By RON GURNEY
Last-start maiden winner Te Awe Awe worked in grand style at Awapuni this morning, with a view to Hastings on Saturday.
Fast work was held on the plough (good) or on the outside of the No 1 grass (heavy).
Te Awe Awe used the plough and had lightly-raced maiden stablemate Angelina Jay for a partner over a very nice 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 37.9.
Te Awe Awe cleared maidens impressively at Hastings in July and will start one from the outside on Saturday (r65 mile), but settles back in her races anyway.
Lisa Allpress won on her at Hastings, but Kozzi Asano picks up the ride this time.
Time honours this morning went to Raffle and Sequoia Dawn, who reeled off 800m in 48 seconds even, the last 600 in 35.2, which was excellent work. Raffle (by Per Incanto) has had one start for one win, back in March, and is a very talented four-year-old mare.
Dennismac (by Sweynesse), who was unplaced on debut in April, lost no kudos, and worked alone over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.8. He is coming to hand well for trainer Ashley Meadows, and finished third at the Levin jump-outs (850m) last week.
Colorado Star, second at the Foxton trials two weeks ago, and un-raced three-year-old Son Of Thunder (by Zebedee) were paired over 1000m in 1.5 even, coming the final 800m in 50.3, the last 600 in 37.3.
Their stablemates Nun So Bad, fourth on debut at Woodville last week, and Prince Turbo ran almost identical times with 1.4.3 for 1000m, the final 800m in 50.2 and last 600 in 37.7.
Un-raced Proisir mare Kelly Coe and a Raise The Flag-Mary Sister filly, both trained by Ashley Meadows, did well to record 1000m in 1.4 even, the last 600 in 37.8.
Bradman (1000m) and Town Cryer (1200m), first and second at the Foxton trials two weeks ago, were paired over 1000m in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 38.3.
Flickering Shadow and a Vespa filly stablemate ran 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.2, while Platinum Road and a Charm Spirit filly recorded 56,.2 and 38.1.
Nest Egg, a close fifth when resuming in the Wanganui Guineas two weeks ago, and Reign It In were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.7. Both horses are nominated for the 2000 Guineas in November.
Hungry (by Alamosa) and a Sooboog gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, were timed 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 39.4, while a Proisir filly and an Iffraaj filly, both with Ashley Meadows, took 56.1 and 40.5.
Khant Catch Her, who has not raced since the autumn, and a Road To Rock gelding, ran 800m in 57.4, the last 600 in 41.3, and their stablemate Father Lenihan went alone in 57.8 and 42.9.
Hawke's Bay entrant Belclare (MAAT 1200m), ended with 600m in 43.2, and Lincoln's Kruz (r65 1300m) was kept to 800m in 58.9 and 44.1.
On the No 1 grass, Venato (r65 mile) took the honours with 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 42 even, while He's A Doozy and Passione went together in 56.4 and 42.5.
Durham Lad (r74 1200m), who needs some scratchings to regain the field, ran 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 43.2, while race rival Kapinos and Wakari (3yo 1200m) went together in 57.4 and 43.4.
Wakari, another from the Bergerson stable nominated for ther 2000 Guineas, finished second when resuming at Hawera (1200m) two weeks ago.