Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 26 August 2014
Makfi Challenge Stakes candidates Xanadu, Pure Champion and Pussy O’Reilly underlined their readiness for Saturday’s big race with impressive work at Matamata this morning.
Xanadu was ridden by regular jockey Michael Coleman on the all-weather track, where she cantered her first round before picking up the tempo to cover 1200m in 1:17.8, 1000m in 1:02.6 and the final 600m in a slick 35.6.
It was very good work by the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare, who has taken a lot of benefit from her first-up run in the Foxbridge Plate. She will have blinkers back on this weekend.
Stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) also worked on the all-weather, striding from the 1200m mark in 1:21.1 and quickening for a final 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 36.4. She has come through her Foxbridge Plate second in good order and connections have their fingers crossed that she makes Saturday’s field.
On the course proper, where the ground was slow in the 22-metre position, Pure Champion was ridden by raceday jockey Craig Grylls as he left 1000m behind in 1:03.5 and the last 600m in 37.8. The former Hong Kong galloper has continued to please trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott since his smart trial win at Taupo last week.
Hastings support race candidates Chambord (Cameron) and Spellbinder (Hercock) were also in good form on the course proper as they cut out 1200m in 1:20.6, 1000m in 1:05.1 and the final 600m in a smart 36.9. Fancy Dress (J Wong), who may run at either Ruakaka or Hastings, was another to impress in her work over 1000m in 1:04.1 and 600m in 37.9.
Victory Dragon (C Rastrick) signalled his readiness for a return to racing at Hastings when he covered 1000m without being extended in 1:08.8 and 38.6, while promising maidens Green Jungle (K Myers) and Anuka (C Grylls) ran 1000m together in 1:07.5 and 39.2.
Over the same distance Ruakaka candidate Witz End (J Collett) took 1:06.8 and 39.7 and Agent Ziva (Coleman), who runs at Hastings, returned 1:10.5 and 40.2. I’m Isaac (A Jones) and I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) did solid work over ground with their last 1200m in 1:23.4 and 600m in 42.3. Elitist (M Gibbs) and Yes (Conder) were hard held over 800m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 46.7.
On the sand, Ruakaka candidates Antonio Lombardo (S Collett) and Donny Brasco (P McKay) did sound work over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.4. Al Pacino (S Collett) and Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay), two other members of the strong McKay team likely to head north, did similar work in 1:02.8 and 37.6.
Sophisticate (Conder) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:18.6, 1:04.4 and 38.9, while at a more sedate tempo Tiger Moss (J Wong) returned 1:24 and 40.8, King’s Rock (Allen) 1:26.8 and 43 and Miss Mossman (Coleman) 1:31.6 and 42.5.
Costa Viva (Miller), who looks bright as she prepares for a return to the trials, was allowed 1000m in 1:11.2 and 41.3. Viadana (Dowling) was well contained over 1000m in 1:15.4 and 44.3, while Enhance (Cameron) took 1:13.3 and 41.8.
Over 800m Autumn (C Grylls) and Suffire (Man) took 52 and 37.6, Attention Seeker (J Wong) 50.8 and 36.8, and Persuasive (Hong) 1:00.8 and 44.6.
Back on the all-weather track, Royal Command (K Myers) prepared for Hastings with 1200m in 1:24.2, 1:09.8 and 38.5. Smartly (W Hillis), who may run at Hastings, was partnered by Le’Vantos (Hunt) over a sound 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.6.
Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Android (Rhodes) left 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 37.6, Martini Lass (W Hillis) and Vincent Street (Hunt) took 1:06.2 and 37.2, Hey Mr (K Myers) and All Good Things (C Grylls) 1:07.5 and 37.7, and Vettel (S McKay) 1:05.4 and 38.5.
Soul Sister (Coleman) was restricted to 1000m in 1:14.5 and 41.8, Lily Belle (C Grylls) ran from the 800m in 50.8 and 37.6, and Silverdale (Stacey) breezed his last 600m in 42.8.
Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 12 August 2014
Foxbridge Plate candidates were the centre of attention at Matamata this morning, where conditions were very testing after heavy overnight rain.
Viadana and Spellbinder, ridden by their respective big race jockeys Craig Grylls and Matt Cameron, were the first to work on the course proper, were the going was heavy 16 metres out. The pair of quality mares were evenly matched over 1000m in 1:10.6, with the final 600m completed in 39.6 as they hit the line well on the bridle.
Xanadu was ridden by Michael Coleman in similar work, striding to the line at the end of 1000m in 1:10.3 and 39.4, while her stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) completed the same task in 1:09.5 and 39.3. The Kelso stable’s third likely Foxbridge Plate candidate Fix will be reserved until track conditions improve.
The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained Foxbridge Plate pair Whosyourmaster and Pure Champion worked solo at a solid tempo, with Whosyourmaster (C Grylls) cutting out 1000m in 1:07.5 and 38.9, and Pure Champion (Man) tracking up several lengths behind in 1:07.6 and 38.5.
