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Lower Grade Horses Take Time Honours
By RON GURNEY | January 16, 2024

Last-start winner Platinum Designs and stablemate Get Funky plus maiden four-year-old Rocking Light all galloped in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning.

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

Platinum Designs and Get Funky used the plough and reeled off a smart 1000m in 61 seconds even, the last 600 in 34.6.

After a second, two thirds and two fourths, Platinum Designs finally put it all together to clear maidens last start over New Year. He gives every indication he can go on with it.

Get Funky, the winner of two from eight, has been freshened since racing at Wanganui early last month. They go to Trentham this week.

Rocking Light (by Rock 'n' Pop) did nice work on his own, covering 1000m in 1.1.6, the last 600 in 34.3. He was unplaced on debut at Otaki two weeks ago, but looks an improver.

Wellington entrant Belle's Echo and maiden stablemate Lincoln Towers were paired over 1000m in 1.2.8, the last 600 in 35.4. This week, Belle's Echo returns to Trentham, where she has won twice previously.

Danjuro and Bellucci were timed 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 35.6, while their stablemates Fashion Icon and Kana followed with 1.5.5 and 35.4. 

All except Bellucci head to Trentham on Saturday, with Fashion Icon a good chance in the Desert Gold Stakes.

Unraced four-year-old geldings The Scunner (by Shamexpress) and Dynamo Express (by Shocking) left 1000m behind in 1.3.4, the last 600 in 36.8.

They are trained by Ashley Meadows and both horses won at the Levin jump-outs last week.

Shockiff and Miss Rosie gathered speed from the 800m (55.1) to finish with 600 in 38.7, and a Sweynesse maiden two-year-old stablemate took 57.7 and 41.5.

Moon Money went 1000m in 1.12.3, the last 600 in 41.1.

On the synthetic track, last-start winner Voice Over and stablemate Wal, third the same day, were on terms throughout 800m in 48.5, the last 600 in 35.5. 

Sailor Jack had co-trainer Hazel Schofer aboard over a quiet round before speeding up to run 1000m in 1.6.4, the last 600 in 37.7.

He ran a bold second fresh up at Tauherenikau two weeks ago, and must be respected in the Rimutaka Classic on Saturday.

Zackery, narrowly beaten when resuming at Otaki, covered 1000m in 1.10.2, sprinting the last 600 in 38.2, while Revolt, impressive winning first up, and Sevenayes took 1.11.3 and 39.7.

Bubbajock did two quiet rounds with a 600m sprint at the end of each one in 39.3 and 37.7 respectively.

Brazen Beau two-year-old Sizzle and a Sacred Falls three-year-old sprinted 600m in 42.5. Sizzle has recorded two seconds from three starts so far, both at Tauherenikau, and she will return to that venue on Waitangi Day.