Nest Egg and Putorino, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, enhanced their prospects for Wellington Cup day with a bold semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning.
Fast work was held on the plough (good) or the course proper (dead).
Nest Egg (r74 mile) and Putorino (r65 2200m) used the plough and were paired over a smart 1000m in 1.3.1, the last 600 in 36.8.
Nest Egg is shooting for his third successive win on Saturday, while Putorino is looking to go one or two better after a close third on the first day at Trentham.
My Father's Gun, in at Hastings on Thursday (r74 1400m), had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 36.8. The form-line belies his fitness level. A bit of moisture in the ground is all he wants.
Glide Queen worked the reverse way over 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 37.8, and his stablemates
Road Cruz and a Zed maiden went left-handed in 51.6 and 37.2.
Town Cryer and unraced Ghibellines four-year-old Hikon were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 38.5. Hikon finished third at the Foxton trials two weeks ago.
Irish Odds, who has not raced since June, and a Savabeel three-year-old gelding, both in the Bergerson stable, ran 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.2. Irish Odds was another to run third at the Foxton trials two weeks ago.
Apache Anne, who ran an eye-catching fourth on debut at Tauherenikau over New Year, had unraced Tavistock filly Beautiful Noise for a partner over 800m in 53.6, the last 600 in 38.7. They race at Hastings on Thursday.
Hosel Rocket and an Atlante gelding were together over 1000m in 1.6.7, the last 600 in 39.5, and Wind In My Wings, off to Hastings (mdn 2100m), went alone in 1.7.1 and 39.3. Balalaika, who is knocking on the door, was kept to 800m in 55.1 and 40.8.
On the course proper, Wellington Cup nominees Master Fin and stablemate Tweedledee worked in great fashion over 1200m in 1.16.4, coming the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.9.
Sea Monarch, caught wide over 1200m on the first day at Wellington, and Parisian Poppy were timed 1000m in 1.9 even, the last 600 in 37.5. Sea Monarch steps up to 1400m for the first time this Saturday.