Trackwork
   
Matamata Trackwork 15 August 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
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 Tuesday 8 August 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
08 Aug 2017

Resurrect looked set for winning turn when he got through trackwork stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed on the course proper, where the going was heavy 18 metres out, Resurrect (R Jones) set off at a steady rate to cover 1200m in 1:23.8 and quickened all the way for a final 600m in 38.6. The Moroney/Gerard-trained gelding drops back to 1200 metres at Pukekohe this weekend and if his work is any guide he will take some beating.

Last-start winner Pacquiao (Gorham) and the improving Suliman (McNab) enhanced their Pukekohe prospects with a sound hitout over 1200m in 1:22.4 and 40.3. Over the same ground So Modest (Grant) worked well to record 1:26.8 and 42, while Catrina (T Gillies), who will shoot for a double at Pukekohe, was well contained over 1200m in 1:34.2 and 43.6.

That’s How It Goes (Miles) and Old Countess (P Brosnan) prepared for Te Aroha’s Sunday meeting with even work over 1200m in 1:24.7 and 42.4. Pukekohe entries Lady Pinot (Bosson) and Fortuner Patch (Coleman) completed their work strongly with a final 600m in 38.8.

On the sand It’s a Kind Of Magic (P  Brosnan) and Diamond Heist (Miles) drew attention to their weekend prospects as they cut out a smart 1000m in 1:02.3 and 36.8.

Gumboots (Boyack) appeared to well after his last-start win as he strolled through 1000m in 1:10.1 and 42. Fortaleza (Rastrick) ran her 1000m in 1:09.1, quickening over the final section in 38.6.

Pukekohe entry Magic Cannon (M Brosnan) was timed over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 38.6. Our King Sway (Dowling) and Dragon Robe (Madan) were not extended over 1000m in 1:12.8 and 43.7.

Charles Road (Coleman) left 1000 behind in 1:08.8 and 39.6, while Aotearower (Wratten) ran the same trip in 1:13.9 and 42.8. Others to do easy work over 1000m included Dragon Rio (A Jones) 1:13.6 and 41.8; Vanilla Moon (Coleman) 1:13.8 and 43.2, and The Dash (Rastrick) 1:14.5 and 44.

On the all-weather track Amarula (S McKay) and Valante (R Jones) were paired in sharp work over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.4. Amarula has freshened well and may be a runner in next week’s Foxbridge Plate.

Stablemate Clarify (S McKay) also looked bright as he cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and 35.8. Temple Tiger (Fawcett) completed striding work with 800m in 55.2 and 41.

Pure Savalina (Lammas) and Cabaret (Bosson) completed their work well over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 36.9. Chance To Dance (Bosson) continued his spring preparation when allowed to stretch out over 1000m in 1:11.2 and 38.8.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 1 August 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
01 Aug 2017

Volpe Veloce was the centre of attention during trackwork at Matamata this morning as she prepared for her return to racing at Te Rapa on the weekend.

Galloping right-handed on the course proper, where the going was slow with the markers at 18 metres, Volpe Veloce (McNab) set off at a steady rate to cover 1200m in 1:27.2 and quickened readily for a final 600m in 41.6. The Richardson/Parker-trained four-year-old, who was well held throughout the gallop, appears to be in good order for Saturday’s open sprint.

Keep On Coming (R Jones) was in good form ahead of Te Rapa as she cut out 1200m in 1:26.8 and her final 600m in 39.5. Kane (R Jones), another from the Moroney/Gerard team heading to Te Rapa, covered the same distance in 1:29.2 and 42.8.

Short Fuse (Tynan) and Ready To Rick (Rafi) completed their work with 600m in 40.8 as they prepared for Te Rapa, while Ocean Emperor (Miles) and Temple Tiger (Fawcett) looked forward when cutting out their last 600m together in 39.5.

On the sand Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) looked ready for his Te Rapa engagement as he strode over ground, the last 1200m boldly in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:05.2 and the last 600m in 36.6.

Magic Poet (M Brosnan), another form runner with a Te Rapa engagement, worked strongly over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:04.5 and 38.6, So True (Grant) worked soundly over the same distance in 1:17.8, 1:04.4 and 37.4. Monica Belle (M Brosnan) was another to shape up well when striding over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:03.5 and 37.2.

Te Rapa entry Sherpa (Tait) caught the eye dashing over 800m in 38, while Hawera Thursday entry Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:07.3 and 38.5. Gumboots (Boyack) ran his 1000m in 1:08.8 and 41.3, Woodsman (Gillies) and a Dalghar filly (A Jones) returned 1:06.5 and 38.4, Soul Sista (Clements) 1:08.1 and 39.5, and The Other Half (A Jones) 1:07.8 and 38.5.

Crackthegoodstuff (S Turner) cut out 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.2 and 37.9, while Letmeby (Gorham) was well held over the same trip in 1:30.5, 1:14.2 and 43.8.  

Snapshot (Dowling) indicated he is coming to hand well for Danica Guy as he strode through the last 800m of his work in 54.6 and 39.2, Cote d’Or (Wratten) completed similar work in 57.2 and 40.7, and Charles Road (S Weatherley) was timed over his final 600m in 39.7.

