Trackwork – Thursday, 31 January 2013

Stamen looked set to clear maiden ranks when returning an encouraging gallop at Cambridge today.    

Workng on a good plough Stamen (Hughes) maintained a strong pace throughout 1000m in 1:2, sprinting the final 600m in 35.3. He has improved with each recent outing and looks in first-class order.   

On The Level (Roustoby), who was disappointing at her most recent start, was in good form when completing 1400m in 1:33.2, the concluding section in 37. He should run prominently at Te Rapa this week-end. Last-start winner The Tidy Express (Macfarlane) was given an easy task over 1200m at three-quarter pace, increasing speed over the last 600min 41.7.        

Kelly O’Reilly (Smith) and Charmed (Paddy) completed 600m together in 39.3. Catalan King (Eda) was timed from the 600m in 38. Elusive Gold (Murphy), a form runner at Te Rapa on Saturday, worked  nicely over 800m with Dundeel (Hutton) in 53. Sacred Star (Donoghue) was given a comfortable work-out over 1400m in 1:50, the final 600m in 44.4. Marica Mia (Collins) did well over 1000m in 1:4.1   and 36.3.      

Spinmyworld  (McGorrian),  Zonza (Dally) and Cest Magnifique (Macfarlane) ran 1200m in 1:18.5, sprinting from the 600m in 36. Blue Nile (Hutton)  and High Society (Roustoby) ran 600m  smartly in 36.4. Popeye  Baggons (Marshall) was timed from the 600m in 7.5. Silent Achiever (Dally) strode 1000m in 1:11 and 39.6. Touch Ahead (Norvall) came in from the 60m in 40. Brandy Belle (Macfarlane) and Emjay (Magorrian) followed with similar work. Watch King (Hutton) completed  600m in 40, and Waikato Guineas aspirant Axle Rose (Browne) looked in good heart when breezing up over 400m on the No.1 grass in 25.

Te Rapa selections: 

R1 Stamen, Beautiful Brother, Manny. 

R2 Alvesta, Pinzaara, Speechcraft.  

R3 Elusive Gold, Cassie May, Rio Rose. 

R4 Celtic Boy, Role Model, Girl of My Dreams.  

R5  Decorah, The Tidy Express, One Above  

R6 Pussy O’Reilly, Beyond Desire, Goldminer. 

R7 Weissmuller, Castlzeberg, Axle Rose. 

R8 On the Level, Sangster, Made My Point. 

R9 Grande Bellezza, Guess What, Wowowow.   

Longshot: Pouri Chimes. 

Track tip: On the Level.  Forgive last-start failure. Strong chance.