IN Our Horses
Smart Times The Order Of The Day
By RON GURNEY | November 14, 2023

Pradasphere and Sugah Sweet on the synthetic track and Nod Of The Head on the plough were gallops that stood out at Awapuni this morning. Pradasphere was at a solid clip from the 900m and sped over his final 800m in 46.1, the last 600 in 35.4. The Alamosa maiden mare was not disgraced at Trentham last start when attempting 1600 metres for the first time, and her first success looms large on Sunday. Sugah Sweet, trained by Bryce Newman, lost no kudos with visiting jockey Lisa Allpress in the saddle and cut out 800m in 47.5, the last 600 in 35.7. The Zacinto mare has a great record from limited racing and won consecutive races last autumn before spelling. She has a win and a second at the trials going into a new campaign. Her stablemate Bold Belle, who won fresh up at Trentham on Labour weekend last month, was timed 800m in 48.7, the last 600 in 35.2. She races there again on Friday. Vavoom and Altezza, two more from the Newman barn for Trentham, were paired over 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.6. Vavoom (by Vadamos) was a shade disappointing when resuming at Wanganui two weeks ago, but will improve a ton, while Altezza (by Turn Me Loose) resumed with a fifth the same day. Last-start winner Fashion Icon and unraced four-year-old mare Hasbulla went together over 1000m in 1.4.2, the last 600 in 37.2. Hasbulla (by Vespa) has been going great guns at the jump-outs and trials and will debut on Friday. Love For All, from the Newman stable, worked alone over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 37.1, and this stakes placed mare has not raced since the autumn. Showbastian Coe, last seen in early March, sprinted 600m in 37.3, while Centre Paige and unraced three-year-old filly House Of Lords (by Almanzor) went 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.9. Donnybrook, who won fresh up at Trentham two weeks ago, was kept to 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.3. On the plough, Nod Of The Head sped over 800m, the last 600 in 34.5, and was just as impressive in the same gallop last Tuesday. He is well overdue a return to winning form and was entered for Riccarton when nominations came out on Tuesday. Last-start maiden winner Glorafilia and stablemate Miyazawa ended with 600m in 35.4, while Worksacharm (by Charm Spirit) and Dealornodeal (by Contributer), both unplaced on debut, ended with 600m in 35.8. They are both with Lydia Pickford. Lincoln Star and Redana sprinted 600m in 36 seconds even, as did Hungry and Nun So Bad, who went together over 800m. Colorado Star and Parisian Poppy were timed their last 600 in 36.1, while Trustworthy and Richter clocked 36.3. Pepeha and Revolt recorded 36.9. Super Flash did a quiet round and a half before sprinting 600m in 37.7, and Mazzini posted 37.8. Crouch and Thirsty ended with 38.4, and Semper Magico came up with 38.8. Textbook had senior rider Leah Hemi aboard over 1000m, the last 600 in 39.3, while two Russian Revolution fillies trained by Mike Breslin took 40 seconds even.