Our King Sway (Dowling) and Ivy’s Dream (Madan) were kept to 1:13.5 and 42.5 over 1000m, while others doing three-quarter-pace work included Fortune Patch (Rastrick) in 1:16.8 and 44.5, and Sobralia (S Turner) 1:15.6 and 42.2.

Those to do steady work over 800m included Royal Success (Miller) in 1:00.8 and 45.2, Lucy Wyldstyle (Newman) 1:00.5 and 44.2, Irish Moon (Wratten) 1:01.9 and 45.2 and Lady Amadeus (Lammas) 1:03 and 47.2. 

Matamata Track Work Tuesday 25th July 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
25 Jul 2017

Fog again got in the way of timing at Matamata this morning as a number of high profile horses had their work stepped up and others with more immediate engagements went through their paces.

Gingernuts, Perfect Fit, Volpe Veloce and Summer Passage were amongst those with major spring targets who looked bright as they went about their work. Leading two-year-old Summer Passage (Rastrick), who will trial next week at Te Teko ahead of his Melbourne campaign, worked early in the session on the sand where he was well held over 1000m in 1:15.6 and 44.2. The Snitzel colt is coming to hand well for trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.

All course proper took place right-handed at daylight, but by then the fog had come right in. New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts, who has bulked up impressively since the autumn, got a thumbs-up from rider Dan Miller after his hitout, while Michael Coleman was also happy with Perfect Fit’s work. She looks very bright after being spelled in late summer and returning to training before winter set in.

Volpe Veloce (Fraser-Hayes) worked over a round of the course proper and gave the impression she is well on target to resume in the open sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday week, which will serve as her lead-up to the Tarzino Trophy on the first day at Hastings.

Last-start winner Trueman (Lammas) was paired with Silverdale (McNab) in preparation for Saturday’s Taumarunui Cup meeting at Rotorua. Trueman looks particularly bright, while Silverdale, whose intended race at Ruakaka failed to attract sufficient entries, is coming to hand well.

Others to work on the course proper included Lady Pinot, Letmeby, Beauty’s Rose and Flying Master.

Some work was able to be timed earlier, including a bold hitout by Clarify (S McKay), who covered 1000m on the all-weather track in 1:04.5 and 36.4.

The majority of those to work on the sand were well held, including Keep On Coming (Coleman) over 1000m in 1:13.5 and 43.6, and Kitaya (Dowling), who ran the same distance boldly in 1:10.2, with no sectional split possible.

Underthemoonlight (K McQuade), who is being aimed the Foxbridge Plate, was timed over 800m in 52.8, while Griffin (Lammas) recorded 57.2 and 450 for his final 600m, and Mistrahma (Tynan) took 56.2 and 41.4.

Fortaleza (Rastrick) worked over ground with her last 1200m in 1:31.2 and 600m in 44.8. One Madison (Coleman) was kept to 1000m in 1:15.2 and 44.2, while Soul Sista (R Jones) finished her work impressively with 600m in 37.9. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 July 2017: Recorderd by Dennis Ryan
18 Jul 2017

Ruakaka form runner Amarula looked ready for the step up to a middle-distance on the weekend when he hit out boldly in training at Matamata this morning.

Amarula (S McKay) and fellow Ruakaka entry Valante (R Jones) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:17.6, with the last 1200m in 1:02.6 and the final 600m in 36.7. It was very good work by both horses.

Amarula’s stablemate Barcelo (S McKay) also caught the eye ahead of Ruakaka as he and Danger Dee (R Jones) completed sound work over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 38.5.

Cambridge visitor Memories Only (R Jones) was in brilliant form as he cut out 1000m in 59.8, with his last 600m in 35. Trainer Linda Laing is hoping for improvement from the talented three-year-old at Ruakaka on the weekend.

Papa Ragazzo (Newman) left 1000m behind in 1:05.6 and 37.6, while his stablemate I’m Bronson (Fawcett) was timed over his last 600m in 37.8. Clarify (S McKay) appeared to relish his work over 800m in 49.8 and 37.2. He has returned in solid order.

On the course proper, which was heavy 25 metres out, Silverdale (McNab) and Tavis Star (Lammas) were well matched over 1000m in 1:10.3, finishing off strongly with a final 600m in 40.6.  Silverdale is coming to hand pleasingly and steps up to 1400 metres at Ruakaka on Saturday, while Tavis Star could be an improver in her New Plymouth engagement.

Resurrect (R Jones), a possible runner at Te Aroha on Friday, looked bright in his work over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 40.8. Last-start maiden graduate Belle Capri (S McKay) prepared for New Plymouth in company with Sally Lunn (Handley) over 1000m in 1:13.8, quickening from the 600m in 41.2.

Pacquiao (Gorham) and En Soie (Rastrick) hit the line well at the end of 1000m in 1:11.7 and 41. They are likely to run at their local meeting next Wednesday. Another in that category, Caterina, was keen in the early stages as trainer Tony Gillies took her over 1200m in 1:26.4, 1:12.6 and 43.8. Beauty Rose (Coleman) was well held over the last 800m of her work in 56.8 and 41.3.

