Master Fin rounded off his Wellington Hurdles preparation for Thursday in good style at Awapuni this morning.
Fast work was held on the heavy No 1 grass or on the plough (good). Fog prevented the timing of several early gallops.
Master Fin schooled over the hurdles in the centre of the course then came out to use the No 1 grass, covering 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 39.9.
The nine-year-old is still a maiden as far as jumping goes, but has chalked up a second and a third from his five attempts over the hurdles. He's certainly a lot fitter for recent racing on the flat.
Atenartin was timed 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 42.5, and he looks ready to pay a dividend after three runs on the flat in a new campaign.
Platinum Star, in at New Plymouth on Saturday (r74 1600m), was not chasing the clock over 800m in 61,1, the last 600 in 45.7, and his stablemate Jenever recorded 59.9 and 45.1. Tweedledee ran 1000m in 1.18.3 and 46 even.
On the plough, Mike Breslin-trained maidens Cholula and Hungry gathered speed from the 800m to run home the last 600 in 37.5.
Cholula (by Road To Rock) is unplaced in two runs to date, while Hungry (Alamosa) was unplaced on debut in April and has not raced since.
Tiro left 1000m behind in 1.10.3, but fog prevented the timing of his last 600m.