IN Our Horses
Trentham Rivals Star in Final Work-Outs
By RON GURNEY | May 26, 2022

Trentham race rivals Flying Surf and Kusuda (r74 1600m) were involved in separate gallops, but could not have been more impressive at Awapuni this morning.

Fast work was on the outside of the course proper, which was considerably drier than Tuesday's session.

Flying Surf, who grabbed the headlines on Tuesday, went with stablemate Raffle over 800m in 51 seconds even, sprinting home the last 600 in 34.5.

Flying Surf won at Hawera in late March and has been either third or fourth in four starts since. Her trackwork this week shows she's at the top of her game.

Raffle, who goes to Trentham as well (r74 1200m), won an Otaki trial in March followed by three race-day thirds and a second. He may have won last start if he'd worked into the clear sooner.

Kusuda worked alone and had Saturday's race rider Robert Hannam aboard over 1000m in 1.4.9, finishing off with a smart last 600 in 35.6.

She finished third in a Foxton trial back in early March and has had two races back in a new campaign on tracks totally against her. She will be more at home on the ground at Trentham this week.

Sequoia Dawn did nice work over 800m in 52 seconds even, the last 600 in 35.8, while Dedoje and stablemate Blackcomb went 1000m together in 1.3.6, the last 600 in 36.1.

Blackcomb (by Telperion) was unplaced when resuming for new trainer Mike Breslin, but his run had plenty of merit.

Amosia covered 1000m in 1.13.8, the last 600 in 38.7 and, after winning a Foxton trial last month, she finished second fresh up at Otaki three weeks later.

Master Fin and a Reset filly ran 800m in 57 seconds even, the last 600 in 38.9, and Trentham runner Venato (r65 1400m) was kept to 57.6 and 40.3. A return to form on Saturday would not surprise.

Showshanelle, building slowly in a new campaign, sprinted 600m in 41.9, and her stablemate Durham Lad, in at Trentham (r74 1200m), ended a casual 800m with 600 in 43.5. He won a Foxton trial last month before a resuming fifth at Wanganui.