On the sand Sufficient Funds (Miles) and Dontbreakmyheart (P Brosnan) underlined their fitness for Hastings in Thursday with a slick 1000m gallop in 1:03.6 and 36.6.

It’s a Kinda Magic (P Brosnan) and Deebee Surprise (Miles) also got through their work well over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 36.5. Over the same distance Rose Royal (Grant) and Taazman (Danis) caught the eye clocking a smart 1:03.8 and 36.

Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) returned 1:05.9 and 38.9 for her 1000m, while Sleeping Beauty (S Weatherley) took 1:08.2 and 39, Press My Buttons (Dellow) and a Cape Blanco filly (Rastrick) 1:09.5 and 38.8, and Vanilla Moon (Coleman) 1:11.2 and 40.7.

Capella (Dowling) was allowed to stretch out over the last 800m of her work in 57 and 41.4. Recollect (Fraser-Hayes) was also well held when covering 1000m in 1:15.4 and 44.8, while in similar work Dragon Rio (Dowling) took 1:18 and 45.2, and Fort Eliza (Rastrick) 1:16.4 and 44.7.

Choux Lace (Wright) worked over ground with the last 1200m in 1:27.8 and 40.4. Divine Duke (S Weatherley) was kept to 1:32.6 and 46 over the same distance. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 20th June 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
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 13 June 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
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 Tuesday 6 June 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
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 Tuesday 30 May 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
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.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 23 May 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
23 May 2017

Sleeping Beauty and Miss Foxy Gal signalled their weekend prospects with an impressive gallop during a quiet training session at Matamata this morning.

Working 20 metres out on a slow course proper with heavy frost on the ground, Sleeping Beauty (C Grylls) and Miss Foxy Gal (Coleman) were paired over a strong 1000m in 1:07.2, finishing off with 600m in 38.8.

Sleeping Beauty looks an improver from her recent first-up run, while fellow Ellerslie entry Miss Foxy Gal has freshened well from her last-start stakes fourth and will line up in the Great Northern Foal Stakes on Saturday. 

Sound Works (Coleman) hit the line full of running at the end of 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.5. The Not A Single Doubt mare is a recent recruit from Ballymore’s Melbourne stable and judging by her work she has prospects in Rating 65 grade at Ellerslie on the weekend.

Tiptronic (Tynan) underlined his Ellerslie chances when he worked with All Razzle Dazzle (Gorham) over 1200m in 1:22.5, 1:08.5 and 41.4. Silverdale (Pinn) and Lucy Wyldstyle (McNab) hit out well together over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 40. Silverdale heads to Ellerslie, while his stablemate will run at Hawera on Sunday.

Makarios (R Jones) wasn’t extended over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 40.6, and New Crown (J Collett) was well contained over the same ground in 1:16 and 43.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16th May 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
16 May 2017

Underthemoonlight left no doubts about her fitness for Rotorua on the weekend when she galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

Working on the sand later in the session when fog affecting early timing had cleared, Underthemoonlight cut out 1000m under a strong hold from her trainer Karyn McQuade. She was timed over the distance in 1:03.4 and the final 600m in 37.8, indicating that was at peak for her rescheduled assignment in the Rotorua Stakes on Sunday.

Most other horses with weekend engagements galloped on the course proper, where the ground 18 metres out was at the far end of the slow range. Tavis Star (Fawcett) caught the eye as she prepared for her fresh-up run at Te Rapa on Saturday, shading Corporate Missile (Leveque) at the end of 1000m in 1:07.9 and 38.9.

Te Rapa entries Babe (Gorham) and Mahalo (Tynan) had pace on from the start of their hitout over 1000m, recording 1:06.4 and 39.8 for the final 600m. Suffire (Coleman) prepared for Te Rapa with sound work over 1000m in 1:06.7 and 39, while Rotorua candidate Save The Stars (S Weatherley) returned 1:06.8 and 39.2.

Last-start Te Rapa winner Galaxy Miss (Dowling) looked well as she strolled over 1200m in 1:32.2, 1000m in 1:13.4 and 600m in 41.8. Keep On Coming (Coleman) impressed with the way she completed her work ahead of Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:25.5, 1:08.6 and 39.2.

Rainbow Song (C Grylls) and Divine Duke (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.8, De Chine (C Grylls) took 1:07.6 and 40, while Esprit de Corps (Miller) and Abbey Kay (Pinn) returned 1:07.5 and 39.2.

Te Rapa candidates Pacquiao (Tynan) and Fame Seeker (Fraser-Hayes) were paired in good work over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:07.1 and 40.3. The Boy Wonder (C Grylls) and Avec Moi (S Weatherley) took 1:09.3 and 38.1 over 1000m, while Foreigner (Miller) was well held over the same ground in 1:11.8 and 40.

