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20 Jan 2018

Leading Telegraph candidates Volpe Veloce, Heroic Valour and Chambord got the tick of approval for big Trentham sprint in their final serious gallops at Matamata this morning.

Telegraph favourite Volpe Veloce was ridden by her raceday jockey Jake Bayliss in her work on the course proper, where the going was good eight metres out. The Richardson/Parker-trained mare was never at top over 1000m in 1:07.2 and the final 600m in 37.3. She is in capital order to complete the Railway-Telegraph double on Saturday.

Heroic Valour (Bosson) and Chambord (McNab) worked on the plough, where they were evenly matched over a well rated 1000m in, finishing off with 600m in 36.2. The Te Akau pair are also in excellent condition for their big test.

Stablemate Splurge (Bosson) worked solo in preparation for Thorndon Mile, cutting out 1200m in 1:19.8, 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.6. Race rival Savile Row (Bayliss) worked on the course proper, completing 1000m easily in 1:05.4 and 37.2.

Back on the plough, Thorndon candidate Watch This Space (Lammas) was paired with Livin’ On A Prayer (Roff) over a smartly run 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:01.2 and 35.8. Clarify (S McKay) prepared for the Wellington Cup over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.6 and 37.8. He is fit and ready for two-miler.

Desert Gold Stakes runner Chill (Coleman) went with Ivy’s Dream (Tynan) in an impressive 1000m in 1:03 and 35.6. Ivy’s Dream is set to run at Tauranga, as are Motivation (Bosson) and Griffin (Pinn), who cut out 1000m in 1:04.3 and 35.8.

Miss Horotiu (Coleman) got through her work well ahead of Te Rapa when she cut out 1000m in 1:03.6 and 36.4. Over the same distance Scrutinize (Bosson) and Fortune Patch (Bayliss) returned 1:04.3 and 36.4, Precision Miss (Coleman) took and 36.8, Our King Sway (Tynan) and Hay Tiger (Dowling) 1:06.8 and 36.9, and Supera (Lammas) 1:05.8 and 38.3.

Cia Si Bao (Bayliss) and Miss Foxy Gal (Yanagida) were paired in solid work over ground, running their last 1200m in 1:17.8 and 36.6, while Wildflower (Roff) covered the same distance in 1:25.6 and 38.2 and Beaumarchais (McNab) 1:22.3 and 38.2.

Bocce (Lammas) and She’s A Thief (Bayliss) were kept ticking over for the Karaka Million with an easy 1000m in 1:14.3 and 43, while Nirvana In Fire (Yanagida) got through a similar assignment in 1:1:12.8 and 42.7, and Rock Me (Cole) returned 1:14.8 and 43.9.

Matamata Trackwork- 28th December 2017
30 Dec 2017

Sistema Railway favourite Volpe Veloce and several rivals in the big New Year’s Day sprint completed pleasing work at Matamata this morning.

With raceday rider Jake Bayliss in the saddle, Volpe Veloce worked on the course proper, which was good 12 metres out, and was unextended over 1000m in 1:04.4, completing her task with a final 600m in 36.6. The Richardson/Parker-trained mare has thrived since her last-start Ellerslie win.

The Autridge/Richards-trained Railway duo Heroic Valour (Bosson) and Melody Belle (McNab) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:03.4, reeling off the final section in 35.3. They have both trained on well from their last start placings behind Volpe Veloce.

Irish Moon (Coleman) also appeared to have made good progress since his Awapuni win when he cut out 1000m on the plough in 1:02.6 and 35.9. Railway outsider Sweet Leader (Bayliss) went with Aero de Paris (Yanagida) over 1000m in a smart 1:01.3 and 36.

Rich Hill Mile entry Charles Road (Bayliss) and fellow Ellerslie runner Cha Siu Bao (Yanagida) ran a solid 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:00.9 and 36, while Royal Success (McNab) and Master Painton (Bosson) completed their work over ground with 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:05.2 and 36.8, and Sasanof’s Hero (Abel) returned 1:23.5, 1:07.2 and 39.

Miss Horotiu (Coleman) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:05.4 and 37.6. Over the same ground Eclipse Stakes runner Al Hasa (Bosson) went with Griffin (Lammas) in 1:08.2 and 38.5, The Matrix (P Turner) and a Swiss Ace filly (Fawcett) 1:02.9 and 36, Scrutinize (McNab) and Motivation (McNab) 1:06.6 and 36.9, Rock Me (Burdan) 1:04.6 and 36.8, All Razzle Dazzle (Coleman) 1:07.6 and 38.5, and Poppin’ Bubbles (Bosson) and Trendsetting (McNab) 1:04.1 and 36.9.

Te Akau Shark (Bosson), who will resume next week at either Hastings or Tauranga, went with Wandering Eye (Lammas) over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.3. Kane (Bayliss) was well held over the same ground in 1:11.5 and 41.4, as was Bits And Pieces (Coleman) in 1:10.8 and 41.4.

Keyser Soze (Bayliss) and Smart Patch (Yanagida) did good work over ground, timed from the 1200m in 1:21.9, 1:05.7 and 36.7. Miss Foxy Gal (Osborne) ran her 1200m in 1:24, 1:07.8 and 38.2. Over 1000m Pinot Grey (Lammas) and Avantage (Bosson) returned 1:08.5 and 38, and Wide Awake (Lammas) and Fashionably (Newman) 1:04.5 and 36.8.

Matamata Trackwork- 19th December 2017
21 Dec 2017

Awapuni feature race candidates Amarula and Clarify were the stars of pre-Christmas training at Matamata this morning.

On the plough Clarify (P McKay) and Amarula (S McKay) strode into their work to have a full head of steam up from the 1000m mark, covering that distance in 59.8 and the final 600m in 35.7. It was excellent work by the McKay pair and underlined their readiness for Saturday’s Awapuni meeting, where Clarify runs in the Manawatu Cup and Amarula in the Manawatu Challenge Stakes.

Splurge (McNab) did his Manawatu Challenge Stakes prospects no harm when he completed his work under a strong hold, cutting out 1000m in 1:05.9 and 37.2. Te Rapa weekend entries Wildflower (Handley) and Four Degrees (Masa) were in good form as they strode over the last 1200m of their work in 1:16.5, 1:02.1 and 36.

Vinevale (McNab) and Gris Dame (Bosson) were paired over 1200m in 1:21, 1:05.2 and 38.2. Vinevale is due to be sent south for next week’s Timaru Cup, while Gris Dame is a possible contendor in the Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

Heroic Valour (Bosson) and Mongolianconqueror (McNab) were well held over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 38.2, while Thailand (Abel) covered the same ground 1:08.6 and 38.5. Spring Heat (S Weatherley) looked bright in easy work over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 38.2. She was followed by Vanilla Moon (Loon) in 1:06.2 and 37.9, while Princess Rihanna (Bayliss) had a lighter task in 1:10.5 and 40.5.

Tiptronic (Handley) wasn’t extended over 1200m in 1:23, 1:07.7 and 39.8. Wexford two-year-olds Sheezanicegirl (S Weatherley) and Nirvana In Fire (Bayliss) completed smart work over 800m in 48.3 and 35.7.

Barcelo (S McKay) wasn’t pushed over 1000m in 1:07.4 and 39.6, Piazza (Bayliss) took 1:04.5 and 38, Silver Missile (Lammas) 1:11 and 41.8, Te Akau Shark (Bosson) 1:13.2 and 43.6, Princess Kereru (Lammas) 1:14.2 and 44.8, and On The Rocks (Bayliss) 1:16.5 and 44.6.

