IN Our Horses
Sailor Jack cruising in lower grade
By RON GURNEY | March 05, 2024

Sailor Jack rubber-stamped his fitness with another bold gallop at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the synthetic track or on the plough (heavy) after 43mm of rain in the previous 24 hours. Sailor Jack used the synthetic track and had co-trainer Hazel Schofer aboard over two solid rounds, quickening a shade on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.3.7, the last 600 in 37.3. Last-start maiden winner Asahi did not run as far, but recorded a strong 1000m of his own in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 37.8. He looks well. Fourty Eight did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.5.4, the last 600 in 37.2. He finished third at New Plymouth two starts ago, but could not follow up at Wanganui last start. Vitaci (by Tivaci) and Turn It Up (by Tivaci) were paired over 800m in 51 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.6. Vitaci has not raced since finishing unplaced on debut in the spring, while Turn It Up is unraced. They are two-year-olds trained by Roydon Bergerson. Smart three-year-old Lantern Way, who has not raced since finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas last November, was timed 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 39.3. Kattegat covered 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.6, while Nadheema and Testing (by Time Test) took 53.5 and 39.5. Nadheema has not raced since the spring, and Testing is an unraced three-year-old. Reign It In was given an easy 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 40.4, and stablemate Man Express went 600m in a quiet 44.6. On the plough, Wellington entrant Bellucci gathered speed from the 1000m (1.16.4) to run home the last 600 in 40.4, and she ran a good third at Hastings last start. Elcheikhali, another who was entered for Saturday (r65 1400m),  did two quiet rounds with a 600m sprint at the end of each one in 40.6 and 42.7 respectively, while Far Site (r75 1400m) was given an easy 1000m in 1.14.5, the last 600 in 41.8.