Tuesday 3 December 2013
Captain Cook Stakes candidates Brave Centaur and Viadana got the tick of approval for Saturday’s big race when they galloped at Matamata this morning.
Working solo on a good plough, Brave Centaur (Dowling) set off at an even gallop to record 1:20.2 for 1200m, with his last 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.6. The Lance Noble-trained gelding, who looks very bright, was under a strong hold at the line.
Stablemate Viadana (Dowling) was partnered by Waitoki Flower (R Jones) in a similar task, cutting out 1200m in 1:19.8, 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 38.5. Viadana has come through her last start second in pleasing condition and should offer decent opposition for the quality field she meets at Trentham.
Ellerslie weekend candidates Persuasive (Coleman) and Kaleidoscope (Blair) caught the eye in their work over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.7. Persuasive has trained on well from her last start win, while Kaleidoscope didn’t have much luck in her most recent outing.
Undisclosed (P McKay) looked in good order for Saturday’s Concorde Handicap when he and Kick Buttowski (S McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.5. Our Essence (Sapsworth), who runs at the Ellerslie twilight meeting next Wednesday, got through her work well over 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.1 and 37.2.
Impressive last start winner Pikachu (J Collett) worked stylishly over the same ground in 1:20.8, 1:04.6 and 36.3, while Pride And Passion (Hercock) returned 1:21.3, 1:04.9 and 36.9. Silk Chardonnay (P Turner) ran smart time of 1:16.6, 1:02.8 and 37.8.
Milan Miss (Cameron) and Cajero (Hercock), likely runners at Waipukurau on Sunday, got through sound work over 1200m in 1:18.4, with the last 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.3. Beauty Perception (Leveque), a weekend entry for Ellerslie, strode over 1200m in 1:21.1, 1:06.6 and 39.5. King’s Fortune (S Wong) travelled up well at the end of his work over 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 36.4.
NZ 2000 Guineas runner-up Chambord (Hercock) was allowed to run his last 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 40.5. Lifeline Express (Forbes) rolled into his work well over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 40.7. The unraced Zabeel colt, who beat Chambord in a Te Teko spring trial, has come in for strong support on the early fixed odds New Zealand Derby market. Trainers Paul and Kris Shailer have his debut planned for the Matamata meeting on December 18.
Strike Back (Coleman) and Political Nitemare (Blair), unraced Derby entries from the O’Sullivan-Scott stable, shaped up over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 37.7. Where It Began (C Ormsby) flattened out well over the final stages of his work over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:10 and 39.4. Hot Rod (Forbes) ran the same trip in 1:23.7, 1:08.5 and 39.2, while Exabelle (Hercock) returned 1:20.7, 1:05.3 and 36.8.
Money Maker (M Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:08.5 and 39.4, while Little Chief (Roff) clocked 1:04.5 and 37.2, Choice One Jonesy (H McQuade) took 1:05.8 and 39.5, Taaxman (Gillies) 1:09.2 and 41.4, and Forefront (Forbes) 1:10.5 and 41.4. Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) and Valdivia (P Ormsby) were timed over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 38.6
Cristal Heights (Leveque) and Keep In Tune (S Wong) put the pace on in the early stages on the way to running 1200m in 1:17.4, 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 38.3. Annie Higgins (Dowling) was not after time over 1200m in 1:28.8 and 42. She has come through her Counties Cup win in good order and is on target for the Waikato Times Gold Cup on Saturday week.
Long Beach (Cameron) strode through 1200m in 1:22.8, with his last 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 37.6. Tiger Moss (P Turner) ran over the same ground in 1:20.2, 1:06.4 and 39.7, Le Bon Fin (Holmquist) took 1:22, 1:07.6 and 39.8, and Ira Bean (McRae) was kept to 1:29.2, 1:12 and 41.2.
Wisecrack (K Jones) caught the eye on the all-weather track, where he ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.2. Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) was keen to go faster over the final stages of 100m in 1:11.3 and 41.2. Fix (K Jones) looked bright in her first piece of striding work since returning from fetlock chip surgery.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
DHL Counties Cup entries Annie Higgins, Thrive, Wisecrack and Back In Black all shaped up well when getting through their work at Matamata this morning.
On a good plough, Annie Higgins (Dowling) was partnered by Natsinga (Leveque) in a solid gallop over ground, timed to run their last 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 37.4. Annie Higgins has had a good build-up to her first summer cup target and will be at peak fitness for Saturday’s Pukekohe feature.
