By RON GURNEY
Sir Nate did enough on the track at Awapuni this morning to suggest he can go one better on the second day at Hastings on Saturday.
Fast work was on the plough (good) or on the No 1 grass (slow).
Sir Nate (open 2000m) used the plough and, though not the fastest gallop of the session, gave every indication he can pay a dividend second up.
He was timed 1000m in 1.5.3, the last 600 in 39.2, which is right up there with his best standard in training.
He won a trial (1000m) in August and another one in early September (1200m), both at Foxton, and was well backed when resuming two weeks ago (1600m) with Lisa Allpress in the saddle. She rides him again on Saturday.
Time honours on the plough went to un-raced three-year-old filly Miss Rosie (by Pins) and a Niagara-Bidthemobgooday four-year-old gelding who cut out 800m together in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.2. They are both trained by Mark Oulaghan.
Hillcrest Road, who worked in good style on Tuesday, skipped over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 37.4. He has not raced since early May, but won a Levin jump-out (850m) in early September.
A Redwood gelding and a Showcasing gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, sprinted 600m in 37.4.
Shadows Cast, who is being set for the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton in early November, ran 1000m in 1.6.2, coming the final 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.7.
Quatromosa, unplaced at the Foxton trials last week, covered 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 38.6, and stablemate Lincoln's Kruz took 54.8 and 39.7.
Un-raced four-year-old Kelly Coe (by Proisir) did a nice 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 39.2, and finished third at the Foxton trials (1000m) last week. She is trained by Ashley Meadows.
Lincoln Hills and Father Lenihan were paired over 1000m in 1.10 even, the last 600 in 39.5, and Dedoje went on her own over 800m in 54.9 and 39.6.
Hawke's Bay Guineas candidates Wakari and Nest Egg were on terms throughout 1000m in a well-held 1.9.9, the last 600 in 40.5.
Wakari, who worked impressively on Tuesday, will be ridden by Sam Collett for the first time, while Nest Egg will have the services of Dylan Turner for the first time.
Un-raced Nadeem three-year-old filly Sweetjineen and stablemate Bradman matched strides over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40 even. Sweetjineen won a Foxton trial (850m) in early September.
Ashley Meadows-trained Dennismac (by Sweynesse), unplaced on debut in April, ran 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.1. He finished second in a Foxton trial (1000m) last week.
Raccourci (by Vespa) and Lady Hysteria (by Sir Prancealot), three-year-old fillies trained by Lisa Latta, ran 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 40.2. They are coming to hand well in new campaigns.
Platinum Spirit, a winner at the Foxton trials last week (1600m), had Platinum Petals for a partner over 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.6. Platinum Spirit is nominated for the New Zealand Cup in November.
Transitory (by Pins), who has not raced since May, did 800m in 55.1, the last 600 in 41.3, and Flying Surf went a quiet 800m in 59.2 and 42.6.
On the No 1 grass, Lincoln Raider and Bella Sorella took the time honours when running 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.4.
Jumpers Tweedledee and Dal Kilchoan, both off to the Great Northern meeting at Te Aroha on Sunday, stayed together over 1000m in 1.5.9 and 39 even, which was solid work.
Their stablemates Saltbush Bill and Super Flash, both making steady progress, recorded 1.7.3 and 39.6.
Durham Lad, an upset winner on the first day at Hastings, ran 800m in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.5, and Semper Magico, in his first gallop back from a spell, took 56 even and 40.6.
Atenartin had Showshanelle alongside over 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 41.8, and their stablemate Venato was kept to 56.5 and 42.5.
Sindacato, third at the Foxton trials (1000m) last week, was not chasing any time over 1000m in 1.14.3, the last 600 in 44.1.