On the course proper, where the going was dead, Sistema Railway favourite Volpe Veloce (Bayliss) got through an easy 1000m workout in style, clocking 1:09.6 and 40.3. The Richardson/Parker-trained mare has thrived since her fresh-up Ellerslie win.

Griffin (Bosson) was paired with Sword Of Osman (McNab) over 1000m in 1:05.2, quickening impressively for a final 600m section in 36.8. Savabeel two-year-old Sword Of Osman has not been to the trials but looked very professional in his final serious work ahead of his debut at Awapuni on Saturday.

Fellow Te Akau juveniles Al Hasa (Bosson) and The Reel Beel (McNab) completed tidy work over 800m in 51.6 and 37.2. Al Hasa runs next in the Eclipse Stakes on New Year’s Day, while The Real Beel, a trial winner, makes her debut at New Plymouth next week.

Nothing Trivial (W Hillis) prepared for Te Rapa on Saturday with solid work over ground, the last 1200m in 1:22.3, 1:06.6 and 38. Saffron Lady (Bayliss) was in her usual keen form over 1200m in 1:16.2, 1:03 and 38.

Incantesimo (Handley) and Swiss Maid (Palmar) completed 1000m in 1:07.7 and 39, while He’s No Saint (A Jones) covered the same ground in 1:09.4 and 39.8.


Matamata Trackwork- 12th December 2017
12 Dec 2017

Heavy fog at Matamata this morning severely hindered the timing of horses as they got through their work ahead of another busy weekend of racing.

On the plough Te Rapa entries Zambezi Warrior (Bosson) and Beaumarchais (McNab) were paired in strong work over ground and were able to be timed over their last 1200m in 1:20.3 and 1000m in 1:03.8. Zambezi Warrior was slightly disappointing in the Counties Cup at his last start but should be given another chance in Waikato Cup.

Irish Moon (S Weatherley) shaped up well for Awapuni with strong work over 1000m in 1:01.7, while All Razzle Dazzle (Gorham) and Raspberry Sweet (Handley) covered the same ground in 1:03.9.

Roll the Gold (Hills) also did sound work over 1000m in 1:02.8, Aero de Paris (S Weatherley) took 1:03.5 and Barnaby (S McKay), who steps up to 1600 metres at Tauranga, clocked 1:06.3.

Hot In High Heels (N Turner) travelled strongly to the end of 1200m in 1:25.8, Wildflower (Roff) and Four Degrees (Handley) ran the same trip in 1:24.8 with their last 1000m in 1:08.6, and Mistrahma (Cox) took 1:19.2 and 1:05.8.

Over 1000m Katie Perry (Fawcett) and Golden Song (Abel) returned 1:03.2, while Amazing Banker (Osborne) and Perroquet (Ravi) 1:03.8.

Amongst those who could not be timed in any way, Ocean Emperor, Wisdom Patch and Watch This Space also looked on target for their weekend assignments.

Ocean Emperor will run at Awapuni as a lead-up to the Zabeel Classic, while Watch This Space runs in the feature sprint at Te Rapa and strapping juvenile Wisdom Patch will make his debut at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Matamata Trackwork- 5th December 2017
05 Dec 2017

Class galloper Volpe Veloce limbered up for her return to racing with a sparkling piece of work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping solo against the rail of the course proper, where the going was just into the dead range, Volpe Veloce had pace on from the 1000-metre mark, running that distance in and winding up over the final 600m in 34.9.

The Graham Richardson/Gavin Parker-trained mare was ridden this morning by her raceday jockey Jake Bayliss, who reported that she felt in excellent order for her Ellerslie weekend assignment, which will be a dress rehearsal for the Gr. 1 Sistema Railway on New Year’s Day.

Other course proper work took place 22 metres out, where Avec Moi (Bayliss) and La Estella (Satyajeed) prepared for their home track meeting over 1000m in and 600m in 37.6. Stablemate Kane (Bayliss) did solo work over 1200m in 1:24.8, 1:09.6 and 41.6, while Makarios (Bayliss) cut out 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.8. 

Most other work took place on the plough, where Heroic Valour (Bosson) and Melody Belle (McNab) were paired in smart work ahead of Ellerslie, cutting out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.5. Heroic Valour looked close to his best again when third at Pukekohe last week, while last year’s star two-year-old Melody Belle is forward after two preparatory trials.

Hot In Heels (N Turner) looked on target for as she strode over ground and covered her last 1200m in 1:24.5, 1000m in 1:06.7 and the final 600m in a sparkling 35.8. Thailand was also in good form over ground as her trainer Jim Collett let her stride over the last 1200m in 1:14.8, 59.5 and 35.7.

Ellerslie entry O’Hara (Dowling) also caught the eye with 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 35.9, while Elettra (Coleman) was keen in her work over the same ground in 1:01.3 and 35.6.

Seraphim (D Johnson) prepared for Trentham as she and Donizetti (J Ritchie) cut out 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.5, while stablemates Asama Blue (J Ritchie) and Trois Vallees (Chong) did similar work in 1:03.6 and 36.6.

Vinevale (Bosson) and Aquilo (Lammas) looked in good order for their weekend assignments as they left 1000m behind in 1:04.5 and 37. Spring Heat (S Weatherley) and Keyser Soze (Bayliss) were paired in good work over 1000m in 1:01.4 and 36.8, while Princess Kereru (Coleman) and Bits And Pieces (Lammas) also ran time over 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36, and Incantesimo (Gorham) and Xbox (Handley) took 1:03.4 and 36.5. 

Ciao Siu Bao (S Weatherley) and Rainbow Song (Bayliss) went at a solid rate over 1200m in 1:17.8, and 36.5. Also over ground Over Torque (Tynan) returned 1:18.7 and 37.5, Hay Tiger (Dowling) and Anevay (Tynan) 1:23.1 and 37.2, She’s Ice Cold (M Brosnan) 1:19.8, and 37.6, Kariokka (Take) and Fine And Dandy (Osborne) 1:23.2 and 37.1, Pacquiao (Gorham) and Flying Trapeze (Cox), Sasanof’s Hero (Abel) 1:16.5 and 36.8, and Press My Buttons (Dellow) 1:26.3 and 41.2.

Zambezi Warrior (Bosson) who will run next in the Waikato Gold Cup, returned 1:11.8 and 42.8 for the last 1000m of striding work, while Royal Success (McNab) took 1:11.6 and 42.4, Cote D’Or (Wratten) 1:10.8 and 42, and Arraignment (Dowling) 1:13.2 and 40.8.

In quicker work Summer Monsoon (Bosson) and Wandering Eye (McNab) left 1000m behind in 1:06.8 and 38.4, and Wide Awake (McNab)  and 38.7, while Our King Sway (Bailey) ran in from the 800m in 55.2 and 40.3.

Matamata Trackwork- 28th November 2017
29 Nov 2017

Promising colt The Boy Wonder looked ready for the step up to black-type company when he worked impressively at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 18 metres out on a dead course proper, The Boy Wonder (Bayliss) was sent over ground and built momentum to run 1200m in 1:16.9. He was timed over the last 1000m in 1:03.1 and hit the line hard with a final 600m in 36.2.

The Boy Wonder left a big impression when clearing maiden grade at his last start and having made the right progress since, he will be an interesting runner in Wellington Stakes at Otaki. He will be ridden in the three-year-old feature by Melbourne jockey Patrick Moloney, filling in for suspended Ballymore Stables jockey Jake Bayliss.