Thrive (K Myers) looked well when hitting out boldly over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 36.7. Any rain would boost her Counties Cup prospects.
Wisecrack (K Jones) did his work on the all-weather track, where he rolled into the second round and ran his last 1200m in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 37.1. He has made good progress in his recent racing. Back In Black (McRae) was not after time in striding work, timed from the 1200m in 1:23.2, 1:08.3 and 38.6.
Also on the all-weather track, Auckland Breeders’ Stakes candidate Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) shaped up well in company with Zankuro (K Jones), cutting out 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.4. Zankuro runs in the open 1600 at Pukekohe.
Promising juvenile Douro (C Grylls) looked the part in his work with an Align gelding (M Gibbs), running in from the 800m in 48.5 and 600m in 36.2. Douro runs in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe. Quest (K Jones) got through 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.4 and 38.2, while Irish Moon (Coleman) took 1:08.4 and 39.3 over 1000m.
Back on the plough, Sequin (Coleman), who has reverted to her original name after racing last season as Huffer, was partnered in brilliant work by fellow Pukekohe entry Living The Dream (Cheung) over 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.7.
Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Needlly (C Grylls) prepared for Pukekohe with a slick 1200m in 1:15.3, 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36.3. Awapuni weekend entry Hardcore Rock (Hercock) and Longbeach (Cameron) were paired in attractive work over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:02.8 and 36.2.
Queen’s Rose (Sapsworth) and Arnold (Wratten) prepared for Pukekohe over 1200m in a smart 1:16.7, 1:02 and 36.5, while Taaxman (R Jones) and Stoneleigh (K Hillis) cut out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37.2. Sophia’s Dream (O’Sullivan) was in good form as she prepared for Pukekohe with 1000m in 1:00.4 and 35.8.
Suspicious Mind (Samuelsson) and Unknown Pleasure (C Ormsby) began steadily over 1000 and ran the trip in 1:06.2, quickening for a final 600m in 36.2. Over the same ground Irish Encore (C Grylls) clocked 1:04.8 and 36.9 in preparation for Thursday’s local meeting, Ella Grace (Burton) and Yes (Swann) 1:01.8 and 36.5, Only A Rose (A Jones) 1:05.2 and 37, and Ekraarstatic (Brown) 1:05.7 and 38.3.
Everlong (C Ormsby) shaped up for Matamata with 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:05 and 36.4, while Always On My Mind (S Wong) returned 1:21.8, 1:06.2 and 39, Vitali (C Grylls) 1:20.4, 1:05.2 and 37, Giardini (O’Sullivan) 1:21.2, 1:05.8 and 37.8, and Umizoomi (Donnelly) 1:19.7, 1:03.5 and 36.2.
Mulan Miss (K Myers) and Exabelle (Dee) were in good form over 1200m in 1:19.7, 1:04.5 and 36.7. Liberare (P Ormsby) covered the same ground in 1:19.4, 1:04.2 and 37, Yin Yang Master (Allen) 1:21, 1:05.2 and 37.4, Lookatmepins (S Wong) 1:20.7, 1:05 and 37.2, and Prospero (Cameron) 1:23.4, 1:08.2 and 39.4.
Other plough gallops: 1200m: Xalted (P Ormsby) 1:23, 1:08.6, 40.9; Opt (Coleman) and Hidden Secret (Blair) 1:24.7, 1:07.5, 36.7; Made My Point (Roff) 1:26.2, 1:10.4, 41.5; Tegwin (K Jones) 1:24.4, 1:08.2, 40.5; Tiger Moss (O’Sullivan) 1:26.4, 1:09.6, 39.7; Savarhys (R Jones) 1:19.9, 1:04.4, 37; Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) and Alice Web Ellis (Cheung) 1:23.4, 1:07.2, 41; Ronan (M Brosnan) 1:18.8, 1:02.4, 37; King’s Fortune (Leveque) and Can’t Hassle Me (S Wong) 1:22.7, 1:07.5, 40; Miss Directional (C Grylls) 1:22.7, 1:07.5, 39.4.
1000m: My Mestari (Forbes) 1:07.3, 40.4; Secret Jewel (J Collett) 1:05.2, 38.5; Mr Mendelssohn (H McQuade) and Choice One Jonesy (K McQuade) 1:08.9, 39.5.
