IN Our Horses
Waitui Rose ready for a form reversal
By RON GURNEY | January 30, 2024

Waitui Rose indicated that a last-start disappointment is best forgotten judging by her bold gallop at Awapuni this morning.

Fast work during a light session was on the plough (good) or on the synthetic track.

Waitui Rose used the plough and, after a quiet round, gathered speed to run 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 35.4.

The Tarzino mare had led all the way in a maiden 1400m at Trentham at her previous start, but was unable to repeat the dose in tougher company (1400m) at the same venue four weeks later.

He No Opilio, who continues to work solidly, covered 1000m in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 36.5. He was third at Trentham three starts ago, but his last two runs have been disappointing.

His stablemate Jack Morrison, fifth on debut at Otaki, was timed 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 38.6. He is much fitter for that race and looks a huge improver.

Share Power and Cry Baby sprinted 600m in 40.1, and Jestin Case (by Rageese), who has not raced since mid-September, took 42.9.

On the synthetic track, Fourty Eight and former northerner Bubbajock were paired over a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 36.4.

Fourty Eight resumed with a third at Tauherenikau over New Year and will likely return to that venue on Waitangi Day.

Bubbajock has had two races for new trainers Shaun Fannin and Hazel Schofer, but is yet to put some points on the board. He gets another to do that at New Plymouth on Saturday.

Their stablemates Kattegat and unraced three-year-old Bryan's Legacy (by Staphanos) also covered a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.6.9, the last 600 in 37.1.

Bryan's Legacy has a win at the jump-outs and a second at the Foxton trials for lead-up form.