Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 31 March
Candidates for Saturday’s Fiber Fresh Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes were the centre of attention during trackwork at Matamata this morning, when fog hindered the timing of many gallops.
Working on the inside rail on a dead course proper, Spellbinder (Cameron) and Needlly (Dowling) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to cover the full distance in 1:16.1, 1000m in 1:00.9 and the final 600m in an impressive 35.2. It was excellent work by both mares as they bid to secure Group One form in the Te Aroha feature.
Pussy O’Reilly (Grylls) had pace on from the start of her gallop, with 1200m covered in a solid 1:13.6 and the last 1000m in 1:00.5. She was followed by stablemate Fix (Wratten), who did the same work in 1:13.8 and 1:00.6. Fog prevented any final section times but both Kelso-trained mares hit the line well.
Abidewithme (Lammas), who doubles up with Spellbinder for Jason Bridgman in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, also looked fit when she cut out 1200m in 1:19.3, quickening from the 1000m in 1:02.3 and running the final 600 in a smart 35.4.
Remaining course proper gallops took place at the 28-metre mark, where Irish Moon (Coleman) and Kaleidoscope (Hutton) cut out 1000m in 1:04.6 and the final 600m in 37.2. Irish Moon takes excellent form into the Rating 85 sprint at Te Aroha, while Kaleidoscope is in good order for 1400-metre assignment at Hastings.
Lady Le Fay (Coleman) looked bright for her fresh-up Te Aroha run when she and Caduceus (Tynan) strode over 1200m in 1:24.9, quickening to run the last 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600mmin 37.8. Los Vargos (Sapsworth) prepared for Te Aroha when paired with Ellerslie Monday entrant Snapshot (Grylls) over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 38.7.
Hastings two-year-old candidate Fascinate Me (R Jones) looked the part when running 800m with My Smiley O’Reilly (Umis) in 49.9 and 600m in 37.6. Osmunda (Hercock), another for Hastings, hit the line well at the end of 1200m in 1:24.7, 1:09.5 and 39.5. Over the same ground Sonsy (Cameron) and Scandinavian (Lammas) returned 1:24.2, 1:08 and 38.6, while Apache Fireworks (P Ormsby) and Nolawood (M Brosnan) returned 1:19.5, 1:06.8 and 39.6.
Flaming (Hercock) and Darci’s Dream (Schistl), rivals in the Te Aroha three-year-old 1400, worked well as they strode over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:06.7 and 38.3. Green Easy (S Collett) ran the same distance in 1:23.5, 1:07.8 and 39.2.
In other work, Rough Copy (Grylls) caught they eye when working on the sand over 1200m in 1:17.1, the last 1000m with Vincent Street (Hunt) in 1:02.7. No final sectional times could be taken, nor for the all-weather gallops by Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Al Pacino (P McKay), who ran 1000m in 1:05.2, and Agent Ziva (A Jones), who was restricted to 1000m in 1:13.4.