On the all-weather track, Valante (S McKay) and Perfectly Ready gelding (P McKay) were paired over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 37. On the sand Claydon (M Brosnan) covered 1000m in 1:07.7 and 40.2, while over the same ground Miss Horotiu (Coleman) was kept to 1:11.2, with restricting her final section to 56.8 for 800m.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 February 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
28 Feb 2017

Vodafone New Zealand Derby-bound stablemates Gingernuts and Beaumarchais underlined their fitness for Saturday’s classic with sterling work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the plough, Gingernuts (Lammas) set off over ground slightly ahead of Beaumarchais (McNab) and the pair worked up together to complete 1200m in 1:17.2, with the last 1000m in 1:02.7 and 600m in 36.3. Gingernuts has trained on pleasingly from his upset Avondale Guineas win, while Beaumarchais, currently on the borderline of a start, adds further strength to the Autridge-/Richards Derby hand.

The O’Sullivan/Scott partnership’s Derby pair Cha Siu Bao and Charles Road were well contained in their work. Cha Siu Bao (S Weatherley) strode through 1200m in 1:19.6, 1:05.3 and 37, while Charles Road (Hutchings) followed in 1:19.3, 1:05.1 and 37.7. Both are fit and well for their weekend assignment.

Ellerslie runners Glass Slipper (C Grylls) and Dame Margot Fonteyn (Lammas) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 35.8. Last-start Ellerslie winner Glass Slipper will run in the Mongolian Khan Trophy, while Dame Margot Fonteyn will have her final Oaks lead-up in the Sunline Vase.

Splurge (Miller) was on the bridle throughout 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.2 as he prepared for the Darley Plate, while stablemates Royal Success (Miller) and Kingsman (McNab) looked in good order for the weekend as they cut out the same trip in 1:04.8 and 36.5.

Auckland Cup entry Perfect Start did well carrying a fair weight in the shape of trainer Wayne Hillis as she prepared for the first day at Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:02.1 and 36.2. Sunline Vase runner Dreams Of Paris (McNab) was well held over the last 1000m of her work in 1:09.8 and 39.2.

Four Degrees (C Grylls) prepared for Saturday with 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:02.4 and 36.6. Sharp Proposition (Hepi) was well contained over the same ground in 1:29.7, 1:12.5 and 43.6.

Rasa Lila (Ritchie) worked freely over1000m in 1:02.7 and 36.8. Clarify (S McKay) ran the same trip in 1:04.6 and 36.5, while Galaxy Miss (C Grylls) wasn’t extended to record 1:09.4 and 39.8.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 February 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
22 Feb 2017

Two-year-olds with feature race engagements on their home track this weekend were the centre of attention during a busy training session at Matamata this morning.

Galloping against the rail on a dead course proper, Summer Passage (C Grylls) was impressive as he and Miss Foxy Gal (Coleman) cut out 1000m in 1:02, with their final 600m in a smart 35.2.

It was especially good work by Summer Passage, whose clash with highly regarded Cambridge colt Aim Smart in Saturday’s Reid & Harrison Slipper is keenly anticipated. Miss Foxy Gal, who had to undergo a barrier trial after being late scratched recently, is one of three Wexford Stables entries the Gr. 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.

The other two, Princess Rihanna (C Grylls) and Nothin’ On Me (McNab), also got through their work in style with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 35.5. Princess Rihanna was an unlucky fourth in the Karaka Million, while Nothin’ On Me appears to have bounced back well from a below-par effort several weeks ago.

Early Breeders’ Stakes favourite Gold Fever (Bosson) underlined her readiness when she and Slipper entry Summer Monsoon (McNab) were paired over a smart 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 35.6. Gold Fever has made pleasing progress since her recent strong win at Te Rapa, while her stablemate has cleaned up well with a trial two weeks ago.

All other course proper gallops took place 22 metres out, where form runners Irish Moon (S Weatherley) and Princess Kereru (Coleman) looked the part over 1000m in 1:04.7 and 37.5. Irish Moon runs in Saturday’s open sprint and Princess Kereru in the three-year-old 1400.

Smashing (Lammas) drew attention to her open sprint prospects when she led Unfazed (Bosson) at the end of 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.4. Aotearower (Wratten) impressed in solo work over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.6 and 38.2, while Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) completed her work strongly over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 38.8.

Hushed (Bosson) and Our Abbadean (McNab) strode over 1:20.6, 1:04.8 and 39. Slow tracks kept them at home last weekend and they will now run in the Kaimai Stakes. Race rival Gentil Tonton (C Grylls) completed long work with 1200m in 1:24.8, 1:09.2 and 38.4, while Piazza (S Weatherley) followed in a sound 1:24.5, 1:09 and 38.2.

Impressive last-start winner Ocean Emperor (Bourke) and Temple Tiger (Danis) were timed over their last 800m in 51 and 37.5. Babe (Gorham) and Secret Stash (Tynan) prepared for the weekend with 1000m in 1:06.6 and a respectable final section in 37.37.3.

Southern visitor Signify (A Jones), who will be entered for Saturday’s open sprint, looked bright when running in from the 800m in 57.2 and 40.4. Rival Red Striker (S Collett) cut out her final 600m in 37.4.

