Track Work 24 March 2020

Owing to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), no Track Work will be available until further notice.

Track Work 19 March 2020

Lightly raced filly BIRDSONG should keep her impressive form line going this weekend at Tauranga, after producing nice final work this morning.

Very few gallops took place on the plough. BIRDSONG was not after time when traveling well throughout 1200m, running the last 1000m in 1:9.2, the final 600m in 40.1.

VIN DE DANCE, who starts his fresh campaign at Tauranga, came to the end of 1400m in 1:36.7, the concluding 600m in 39.2. Although he will benefit with the run, the former Derby winner should race well.

Last start winner KIWIANNA looked fit when rounding off his preparation for Gate Par with an easy 600m in 43.2.

STARRYBEEL was sent 800m, the last 600m in 42.7. REGGIEWOOD left 1600m behind in 1:55.2, home in 41.5.

MISS HINCH ran 800m in 58, the final 600m in 42.9. ARETHA was in good form over 1000m in 1:8.3 and 39.4.

LORD SIBFORD and a PER INCANTO filly from the Baker/Forsman barn, matched strides over 1000m in 1:10.2, the final 600m in 40.

RONDINELLA, who has been racing below her best recently, looked in fantastic order when sent 1400m in 1:36.2, with the 600m in 38.3.

TWO ILLICIT ran 1600m in 1:52.4, coming home in 39.4. PACORUS came in from the 1000m in 1:10.5, finishing off in 42.8.

Best bet | Racing Tauranga | Saturday 21 March | Race 5 | J Swap Contractors Bay of Plenty Cup | LONDON BANKER

Track Work 17 March 2020

LONDON BANKER was the pick of the gallops on the plough at Cambridge this morning.

LONDON BANKER who won with plenty in hand late last month, was travelling strongly through the line, completing 1400m in 1:32.1, sprinting the last 600m in 37.8. The TAVISTOCK four year old gelding has improved further since his latest win and will prove tough to beat this weekend.

Smart two year olds SAFE PASSAGE and BONITA AURELIA were in good form over 1000m in 1.7. The final 600m in 37.7.

MAGNUM returned the fastest 1000m of the morning, when maintaining a strong gallop over 1000m in 1:2.1, dashing the 600m in 36.

TRUE ENOUGH and VIN DE DANCE worked well together from the 1000m in 1:5.2, sprinting home in 36.6. ELLE EYE ARE and DIAMOND left 1000m behind in 1:7.2 and 38.3.

SPRING DELIGHT ran a solo 1000m in 1.12, home in 39.1. OUR MODENA came in from the 1000m in 1:8.1, sprinting home in 36.8.

RITANI ran 600m in 41.3. CONTEMPLATION and CHARM SPIRIT|ELLEN VICTORIA completed 600m in 40.8. BIRDSONG strode 1200m in 1.25, home in 41.5.

ARETHA was not pushed when running 1200m in 1:15.4 and 43. KIWIANNA ran the final 600m of 1200m in 41.5.

QUIZZY LIZZY returned 41.7 from the 600m. HINERANGI and FINGERS CROSSED were not after time when clocked from the 600m in 42.

I’LLAV BUBBLES worked 600m in 40.3. DEEP BEAUTY ran 1200m in 1:22.2 and 40. CHECKERS was in good form over 1000m in 1.6 and 38.4.

HASSTOBEGOOD came to the end of 1400m in 1:34.3, the final 800m in 51.8. EL NOIR was sent an easy 1000m in 1.12 and 41.3.

LADY LIRA was timed from the 600m in 39. DUBLIN DOLL and DANCINGINTHESTREET 600m in 41.3. KING’S CROSS ran 500m at three quarter pace.

EVEN CHANCE returned 1:24.9 and 39.7 for 1200m. MISS HINCH came in from the 600m in 41.2.

SAVEZAR completed 1400m in 1.36 and 40.7. DON DRAPER ran 600m in 43.

ZEALAND was timed from the 1200m in 1:20.2, home in 39.2 | REBEL BELLE 600m in 43.2 | SHE’S APPLES completed 1000m in 1:10.1 and 40.5.

Track Work 12 March 2020

STAR TSAR will head to Trentham at peak fitness after another impressive gallop this morning.

With many horses engaged at the local jump-outs later in the morning, the plough was not at its busiest.