Moloney is also booked for stablemates Bocce and Sound Works at Otaki and On The Rocks at Ellerslie. All three shaped up well in solo work, On the Rocks (Bayliss) looking the part on the course proper, where he covered 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:06.3 and 37.6. He also broke maidens at his last start and has likewise trained on well.  

Otaki two-year-old candidate Bocce (Bayliss) was professional when finishing off strongly with 600m on the course proper in 41.2. The Foxwedge colt won his first trial and also shaped pleasingly when ridden back in the next.

Sound Works (Bayliss) galloped on the plough, where she cut out 1000m in 1:03.2 and reeled off a slick final 600m in 35.6. She looks improved for her first-up run.

Also on the plough, Hushed (Lammas) prepared for Wanganui Cup when paired with Otaki runner Princess Davone over 1000m in and 36.5, while stablemates Chambord (Lammas) and Motivation (Burdan) also shaped well over the same distance in 1:03.7 and 36.8. Chambord runs in Levin Stakes and Motivation, the winner of his only start, is an entry for the Trevor Eagle Memorial at Ellerslie.

Otaki two-year-old candidate Nirvana In Fire (Bayliss) caught the eye when she and Princess Rihanna (S Weatherley) ran their last 800m in 49.5 and 600m in 36.2. Sweet Leader (S Weatherley) and Piazza (Ravi), respective entries for Ellerslie and Otaki, were also in dashing form over 1000m in 1:01.7 and 36.

Splurge (Lammas) ran a solid trial for he Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie when he ran a solo 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:04.2 and 37. Also  over ground, Sasanof’s Hero (P Turner) covered his last 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:03.8 and 36.2, Charles Road (S Weatherley) 1:21.4, 1:06.5 and 37.3, Hot In High Heels (N Turner) 1:23.8, 1:04.5 and 36.8, Pure Lorde (Handley) and Four Degrees (Gorham) 1:20.2, 1:04.9 and 37.2, and Darci Deniro (Khan) and Flying Trapeze (Cox) 1:23.4, 1:08.5 and 39.7.

Wide Awake (Burdan) and Don’tblamethemusic (Lammas) shaped up well for Ellerslie over 1000m in and 36.4, while Hay Tiger (R Jones) and Princess Kereru (N Turner) had pace on as they recorded 1:00.2 and 35.5.

Another to show up over 1000m was Clarify (S McKay) in 1:02.4 and 36.3, Yearn (Leveque) was well contained as she returned 1:07.8 and 38.6, Roll The Gold (Fawcett) took 1:07.6 and 36.7, and Wild Child (Bayliss) and Barcelo (S McKay) 1:03.4 and 36.8.

Others to gallop 1000m included Battle Time (K McQuade) in 1:01.2 and 35.8, Ali Baba (Bayliss) 1:07.5 and 37.8, and Saffron Lady (Magee) 1:07.8 and 37.4.

Eagle Technology Stakes entry Tessastock (Handley) was paired with Tiptronic (Gorham) in smart work over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:05.5 and 37.8.

On the all-weather track Volpe Veloce (Roff) looked happy in her work over 1000m in and 38.2, while stablemates Suliman (Cox) and Tourmaline (Panna) strode over 1200m in 1:19.2 and 37.7.   

Matamata Trackwork- 21st November 2017
21 Nov 2017

Several candidates for feature races at Pukekohe this weekend shaped up well in training at Matamata this morning.

Most work took place on the plough, where Counties Cup entry Zambezi Warrior, with raceday rider Danielle Johnson in the saddle, strode over ground and was timed for the last 1200m in 1:22.4, quickening as he went for a final 600m in 36.5.

The Autridge/Richards-trained gelding has come to hand well and looks ready for a bold effort at Pukekohe, where he has won his only two starts to date.

Auckland Breeders’ Stakes runners Cote D’Or and Galaxy Miss also looked the part in their work. Cote D’Or (Coleman), who has been freshened since her Matamata Cup, went solo over 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 36.9. Galaxy Miss (Lammas) was paired with last-start winner Lovers Lane (Dowling) over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.8.

Promising juvenile Pinot Grey (Lammas) went with Autumn Wild (S Weatherley) over 800m in 49.8 and 600m in 36.5. Last-start debut winner Pinot Grey runs in the Listed two-year-old race at Pukekohe, while Autumn Wild, the winner of two trials, will start in either that race or in maiden grade at Te Rapa on Sunday.

Counties Bowl candidate Heroic Valour (D Johnson) was paired with New Plymouth entry Aquilo (McNab) in a smart 1000m in 1:03.5 and 35.8. Bluetwentytwo (Abel) and Altius (S McKay) were in dashing form over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 35.6, while Ruby Armani (Bayliss) ran the same distance in 1:04.8 and 37.6.

Irish Moon (Coleman) prepared for the Counties Bowl with 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.2. Others to gallop 1000m included Sokitome (S McKay) and Lo Schiaffo (Burdan) in 1:03.9 and 37.8, Master Painter (McNab) and Qian Gua (Lammas) 1:04.6 and 37.2, Palermitano S Weatherley) and an Alamosa gelding (Bayliss) 1:04.3 and 36.6, Scarlet Princess (D Johnson) and Valotia (McNab) 1:05.2 and 37.5, Cape Ceilidh (Bayliss) 1:06.9 and 37.2 and Nuttee (M Brosnan) 1:07.8 and 39.6.

Four Degrees (Cox) wasted no time over 1200m in 1:16.5 and 600m in 37.6, while Pacquiao (Gorham) and All Razzle Dazzle (Masa) covered the same ground in and 37.4. Others to work over ground included Aotearower (Wratten) who returned and 38.9, Switch Pitcher (P Turner) 1:16.5 and 37.2, and Saffron Lady (Bayliss) 1:18.6 and 36.8.

Za Za Gabor (Bayliss) and an unnamed Jimmy Choux three-year-old (Pavin) left 1000m behind in 1:08.2 and 38.5, Bits And Pieces (Lammas) took 1:09.2 and 38.5, Princess Kereru (Olney) 1:13.7 and 42.8, Secret Leader (Coleman) 1:13.2 and 43.2, and Livin’ On A Prayer (Hillis) 1:15.2 and 41.8.

Over 800m Tavis Star (Lammas) returned 53 and 38.5, and Rock Me (Burdan) 51.8 and 37.2.

Volpe Veloce (Cox) did striding work on the all-weather track, quickening over the last 1000m of the second round in 1:05.9 and 38.8. A decision has yet to be made whether she has a race before her first major summer target, the Sistema Railway. 

Matamata Trackwork - 7th November 2017
07 Nov 2017

Te Rapa feature sprint rivals Heroic Valour and Irish Moon prepared for their weekend clash with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a dead course proper, Heroic Valour (McNab) was paired with Don’tblamethemusic (Lammas) over a solid 1000m in 1:05.8, cutting out the final 600m in 37.9. Heroic Valour will be having his first start since the Queensland winter carnival but has the benefit of a recent trial win. Don’tblamethemusic had no luck in his first run back from a spell and looks ready to run a race at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Irish Moon, a rival for Heroic Valour in the Group Three sprint at Te Rapa, hit out freely over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 37.7. He should strip at peak fitness on the weekend.

Cia Si Bao (S Weatherley) was another Te Rapa entry to underline his prospects with sound work, running 1000m in company with Mr Selfridge (Ravi) in 1:04 and 38.2. Hot In High Heels (Lammas) worked at a good even rate over ground, with her 1200m in 1:21.8, 1:08 and 40.6.