Pure Lorde (Gorham) was paired with Breeders’ Stakes entry Short Fuse (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 37, while Star Ella (A Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:19.9, 1:05.6 and 38.2. Hot In High Heels (S Turner) kept up an even rate over the same distance in 1:17.8, 1:04.2 and 39.

Lucky’s Revenge (P McKay) and Orange Shore (S McKay) were timed over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 38.6. Mr Selfridge (R Jones) and Sharp Proposition (Hepi) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:04.5 and 37.9.

Makarios (D Weatherley) and Ali Baba (Coleman) cut out 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:05.9 and 38.5. Promising two-year-olds Swing Note (Lammas) and Cousteau (Bosson) were sent over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.4.

On the all-weather track Nothing Trivial (Coleman), Watch This Space (Lammas) and Dezignator (Danis) were matched over a brisk 1000m in 1:01.2 and 36.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14 February 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Feb 2017

Nucleonic and Ice Bomb looked sharp for the two-year-old feature at New Plymouth on Saturday when worked stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the plough, Nucleonic (Lammas) and Icebomb (McNab) were well matched over 1000m in 1:02.8, finishing off strongly with a final 600m in 36.2. Both Autridge/Richards-trained juveniles have raced just once, Nucleonic for a win at New Plymouth and Icebomb for third at Trentham.

Cote d’Or (Coleman) was in good form ahead of the weekend as she strode over 1200m in 1:19.8, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 36. Avondale Cup candidate Perfect Start (Hillis) was paired with Dare Devil (Danis) over a solidly run 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:02.2 and 35.9.

Race rival Hushed (Lammas) went with Avondale Guineas entry Gingernuts (McNab) over 1200m in 1:18, 1:02.6 and 36.2. Stablemate Shocking Luck (Lammas) prepared for the Avondale Guineas with 1200m in 1:16.2, 1:03 and 36.3, while race rival Beaumarchais (Lammas) returned 1:15.9, 1:02.2 and 36.2.

Cha Siu Bao (Biwani) prepared for the Ellerslie three-year-old feature when he and Summer Passage (C Grylls) ran their last 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.1, while yet another for the Avondale Guineas, Charles Road (S Weatherley), strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:05.8 and 36.4.

Ellerslie entries Imperium (McNab) and Dame Margot Fonteyn (Fawcett) left 1200m behind in 1:18.8, 1:03.2 and 36.4. Thailand (Newman) caught the eye over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 35.8, while Clovelly Park (Fawcett) also did smart work ahead of Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.5.

Mary Quant (R Jones) was another to cut out 1000m impressively, clocking 1:02.5 and 36.8, while Rotorua visitor Sneaking Darcy (R Jones) took 1:00.4 and 36.6, Whatz Occurring (C Grylls) and Vincent Street (Hillis) 1:02 and 36.2, and Splurge (Miller) 1:04.2 and 36.4.

Taranaki Cup entry Vinevale (Lammas) was paired with Silver Missile (McNab) over 1000m in 1:07.3 and 38.7, while race rival Our Abbadean (K Jones) and Princess Davone (Cole) were well contained over the same ground in 1:10.3 and 39.

Our King Sway (A Jones), another in the Taranaki Cup, went with Star Ella (Coleman) in solid work over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:02.1 and 35.8.  Over Torque (Grant) and Too Late (A Jones) covered the same distance in 1:20.8, 1:04.5 and 37.8.

On the course proper, which was dead 18 metres out, Mister Impatience (D Weatherley) got through long work in preparation for the Avondale Cup, building momentum to record 1:24.9 for his last 1200m, 1:09.4 for 1000m and 39.8 for the final 600m.

Saffron Lady (D Weatherley), another for Ellerslie, went with Keep On Coming (C Grylls) over 1200m in 1:21.8, 1:06 and 37.3, while Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) travelled up strongly over the same distance in 1:24.8, 1:09.7 and 39.2. Incantesimo (C Grylls) and Mahalo (Tynan) were well matched over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 36.8.

On the all-weather track Lucky’s Revenge (P McKay) and Valante (S McKay) were unextended over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.5. Paradise Rock (Leveque), who runs at Gisborne on Sunday, was well held over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 41, while Barcelo (P McKay) and Mercury Rising (S McKay) took 1:10.8 and 39.

Back on the plough, New Plymouth runner Dreamcrafter (Coleman) strode over 1200m in 1:24, with her last 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 37.2. Hot In High Heels (N Turner) ran the same trip in 1:21.6, 1:05.8 and 36.2, while Makarios (Dellow) and The Dash (D Weatherley) took 1:22.4, 1:04.1 and 37.3, and Thoughtful (D Weatherley) 1:29.6 and 41.8.

Over 1000m Amperage (McNab) and Fastnet Fire (Lammas) returned 1:04.9 and 36.8, All The Gold (Fawcett) 1:05.6 and 35.8, Corporate Missile (McNab) and Abloom (Lammas) 1:04 and 36.2, Temple Tiger (Bourke) 1:07.7 and 37.2, and Princess Kereru (Davidson) 1:11.8 and 40.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 7 February 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
07 Feb 2017

A number of horses with feature race engagements at Te Rapa on the weekend got through their work in style at Matamata this morning.

