Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 2 December
Waikato Times Gold Cup candidates Deliciano, Surpass and The Fire Inside headlined a busy training session at Matamata as a large number of candidates for a big weekend of racing got through their work.
On a good plough Deliciano was ridden by her co-trainer Stephen Ramsay in a solid hitout over ground, timed to run her last 1200m in a slick 1:13.7, 1000m in 1:00.3 and the final 600m in 36.8. It was very good work by the Darci Brahma mare, who has bounced through her New Zealand Cup outing in good order.
Melbourne returnee Surpass (C Ormsby) was partnered by stablemate The Fire Inside (Johnson) over ground, gradually building momentum to cover the last 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:03.5 and hitting the line well with a final section of 35.8. Surpass looks bright for Saturday’s Te Rapa feature, in which he will be ridden by Opie Bosson, while The Fire Inside has hit form at the right time.
Cal Isuzu Stakes winner Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) worked boldly over 1200m in 1:16.4, 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.3, while race rival Scintillula (Ramsay) cut out the same distance in 1:15.8, 1:00.2 and 35.2. The Galileo mare will be an interesting runner after her bold fresh-up fourth.
Te Rapa sprint rivals Queens Rose (Sapsworth) and Jubilate (Rhodes) got through their work in good style over 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:02.1 and 36.9. Race rivals Tomorrowland (Coleman) and Capone (N Waddell) cut out their last 1000m in a smart 1:02.4 and 35.1.
Attention Seeker (Olwagen), an entrant for the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on the weekend, was partnered by Tauranga Friday candidate Suffire (Coleman) through a tidy 1000m in 1:01 and 35.6. Stablemate Orange Peel (R Jones), also entered for the Eulogy Stakes, went with Justintime (Hong) over the same distance in 1:02.8 and 36.4.
Bohemian Lily (Dowling), another for the Eulogy, and Realta (Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.4 and 36.6, while Tauranga runners Jackpot (Ormsby) and Stella’s Honour (Johnson) stopped the clock after 1000m in a brilliant 1:00.3 and 34.8.
New Zealand 2000 Guineas runner-up Rockfast (Richards) worked with Imperium (Miller) over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:03 and 36.1. Stablemate Darci’s Dream (Cameron), who was also freshened after her 1000 Guineas second, looked bright in her work over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 39.2. Both Bridgman-trained three-year-olds will trial before their Ellerslie carnival assignments.
Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Valante (S McKay), entries for Te Rapa and Tauranga respectively, cut out a smart 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36, while Irish Moon (Coleman) and Muscat Hills (Grylls) got through the same work in 1:01.4 and 35.8.
Others to work well over 1000m included Puzzlente (K McQuade) and Brilliant Magic (M Gibbs) 1:00.7 and 35.9, Agent Ziva (A Jones) 1:04.3 and 36.6, Catarina (Gillies) 1:02.5 and 37, Tronic Rose (McRae) 1:02.6 and 36, Madam Jamai (Miller) 1:04.2 and 36.7, and Irish Encore (Grylls) and Fiftyshadesofgrey (Hutton) 1:04 and 37.5.
Opulent (Samuelsson) and Flirty Gertey (Hercock) did sound work over 1200m in 1:16.7, 1:01.6 and 35.6, while Bonnie Belle (Ormsby) returned 1:21.3, 1:04.7 and 35.8, Needlly (Leveque) and Elusive Unicorn (Dowling) 1:23.8, 1:08.4 and 39.6, Flavigny (Grylls) 1:21.8, 1:06 and 37, Super Thunder (Wright) 1:21.6, 1:05.8 and 38.8, Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) 1:21.4, 1:06.2 and 38, Arterial (M Brosnan) 1:18.2, 1:03.8 and 37.2, Maestro Tom (Coleman) and Harry Clarkin (A Jones) 1:15.6, 1:00.8 and 36.9, Android (Rhodes) and Full Monty (Sapsworth) 1:19.6, 1:04.3 and 37.2, Keep Rocking (Roff) 1:23.7, 1:08.7 and 39.6, and Quest (M Brosnan) and Chaos (Roff) 1:18.6, 1:03.2 and 37.2.
Silverdale (Autridge), freshened since his Coupland’s Mile placing, was timed from the 800m in 53.8 and 39.6. Alvesta (J McKay) and Culto La Vida (S McKay) had more pace on as they ran the same trip in 50.6 and 37.3, while Windborne (Samuelsson) took 55 and 40.1.