Princess Kereru (Coleman) and Wide Awake (Bakar) were paired over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 37.8. Princess Kereru goes to Te Rapa, while Wide Awake is entered for Avondale on Friday. Spring Heat (Coleman) did good work ahead of her Hastings Sunday engagement when she and Amazing Banker (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:08.8 and 38.9.

Aotearower (Wratten) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:23.5, 1:08.1 and 39.2, while Over Torque (Grant) and Miss Sequoia (A Jones) covered the same distance in 1:20.3, 1:-6 and 40.

Te Rapa two-year-old entry Al Hasa (McNab) and possible Otaki Thursday runner Pinot Grey (Lammas) travelled up well at the end of 800m in 56.3 and 40.3. Golden Song (Fawcett) and Switch Pitcher (P Turner) were timed over their last 600m in 39.8.

Elettra (Lammas) was keen in her work over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 38.8, while Princess Davone (Burdan) ran the same trip in 1:05.5 and 38.7, Elegant d’Oro (Pinn) and Beaumarchais (McNab) took 1:07.5 and 38.7, Dazed And Confused (Lammas) and English Rose (Bakar) 1:07.9 and 39.6, On The Rocks (Satyajeed) 1:05.2 and 38.9, and Pacquiao (Gorham) and Uralla (Handley) 1:09.5 and 40.4.

On the sand Sarabande (Fawcett) drew attention to her Te Rapa prospects when she completed 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 38.6. Battle Royal (K McQuade) ran the same distance in 1:06.4 and 37.8, while Avondale entry Voler Pour Moi (Loon) and Jewel Of Patch (S Weatherley) recorded 1:09.4 and 39.

Hatrick Boys (Dowling) and Mizen Peak (Tynan) wasted no time in their 1000m hitout in 1:03.9 and 36.4. The Boy Wonder (Clements) was more contained when running 1:07.2 and 38.8, while Lillet Rose (Burdan) and Lady Painton (Lammas) took 1:08.9 and 40.2.

Contessa Belle (Cox) and Tourmaline (Handley) strode over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:06.2 and 38.4. Sweet Leader (Coleman) was allowed an easy workout, clocking 42.3 for his final 600m.


Matamata Trackwork - 31st October 2017
31 Oct 2017

Hello M’Lady confirmed her fitness for Saturday’s Feilding Gold Cup with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

On a the course proper, where the going was dead 25 metres out, raceday jockey Cameron Lammas took Hello M’Lady for a solid hitout over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:20.2, with the last 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 39.3.

The Vicki Prendergast-trained mare had little go her way in her last start when fourth in the Jakkalberry Classic at Rotorua, but she appears to have trained on well for Saturday’s Awapuni feature.

Chance To Dance (Bosson), who had no favours when unplaced in the Livamol Classic, looked ready to bounce back when paired with Fashionably (Lammas) over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 41.2. Chance To Dance runs next in the OMF Stakes at Ellerslie next Tuesday.

Makarios (Satyajeed) was keen in the early stages of solo work over 1000m and kept up his momentum to clock 1:04.2 and the final 600m in 39. Stablemate Ruby Armani (McGee) also worked well in preparation for Tauranga on Saturday as she cut out 1000m in 1:07.3 and 38.6.

Awapuni entry Ocean Emperor (Fawcett) was accompanied by Temple Tiger (Rika) over 1000m in a tidy 1:08 and 39.3, while Vinevale (Bosson) and Lucy Wyldstyle (Lammas) were well held over the same ground in  1:10.8 and 41.2, as was Arraignment (Dowling) in 1:13.7 and 42.4.

Mongolianconqueror (McNab) and Zambezi Warrior (Tong) had more pace on in their 1000m hitout, recording 1:08.4 and 40.8. Tauranga sprint candidate Splurge (Bosson) completed 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.9, while Aquilo (McNab) and Icebomb (Pinn) took 1:08 and 39.7.

Goboniego (Collett) and a Swiss Ace gelding (Tierney) worked well over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 40. Ellerslie entry Hushed (McNab) was timed over his last 1000m in 1:22.8, 1:08.5 and 40.8, and Piazza (S Weatherley) was well held over ground for a final 1200m in 1:27.6 and 42.

Aero De Paris (Coleman) and Spring Heat (Osborne), last start maiden placegetters heading to Ellerslie next week, were well held over 1000m in 1:14.8 and 43.1.

On the all-weather track Watch This Space (W Hillis) and Nothing Trivial (Roff) were paired in sick work over 1000m in 1:00.6 and 35.8. Watch This Space runs at Tauranga on Saturday and his stablemate heads to Ellerslie on Tuesday.

Galaxy Miss (Dowling), a likely rival for Watch This Space, was strong at the completion of 1000m in 1:03.8 and 37.5. Another to catch the eye over 1000m was Sally Lunn (Preston), who stopped the clock at 1:00.5 and 36.2. I’m Bronson (Burdan) was timed over his last 800m in 49.2 and 36.8.

On the sand Feilding Cup entry Wildflower (Roff) went with Contessa Belle (Handley) over ground, striding in from the 1200m in 1:23.4 and 600m in 40. The Richardson/Parker-trained mare has trained on well from her Jakkalberry Classic win.

Last-start winners She’s Prismatic (J Price) and Hay Tiger (R Jones) looked ready for more good form at Tauranga when paired over an impressive 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.4.

It’s a Kinda Magic (P Brosnan) and Goodnight Irene (A Jones) left 1000m behind in 1:05.6 and 37.8, while Boy Wonder (Clements) took 1:10 and 40.8. In quite work over the same ground Sleeping Beauty (Ravi) returned 1:11.8 and 42.6, Palermitano (Coleman) 1:12.8 and 43.2, and Choux Lace (Wright) 1:12.6 and 40.8. Dontbreakmyheart (P Brosnan) worked over ground with the last 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:08.8 and 41.2. 


Matamata Trackwork - 17th October 2017
17 Oct 2017

Gingernuts looked right on target for Sunday’s rescheduled Livamol Classic when he got through his work in pleasing style at Matamata this morning.

Already the odds-on favourite for the Hastings feature, Gingernuts only enhanced his prospects as Opie Bosson put him through his paces in company with race rival Chance To Dance (McNab). They swung into their work from the 1200-metre mark on the plough, covering that distance in 1:19.9 and upping the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.8.

After a raceday exhibition gallop on the weekend when Gingernuts was little short of stunning as he led Chance To Dance in fast time, the pair were on terms throughout this morning’s work and finished with plenty in reserve.

Splurge (Bosson), another from the Autridge/Richards team, impressed in his solo work over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 36.7. He is in forward condition for the feature sprint at Rotorua on Saturday.

Vanilla Moon (S Weatherley) did good work ahead of Rotorua when cutting out 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37.1, while Te Rapa Monday candidate Hot In High Heels (S Turner) went at a good rate over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.1 and 38.6.

Wide Awake (Leveque) and Pure Savalina (Lammas), respective entries for Rotorua and Friday’s Tauranga meeting, left 1000m behind in 1:03.7 and 37. Over the same ground Rotorua runner Ocean Emperor (Reka) and Roll The Gold (Fawcett) returned a smart 1:03.6 and 36.8, Beauty’s Rose (S Weatherley) and Hello Sailor (Yatake) 1:03.8 and 36.4, and Vinevale (Lammas) and Princes Davone (Burdan) 1:04.9 and 37.5.

Hastings entry Snapshot (Dowling) was kept up to his work over 1000m in 1:01.9 and 36.7, while Don’t Blame The Music (Lammas) and Mongolian Conqueror (Bosson) took 1:05 and 37.6, and Spree (Coleman) 1:06.5 and 38.2.