On the course proper, which was good 18 metres out, Savile Row (Coleman) underlined his fitness for the Herbie Dyke Stakes with a solid hitout over 1200m in 1:18.4. He picked up stablemate Saint Finn (D Weatherley) for the last 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.5.

The last-start Levin Classic runner-up hit the line strongly and will be an interesting runner when he steps up to a middle-distance at Te Rapa on his way to the New Zealand Derby.

NRM Sprint candidate Perfect Fit (Coleman) stretched out well to complete a smart solo 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.2 and 36.4. After placings in both the Railway and Telegraph, she looks primed for a bold effort over 1400 metres on Saturday.

Unbeaten filly Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) was set her usual race-week task by trainer Graham Richardson, striding over ground and completing a well-contained 1200m in 1:24.3, with the last 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 40. With a record of seven from seven, she will be the centre of attention in her first test beyond 1600 metres in Saturday’s Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic.

Aotearower (Wratten) drew attention to her weekend prospects with a bold 1200m in 1:16.2, 1:02.9 and 36.8. Mister Impatience (D Weatherley), who runs next in the Avondale Gold Cup on Saturday week, did long work and finished off with a comfortable 1200m in 1:26.8, 1:11.1 and 40.

On the plough Heroic Valour (McNab) prepared for the NRM Sprint when he and Te Rapa two-year-old candidate Gold Fever (Lammas) cut out 1000m in 1:05.5 and hit the line hard after a final 600m in 36.8.

Stablemate Abidewithme (M Grylls) wasn’t put against the clock over 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 41. She looks very bright for what will be her final race in the Herbie Dyke Stakes.

Miss Foxy Gal (Hepi) and Amazing Banker (C Grylls) looked sharp for the Te Rapa two-year-old race when cutting out 800m in 50.4 and 600m in 36.7. Recent fresh-up winner Its Our Showtime (Lammas) indicated she had gone on the right way when paired with Tiffany’s Time (McNab) over 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.

Red Keep (M Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:04.7 and 37.4, while Thoughtful (C Grylls) ran the same distance in 1:23.4, 1:07 and 37.5. Madam Monica (McNab) and Spritz (Lammas) were paired over 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:04 and 36.4.

Icing On The Cake (Boyack) and Just For Kicks (M Brosnan) cut out 1000m in 1:07.8 and 38.6, and Shameless (Danis) returned 1:08.6 and 39.8. Viva Las Vegas (D Weatherley) left 1200m behind in 1:26.4, 1:10.2 and 40.6. Ruby Armani (Dellow) was timed over the last 800m of her work in 57.1 and 40.5.

Contessa Belle (Rastrick) was never at top over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:09.6 and 39, while Sound Proposition (C Grylls) did similar work in 1:25.5, 1:08.6 and 39.1, Cote d’Or (Wratten) took 1:26.4, 1:10.8 and 42.3, and Mistrahma (Gorham) 1:28.2, 1:12.4 and 42.9.

In steady work over 1000m Grazia (Lammas) returned 1:09.6 and 39. 2, and Royal Success (Miller) 1:14.6 and 43.3. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 31 January 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
31 Jan 2017

Hall Of Fame and Shocking Luck looked right on target for Saturday’s Waikato Guineas when they galloped brilliantly together at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Hall Of Fame (Bosson) and Shocking Luck (McNab) worked away from the 1200-metre mark at a solid tempo and built as they went to run the distance in 1:15.3, with the last 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in an impressive 35 seconds.

Hall Of Fame has done everything right since his Levin Classic win, while Shocking Luck takes proven middle-distance form into Saturday’s important Derby lead-up.

Cha Siu Bao (C Grylls) also underlined his readiness for the Te Rapa three-year-old feature when paired with Beaumarchais (Miller) over 1200m in 1:15.9, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in an impressive 34.8.

Shez Swanky (P Turner) and Sasanof’s Hero (Newman) did sound work ahead of Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:01 and 36.2. Over the same distance Mary Quant (C Grylls) returned 1:22.3, 1:07 and 37.1, while Vinevale (Bosson) and Hushed (McNab) took 1:18.4, 1:03.2 and 36, and Le Petite Rouge (S Collett) 1:25.6, 1:09.2 and 39.8.

Los Vargas (Tynan) was keen in the early stages over her gallop over 1000m, cutting out the distance in 1:02.4 and the final 600m in 37. Our Abbadean (McNab) and Tatters (Bosson) reeled off 1000m in 1:02.2 and 36.4, while Princess Davone (Bosson) and Tiffany’s Time (McNab) were well held to return 1:06.3 and 37.6.

Ali Baba (C Grylls) drew attention to his Te Rapa prospects with sound work over 1200m in 1:22, 1:05.5 and 37.1. Stablemate Savile Row (D Weatherley) was let off with striding work, his last 1200m in 1:28.8 and 42.3.

Promising three-year-old High Distinction (S Collett) rolled over 1000m in 1:12.3 and 40.6. He is set to trial next week. Sassy ’N’ Smart (Bosson) and Nucleonic (McNab) had it easy early in their hitout before running in from the 600m in 36.2.

