Flying Surf and Princes Ani are racing at different venues over the holiday weekend, and worked in bold fashion together at Awapuni this morning.
Fast work was on the outside of the heavy course proper, and most horses found the conditions testing.
Flying Surf and Princess Ani were paired over 1000m in 1.12.4, coming the final 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 40.1. Flying Surf, who is holding her form solidly, tackles the r74 2040m at Wanganui on Saturday, and will be ridden by Jonathan Riddell for the first time. Princess Ani has been entered for the r65 2100m at Hastings on Monday, a race for amateur riders. Stable employee Tylah Mercer will take the ride.
Colorado Star, in the weight-for-age mile at Wanganui, had Cholula (r65 mile) for a partner over 800m in 58.3, the last 600 in 40.2, and Champers (r74 2040m) ended with 600m in 40.5. This mare won a r74 1360m at Wanganui three starts ago. Waiirua Lad (mdn 1340m) and a filly by The Bold One, both from the stable of Jeff Lynds, covered 800m in 59.1, the last 600 in 41.2. Belardo Boy (r74 1340m), who has won fresh up at Wanganui before, ran 1000m in 1.20.3, the last 600 in 42.1, and Semper Magico (r65 1340m) clocked 1.17 even 42.9.
My Father's Gun (r65 1340m) also worked alone, being timed 800m in 59.9, the last 600 in 42.3, and Precious Niamh took 59.8 and 42.9. Far Site, off to Hastings on Monday (r74 mile), completed 1000m in 1.16.1, the last 600 in 43 seconds even, while Bradman (r65 1400m) and Timberlake took 1.17.2 and 43.2. Wanganui runner Queen Of Spades (r65 1340m) and Canucia were kept to 1000m in 1.21.7, the last 600 in 46.8.