IN Our Horses
Cheval de Foudre puts it all together nicely
By RON GURNEY | December 07, 2023

Cheval de Foudre was in the headlines on the plough on Tuesday and he repeated the dose at Awapuni this morning.

The majority of fast work was on the plough (good), with just three gallops recorded on the synthetic track as horses had final hit-outs for Trentham on Saturday.

Cheval de Foudre (MAAT 1600m) used the plough and had senior rider Chris Carmine aboard over a very smart 1000m in 60.6, the last 600 in 34.7. He ran the same time for his last 600m as he did on Tuesday.

The Time Test gelding cleared maidens at Hastings last start in his third race back from a spell and certainly gives the impression that he has trained on beautifully.

His stablemate Princessa Gold (r65 1000m) sounded her own warning with 800m in 48.2, the last 600 in 35.2. The form is solid enough but she will wear blinkers on Saturday after trialing in them at Foxton last week.

Race rival Platinum Assault sprinted 600m in 35.8 and, after two successive seconds, is ready to go one better this week. Top apprentice Lily Sutherland claims 2kg.

TAB Classic runner Belardo Boy, one of three in the race trained by Lisa Latta, sped over 1000m in 1.4.5, coming his final 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.3.

He may not get the wet conditions he's looking for on Saturday but there is no doubting his fitness level.

His stablemate Lincoln's Kruz (open 1100m) was timed 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 36.4 and, though the form is mixed this preparation, he has a fair record at Trentham.

Maiden three-year-old Lincoln Towers and unraced three-year-old Tiger Express (by Staphanos), both trained by Lisa Latta, ran 1000m in 1.8.5, the last 600 in 36.2.

Trentham runner Donnybrook (r75 1400m), in the hands of Saturday's rider Jim Chung, covered 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 37.4. They were a winning combination at Trentham last start (heavy), albeit five weeks ago.

Cher Ami did two rounds, with a 600m sprint at the end of each one in 40 seconds and 40.1 respectively. This mare has not raced for two months.

Manifique (r82 2200m) did similar work but was much quieter with 53.1 and 43.1. respectively. She was impressive over 2000 metres at New Plymouth last start.

On the synthetic track, TAB Classic runner Town Cryer and Sweetjineen (r75 1400m) were paired over 1000m in 1.4, the last 600 in 36.2. Johnathan Parkes rides both horses, who deserve the utmost respect.

Fashion Icon, who faces just five rivals in the 3yo 1400m on Saturday, left 800m behind in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.3. She has won her last two in succession, and Michael McNab picks up the ride.

Tivaci Princess (r75 1400m) and Sizzle (Wakefield Stakes) went together over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 37.6.

Tivaci Princess burned them off over 1300 metres at Tauherenikau last month and has finished second in an open trial since then.

Express Yourself (open 1100m) did little more than three-quarter pace, quickening a shade to run up the home straight. She looks in great condition.