Makarska (Wratten) was kept to an easy 1000m in 1:15.2 and 43.8, while Colour Plus (Wright) took 1:11.2 and 40.6.

On the all-weather track impressive last-start winner Elettra (Wratten) covered 1000m behind in 1:12.5 and 42.4 in preparation for the first day at Te Rapa. 

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24th January 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
25 Jan 2017

Unbeaten filly Volpe Veloce was by no means the fastest in training at Matamata this morning but she still left a big impression as she prepared for the Karaka Million meeting at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Galloping 10 metres out on a dead course proper, Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) was set her usual easy assignment, cruising over 1200m in 1:24, with her last 1000m in 1:09.2 and finishing off with 600m in 39.2. The Graham Richardson-trained filly will meet some stern male opposition in the Karaka 3YO Mile but should be cherry ripe to take her record to seven from seven.

Heroic Valour (Bosson), one of those rivals, was paired with Pukekohe Saturday runner Imperium (Miller) in solid work over 1000m in 1:03.2. Heroic Valour has improved for his run at Ellerslie last week.

Karaka Million entries Melody Belle (Bosson) and Iffragal (Lammas) got through sound work over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 36.5. Race rival Princess Rihanna (S Weatherley) was shaded by Summer Passage (C Grylls) at the end of 1000m in 1:02.7 and 35.8. Even allowing they had early use of the track it was good work, especially by Summer Passage (C Grylls), a Snitzel colt who has won two trials.

Abidewithme (Bosson) prepared for the Thorndon Mile at Trentham on Saturday when he and Up ‘N’ Rolling (S McKay) strode over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:03.2 and 36.3. Glass Slipper (R Jones) and Mr Selfridge (S Weatherley) did good work over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.2.

It’s Our Showtime (McNab) looked ready for a good effort at Pukekohe when leading Smashing (Lammas) to the end of 1000m in 1:02.4 and 35.8. Clovelly Park (Fawcett) had pace on throughout as he prepared for Pukekohe with 1000m in 1:01.9 and 35.9. Over the same ground Summer Monsoon (McNab) and Kingsman (Lammas) returned 1:03.8 and 36, En Soie (C Grylls) and All Razzle Dazzle (Tynan) 1:04.9 and 37, Tatters (McNab) 1:05.5 and 37.5, Secret Stash (Tynan) and Raspberry Sweet (Fraser-Hayes) 1:02.9 and 36.7, and Latin Rose (C Grylls) and Foreigner (Bosson) 1:02.5 and 36.3.

Trentham-bound Splurge (Miller) looked good in solo work over 1000m in 1:04.3 and 36.7, Gold Dreams (Dowling) and Lookatmepins (Danis) took 1:05.8 and 37.1, while Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) and Battle Royal (A Jones) had a solid hitout ahead of Te Teko next Monday with 1200m in 1:15.2, 1:02 and 36.7.

Princess Kereru (C Grylls) and Gentil Tonton (S Weatherley) were paired over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.2. Thornhill (Dowling) was well held over the same ground in 1:07.8 and 39.6.

Ellerslie entry Cote d’Or (Wratten) cut out 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:03.4 and 37.8, Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) took 1:22, 1:07.8 and 37.6, and Miss Horotiu (Wratten) 1:19.3, 1:04.1 and 37.2.

On the sand last-start winner Charles Road (S Weatherley) did sound work over 1200m in 1:24.8 and 38.6. Among those to get through three-quarter-pace included Hall Of Fame (McNab) in 1:32.7 and 45.1 as he continued his preparation for the Waikato Guineas.

Cha Siu Bao (C Grylls) and a Red Giant gelding (Hepi) covered 1200m in 1:30 and 45.2, Thailand (Newman) took 1:30.9 and 45.6, and Four Degrees (Rastrick) 1:32.8 and 45.4.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 17 January 2017: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
17 Jan 2017

A number of horses with feature race engagements at Trentham on Saturday underlined their fitness with attractive work at Matamata this morning.

Leading Telegraph candidate Perfect Fit took time honours, while race rivals Xtravagant and Irish Moon also caught the eye, along with Wellington Cup runners Mister Impatience, Clarify, Echezeaux and Zambezi Warrior.

Perfect Fit was ridden by her raceday jockey Michael Coleman when sent over 1000m on the all-weather track, cutting out the distance in 1:00.8 and hitting the line with a dazzling final 600m in 34.5. The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare has made very pleasing progress since her Railway second.

Stablemate Irish Moon (C Grylls) tracked Perfect Fit for his 1000m hitout, recording 1:01.8 and also finishing off well with a final section in 34.7. Unfortunately he is not certain to make the field for Saturday’s big sprint.

Pre-post Telegraph favourite Xtravagant had race rider Opie Bosson in the saddle as he and stablemate Gingernuts (McNab) cut out 1000m on the plough in 1:02.2 and 35.2. Following the gallop the decision was made to withdraw Xtravagant from the Trentham feature.

