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Awapuni Horses Hold Strong Hand At Trentham
By RON GURNEY | March 14, 2024

Asahi and Cheval De Foudre impressed in separate gallops at Awapuni this morning in preparation for Oaks Day at Trentham this Saturday. 

Fast work was on the synthetic track or on the plough (good).

Asahi used the synthetic track and gathered speed from the 1200m to run 1000m in 1.7 even, the last 600 in 36.4. The gelding worked in fine fashion on Tuesday as well.

He scored a smart win second up at Wanganui three weeks ago and has trained on nicely, being one of seven last-start winners in the MAAT 1400. His odds could be false.

Zackery (r65 2200m), another last-start maiden winner, was timed 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in 38.2, and there is every reason to suggest he can be in the money again.

Man Express and La Bella Grande were paired over 1000m in 1.11.9, the last 600 in 38.7, and their stablemate Bradman (open 1200m) was kept to 800m in 56.1 and 42.4.

All other gallops were on the plough, where Cheval de Foudre (r65 2200m), trained by Jeff Lynds, and Miyazawa (Peter Didham) went together over 1000m in a smart 1.1.8, coming the final 800m in 49 seconds even, the last 600 in 36.5.

Cheval de Foudre should appreciate the step up in distance from 1600 to 2200 metres.

Coney Island (by Sacred Falls), unplaced when resuming at Otaki last week, ran 800m in 52.2, the last 6009 in 36.7, while Reign It In and Turn It Up went together in 50.1 and 38 seconds even.

Sailor Jack (St Leger Stakes) did a quiet round before galloping 1000m on the second circuit in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 38.6. He is a last-start winner at Ellerslie under 60kg and rates a big chance on Saturday.

His stablemate and race rival Kattegat did the same work and recorded similar times of 1.8.1 and 38.9.

Fourty Eight, another from the Fannin-Schofer stable, was timed 1000m in 1.10.2, the last 600 in 38 seconds even, and he tackles Saturday's r65 2200m. The visor blinkers come off and ordinary blinkers go on.

Showbastian Coe, a winner at the Foxton trials last week, and three-year-old filly Ima Brazen One went 1000m in 1.12.1, the last 600 in 39 seconds even.

Unraced three-year-old filly Saxon Lady and an El Roca gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ended 800m with 600 in 39.7.

Wellington Guineas chance Revolt and Papa Surf left 800m behind 56.5, the last 600 in 41.1, and New Zealand Oaks runner Love Janie went alone in 57.6 and 42.1.

Share Power (r75 mile) and Cry Baby covered 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 42 even, and Oaks entrant Call A Friend and Hot Dip were kept to 1.16.5 and 43.1.

Call A Friend is a last-start maiden winner at Tauherenikau (2050m) and will have a nose band added to her gear on Saturday.