800m: Billie Jean King (Goodwin) and Peria Princess (Holmquist) 54.8, 39.9.
Tuesday 12 November 2013
New Zealand Cup lightweight Juggernaut Rock shaped in the style of a possible upsetter when he got through his final serious work at Matamata this morning.
Ridden by co-owner Kelly Hall on the sand, Juggernaut Rock strode over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:19.3, picking up the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.5. The Jason Price-trained gelding has trained on well from his last start win over 2400 metres and gives every indication that he will lap up the 3200 metres of Saturday’s Riccarton feature, for which a jockey has yet to be confirmed.
Fellow New Zealand Cup candidate Canterino did his work on the all-weather track, where co-trainer Peter McKay let him stride over two rounds, running his last 1200m evenly in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 39.4. He looks bright and will be ridden on Saturday by Leith Innes.
Also on the all-weather track, Powerplaya (Coleman) worked well in company with Happy Guys (K Jones) as their pair primed up for Tauranga on Saturday, cutting out a solid 1200m in 1:14.2, 1000m in 1:00.9 and 600m in 36.
She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) prepared for Tauranga with a smart 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 35.5, while stablemate Calypso (C Ormsby) did similar work in 1:04.2 and 36.6. Arnold (Wratten) and The Knott (Gibbs) were paired over 1200m in 1:16.5, 1:04 and 38.2. Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) and Letmeby (Cheung) recorded 1:19.4, 1:05.4 and 37.2.
Back In Black (McRae), preparing for next week’s Counties Cup, was always comfortable over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:07.1 and 38.3. Elusive Flirt (A Jones) left 1000m behind in 1:07 and 39.3, Square Circles (C Grylls) took 1:08.5 and 40.2, Pachenko (A Jones) 1:07.5 and 38.5, and Sateka (Goodwin) 1:04.8 and 39.
On the course proper, which was good 25m out, Villars (Sapsworth) drew attention to her Tauranga prospects when she shaded Tauranga Stakes entry Villifye (C Grylls) at the end of 1200m in 1:18.7, 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 38.8. With placings at all four starts to date, Villars is set to break maiden grade this weekend.
Last start winner Agent Ziva (C Grylls) shaped up for the R85 1200 at Tauranga with 1200m in 1:18.9, 1:03.8 and 38, while stablemate Sunbeam (Coleman) returned 1:20.2, 1:04 and 38.9.
Back on the sand, New Zealand 1000 Guineas candidate Miss Mossman was ridden by raceday jockey Kelly Myers when partnering Made My Point (Roff) over 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:04.9 and 36.4.
Twist Of Fate (C Grylls) did sound work for Tauranga over 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.3. Hidden Secret (P Turner) and Centre Stage (C Grylls) left 1200m behind in 1:20.6, with the last 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600 in 37.
Over the same ground Wairaka (Cheung) and Our Essence (Sapsworth) took 1:20.4, 1:05.5 and 38.8, Vitali (P Turner) 1:26.3, 1:10.6 and 41.5, Rose Of Virginia (Wong) 1:21.4, 1:06.2 and 38.8, Beauty Perception (Leveque) and Inis Rose (R Jones) 1:20.1, 1:06.5 and 39.2, and Chazelle (J Collett) 1:21.8, 1:06.6 and 38.8.
Pikachu (J Collett) and Beauty Show (C Grylls) did good work together over 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.1. Douro (Wratten) also shaped up well over 800m in 49.5 and 600m in 36.2.
Mr Mendelssohn (P Turner) quickened in his work with 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 39.8. Foxy Belle (Blair) covered the same ground in 1:03.8 and 37.9, while Schrodingers Cat (Brown) took 1:08.2 and 40.5, Augusta National (Wong) 1:08.4 and 40.9, Precious Time (Dee) 1:14.3 and 44.2, Copacabana (Wratten) 1:13.8 and 43.6, and Ten Belles (Allen) 1:13.3 and 40.4.
On Monday leading New Zealand 1000 Guineas candidates Bounding and Spellbinder signed off their preparations with impressive work. Hot favourite Bounding (K Jones) worked on the all-weather track, where she and Pussy O’Reilly (J Collett) cut out a slick 1200m in 1:13.7, with the last 1000m in 60.5 and the 600m in 35.8.
