Champers looked on target to notch her fourth win from just 11 starts when she galloped in bold fashion at Awapuni this morning.
All fast work was on the plough (good), where Marton candidate Champers had Saturday's rider Sarah Macnab aboard over 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 36.6. The Tavistock mare deserves the utmost respect in the r74 1400m.
Father Lenihan, a double acceptor on Saturday, and Nod Of The Head were at a good clip early over 800m in 47.9, the last 600 in 36.2.
Father Lenihan is well overdue a winning turn, but has been working solidly in recent weeks. Nod Of The Head, who has won four from 10, is not engaged this week, and may step out at Trentham on Saturday week.
Cage Phyta, who was unplaced when resuming on Boxing Day, did nice work over 1000m in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 37.6, and should be a huge improver.
Marton Cup runner House Of Cartier did a quiet round of pace-work before speeding up on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.9.8, coming the final 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.9.
She won the Feilding Cup (2100m) three starts ago and her unplaced run in the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last start is best forgotten.
Glide Queen (r65 1400m) worked the reverse way (right-handed) over 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 37.7, and Charlotte O'Beirne (a2) replaces Faye Lazet, who is sidelined with a broken hand.
King Of Awl and unraced three-year-old filly Beautiful Noise (by Tavistock) were on terms throughout 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 37.8. They are with Lisa Latta.
Nest Egg and Reign It In, both in Saturday's 3yo 1400m, were paired over 1000m in 1.7.9, coming the final 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.8. They are definitely a quinella prospect in the first race of the day.
Four-year-old maiden Big Franck (by Teofilo) was at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.7.1, but was eased over the last 600 in 39.2. He raced three times in the spring for two seconds and a third.
Wild Moose (open mile), who will be ridden by Lisa Allpress for the first time on Saturday, ran 1000m in 1.8.8, the last 600 in 39.9. He worked in grand style on Tuesday.
New Plymouth winner Kapinos (open1100m) was kept to 800m in 53 seconds even, the last 600 in 39.1.
She carried 55kg (r74 1200m) in her front-running victory last start, and drops to 54kg this week as she steps up to the open grade again.
A Telperion filly and a Darci Brahma gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 39.9.
Bradman (r65 1200m) and Putorino matched strides over 1000m in 1.9.6, the last 600 in 40.3, and they were not out to record a fast time.
Casino El Jay did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m on the second circuit in 53.6, the last 600 in 40.7, while My Father's Gun (r65 1400m) gathered speed from the 1000m mark to run home the final 800m in 54.2 and 40.6.
Kelly Coe (open mile), who worked impressively on Tuesday, was let off with 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 41.5, and Carlingford Bay (r65 1400m) required 1.11.5 and 41.4. The latter's race rival Balalaika did 800m in 56.8 and 42.5.
Unraced four-year-old Hikon (by Ghibellines) and a Dalghar-Porotene Chance three-year-old increased speed from the 1000m to come home the last 600 in 42 even. They are with Roydon Bergerson.
Meglio Di Falcrest, who did fine work in company with Kelly Coe on Tuesday, ran a quiet 1000m in 1.15.6, the last 600 in 44.2.