Secret Allure is a strong lightweight chance. City of Auckland Cup winner Platinum Invador had Wellington Cup nominee Johnny Lincoln for a partner over 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 36.9. Red River Rock and Platinum Road, both in the r72 2200m, covered 1000m in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 37.3, and Mick, unplaced on debut at Tauherenikau, went alone in 1.4.5 and 37.4. Jessie's Rock, who ran an improver's sixth in his Boxing Day debut, did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 37.4. His stablemate Original Gangster, in on Saturday (r65 mile), ended with 37.9, and Casino El Jay recorded 39 even. An Alamosa filly and a Vespa filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, went an easy 800m in 55.2, the last 600 in 40.5, and Trentham specialist Lincoln Raider (Douro Cup) was kept to 57.7 and 41.8. Red Red Robin and Shez Gonna Getcha were at a fast clip early over 1000m in 1.6.7, easing to run the last 600 in 41.6.
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