Spellbinder worked right-handed on the course proper, where the going was dead 23 metres out. Ridden by Kate Hercock, she was partnered by an unnamed Guillotine filly (Miller) over 1200m in 1:19.5, quickening for a final 600m in 36.3.
Traveller (K Jones), who will accompany Bounding to Riccarton, worked on the all-weather track, striding from the 1200m in 1:16.5, 1000m in 1:02.5 and finishing off with 600m in 36.5.
Tuesday 5 November 2013
Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas candidate Puccini indicated he might be more than an outside chance in Saturday’s Riccarton classic when he worked in dashing style at Matamata this morning.
On a good plough, Puccini (P McKay) was partnered by Coupland’s Mile entry Estrato (S McKay) over1000m in 1:02.4, finishing off with a brilliant final 600m in 35.8. It was very good work by the McKay stablemates as they prepared for the New Zealand Cup carnival.
New Zealand 2000 Guineas outsider Deschabeel (Roff) went with Rotorua Friday candidate My Mestari (Forbes) cut out 1200m in 1:19.2, with their last 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37. Sir Elmo (A Jones) prepared for Saturday’s Metropolitan Trophy at Riccarton with solid work alongside I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) over 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 38.2.
Tiger Moss (C Grylls) and Irish Encore (Blair) worked well in preparation for Te Rapa on Saturday, cutting out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.2. Cristal Heights (Dowling) and Volcano (S Wong), two more for Te Rapa, left 1200m behind in 1:17.3, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37.8.
Calm Bay (R Jones) and Marcelle (Dowling), who run at Avondale next Monday, covered the same ground in 1:18, 1:03.2 and 36.4. Others to work well over ground included Royal Rhythm (Dee) and Show No Emotion (Hercock), who recorded 1:20.8, 1:03.8 and 36.4, Inis Rose (S Wong) and Racquetor (Leveque) 1:16.4, 1:02.2 and 36.2, Our Essence (C Grylls) 1:17.7, 1:03.4 and 36.5, and Savarhys (R Jones) and Yin Yang Master (Coleman) 1:15.2, 1:01.4 and 35.8.
Recent fresh-up winner Viadana (C Grylls) looked bright when allowed to stroll over 1200m in 1:21.4, with her last 600m in 39.4. Our Famous Eve (P Turner) continued her Coupland’s Mile preparation with an easy 1200m in 1:21.8 and 600m in 38.
Bachelor Keen (Sapsworth) and Wairaka (Chiong) didn’t chase time as they covered 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:05.4 and 37.2, while Peerage (Dee) and Clos de Tart (Hercock) impressed as they cut out the same distance in 1:17.4, 1:02.7 and 36.6.
Hot Char (Coleman) showed dash over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.8, Rio Rose (Blair) took 1:02.4 and 36.2, and Toma Valea (Roff) and Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) clocked 1:01.8 and 36.6. Te Rapa feature sprint entry Undisclosed (P McKay) was partnered by the unraced Vettel (J McKay) over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 36.8.
On the all-weather track New Zealand 1000 Guineas favourite Bounding (K Jones) appeared to be thriving as she cruised through the last 1000m of easy work in 1:16.2 and 45.4.
Time honours went to Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Newyork Bakerboy (J McKay) as they left 1000m behind in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Irish Moon (Coleman) and Pachenko (A Jones) also wasted no time over 1000m in 1:02 and 36.3.
Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who has improved with her fresh-up run, was kept to 1000m in 1:08.4 and 600m in 41.2, while stablemate Powerplaya (B Grylls) took 1:13 and 39.8.
Other gallops: 1200m plough: Walsburgs Flight (Chiong) 1:17.2, 37.2; Needlly (S Wong) and Waitoki Flower (Dowling) 1:18, 37.5; Fiftyshadesofgrey (P Turner) 1:21.9, 37; Wannabe (Donnelly) 1:26.8, 37.2; Getaway (B Grylls) 1:24.4, 37.9.
1000m plough: Madam Kirk (Goodwin) 1:06.6, 37.8; Square Circles (P Ormsby) 1:03.8, 37.8; Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) 1:07.5, 37.8; Sky Music (Hercock) and Seline (Dee) 1:07, 36.4; Lucky To Be Cool (Sapsworth) and Roc de Chine (Chiong) 1:04.9, 38.6; Passing Parade (Coleman) 1:07.2, 38.5.