STAR TSAR worked in nicely from the 1000m in 1:7.8, sprinting the last 600m in 38.3. He has been most impressive since his winning debut and although up in grade this weekend he should be too smart for his rivals.

BERGAMOT completed her preparation for Saturday’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks in good style, running 1200m in 1:21.3, finishing off with 600m in 39.3. She has drawn the inside gate and should stay the 2400m and could sneak into the money at good odds.

Stablemate and race rival SHOWBEEL did her chances no harm with 1200m, clocked in 1:22.1 and 39.7. She should also be competitive in the three year old fillies classic.

VICTORY GLORY looked in good order for Tauranga when kept under a nice hold from the 1000m in 1:9.2, the final 600m in 39. Impressive last start winner BIRDSONG and BONITA AURELIA worked well over 1000m in 1:7.4, home in 38.6.

SAVASTEP left 1200m behind in 1:21.1, the 600m in 38.9. RED BEACH, who is shaping up nicely for a fresh campaign, completed 800m in a comfortable 53.2.

LADYLAX came to the end of 600m in 40.3. JACK THE LASS, who will debut at Tauranga this weekend, ran 1000m in 1:8.8 and 38.9. WELL I NEVER returned 42.1 for 600m.

EL NOIR was sent 900m, coming in from the 600m in 42.7. FINGERS CROSSED and PER INCANTO|ALPENA ROSEA matched strides from the 600m in 39.4. EVEN CHANCE ran 1200m in 1:25.2 and 40.5.

HYPNOS should race well fresh at Tauranga. He followed nice Tuesday work with an easy 1200m in 1:25.2, home in 41.9. HASSTOBEGOOD followed in 1:24.6 and 40.6. SHE’S A LADY and RIVERFALLS cut out 1000m in 1:8.9, finishing off in 38.5.

ALAMO ran the last 600m of 800m in 40. STATELINE completed 600m in 39.9.

On the No 4 grass (dead) GO NICHOLAS completed 1000m in 1:9.5, sprinting the 600m in 39.2. He starts fresh up at Tauranga this weekend and with a nice victory at the recent trials and the benefit of a 3kg claimer, he should go well.

BEST BET:
Trentham | Race 1 | TAB Bonus Back Cup Premier | 12.15 PM | STAR TSAR

Track Work 10 March 2020

Because of overnight rain the plough was closed today so all work took place on the sand.

Although no horses were fully extended ROBUSTO and SAVASTEP produced a nice gallop when leaving 1000m behind in 1:8.6, coming in from the 600m in 38.8. Both travelled sweetly throughout.

LUCETTA did well on her own, when coming to the end of 1000m in 1:8.9, sprinting the final 600m in 39.

MONGOLIAN DYNASTY looked in excellent order when sent 1200m in 1:22.3, finishing off in 39.3.

MILFORD CUBICAL and AEGON, two nice two-year-olds from the Baker/Forsman barn matched strides over 800m, completing the concluding 600m in 39.

VEE CECE was another in good form, cutting out the 1000m in 1:8.3 and 38.6. PIERINA strode 800m, the last 600m in 43.2

CAMPARI came in from the 600m in 42.9. AMASTAR ran an easy 1000m in 1.12 and 42.2. OCEAN STORM returned 41.4 for the final 600m of 900.

WHISPERING WIND and KIWIANNA was timed from the 600m in 43. FREE SPIRIT ran 600m in 44.2.

DUNHILL returned 42 for 600m. SHE’S A LADY and RIVERFALLS were on terms at the completion of 1000m, the last 600m in 39.

ANJARDEN ran 600m in 42.1. SANTA CATARINA looks to be coming to hand well. She travelled easy from the 600m in 43.2.

APPELLANT ran the last 600m of 1000m in 44. PRINCE ALBERT followed in 43.5.

GLORIOUS OCEAN did similar work. CUBIC MOON ran 600m in 41.9.

MEDALZA was sent 900m, coming home in 44.1. HYPNOS was in good form over 1200m in 1:21.3, sprinting home in 38.

Track Work 5 March 2020

A relatively quiet morning took place on a seemingly holding plough surface, while the sand assisted with a few gallops also.