On the all-weather track Watch This Space (S Weatherley) underlined his fitness for the return to Hastings as he reeled off 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.5.

Irish Moon (Coleman) drew attention to his Rotorua sprint prospects as he and Princess Kereru (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:01.6 and 35.4. Hastings entries Amarula (S McKay) and Danger Dee (R Jones) were also in good form over the same ground in 1:00.8 and 35.6.

Wildflower (Gorham) prepared for her Rotorua engagement with sound work over ground, running her last 1200m in 1:18 and the final 600m in 36.5. Elettra (Wratten) was never at top ahead of Rotorua when leaving 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 38.8. Etoile (Lammas) ran her 1000m in 1:10.8 and 39.8.

On the course proper, which was dead 20 metres out, last-start Hastings winner Yearn (Leveque) looked ready for more of the same when running 1000m on 1:06 and 600m in 37.2.

Tauranga entries Dragon Duke (Tynan) and Bizzwinkle (R Jones) worked well over the same distance in 1:04.6 and 37.4, while As You Will (S McKay) and Salt Bay (R Jones) were timed over 800m in 50.8 and 37.

Back on the plough, Heroic Valour (McNab) and Chambord (Bosson) covered their last 800m in 53.5 and 38 ahead of a trial outing on Thursday.

Katie Perry (J Collett) was well held over 1000m in 1:12.6 and 41.8, while Tattle (Coleman) took 1:09.2 and 37.6, Panella (Grant) 1:10.7 and 40.5, and Chill (Dowling) 1:13.5 and 43.8.

Melody Belle (Bosson) and Tatters (Tan) looked bright as they stretched out over 800m in 53.6 and 39.5.


Matamata Trackwork - 10th October 2017
11 Oct 2017

Sleeping Beauty looked right on target to continue in winning form on her home track this weekend when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working 20 metres out on the course proper, which was in the Heavy10 range, Sleeping Beauty (S Weatherley) travelled up strongly to the end of 1000m in 1:07.4, with the final 600m in 38.7. The O’Sullivan/Scott-trained mare has made impressive progress through the grades with wins at her last three starts and will step up to Rating 85 company on Saturday.

Cote D’Or (Coleman), another form runner in the Vela colours, prepared for the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup when working against the rail, cutting out 1200m in 1:24.4, 1000m in 1:08.8 and 600m in 39.5. The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare has made excellent progress since her recent fresh-up win.

Matamata Cup rivals Our King Sway (A Jones) and Tessastock (Handley) were evenly matched over a solidly run 1200m in 1:17.6, with the last 1000m in 1:03.9 and finishing off well for a final section in 37.4. Our King Sway is fitter for his New Plymouth second, while Tessastock, who won one of her three winter starts in Queensland, is in forward order after a recent trial.

Charles Road (Coleman) prepared for the Matamata Cup with his last 1200m in 1:19.9, 1:05.7 and 38.2. Any improvement in track conditions will enhance his weekend prospects.

Underthemoonlight (Lammas) galloped on the sand in company with Hay Tiger (R Jones), where they ran a slick 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 35.6. Underthemoonlight is in capital order to defend her Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes crown at Hawera, while Hay Tiger will warrant respect in his home track assignment.

Back on the course proper at 20 metres, Hello M’Lady (Lammas) prepared for Hawera with a sound gallop over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:08 and 39.6. Astor (Dowling) looked bright when well held over 1000m in 1:09 and 40.5. She is an entry for the three-year-old 1400 at Matamata.

Race rivals Te Akau Shark (McNab) and Wandering Eyes (Lammas) were also not after time in their work over 1000m in 1:12.4 and 41.2, while Makarios (Satyajeed) returned 1:09.2 and 40.9, Fashionably (Lammas) and Wide Awake (McNab) 1:09.9 and 40, Piazza (Ravi) 1:10 and 41.3, and Sarabande (J Collett) 1:12.2 and 41.8.

Pacquiao (Gorham) and Four Degrees (Hasazume) strode over 1200m in 1:26.5, 1:10.7 and 41.6. She’s Prismatic (J Price) was timed from the 800m in 55.6 and 41.2.

On the sand last-start winner Joe Cargo (S Turner) strode into his work well to record 1:20.2 for his last 1200m, 1:06.4 and 38.3.

Dontbreakmyheart (P Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:10.8 and 41.6, while Fame Seeker (Handley) did similar work in 1:10.7 and 42.4. Glass Slipper (S Weatherley) was kept to 1:15.8 and 44.1 over 1000m, It’s a Kinda Magic (P Brosnan) and a Fast ‘N’ Famous filly (A Jones) took 1:10.2 and 38.6, and Real Savvy (S Weatherley) strode in from the 800m in 54.8 and 39.1. 


Matamata Trackwork - 3rd October 2017
03 Oct 2017

Gingernuts and Chance To Dance confirmed their readiness for Saturday’s Livamol Classic when paired in impressive work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 18 metres out on a heavy course proper, Gingernuts (Bosson) and Chance To Dance (Pinn) set off at a steady rate and built momentum from the 1200m to run that distance in 1:22.8. Their last 1000m took 1:07.5 and they hit the line together full of running with a final 600m in 39.4.

Co-trainer Stephen Autridge was well satisfied with the stablemates’ final serious hitout ahead of the Hastings Group One. “That was decent work, just right,” he said. “They’re both ready for big runs.”

In similar work Gingernuts’ younger brother Griffin (Bosson) shaped well for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas when he and Te Rapa Friday maiden entry Bak Da Master (McNab) strode over 1200m in 1: 22.7, with their last 1000m taking 1:07.9 and the 600m 40.5.

Xbox (Coleman) prepared for the Guineas in company with Swiss Maid (Handley) over a well held 1000m in 1:11.2 and 41.5. Elettra (Wratten) turned in a smart trial for Te Rapa on Friday, setting off quietly to run 1000m in 1:10.8 and getting home impressively for a final 600m in 37.8.

Ivy’s Dream (Tynan), an entry for Te Awamutu on Sunday, and Hay Tiger (R Jones) finished their work well over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 39.6. Tiptronic (Gorham) and Incantesimo (Hasazume) strode over 1200m in 1:23, 1:08.5 and 41.7, while Te Rapa entry Aotearower (Wratten) went well in solo work over the same ground in 1:21.4, 1:07.2 and 40.3.

Hastings feature sprint entry Galaxy Miss (Dowling) was paired with Nomisma (Fawcett) over 800m in 54.1 and 600m in 39.7. Vinevale (Bosson) and Princess Davone (Tan) covered 1000m in 1:07.6 and 39.7, while Sarabande (J Collett) was timed over her last 800m in 55 and 40.2. 

Te Rapa entry Cousteau (Bosson) went with Heroic Valour (McNab) over 1000m in 1:09 and 38.8, Asama Blue (J Ritchie) and Trois Vallees (S Collett) ran the same trip in 1:08.5 and 40, while Secret Stash (Handley) returned 1:10.2 and 40.8.

Te Rapa entries Pure Lorde (Gorham) and Wildflower (Hasazume) were well held over 1200m in 1:25.7, 1:10.9 and 42. Pure Savalina (McNab) and Madam Monica (Lammas) also worked over ground, with their 1200m in 1:25.2, 1:09.2 and 40.4, and Sasanof’s Hero (Abel) and El Cajero (R Jones) took 1:27, 1:11.5 and 40.5.

