Track work – Thursday, 28 February

Sangster confirmed his favouritism for next week’s Auckland Cup with an outstanding workout at Cambridge on Wednesday morning

Galloping on the No.1 grass Sangster (Young) and Te Aroha visitor Grande Bellezza (Sweeney) were sent 2300 metres, running the last 1200m in 1:17.9, the final 600m in 38. Sangster drew clear over the final stages and looks at peak fitness for his pending Group 1 engagement.

Working on the plough on Thursday morning Serpent (Hutton) did his Ellerslie prospects no harm when covering 1200m with Ambitious Champion (Orting) in 1:22.6, the final 600m in 39.1. Last start winner Guns at Five (Gatu) was in fine form when completing 1200m in 1:18.3, finishing off in 37.7. Arcenciel (Seguin) worked in nicely from the 1200m in 1:29.7, quickening from the 600m in 38.7. Bellazeel (Cuneen)was timed from the 1400m in 1:38.3, the 1000m in 1:10 and the last 600m in 41,1.

Popeye Dragon (Marshall) came to the end of 1000m in 1:8.6, the 600m in 38.9. Neo (Orting) and Carolina Island (German) were paired over 1000m in 1:7.3, the 600m in 39. Full of Spirit (Macfarlane) left 1200m behind in 1:22.7, the final 600m in 40. Divine Star (Dalley) was kept under a good hold from the 1000m in 1:11.7, the concluding 600m in 41. Blue Nile (German), High Society (Roustoby) and Obsessed (Holmquist) were clocked from the 600m in 37.7.

Her to Eternity (S Orting), What Was That (H Orting) and Blixem (Murphy) followed in 37.6. C’Est Magnifique (Macfarlane) strode 1400m in 1:34 and 40.7. Beyond All Doubt (Jonty) was timed from the 600m in 41. Silent Achiever (Dalley) completed 1000m in 1:8 and 39. The Terminator (McGorrian) ran 1600m in 1:57 and 41.4.

Ellerslie selections –
Race 1 Coriander, Popeye Dragon, Flying Sound
Race 2 Serpent, Mutt Williams, Hanamichi
Race 3 Guns at Five, Mungo Jerry, Veldt
Race 4 Single Act, Swiper the Fox, Delta Rose
Race 5 Pussy O’Reilly, Tyne Cat, Yardstick
Race 6 Loc’N’Key, Centre Point, Bravado
Race 7 Petty Curry, Durham Town, Double Barrell
Race 8 Savasong, Bellazeal, Commanding Oak
Race 9 Habibi, Fix, Carstizeberg
Race 10 Money Tree, Pinzaara, Speechcraft

Track and best bet – Serpent – easy win last start – extra distance suits

Outsider – Gendarme