The lightly raced but hugely talented SHERRIF, who the Roger James/ Robert Wellwood Partnership have some decent targets in mind for, looks very well placed at Trentham this weekend. He looks to back up a superb fresh up victory and certainly looks ready to do so. He carries 54kg in a small field. He hardly looked to be extended this morning when timed over 1400m in 1.31, 44.7.

YATIMA backed up her nice Tuesday gallop with an 800m top up, running her last 600m in 44.3. She’s been working well for a while and although Saturday’s race will be short of her best, she can get some of it. She looks a nice place chance.

RONDINELLA takes on a superb Group One field in the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes. She did things easily this morning on the back sand, clocked over her last 1000m in 1.12, 44.1. Her last start disappointment was a surprise and she’s continued to work well.

FELAAR is at peak fitness for his long term target, the Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup. Some handy staying types from across the Tasman have come to spoil the party, however, he’s not out of it. His run in the Joe McDonald Avondale Cup was superb and a great lead in to this. He was timed over his last 600m in 42.9.

Consistent gelding MASTER PARK, who has been runner up three times out of his last four starts, rounded off his weekend prep going 800m in 55, 40.3. He does carry weight but looks a chance and has recent form on the course.

SHOWBEEL heads to next weekend’s Al Basti Equiworld NZ Oaks. She won’t lack fitness and she certainly looks as though she’ll appreciate the 2400m, which is always the query for the three year old fillies. She went 1000m in 1.11, 42.

MIDNIGHT MAGIC, after a superb run against the pattern of the day at Matamata last time of asking, will need luck from the draw but is another who can show up. She drops back to 1200m for this. She ran up over 1000m in 1.17, 43.1.

RIVERFALLS and LANDRY were the two gallops to break 40 this morning. They went individually. RIVERFALLS stopped the clock in 39.4, and LANDRY not long after clocked 39.2.

ELATE worked on the sand and went 1000m in 1.15, 41.4. As mentioned on Tuesday, she will be one to watch once she gets over further.

Others to work and last 600m times;

VIN DE DANCE 41.1
BEVAN STREET 44.9
ZEALAND 41.3
PLUCKY MISS 46.1
DEEP BEAUTY 45.9
DARCI PALMER 43.5
O’HE CAN 44.8
GEHRIG 42.5

Selections from the track:

SHERRIF | Race 7 at Trentham | 3.59 pm | Anuka Smoker Handicap
PACKING ROCKSTAR | Race 3 at Ellerslie | 1.55 pm | PGG Wrightson/VetMed 1400
SWORD OF FIRE | Race 5 at Ellerslie | White Cliffs Timber 1200

Track Work 3 March 2020

It will take either a very handy galloper or bad luck to see SWORD OF FIRE get beaten at his next start. The five year old SEBRING gelding, who recently returned to the NZ racing scene after three starts in Singapore, produced an eye catching gallop this morning.

On a plough track which didn’t seem to be at its quickest, SWORD OF FIRE broke that trend by putting 800m behind him in 49.7, cruising through the line in an impressive 36.5.

Another to impress was the Ross McCarroll trained INSCRIPTION. She went 1400m in 1.32, and stylishly finished off in 36.8. She didn’t have all favours in the Matamata Veterinary Services Kaimai Stakes, getting way out of touch with the leaders on a day it was difficult to make ground. She’s one to have a look for next time.

Last start winner FLOMILINE looks to have bounced through that very well when completing her 6 furlong gallop in 1.18, home in 38.

Stablemate SHERRIF, who has always shown well above average ability, followed over the same workout distance in 1.20, 39.1. He also was a last start winner, and has only been out of the top five in his races once in his ten starts to date.

VEE CECE, who ran a big race in the Property Brokers Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes WFA F & M 1600 before another very tidy run at Matamata, showed she’s ready for her next up assignment at Trentham when cutting out 1000 in 1.05, 38.2.

RONDINELLA looked in superb form this morning. She was timed over 1400m in 1.38, running home and looking strong well beyond the post, clocking 38.3 for her final 600m.

FELAAR wasn’t asked for time as he continued his Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup preparation. Clocks were on from the 1600m although he worked over much further, doing it nicely, running home in 42.1.

A trio of promising two year old fillies from the Baker/Forsman team – ONEROA, SAFE PASSAGE and SHANDIVA, were timed over 800m in 54.5, 39.1. All looked to be doing it well. SAFE PASSAGE was a very impressive winner at the recent Avondale trials.

