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Sailor Jack and Asahi on song for Trentham
By RON GURNEY | March 12, 2024

Sailor Jack and Asahi earned plenty of admirers in semi-final gallops at Awapuni on Tuesday morning.

Fast work was on the synthetic track or on the plough as Oaks Day at Trentham looms on Saturday.

Sailor Jack used the synthetic track and had co-trainer Hazel Schofer aboard over a strong round before being timed from the 1000m on the second circuit in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 36.1.

He won a lower grade middle-distance event at Ellerslie four weeks ago and, though unseen on race day since, the six-year-old has not missed a beat.

The St Leger Stakes (2600m) on Saturday is well within his depth.

Asahi, another last-start winner, was at a solid clip early over 1000m, easing a shade to complete the full distance in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 37.2. He has come of age and goes to Trentham for the MAAT 1400m.

Zackery (r65 2200m) covered 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 36.4, and won easily at Hastings last month. He has since finished third in a Foxton trial last week.

Kattegat (St Leger) and Fourty Eight (r65 2200m) were paired over 1000m in 1.7.2, the last 600 in 36.8, while Revolt and Pepeha took 1.4.3 and 37.3. Revolt should be respected in the Wellington Guineas.

Bradman (Lightning Hcp) and Charlotte's Way left 800m behind in 59.6, the last 600 in 36.7, followed soon after by Call A Friend (NZ Oaks) and Hungry with 1000m in 1.7.2 and 38.2.

Lincoln Falls (r75 mile), back in winning mode last start, worked alone over 1000m in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 38 seconds even.

Man Express was timed 800m in 56.4, the last 600 in 40.9, and Donnybrook posted 56.2 and 41.4.

On the plough, Pinkerton ran 1000m in 1.4.8, the last 600 in 36.1, and he has not raced since the spring. His stablemates Super Flash and Kentucky Boy went together in 1.4.3 and 36.6.

Lady Performer and Richter were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.7.8, the last 600 in 36.3, and Shockiff (MAAT 1400m) gathered speed from the 1000m to finish with 800m in 49.6 and 36.3.

Textbook was sent 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 37.7, and Semper Magico did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.4.7 and 37.8.

Trustworthy and an Ardrossan filly left 800m behind 53.4, the last 600 in 37.2, while their stablemates Dealornodeal and Surprize Me posted 53.7 and 38.5.

Berry The Cash and Super Spirit were at a good clip early over 1000m in 1.4.7, easing over the final stages to finish with 600 in 39.2.

Last September's Great Northern Steeplechase winner West Coast ran 1000m in 1.11.8, the last 600 in 39.4, and maiden mare Cheveux, not seen since the spring, went 800m in 55.9 and 39.8.