IN Our Horses
Plenty Of Pointers For Wairarapa On Sunday
By RON GURNEY | November 09, 2023

Wairarapa runners Perfect Turn, Lady Performer and two-year-old first-starters Sizzle and Velton all worked in great fashion at Awapuni this morning.

Fast work was held either on the synthetic track or on the plough (good).

Perfect Turn, who worked impressively on Tuesday, used the synthetic again and had stablemate Sindacato for a partner over 1000m in 1.4.9, coming the final 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 37.1.

Perfect Turn (r65 mile) has not raced since the autumn, but is a last-start winner over 2100 metres at Otaki.

He trialled up well throughout October without figuring in the finish, but his gallops this week have shown he is ready to go a cheeky race fresh up on Sunday.

His stablemate Sizzle (by Brazen Beau), who debuts in Race 1 on Sunday, went with unraced filly Vitaci (by Tivaci) over a bold 800m in 47.7, the last 600 in 36.1. They are two-year-olds trained by Roydon Bergerson.

Sizzle should go well on Sunday after winning a jump-out at Levin in September and a Waverley trial two weeks ago.

Race rival Velton, also on debut, worked with a Staphanos filly over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.2. Just like Sizzle, she scored at the Levin jump-outs and won a Waverley trial as well. It should be an interesting clash on Sunday.

Unraced three-year-old Patriot (by U S Navy Flag) and an Ocean Park filly sprinted 600m in 36.5. Patriot is a half-sister to North And South and Make Time, among others, and is trained by Lisa Latta.

Worksacharm, trained by Lydia Pickford, caught the eye with her 1000m in 1.5.1, coming the final 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 37.2. She was unplaced on debut at Wanganui last week, but looks a big improver.

Unraced three-year-old filly Korolova (by Russian Revolution) and a Time Test two-year-old, both trained by Peter Didham, sprinted 600m in 37.7.

On the plough, Wairarapa entrant Lady Performer (r65 mile) had race-day rider Leah Hemi aboard over 1000m, the last 600 in 37.3. She is holding her form quite well, but probably prefers the sting out of the ground.

Belclare, whose younger sister Ballyane races on Sunday, sped over the last 600m of her workout in 34.9.

He No Opilio, now trained by Mark Oulaghan, worked over 1600m, covering the last 600 in 39.7. He will debut from his new stable on Sunday (r75 2050m) with Awapuni apprentice Jim Chung claiming 3kg.

The eight-year-old gelding has had a solid build-up at the trials, including a win at Waverley (1200m) two weeks ago. Trustworthy, who has not raced since June, sprinted 600m in 40.6.

Manzor Blue and Redana, both unplaced on debut, were kept to 600m in 43.5, and they are three-year-old fillies trained by Lisa Latta.