By RON GURNEY
Nine-year-old gelding Shadows Cast is back in training, doing what he does best, working boldly.
He highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.
All fast work was on the plough (good), where Shadows Cast breezed over 1000m in 1.4 even, coming the final 800m in 50.4, the last 600 in 37.8.
Trainer Mark Oulaghan will probably steer clear of the Hawke's Bay spring carnival this time round and his focus is likely to be on the Coupland's Mile at Riccarton in early November.
Shadows Cast dead-heated for first with Son Of Maher in the Coupland's Mile in 2017, finished last in 2018 and fifth in 2019. He did not contest the race last year.
Meanwhile, Sequoia Dawn and un-raced four-year-old mare Nun So Bad (by Dial A Prayer), were paired over 1000m in 1.8.1, increasing the tempo to clock 52.3 for the final 800m, the last 600 in 38.4. They are race rivals for the maiden mile at Woodville on Thursday.
Carlingford Bay, who has not raced since the autumn, was timed 1000m in 1.7.8 and came the final 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 39.8. She has won two from 10.
Emvees Last Hurrah, in the maiden 1400m at Woodville, covered 1000m in 1.9.8, the last 600 in 39.7, and his stablemate Putorino, making good progress in a new campaign, ran 800m in 54.2 and 39.2.
Father Lenihan left 800m behind in 54.6, the last 600 in 40.8, while his stablemates Belclare and Platinum Petals went together in 58.4 and 40.9.
Woodville runner Surprize Me (74 1400m), trained by Lydia Pickford, had Leah Hemi aboard over a quiet 800m in 56.6, the last 600 in 41.5. She blotted the copybook at Te Rapa last start, but can make amends on Thursday.
Sindacato sprinted 600m in 41.2, and Atenartin, in at Woodville (r65 1200m), went a quieter 44.5.