Kariokka (Coleman) covered an easy 1000m in 1:13.8 and 42.7, and Rainbow Song (Ravi) followed in 1:13.6 and 42.4. Divine Ransom (Tierney) ran the same distance in 1:16.3 and 44.2, while Hot In High Heels (Lammas) was timed over her last 600m in 40.4.

On the all-weather track Watch This Space (S Weatherley) and Sure He Can (Lammas) were in good form over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.2. Watch This Space is in good order to chase a hat-trick in the feature Hastings sprint and his stablemate will run in the special maiden.

Livamol Classic entry Woodsman was ridden by his trainer Tony Gillies in tidy work over 1200m in 1:19.6, with his last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.8.

Hastings entries Amarula (S McKay) and Clarify (P McKay) were paired over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 37.3, while Riccarton-bound pair Irish Call (R Jones) and Call Me Royal (T Mitchell) hit strongly over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 36.4. Snapshot (Dowling) was allowed an easy 1000m in 1:06.5 and 38.8.

On the sand Master Poet (M Brosnan) strode out well over the last 1200m of his work in 1:19.2, 1:05 and 38.2. Last-start Hastings winner Arraignment (Dowling) wasn’t after time over 1000m in 1:10.6 and 40, while Battle Royal (K McQuade) finished his work well over 1000m in 1:06.3 and 36.8.

As You Will (S McKay), a fresh-up runner Te Rapa, covered 1000m in 1:09.5 and 40.2. Over the same ground Miss Elegante (A Jones) took 1:06.8 and 38.8, Our Abbadean (K Jones) and Fashionably (Leveque) 1:08 and 39.6, Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) 1:05.6 and 38.7, Verbal Command (Lammas) and Elegant D’Oro (Burdan) 1:05.5 and 38.2, and Chambord (McNab) and Zambezi Warrior (Pinn) 1:08 and 38.3.

In steadier work Icebomb (McNab) covered 1000m in 1:10.5 and 40.2, Mahalo (Roff) 1:13.8 and 43.5, and More Than Fast (Bosson) 1:15.2 and 44. The Chaser (McNab) and a Reliable Man gelding (Bosson) were timed from the 800m in 54.2 and 38.5.


Matamata Trackwork - 26th September 2017
26 Sep 2017

An impressive gallop at Matamata this morning drew attention to Kitaya’s Ellerslie weekend prospects.

Working on the sand, Kitaya (Fawcett) had pace on from the start of his 1000-metre hitout, recording 1:00.8 for the distance and 35.6 for the final section. With three minor placings from five domestic starts, the former Hong Kong galloper doesn’t have to improve a lot to feature in the Rating 85 1600 at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Kamikaze Rebel (Lammas) put in a good trial for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:05, hitting the line strongly after a final 600m in 36.3. Hot In High Heels (S Turner) strode over 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:06 and 600m in 38.2.

Heroic Valour (McNab) was allowed to stretch out over the last 800m of his work in 58.4 and 41.4, while Elettra (Wratten) was well held over 1000m in 1:13.8 and 43.5.

Over the same ground Galaxy Miss (Fawcett), a likely runner at Ellerslie, returned 1:12.5 and 38.7, Winehouse (Lammas) took 1:13 and 42.6, and Boy Wonder (Clements) 1:15.2 and 42.6.

Nomisma (Dowling), who is now with Danica Guy, was timed over 1000m in 1:15.2 and 44.2. Dontbreakmyheart (P Brosnan) covered the last 1200m of long work in 1:30.2 and 43.4.

On the heavy course proper, where work took place right-handed 18 metres out, talented sprinter Splurge (McNab) finished off with a final 600m in 39.7. He is in good order to resume at Ellerslie, but will run only if the track is not too heavy.

Sleeping Beauty (R Jones) did similar work, completing her last 600m in good style in 38.2, while The Matrix (J Collett), likewise entered for Ellerslie, was paired with a Pins gelding (Abel) for a final 600m in 38.8.

Panella (A Jones) and Miss Elegante (Fawcett) worked over 1200m in 1.25.5 and 600m in 39.4. Pure Lorde (Gorham), who is likely to start next at Te Rapa on Friday week, covered the same ground in 1:28.9 and 42.2.

On the all-weather track Speewah (S McKay) travelled up well at the end of 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 36.7.

Tiptronic (Gorham) quickened over the last 1200m of striding work to return 1:24.7 and 40.6 for his final 600. Hard Sprung (S McKay) and Vinerof (Waara) were timed over 800m in 52.6 and 600m in 37.7.


Matamata Trackwork - 19th September 2017
19 Sep 2017

Leading Windsor Park Plate candidate Gingernuts looked on target for Saturday’s big event when he galloped impressively at Matamata this morning, while rivals Volpe Veloce and Underthemoonlight also shaped well.

Course proper gallops took place right-handed with the markers set at 15 metres and the going heavy. Gingernuts was ridden by raceday jockey Opie Bosson as he worked in company with stablemate Chance To Dance, who was handled by Bosson’s fiancée Emily Murphy as she combined her track riding and Trackside roles.

The pair worked away from the winning post to complete their final 1200m in 1:22.4 and the last 600m in 39.2. Both horses were travelling well at the end of their work, inspiring Bosson to comment that Gingernuts “felt good” in his build-up to the weekend. Chance To Dance, who has been placed in a trial recently, is unlikely to make the cut for the Windsor Park Plate and will run instead in the Listed 1600 at Pukekohe on Sunday.

Volpe Veloce (Coleman) was as usual not chasing time in her solo hitout later in the session, but still pleased with the manner in which she cut out 1200m in 1:26.6 and 40.8. She looks fit and ready for the weekend.

Underthemoonlight (Lammas) galloped on the sand, where she was partnered by Battle Royal (A Jones) in a slick 1200m in 1:15.8, 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.4. The work was enough to convince connections to make a late entry for the Windsor Park Plate.

Also on the sand, Princess Rihanna (S Weatherley) hinted at a bold fresh-up run in Saturday’s Gold Trail Stakes when she and Taupo Friday entry Piazza (Ravi) left 1000m behind in 1:02.1 and 36.5. Astor, who takes good form into the Gold Trail, was kept under a tight hold by her weekend rider Leith Innes until the 600-metre mark. When he let her stride she cut out that section in a brilliant 34.9.

Stablemate Snapshot (Dowling) looked bright in his work ahead of Hastings as he covered 1000m in 1:05.9 and 600m in 37.2, while Chares Road (Coleman) prepared for the Karaka Classic at Pukekohe with 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:04.8 and 37.2.

Hastings sprint candidate Watch This Space (S Weatherley) was paired with Pukekohe entry Hello M’Lady (Lammas) in a brilliant 1000m in 1:00.4 and 34.9. Barnaby (Coleman) also put in good work ahead of Hastings with 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.4.

Hastings entry Amarula (P McKay) and Taupo runner Matuzalem (S McKay) covered 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37, while Arraignment (Dowling) ran the same trip in 1:07.2 and 38.2. 

Smart looking juvenile Queen Of The Air (Bosson), who makes her debut at Pukekohe on Sunday, was restricted to striding work over 800m in 1:00.9 and 43.7.

Joe Cargo (S Turner) did strong work over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:04.1 and 36.8, while Vanilla Moon also had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.9. Spree (Innes) looked forward in her work over 800m in 49.6 and 36.5, Chambord (McNab) was well contained over 1000m in 1:11.2 and 38.6, and Kariokka (Coleman) took 1:13.2 and 41.

On the all-weather track Clarify (S McKay) was again untroubled to run good time, cutting out his last 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.5. He will take some beating at Hastings on Saturday.