TRUE ENOUGH retuned 1.53 for 1600m, 41.2 for 600m. He looks a treat and seems to be going as well as ever.

ELATE, who seems one to go quick times, certainly did look good in doing so this morning. She will be an exciting prospect when she gets up over ground. She went 1200m in 1.21, 37.2.

YATIMA also caught the eye over 1000m in 1.08, 38.7.

Others to work and final 600 times were as follows:

LUCETTA 40
PORTOFINA|PIERRO Filly 39.7
HELLO SUNSHINE|MIDNIGHT MAGIC 39.2
BEVAN STREET 39.5
CAMPARI 44.1
PIERINA (sand) 40.4
KIWIANNA 44.6
LODI 37.4
AMAZING MARIA|SELENELION 41.1
DARCI PALMER 45.1
INITIATIVE 41.4
HYPNOS 39.4
YOU ARE SO VAIN 37.9
MEDELZA 44.7
CHECKERS 39.6
LINCOLN KING 45.8
SNOWDEEL 39.2
RAPOSA RAPIDA 42

Track Work 27 February 2020

Classy up and coming colt RUN TO PERFECTION only needed a touch more than three-quarter pace work to top him off nicely for Saturday’s Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes. He cantered his way around before polishing off three furlongs of work in a shade over 40.

As mentioned on Tuesday, he ran second to a super horse last time out, has won previously at Ellerslie and looks primed and ready to do so again.

STAR TSAR produced an eye-catching gallop, proving his readiness to bounce back to winning ways. On the back plough (right-handed) alongside stablemate and race rival THOMAS AQUINAS, the pair got along at a solid clip, running 1.06 for 1000m, home in 37.3. STAR TSAR finally draws an alley and will take some beating.

Derby bound SCORPZ finished off his prep for the big dance with a nice piece of work. Timed over 1400m in a modest 1.41, SCORPZ then quickened slightly and stretched out very comfortably to finish off in 40.1.

THE CHOSEN ONE, who resumed in fine style when running third in the Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic, showed he is ready to tackle the listed 2000m race in Sydney that he will be entered in for Saturday week. He went 1000m in 1.10, 39.5.

Another recent Group One performer, TRUE ENOUGH, ran 1.22 for 1200m, home in 38.6.

McKee Family Sunline Vase contestants BERGAMOT and DARCEE QUE worked on the back plough, also in preparation for the right-handed way of going. They were timed over 1200m in 1.20, 38.7. BERGAMOT seemed to hold a slight advantage and looks a very nice chance, not only for Saturday, but for the upcoming Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks at Trentham.

PLUCKY MISS and DEEP BEAUTY matched strides and did it well when clocking 52.9 for 800m, finishing off in 37.2.

ARETHA will resume in the Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes. Any rain would increase her chances. She wasn’t fully extended over 1000m, rolling home in 41.2.

Rock hard fit CRAFTY JESS continues to work well. She was only clocked from the 600m, running a sharp 37.

KAIPAKI ROAD produced three-quarter starters work, 1000m in 1.16, home in 44.1. She will contend with a nice field of three year old fillies in the McKee Family Sunline Vase. She was followed up by stablemate in BABY FACE in very close to identical work in terms of time.

MADAM HASS looked ready to rumble after going 600m in 38.2. She just needs to settle with cover to be right amongst it on Saturday.

AMAL ROSE went 1.43 for 1400m, home in 41.5. She is another Cambridge representative in the McKee Family Sunline Vase, and she wouldn’t be the worst chance at decent odds.

HASSTOBEGOOD was timed over 1000m in 1.14, 42.5. She’s another that if she can race a little kinder and not over do things, comes into calculations.

CABRELSEA looked good when clocking 1.19 for 1200m, home in 38.2.

Promising filly QUEEN OF ROSES went with KALIUWAA over 800m in 56, 39.8.

SANTA CATARINA draws poorly for Saturday’s Haunui Farm King’s Plate. She ran 600 in 45.
Stablemate and race rival MOLTO VELOCE went 800m in 59.5, 44.3.

In-form THREADTHENEEDLE went 600m in 44.1. Last start winner VICTORY GLORY came home in 40.2.

