Gary Vile-trained stablemates Scylla and Power 'n' Passion, who both missed out on a Boxing Day outing, drew attention to their immediate chances with very nice trials at Awapuni this morning.
All fast work during a quiet gallop session took place on the plough (good), where maiden mare Scylla covered 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 37.9.
She is winless from 17 starts to date, but has finished fifth or better in 10 of them. Her day in the sun could be close at hand.
Power 'n' Passion, who failed to clear the ballot list on Boxing Day, was timed 800m in 52 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.8. She finished second to promising mare Kelly Coe on the first day at Manawatu.
Three-year-old filly Krone (by Vadamos) and two-year-old gelding Valinor (by Telperion) were paired over 800m in 52.2, the last 600 in 37.3.
Krone lost her rider on debut (Hastings) and then was another who failed to escape the ballot list on Boxing Day. Valinor debuted on the middle day at Manawatu and was unlucky not to have paid a dividend.
Princess Ani, who ran a terrific race for third fresh up on the middle day at Manawatu, and her half-sister Bee Sting worked over 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 37.7. Bee Sting has not raced since July.
Platinum Petals did solid work over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 38 even, and a wide draw did her no favours at New Plymouth last start.
Hong Kong, who let an army of supporters down on debut at Otaki last month, had Platinum Road for a partner over 1000m in 1.6.1, the last 600 in 38.1. Both horses were caught wide in different races the same day.
Lydia Pickford-trained pairing of Surprize Me and maiden filly My Tarnz Girl (by Showcasing) left 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 39 even. My Tarnz Girl has not raced since the autumn, and placed second as a two-year-old last term.
Colorado Star and Raffle were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 39.7, while Bradman and unraced four-year-old Hikon (by Ghibellines) came up with 1.9.4 and 39.9. Quatromosa went alone in 1.9 even and 39.8.
A Darci Brahma gelding and a Telperion filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, were kept to 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.9.
Khant Catch Her was not after time over 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 41.1, and her stablemate Platinum Rain (by Kermadec) covered 800m in a quiet 59.3 and 43.9.