Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 14 April
Spellbinder drew attention to her Easter Handicap prospects when she relished slow conditions at Matamata this morning.
Working on the outside of the course proper with raceday rider Matt Cameron in the saddle, Spellbinder worked away from the 1200-metre mark to run the distance in 1:24.4, gradually picking up the tempo to cover the last 1000m in 1:09 and hitting the line strongly for a final 600m in 39.7. Spellbinder disappointed on a good track in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha, but judging by her work she could readily bounce back in Saturday’s big Ellerslie event.
Race rival Pussy O’Reilly (Wratten), a close up fourth in last year’s Easter Handicap, also worked impressively as she strode over 1200m in 1:22.3, 1:07.4 and 39.3, likewise finishing her work as if she could easily have gone faster.
Hawke’s Bay Cup duo Jubilate (Grylls) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) did well later in the session when they worked over ground and ran their last 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:06.8 and 39.8. Race rival The Fire Inside (C Ormsby) had first use of the track when she cut out 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.6 and 39.6.
Last start winner Whosyourmaster (Coleman) looked bright in his work over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 40.3. He will try for back-to-back wins in the feature sprint at Hastings on the weekend. Race rival Angelica Hall (Lammas) hit the line well after a smart 1000m in 1:08.8 and 38.2, while stablemate Costa Viva (Hercock) prepared for Hastings with 1000m in 1:11.4 and 39.8.
Orange Peel (R Jones) and Fascination Street (Amarut) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:08.3 and 38.9, while Payday (K Jones) and Rough Copy (Hunt) ran the same distance in 1:09.8 and 41.8. Light Up A Screen (J Collett) handled the conditions well over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 40.6, as did Anuka (Sapsworth) when paired with Nectacolecta (Singh) over 1000m in 1:10.4 and 41.
Ellerslie candidate Muscat Hills (Grylls) was impressive in her work with Goshawk (R Jones) over 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:07.6 and 41.2. Hastings entries Nolawood (M Brosnan) and Apache Fireworks (P Ormsby) strode over the same distance in 1:24.2, 1:09.6 and 42.2.
Watch This Space (Hunt) and Vincent Street (K Jones) were timed over the last 800m of their work in 50.3 and 600m in 40.1. Miss Mossman (Grylls) and Etonett (Hutton) cut out 1000m in 1:07.3 and 39.7. Kaleidoscope (Amit) had pace on over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 39, while Nathalie Falmet (Amarut) returned 1:08.4 and 39.1.
Frock (Cameron) prepared for Dargaville on Friday by striding over 1200m in 1:27.8, 1:12.5 and 43.2. Over the same ground Osmunda (Roff) was restricted to 1:29.7, 1:15.5 and 45.4, while Flirty Gertey (Schistl) ran 1000m in 1:11.5 and 40.7.
On the all-weather track Lady Painton (Grylls) prepared for the Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie with smart work over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 36.8. Brigadier (P McKay) and Valante (J McKay) were timed over their last 800m in 55.2 and 41.8.
On the sand in-form pair Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Morena (Fraser-Hayes) did sound work over 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:06.1 and 39.5. Bahrella (A Jones) and Sharpshooter (Conder) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:04.8 and 37.5, while Pachenko (A Jones) and Panella (Conder) were timed over their last 1000m in 1:07.8 and 38.6. The Karen Fursdon-trained quartet will run at Dargaville on Friday.