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Eye-catching work as Otaki and Wanganui loom
By RON GURNEY | November 28, 2023

Fashion Icon and Showbiz on the synthetic track and Sharada and Waitui Rose on the plough were eye-catching workers at Awapuni this morning.

All four are in fine fettle for Wanganui on Saturday.

Fashion Icon, who has won her last two in succession, and stablemate Showbiz (r65 mile) were sent 1000m on the synthetic track and did an impressive gallop over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 35.5.

Fashion Icon is entered for the O’Learys Fillies’ Stakes.

Race rival Great Escape and Vee Vee were paired over 800m, the last 600 in 37 seconds even. Vee Vee, a Waverley trial winner last month, finished fourth on debut three weeks ago.

Thursday’s Otaki entrant Express Yourself (open 1200m) winner of her last four in a row, worked an even 1000m in 52.3, the last 600 in 40.8, while last-start winner Barzetti (r75 2200m) was kept to 56.8 and 41.2.

All other fast work was on the plough, where Sharada and Waitui Rose, both trained by Ashley Meadows, went a quiet round and a half before galloping 600m in 35.8. They head to Wanganui.

Knickerless covered 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 36.2, while her stablemates Brusset and Elcheikhali went together in 1.6.5 and 36.8.

Otaki runner Nod Of The Head (open 1200m), who ran a much improved third last start, left 800m behind in 48.2, the last 600 in 36.3, followed soon after by last-start Otaki winner Ardroe and De Oro Charm in 49.3 and 36.2.

Jack Morrison, trained by Mark Oulaghan, did well after a quiet round and a half to run 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 37.3.

Get Funky had Lincoln Star for a partner over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.9, while Mazzini and Centre Paige clocked 1.8.8 and 37.2. All except Centre Paige race at Wanganui.

Showbastian Coe and unraced four-year-old mare Hips Don't Lie (by Mongolian Khan) were timed 800m in 50.1, the last 600 in 37.6.

Their stablemates Colorado Star, in the Wanganui Cup, and Nun So Bad were on terms throughout 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.9, and three-year-old filly Dawn Shadow (by Proisir), unplaced on debut last autumn, went alone in 51.2 and 37.7.

Lurid did two even rounds with a 600m sprint each time, recording 37.2 and 37.6 respectively. Two Russian Revolution fillies trained by Mike Breslin ran 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 37.7.

Moon Money and unraced Vespa mare Hasbulla ran 1000m, the last 600 in 38.2, and Hasbulla could debut at Otaki on Thursday after solid form at the trials.

Show D'or and a Shamexpress maiden ran 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.7, and Raffle ended with 600m in 38.9.

He No Opilio did nice even work over 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.3, and this nine-year-old has made good progress for new trainer Mark Oulaghan since his unplaced fresh-up run at Tauherenikau.

Donnybrook and Sevenayes were paired over 800m in 52.8, the last 600 in 39.4, and their stablemates Hungry and Thirsty recorded 54 even and 39.5.

Unraced three-year-old Craftsman (by Alamosa), trained by Mike Breslin, went 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 40.2, while Maggie McMuffin and a Quorum filly took 53.4 and 40.4.