Matamata Trackwork - Tuesday 27 January 2015
McQueen underlined his prospects for Saturday’s Waikato Guineas with a bold workout at Matamata this morning.
On a good plough trainer Jim Collett took McQueen over ground, quickening from the 1200-metre mark and hitting the line strongly after covering the full distance in 1:15.6, the last 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 36.1.
The Alamosa gelding will be an interesting runner in the Te Rapa three-year-old feature as he bids to complete a hat-trick in his first start beyond 1600 metres.
Race rival Gaultier (Coleman) was not asked for a lot as he strolled over ground, with 1200m in 1:29.4 and quickening slightly for a final 1000m in 1:12.3 and 600m in 41.2. Gaultier has come through his upset win in the Levin Classic in pleasing condition and like McQueen, can advance his New Zealand Derby prospects with another big effort on the weekend.
Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) was another form runner to confirm her fitness for Te Rapa as she strode over 1200m in 1:18.6, 1:04 and 38.2. Fifty Shades Of Grey (Hong) and Quintastics (Amit) looked sharp for Te Rapa when paired over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.2.
Muscat Hills (A Jones) and Harry Claassen (Swann) completed sound work over 1200m in 1:19, 1:02.9 and 36.1, while Great Expectations (Sapsworth) and Fame Seeker (Grylls), two-year-old entrants for New Plymouth on Friday and Te Rapa respectively, shaped up well over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.2.
What’s Occurring (Hillis) prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:05.5 and 37.6, while Persuasive (Coleman) looked bright in her work over 1200m in 1:23, 1:06.5 and 37.4. Mass Of Dash (S Collett), another for Te Rapa, was unextended over 1200m in 1:27.8, 1:10.4 and 40.2.
Iffitel (Cole) and Kittykittybangbang (S McKay) ran 1000m in 1:06.6 and 37.4, while over the same distance Vegas Fling (Rhodes) and All Razzle Dazzle (Sapsworth) returned 1:08.4 and 40.2.
Tomorrowland (Coleman) was well held as he rounded off his work with 800m in 50.8 and 600m in 37.6. He appears to have taken no harm from his Telegraph outing. Spitfire Lady (Grylls), another beaten runner from the Telegraph, was kept to 1200m in 1:28.6 and 600m in 43.4. In similar work Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) returned 1:26.4 and 39.2 as she prepared for next week’s NRM Sprint.
Surpass was ridden by co-trainer Chad Ormsby in striding work over 1200m in 1:32.5 and 45.4. He will run in the Herbie Dyke Stakes on Saturday week with a view to a late entry for the Auckland Cup. Living The Dream (Sapsworth) was another kept to striding work, cutting out 1200m in 1:26.8 and 40.9.
On the all-weather track Lucky Feather (Goodwin) prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:05.4 and 37.6.