Saturday’s picks at Ellerslie from the track:

Race 1 | Curraghmore 1600 at 12.25 pm – STAR TSAR
Race 7 – Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes at 3.55 pm | RUN TO PERFECTION
Race 9 | Vodafone NZ Derby at 5.05 pm | TWO ILLICIT

Track Work 25 February 2020

Four times Vodafone NZ Derby winning trainer Roger James has filly TWO ILLICIT in top order ahead of the marquee 3yo event at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The last Derby winner Roger James trained was also a filly, SILENT ACHIEVER, in 2012 and TWO ILLICIT looks a big chance to emulate that victory based on this morning’s work.

Working on the plough, she went at a steady clip from the 1400m in 1.35, rounding it off in 38.5 and was full of running. Roger also has another decent chance in the race with gelding REGGIEWOOD, who worked very similar tempo to TWO ILLICIT, in company with MONLULA, running home in 38.9.

Last year’s Vodafone NZ Derby winning trainer Stephen Marsh is quietly confident of going back to back after SCORPZ produced a nice piece of work this morning. Working over 1600m, SCORPZ cut out 1.51, home in 38.8. He looks in fine order.

TELEKINETIC meets a tidy field of two year olds on Thursday at Pukekohe, but proved her readiness with a very impressive final hit-out. She strode out 1000m in 1.04, home in a brisk 36.9. She should be right in it on Thursday.

BERGAMOT and DARCEE QUE continued their Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks build up with a tidy 1400m gallop, finishing off in 37.4.

ARETHA and BIRDSONG look to be coming to hand nicely after freshen ups, working 1000m in 1.05, 38.2.

RUN TO PERFECTION is another leading hope from the Marsh stable this weekend. He’s run top races all prep and that’s set to continue. He worked over 1000m, home in 38.4.

SANTA CATARINA seems to produce her best at Ellerslie and seems to be back to her best form. She was unlucky there last time after winning the start before, and should prove most competitive again. She came home in 38.5 after working over 1000m.

Her stablemate could be tough to beat also. PRETTY TO SEA is another who loves Ellerslie and after winning three starts back, has had no luck in her subsequent two starts including the Group One Sistema Railway. She should meet another good field in the Haunui Farm King’s Plate but with luck can be right in it. She worked over 1000m in 1.08, home in 39.

KAIPAKI ROAD steps up to 2100m for the Sunline Vase and although looked a tad disappointing last time, she clearly had no favours with the race tempo. Back to her own age group should help also. She came home in 39.7 after working 1400m.

The penny may have dropped with RIP EM UP and it will be exciting to see how she measures up this weekend. She got a long way off them at Te Rapa last time to the races, and as usual that was not suitable, but still managed to hit the line hard for third. She finished off her work nicely in 37.2.

EVALINA has been in top form since her return from Australia. She got back and flushed wide on the corner in the JR & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap last time, so had excuses. She’s another Marsh runner who seems to save her best for Ellerslie. She worked over 1000m in 1.07, 38.8.

MOLTO VELOCE followed in near on identical work.

Promising STAR TSAR had THOMAS AQUINAS for company and they did it nicely over 1200m in 1.21, 38.6. STAR TSAR was an unlucky runner last time out and is certainly one to stick with.

Ultra consistent filly HASSTOBEGOOD deserves a break-through, after running top races of late. She worked over 1000 in 1.05, 37.8.

MADAM HASS went 1000m also, home in a shade over 40. She went to the line nicely after being shuffled out of contention on the turn last time out. She’s always shown plenty of ability.

FELAAR heads to the Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup next weekend after a super run in the Joe McDonald Avondale Cup. He worked a full round before being clocked from the 600 in 39.9.

LONDON BANKER and AMAL ROSE both worked as a blanket of fog prevented final 600’s being timed. LONDON BANKER went 1600m in 1.52, 1000m in 1.07. AMAL ROSE went similar, 1600m in 1.53, 1000 in 1.05.

Others to be timed and final 600m sectionals were as follows:

SAHAR|DAM RELIABLE 38.1
LANDRY|VISENYA 37.8
VIN DE DANCE 40.2
STARRYBEEL 40.3
THREADTHENEEDLE 38.9
AGEY BABE 40.3
BABY FACE 43.2
CLIQUE 39.9
WELL I NEVER 39.4
FINN McCOOL 42
YOU ARE SO VAIN 42.5
RIPPEDEEDOODAH 43.4

Track Work 20 February 2020

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