Woodsman also looked the part for Hastings as his trainer Tony Gillies let him stride over the last 1000m of his work 1:04.6 and 37.8, while The Mitigator (S McKay) and Speewah (S Collett) ran 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.6.

Back on the course proper Taupo entries Princess Kereru (Coleman) and Wandering Eye (Lammas) finished their work off with 600m in 39.3. Late in the session Pukekohe runner Temple Tiger (Fawcett) did well to record 39.4 for his final section, while Aotearower (Wratten) and Cousteau (Bosson) both returned 40 in separate work.

Gold Trail Stakes entries La Mia Stella (Handley) and Short Fuse (Khan) completed their work with a final 600m in 41.

Embraceable You (P Brosnan) prepared for Pukekohe with striding work over 1200m in 1:25.8 and 41.6. Others to do lighter tasks included Irish Moon (Coleman) with a final 600m in 40.1, Beauty Rose (S Weatherley) 39.5, Flying Master (P Turner) and El Cajero (R Jones) 39.2, Kane (S McKay) 40.6, Retort (R Jones) 41, and Sasanof’s Hero (J Collett) and Sarabande (Fawcett) 40.2.

Matamata Trackwork - 29th August 2017
30 Aug 2017

Lining candidates for Saturday’s Tarzino Trophy up against each other at Matamata this morning was difficult with fog ruling out some timing, but form runner Underthemoonlight again looked the part in her work.

Ridden as usual by her trainer Karyn McQuade on the sand, Underthemoonlight was unextended to cut out 1200m in 1:20.4, with last 1000m taking 1:05.8 and the final 600m 38.2. Underthemoonlight has thrived since her win in last week’s Foxbridge Plate and will be a formidable rival in Saturday’s big event, especially if further rain falls in Hastings.

Tarzino Trophy favourite Volpe Veloce was ridden by Michael Coleman in her work on the course proper against the rail in the six-metre position, where the going was heavy after significant overnight rain. Volpe Veloce was never at top over 1000m as she recorded 1:11.9, with the last 600m taking 42.3.

Gingernuts (Bosson) and Perfect Fit (Coleman) went out on the course proper under a heavy fog and could not be timed, but the connections of both were satisfied with their work. Perfect Fit wore blinkers and will have them added to her gear on Saturday.

Griffin (Bosson) and Summer Monsoon (Lammas), who will both run in the El Roca 3YO Sprint at Hastings, were paired in right-handed work on the course proper where they ran their final 600m in 40.7. Resurrect (R Jones) prepared for Hastings with a final 600m in 41.4, while Temple Tiger (Fawcett) and Fortune Kept (Cowan) took 42.4 and Elettra (Wratten) 43.5.

On the all-weather track Amarula (P McKay) and Clarify (S McKay) were paired on smart work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 35.8. Like other members of the McKay team, they are entered for both Ruakaka and Hastings, with the final decision to be decided by the weather.

Two more of their number, Lucky’s Revenge (Waara) and The Mitigator (S McKay) were keen in the early stages as they cut out 1000m in 1:03 and 38.2.

On the sand Charles Road (S Weatherley) prepared for Ruakaka with tidy work over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 38.2, while his Hastings-bound stablemate Divine Duke (S Weatherley) strode over 1200m in 1:24.1 and 38.4.

La Mia Stella (Roff) and Short Fuse (Khan) were not extended over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 40.8. Fortune Patch (Coleman) covered the same distance in 1:08.2 and 39.3, while Keep On Coming (R Jones) was well held in 1:15.3 and 42.2. Winehouse (Lammas) stretched out over her last 800m in 56.4 and 41.
Matamata Trackwork - 15th August 2017
15 Aug 2017

Underthemoonlight shaped as a likely threat to her higher profile Foxbridge Plate rivals when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the sand with raceday rider Cameron Lammas in the saddle, Underthemoonlight was paired with Our Rose Royal (A Jones) over 1000m, running the distance in 1:05.5 and quickening strongly for a final 600m in 36.8.

Underthemoonlight was eased following her Tauranga Classic win in late June, but she has come to hand readily for trainer Karyn McQuade, who isn’t complaining at this week’s disturbed weather pattern. The Karyn Fursdon-trained Our Rose Royale is a first starter that may be worth watching at Taupo on Friday.

Leading Foxbridge Plate entry Perfect Fit (Coleman) worked right-handed on the course proper, which was very heavy wide out. After cantering away from the winning post, she built momentum along the back straight for a final 600m in 42.1. She looks very bright and improved for her recent bold Te Teko trial.

Gingernuts (Bosson), who will trial at Taupo on Friday ahead of the Tarzino Trophy at Hastings, went with Imperium (Pinn) over a steady 1000m, quickening well over the last 600m in 40.2.

Wildflower (Gorham) and Mistrahma (Coleman) worked soundly ahead of their respective Te Rapa and Taupo engagements, clocking 1:26 for 1200m and 41.6 for the final section.

A trio of Jim Collett-trained Taupo entries were well contained in their work, with Wimbledon (J Collett) recording 44.6 for his final 600m and New Crown (P Turner) and The Matrix (Fawcett) taking 45.5 for their last 600m. Over the same ground Tavis Star (Lammas) prepared for Te Rapa over the same ground in 1:31.6 and 42.2.

Te Rapa entry Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) was again in form galloping on the sand, with his 1200m taking 1:121.8, 1:07 for 1000m and 38.2 for the final 600m.

Summer Passage (Rastrick), who will trial at Taupo on Friday pending his trip to Melbourne, was sent over 1000m with One Madison (Ravi) in 1:09.3 and 40.8. Summer Monsoon (McNab) and Wide Awake (Pinn) had pace on over the same distance in 1:04.8, but fog prevented any sectional split, while Vanilla Koon (Lune) and Piazza (S Weatherley) did well to record 1:03.5 and 37.1.

Hello M’Lady (K McQuade), who is scheduled to run next at New Plymouth on Saturday week, cut out 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.2. Aotearower (Wratten) strode over 1200m in 1:24.9, 1:10.3 and 41.

Over 1000m Taupo entry Dragon Rio (Dowling) took 1:09.5, Fontelina (Lammas) 1:08.2 and 39.2, and Princess Kereru (Coleman) 1:11.8 and 40.2.

Those to breeze their last 800m included Chance To Dance (Bosson) and Hushed (Nik) in 52.2, and Chambord (McNab) in 57.9 and 42, and Grazia (Lammas) in 58.3 and 38.5.

On the all-weather track Taazman (R Jones) was timed over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 39.  


Matamata Trackwork - 20th June 2017
20 Jun 2017

Sound Works shaped as a likely improver when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning in preparation for her Tauranga weekend assignment.

Working 20 metres out on a slow course proper, Sound Works (Rastrick) made the running at a steady rate for her companion Our Rose Royal (A Jones), cutting out 1000m in 1:10.5 and building momentum for a final 600m in 38.4.

Sound Works hit the line full of running and should strip at peak fitness at Tauranga, while Our Rose Royal did well to get up alongside her better performed workmate over the final stages.

On the plough Persuasive (S Weatherley) and Dragon Rio (Dowling) underlined their Tauranga prospects with as solid hitout over 1000m in 1:04 and 37.1. Lucky Feather (Cole) did similar work to return 1:04.8 and 37.6, while Heaven Forbid (W Hillis) did well to record 1:04.2 and 36.8.

Truman (Wratten), who is now with the Kelso stable, indicated his progress with a smart 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.8. Tauranga entry Letmeby (Gorham) looked improved in his work over ground, with the 1200m covered in 1:20.3, 1:05.2 and 37.6.