Brave Centaur (K Myers), the remaining candidate from the centre heading to Saturday’s Te Rapa feature, was timed over 1200m in 1:24.2, with his last 1000m in 1:08 and 600m in 39.2.
Others contesting Te Rapa support races to catch the eye included Prospero (Hercock) and All Decked Out (Cameron), who worked away steadily before completing 1200m in 1:25.7, with the last 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 39.8.
Wairaka (Sapsworth) and Peregrine (K Myers) prepared for the weekend with 1200m in 1:24.7, 1:10.2 and 41.5, while Unknown Pleasures (C Ormsby) covered the same ground in 1:26.5, 1:10.9 and 40.4.
Neutron Star (Sapsworth) worked well with blinkers fitted, shading Tegwin (Man) at the end of a smart 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 38.9. Te Rapa runners Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) and Kanali ((Sapsworth) were not after time as they worked later in the session over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:12.2 and 42, while Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (C Grylls) and Abyssinian Maid (Sapsworth) prepared for Avondale on Friday over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:12.4 and 42.5.
On the sand, which was loose, Puccini (P McKay) was paired in solid work with Te Rapa candidate Vettel (S McKay) over a solid 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.6. Vettel has trained on well form his brave Ruakaka win, while his high profile stablemate will continue his spring preparation with an exhibition gallop at Te Rapa.
Ribbony Rose (Cole) put plenty of dash into her work over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:06.3 and 37.4, while Swansong (Dowling) and Marcelle (Leveque) left 1000m behind in 1:05.4 and 38.2.
Over the same ground Yes (M Gibbs) and Iffitel (Cole) returned 1:11.8, quickening readily from the 600m in 37.5, while Howzat (Leveque) and Bohemian Lily (Dowling) took 1:06.2 and 39.2, Shamal (C Grylls) 1:10.9 and 37.8, and Orange Peel (C Grylls) 1:13.6 and 41.6.
Over 800m Southern Comet (Tait) did smart work in 50.8 and 37.2, Dreamer (Samuelsson) took 55.7 and 41.3, Rockfast (Miller) and Bordeaux (Allen) 58.9 and 42.8, and La Adelita (Allen) 56.8 and 41.2.
On the all-weather track Douro (Sapsworth) and Sacred Trust (C Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:07.8 and 39, while All Good Things (C Rastrick) and Hey Mister (L Rastrick) completed two rounds of striding work with 1000m in 1:13.2 and 41.6.
Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tiger Moss and My Fiancee shaped as likely improvers as they prepared for weekend engagements at Matamata this morning.
Galloping 20 metres out on a heavy course proper, Tiger Moss (Wong) and My Fiancee (Dee) strode over 1000m in 1:09.9 and hit the line strongly for a final 600m in 39.9. Tiger Moss runs at Pukekohe on Saturday, while My Fiancee will start at Friday’s local meeting.
Covered ’N Bay (K McQuade) prepared for Friday with solid work over 1200m in 1:12.6, 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 40.5. Atom Cat (C Grylls), an entry for Pukekohe, lapped up the conditions as he and Te Aroha Sunday runner Quantum Maelstrom (Sapsworth) strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1:09.4 and 42.1.
Flash Forward (J Collett), who runs at Hastings on Thursday, was not after time over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 42.6. Political Nitemare (Hong) and Deschabeel (Wong) did well over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 40.8, while Whosyourmaster (Man) left 1200m behind in 1:127, with his last 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 40.6. He is likely to resume in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on Saturday week.
Friday candidate Call Me Maybe (L Rastrick) was partnered by Miss Grace (C Rastrick) over 1200m in 1:28.8, 1000m in 1:12.3 and 600m in 42.1. Elitist (M Gibbs) and Kindaleica (C Grylls) were timed over their last 800m in 58.4 and 600m in 43.
Fix (K Jones) was strong in striding work which she finished off with 600m in 41.4, while stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) did a similar task to complete her last section in 41.6. Both Kelso-trained mares are coming to hand pleasingly.
On the all-weather track Boy (Cole) turned in a smart trial for Friday’s local meeting when he reeled off 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 36.9. Taaxman (Gillies) continued his preparation with a sound 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 38.8.
On the sand He’s Dan (K Myers) and Oompa (M Gibbs) were paired in smart work over 1200m in 1:27.2, 1000m in 1:11.4 and 600m in 41. Oompa will run at either Matamata or Pukekohe, while He’s Dan is scheduled to return to Te Rapa on Saturday week.
Centavada (Cole) prepared for Pukekohe when paired with yes (M Gibbs) over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 38.6. Arabian Duke (H McQuade) covered 1000m in 1:09.2, but no sectional time could be taken due to fog, as also with Traveller, who strode over 1000m in 1:13.5.
Madly Bentley (C Ormsby) was travelling well at the end of her work, with the final 600m in 36.9. Ribbony Rose (Cole) covered 1000m in 1:10.3 and 600m in 39.2, while Agent Ziva (Brown) was well held over the same ground in 1:17.6 and 42.5.