Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 25 August 2015
Matamata’s quartet for the Makfi Challenge Stakes all worked pleasingly at the centre this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s Hastings feature.
Time honours belonged to Tomorrowland, who was ridden by his raceday jockey Craig Grylls in solo work on the sand. The Danica Guy-trained gelding set off at a strong gallop to complete 1200 metres in 1:14.8 and maintained his momentum over the last 1000m in 1:01.2 and the final 600m in 35.2.
It was excellent work by any measure and showed that Tomorrowland has thrived since his bold second in the Foxbridge Plate.
Danielle Johnson made a special trip to partner Puccini in his main gallop on the all-weather track and was smiling after the McKay-trained entire had tracked his stablemates Al Pacino (P McKay) and Canterino (S McKay) in the early stages before finishing over the top of them.
The trio were timed over 1000m in 1:02.6 and the manner in which Puccini came from behind over the final 600m in 35.8 indicated he is sharp for Saturday’s fresh-up run.
Pussy O’Reilly also had her big-race rider Michael McNab on board for her gallop in company with Prize Lad (R Jones) 10 meres out on the heavy course proper. She led her rival at the finish after 1200m in 1:22.6, 1000m in 1:07.5 and the final 600m strongly in 37.1
The Kelso-trained mare, who is at long odds for the Maki despite finishing second in last year’s race, responded well to blinkers this morning and will wear them on Saturday.
Michael Coleman warmed the saddle for Hayden Tinsley on the fourth of the Matamata contingent, the O’Sullivan-Scott-trained Whosyourmaster. He got through his usual laid-back solo assignment right-handed 20 metres out on the course proper. The unlucky Foxbridge Plate runner was timed over 1200m in 1:25.6 and rolled into his work up the back straight for a final 600m in 39.9.
The only others to work on the course proper were Great Expectations (Grylls) and Razzle Dazzle Dazzle (Vikram), who covered 1200m in 1:31.8 and their final 600m in 40.1, and Saint Finn (McNab) and Bugle Call (E Rika), who took 41.2 for their last 600m.
On the sand Love Triangle (Cameron) and Interstellar (McNab) caught the eye as they prepared for Ruakaka with 1000m in 1:06.3 and the final 600m in a smart 36.3. Two others from the Autridge-Richards team, Xtravagant (Cameron) and Scrutinize (McNab), completed tidy work over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 36.5, while Amperage (Hercock) recorded 1:06.6 and 37.4 and Vive La Difference (Miller) 1:07.2 and 38.5.
In-form Hastings candidate Southern Icon (Tait) got through his work in his usual style with 800m in 48.9 and 600m in 36.6. He continues to thrive. Chazelle (S Collett) strode over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.4 and 37.5, while Maestro Tom (Conder) covered the same ground in 1:23.5, 1:07.8 and 39.5.
On the all-weather track Amarula (S McKay) looked on target for Hastings when he and Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37, while Ambitious Power (Dowling) and Beauty Ace (Fraser-Hayes) wasted no time over the same ground in 1:01.2 and 35.8.
Witz End (J Collett) also worked at speed with 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36.7, whereas Taaxman (Gillies) was well held as he completed 1000m with plenty in reserve in 1:06.5 and 39.2.
Others to work over 1000m included Always On My Mind (Dowling) in 1:09.3 and 39.8, Jagger (Cole) 1:08.4 and 38.2, and Lil Miss Waitoki (Leveque) 1:13.9 and 43.7. Irish Moon (Coleman) was timed from the 800m in 51.2 and 37.2.