Kiwifruit Cup candidate Gentil Tonton (S Weatherley) strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:20.4 and 39.2, while Al Cajero (P Turner) covered the same ground in 1:20.4 and 36.9 and Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) clocked 1:20.8 and 38.2.

The Arabian Duke (K McQuade) a runner in the amateur race at Te Aroha on Sunday, hit out boldly over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:06.3 and 38.2, and The Talisman (J Brosnan) took 1:25.5, 1:09.5 and 40.8.

Nothing Trivial (Danis) was timed over his last 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.6, Embraceable You (P Brosnan) ran 1:06.6 and 39.2, and Makarios (Rastrick) 1:12.8 and 41.6.

Classic Command (N Turner) and Crackthegoodstuff (Woodill) were paired over 1000m in 1:08.9 and 39.3, while The Boy Wonder (Dellow) was well held over 1000m in 1:12.4 and 42.


Matamata Trackwork - 13th June 2016
13 Jun 2017

Amarula and Valante signalled their weekend prospects with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the all-weather track, Amarula (P McKay) and Valante (S McKay) had pace on from the start of their 1000-metre hitout to cover the distance in 1:03.8 and cut out their final 600m section in 36.5. Amarula has been freshened since his Listed win at Hastings in April and looks forward for the open sprint at Ruakaka on Saturday, while Valante, runner-up in his last two starts, will go to either Ruakaka or Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Two more McKay runners for Ruakaka, Barcelo (Danis) and Lucky’s Revenge (S McKay), were steady in the early stages of their hitout before recording 1:05.5 over 1000m, and quickened from the 600m in an impressive 35.9.

On an unseasonably good plough, Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) and Mizen Peak (A Jones) worked in impressive style over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 35.9. Mizen Peak is a Fastnet Rock filly with Glenn Old scheduled to have her first start at Te Awamutu. What We Do (Miles), another for Te Awamutu, caught the eye when running in from the 600m in 35.8.

Pacquiao (C Grylls) was unextended as he got through his weekend preparation over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37, while Truman (Wratten) had plenty left after covering the same distance in 1:07.6 and 37.2.

Reprieved (A Jones) and a Patapan filly (Cole) travelled up well over 1000m in 1:06.1 and the last 600m in 36.5. So True (Grant) was keen in the early stages of her work over 1000m in 1:03.9 and 38.6, while Master Poet (M Brosnan) took 1:08.4 and 39.2 and Normandy (Lammas) was let off with 1000m in 1:10.5 and 39.6.

Former Hong Kong galloper Kitaya (Dowling) stretched out over the last 1000m of his work in 1:14.6 and 42.4 and the O’Reilly-Arletty gelding (Clements) ran the same trip in 1:09.6 and 41.3.

On the course proper, which was slow 18 metres out, Fortune Patch (S Weatherley) came up with a smart solo gallop over 1000m in 1:08.7 and 40. He is in good order for Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Three two-year-olds from the Richardson/Parker stable, En Soie (Tynan), the Niagara-Boxapins gelding (Fraser-Hayes), and a Swiss Ace filly (C Grylls), were matched up over 800m in 56.5 and 600m in 41.1.

Matamata Trackwork - 6th June 2017
06 Jun 2017

Ali Baba looked in good order for his Te Rapa weekend engagement when he got through sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the course proper, which was heavy 18 metres out, Ali Baba (C Grylls) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:22.2 and gathered momentum for a final 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m well held in 39.6.

The Moroney/Gerard-trained gelding has freshened since last racing and will step out on Saturday in the Rating 75 1600.

Te Rapa entry Fortune Patch (S Weatherley) appeared to manage the conditions when working with Avondale Friday candidate Rainbow Sky (C Grylls) over 1200m in 1:25.6, 1:08.4 and 39.7. Te Rapa two-year-old runner The Boy Wonder (C Grylls) was partnered by Avondale entry Normandy (Danis) over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 40.3.

Suffire (C Grylls) and I’m Murphy (S Weatherley) had pace on throughout as they prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.9. Wimbledon (J Collett) was well held over 1000m in 1:11.9 and 41.6, while stablemate and fellow Te Rapa entry El Cajero (Newman) followed in 1:11.4 and 41.2. Gentil Tonton (S Weatherley) and Prize Lad (C Grylls) completed sound work over ground with 1200m in 1:24.6, 1:09.5 and 40.3.

Abbey Kay (Miller) and Esprit De Corps (Lammas) were paired over 1000m in 1:10, and 39.5, while Divine Duke (S Weatherley) and Tweedledee (Ravi) ran the same distance in 1:07.6 and 40.2.

On the sand Nothing Trivial (W Hillis) worked away from the 1200m to run the trip in 1:17.2, picking up Heaven Forbid (Danis) for a final 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 36.3. They are both in good order for their weekend engagements.

Master Poet (M Brosnan) and El Nino (Boyack) also did solid work over ground, cutting out their last 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.9 and 37.6, while Te Rapa entry Miss Horotiu (C Grylls) covered 1000m in 1:06.8 and 37.8.

Keep On Coming (C Grylls) left 1000m behind in 1:07 and 37.2, and Saint Finn (Clements) covered the same ground in 1:09.3 and 40.4.

Galaxy Miss (Dowling) was timed over her last 800m in 52.4 and 600m in 37.2. The Danica Guy-trained has been freshened since her completing a double and is likely to be aimed at the Tauranga Classic later in the month.

On the all-weather track Barnaby (S McKay) and Barcelo (P McKay) covered 1000m in 1:04.2 and 38.


Matamata Trackwork - 30th May 2017
30 May 2017

Underthemoonlight looked ready for her Wanganui weekend assignment when she got through smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the sand with trainer Karyn McQuade in the saddle, Underthemoonlight worked away steadily from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:18.8, picking up momentum for a final 1000m in 1:04.9 and flattening out impressively over the last 600m in 35.9.

The El Hermano mare, who has been placed in all three starts this campaign, is in solid order for the step up to 1600 metres in the Listed A G Challenge Stakes, in which Michael Coleman will again ride her.

Good Vibes (J Brosnan), another heading to Wanganui on Saturday, indicated another winning run for the in-form Peter and Jess Brosnan team when he cut out 1000m on the sand in 1:03.8 and 36.2. Barnaby (S McKay) was also in good form as he got through 1000m in 1:04.6 and 36.5. He is coming to hand in pleasing style.

So True (Grant) and Crackthegoodstuff (Tierney) strode together over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.5 and 38.2. Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) was well held over 1000m in 1:08 and 41.2, while Fortaleza (C Grylls) ran the same distance in 1:10.1 and 40.2, and Saint Finn (C Grylls) returned 1:14.3 and 43.

On the course proper, which was heavy 25 metres out, Persuasive (Coleman) and Rocksun (McNab) prepared for Ellerslie on Saturday with sound work over 1000m in 1:09.4 and 600m in 39.4.

The Gary Hennessy-trained pair What We Do (Miles) and Fortune Kept (Fawcett) did good work ahead of Wanganui as they strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:07.8 and 40.2.

On the all-weather track Ellerslie entry Valante (S McKay) went with Amarula (P McKay) over 1000m in 1:07.4, finishing off with 600m in 38.5. Stablemate Barcelo (S McKay) worked solo over the same distance in 1:08.4 and 38.2.

Taaxman (T Gillies), looking fitter for his recent first-up run, left 1000m behind in 1:08.2 and 40.4, while Lewis Road (C Grylls) and a Per Incanto filly in the Richardson-Parker stable (Fraser-Hayes) ran the same trip in 1:08.2 and 39.  


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