Prince Turbo did enough in his final gallop at Awapuni this morning to suggest he can pay a dividend at Trentham on Saturday.
Fast work was on the plough (good) or on the No 1 grass (dead).
Prince Turbo used the plough and had stablemate Nun So Bad for a partner over a smart 1000m in 1.2.9, the last 600 in 36.5.
Prince Turbo never scores out of turn, and only has two wins from 40 starts, but is working well. Stable apprentice Faye Lazet, who is starting to kick some winners, takes the ride with a 3kg claim.
Nun So Bad did not help her chances by racing greenly at Tauherenikau last start.
Their stablemates Son Of Thunder and Raffle were paired over 1000m in 1.4.9, the last 600 in 38.2. Son Of Thunder, who scored on debut at Awapuni, tackles the 3yo 1200m on Saturday, with Jonathan Riddell taking over from Leah Hemi, who is sticking with Nobellem.
Krone (by Vadamos), who has placed third in three trials to date, and Princess Tivaci (by Tivaci) sprinted 600m in 38.1. They are trained by Roydon Bergerson.
Wellington runner Cholula (r65 1400m) and Hungry covered 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.2, and Nest Egg gathered speed from the 1000m to come the final 800m in 52.6 and 38.4.
A Showcasing gelding and a Redwood gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.3, and Den Bosch did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 55.3 and 39.2.
Power ‘n’ Passion, who was disappointing at Tauherenikau resuming from a break, sprinted 600m in 39.9, while a Telperion two-year-old and a Dalghar three-year-old, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, took 39.7.
Canucia worked alone over a quiet 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 41.6, while Princess Ani and Sylviemosa went 800m together in 56.4, the last 600 in 41.8.
Putorino, coming to hand well, ran 1000m in 1.13 even, the last 600 in 42 even, while Wellington entrant Atenartin (r65 1400m) was kept to 800m in 57.3 and 42.3. Nobellem (3yo 1200m) did 600m in 43.5.
On the No 1 grass, Rock Island Line and Fuji Dancer matched strides over 1000m in 1.5.8, the last 600 in 37.9. Fuji Dancer is an un-raced Makfi four-year-old mare trained by Lisa Latta and has been placed at the Levin jump-outs and at the Otaki trials.
Bella Sorella and a Dundeel gelding ran 800m in 52 even, the last 600 in 38.7, and Durham Lad went on his own in 54.8 and 39.5.
Wellington runner Master Fin (r74 2200m), who will wear blinkers on Saturday, covered 1000m in 1.7.7, coming the final 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 40.2, and his stablemate Berry The Cash (r65 2100m) went 1.8.8 and 54.3, the last 600 in 40.7.
Tweedledee (r74 mile) was not chasing the clock over 800m in 57.6, the last 600 in 42.8, and neither was Super Spirit (r65 2100m) with 58.3 and 43.9.