By RON GURNEY
Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry brought four horses to Awapuni this morning and went away well satisfied with their efforts.
Fast work took place on the outside of the course proper (heavy) or on the outside of the No 1 grass (heavy). The plough was not in use after 73mm of rain over the previous 24 hours.
Two of Bambry's gallopers, Deerfield and Spring Tide, both entered for the Tarzino Trophy at Hastings, used the course proper and were paired over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38 seconds even.
Deerfield has not raced for seven weeks, when a narrow second to Tavi Mac at Otaki (1100m), while Spring Tide was a last-start winner of an open 1340m at Wanganui two weeks ago.
They have won 17 races between them and look well and truly ready to make their mark on the first day of the Hawke's Bay spring carnival this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Roydon Bergerson-trained Wakari and Kapinos, both in at Hastings, were on terms over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.1, followed soon after by Lisa Latta's Nod Of The Head (Hastings) and Silky Red Fox, who went 800m in 52.9 and 39.2.
Hastings entrants Far Site and Floral Art, matched strides over 1000m in 1.12 even, increasing the tempo to come the final 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 39.3.
Durham Lad (r74 1200m) worked alone over a nice 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 40.1, and his stablemates Atenartin and Showshanelle, both in at Otaki on Thursday, went together in 54 even and 40 even.
Te Awe Awe and Angelina Jay matched strides over 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 41.2, and Lincoln Hills required 1.13.6 and 41.4. Lincoln's Kruz clocked 1.15.3 and 41.3.
Regal Reward left 1000m behind in 1.16.6, the last 600 in 41.1, while Splodge and Lincoln Raider posted 1.18.9 and 41.2. Fattore Otto ended with 600m in 41.4.
Bellacontte and Lord Esperanza, last-start winners from the Bambry stable at Foxton, sprinted 600m in 42.3.
Bellacontte impressively took out the (Listed) O'Learys Fillies' Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui two weeks ago, and will attempt to go one better at Group 3 level in the Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings.
Venato was at a good clip early over 800m in 58.7, easing to finish with 600 in 43.9.
On the No 1 grass, which was waterlogged in parts, Bradman and stablemate Town Cryer were paired over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 41.7. Bradman was a Foxton trial winner two weeks ago.
Berry The Cash worked alone over 800m in 55.7, the last 600 in 41.6, and Belardo Boy, another Foxton trial winner, ended with 600m in 41.8.
Nest Egg had Reign It In for a partner over 1000m, the last 600 in 41.6, and their stablemates Sweetjineen (by Nadeem) and Krone (by Vadamos) went 800m in 56.6 and 42.2. Both these three-year-old fillies won at the Foxton trials two weeks ago.
Glide Queen went alone over 800m in 56.1 and 42.9, and Tweedledee posted 57.1 and 42.6. Saltbush Bill clocked 58.7 and 42.7.
Super Spirit was timed 800m in 59.2, the last 600 in 44.3, while Platinum Machine (Gold Trail Stakes) and Prioress went together in 59.4 and 43.6. Ted Can Too sprinted 600m in 43.8. Busybeingfabulous ended with 45.8.