IN Our Horses
Belardo Boy Well And Truly In Fine Fettle
By RON GURNEY | November 23, 2023

Top sprinter-miler Belardo Boy sounded a clear warning when he galloped at Awapuni this morning.

Belardo Boy used the synthetic track, just as he did on Tuesday, and reeled off 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 36.1.

The five-year-old blotted the copybook in the Group 3 Thompson Hcp (1600m) at Trentham last start.

However, his trackwork this week suggests he can set the record straight at Wanganui on Saturday (open 1340m). A wetter track than he struck at Trentham would a be a big bonus.

All other gallops this morning were on the plough (good), where Wanganui entrants Sindacato and Good Work Men really caught the eye.

Sindacato (r75 mile) covered 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 37.5, while Good Work Men (mdn 2040m) clocked 1.3.8 and 37.1.

Sindacato is another who would enjoy some easing of the ground on Saturday, and Good Work Men has improved a ton since his fresh-up run three weeks ago.

Former northern maiden Bubbajock (by Proisir), now trained by Shaun Fannin and Hazel Schofer, and a War Decree gelding were timed 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 36.1.

Main Street (by Time Test), who won a maiden on his home track in June, worked alone over 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.3, while a Staphanos filly from the same stable took 50.4 and 37.1. They are trained by Mark Oulaghan.

A Quorum maiden trained by Jeff Lynds was sent 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.7, while Bradman posted 52.8 and 38.2.

He No Opilio, not disgraced when resuming at Tauherenikau last Sunday week, gathered speed from the 1200m mark to run 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 38.3.

Wanganui entrant Sanperion (mdn 2040m), fourth at her last two starts, was not after time over 1000m in 1.10.9, the last 600 in 39.6.

Perfect Turn (r65 2040m), fourth when resuming at Tauherenikau, was kept to 1000m in 1.9.5, the last 600 in 41.3.