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Cheval de Foudre ready to prove a point
By RON GURNEY | March 07, 2024

Cheval de Foudre is on song for a second career win from just nine starts after an impressive final gallop at Awapuni this morning.

Fast work was on the plough or on the synthetic track.

Cheval de Foudre, trained by Jeff Lynds, used the plough and had Peter Didham-trained three-year-old Danjuro for a partner over 1000m in 1.2.5, coming the final 800m in 49.1, the last 600 in 36 seconds even.

Cheval de Foudre was second to Nepheti at Hastings last start and is looking to go one better at Trentham on Saturday (r65 mile). Ashvin Goindasamy is booked for the ride.

Share Power (r75 1400m) worked with stablemate Cry Baby over 1000m in 1.5.5, with the final 800m taking 50.6, the last 600 in 36.7.

Share Power was an upset winner at Trentham (1400m) last November and is to be ridden for the first time by Awapuni apprentice Toni Davies (a3).

Pinkerton, who has not raced since September, was timed 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 37.5. He has won two from 17.

Sir Mikki (r65 1400m) covered 1000m in 1.5.7, coming the final 800m in 51.7, the last 600 in 38.2. He cleared maidens at Wanganui two starts ago, but was unable to repeat the dose at the same venue last time out.

His stablemate and race rival Elcheikhali, who is working well, ran 1000m in 1.8.2, clocking 52.6 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 38.8. Ace Lawson-Carroll claims 3kg, down to just 53kg.

Platinum Sixty Six (r65 mile) had senior rider Jonathan Riddell aboard over a casual 1000m in 1.10, taking 53.9 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 39.4. He ran a much better race last start.

Lincoln Star (r75 2100m) and Bee Enchanted (r75 1400m) were paired in similar work over 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 40 seconds even.

Ace Lawson-Carroll will ride Platinum Sixty Six, Lincoln Star and Bee Enchanted with a three-kilo claim each time.

Super Spirit, who was last seen over steeplechase fences in the spring, ran 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.2.

Wellington entrant McKhan (r65 2100m) did little more than three-quarter pace over 1000m, but is a good chance on Saturday, with Awapuni apprentice Jim Chung (a3) aboard for the first time.

On the synthetic track, Ima Brazen One (by Brazen Beau), a winner on debut last September, and unraced Saxon Lady (by Saxon Warrior) went 800m in 52.5, the last 600 in 38.2. They are three-year-old fillies trained by Mike Breslin.

Sindacato went an easy 1000m in 1.11.5, the last 600 in 39.3, and his stablemate Bradman ended with 41.8.