Defending Wellington Cup title-holder Mister Impatience (Coleman) worked on the course proper, where the going 12 metres out just had the jar out of it. After warming up on a pacework track, the big bay did interesting work comprising two separate 1200-metre gallops.

In the first he recorded 1:23, with the last 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 39.4. He was slower off the mark next time round, but he finished full of running after 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:08.1 and 39.2.

Clarify, the runaway winner of the Dunstan Stayers’ Final at his last start, looked bright as Shaun McKay took him over two rounds on the plough. After gradually quickening he was timed for the final 1200m in 1:16.3, 1:01.8 and 35.9, finishing the gallop with deceptive ease.

Echezeaux (Lammas) and Zambezi Warrior (Bosson) were paired in sound work as they prepared for the Wellington Cup, cutting out their last 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:01.9 and 35.8. It was particularly good work by Echezeaux, who was strong at the line.

Al Pacino (S McKay) and Barcelo (P McKay) looked in good order for Trentham as they galloped over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 35.9, while Roll The Gold (Fawcett) also looked good over the same distance in 1:02.4 and 35.9. Wildflower (C Grylls) did her Trentham prospects no harm when she and All Razzle Dazzle (Tynan) left 1200m behind in 1:18.5, 1:03.1 and 36.7.

Power Of Patch (Coleman) looked in form for Tauranga on Friday when striding over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:05.2 and 37.5, while Realta (Fraser-Hayes) and Four Degrees (C Grylls) recorded a smart 1:16.9, 1:02.5 and 36.4. Vanilla Moon (S Weatherley) ran the same distance in 1:22.7, 1:05.9 and 36.6, King Kane (McNab) and Vinevale (Lammas) took 1:21.3, 1:05.8 and 37.6, Gentil Tonton (Hepi) 1:22.6, 1:06.4 and 38.3, Mistrahma (Rastrick) 1:18.4, 1:03.8 and 37.5.

Astrid (Bosson) and Our Abbadean (McNab) prepared for Te Rapa on Sunday with a sound 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36. Princess Rihanna (C Grylls) wore blinkers as she continued her Karaka Million preparation with an easy 1000m in 1:16.1 and 45.2.

Abbey Kay (McNab) and Zavistic (Bosson) cut out 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36. Cote d’Or (Wratten) was well held over the same ground in 1:12.6 and 41.8, while stablemates Miss Horotiu (Wratten) returned 1:12.2 and 42.6 and Makarska (Wratten) 1:10.8 and 40.3.

My Foxy Girl (S Weatherley) and Amazing Banker (C Grylls) ran in from the 800m in 58.2 and 36.9, while Incantesimo (Tynan) had it easy over 1200m in 1:29.5 and 43.2.

On the course proper Ali Baba (Coleman) drew attention to his Trentham prospects when he led Sororia (C Grylls) to the end of 1200m in 1:16.9, with the last 1000m in 1:02.5 and the 600m in an impressive 36.1.

Keep On Coming (S Weatherley) and Thoughtful (Olney) prepared for Te Rapa over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.9 and 37.3.

On the all-weather track Babe (Rastrick) and My Dakota (Tynan) completed 1000m in 1:04.9 and 35.9. Stablemate Volpe Veloce did striding work and was timed over her last 600m in 44.2. The unbeaten filly has freshened up nicely from her Eight Carat Classic win and is on target for the Karaka 3YO Mile on Sunday week.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 27 December 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
28 Dec 2016

Stablemates Perfect Fit and Irish Moon continued their Sistema Railway preparations with pleasing work at Matamata this morning.

Perfect Fit was ridden by Michael Coleman in her solo gallop on the all-weather track, where she was unextended to cover 1000m in 1:05.7 and the final 600m in 37.2. Irish Moon had Craig Grylls on board for a similar assignment, well held over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.9.

Perfect Fit has had a smooth preparation to now be one of the leading Railway fancies, while Irish Moon has also gone on the right way since his second in the Concorde Handicap. Between them they give trainers Ken and Bev Kelso a strong hand in Sunday’s big sprint.

Last-start winner Woodsman (T Gillies) looked on target for Saturday’s Stratford Cup as he cut out the last 1000m of his work in 1:03.6 and 36.8. Antonio Lombard (P McKay) was paired with Orange Shore (Yanigeda) over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 37.6.

Mister Impatience (D Weatherley) prepared for Sunday’s City of Auckland Cup with impressive work on the course proper, which was good 22 metres out. After building momentum he covered his last 1200m in 1:23.5, 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 39.2. Last season’s Wellington Cup winner has taken a lot of improvement out of his recent first-up race and will be an interesting runner over 2400 metres at Ellerslie.

Two others from the Moroney/Gerard team, Makarios (Burke) and As You Will (S Weatherley), were paired over 800m on the course proper in 56 and 40.8.

On the plough Zambezi Warrior (McNab) and Sebrose (Lammas) looked sharp as they cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:02.6 and 36.3. Zambezi Warrior holds nominations for the City of Auckland Cup and Dunstan Stayers’ Final, while Sebrose will run in the Stratford Cup.

Dunstan Final entries Realta (Fraser-Hayes) and Pure Lorde (C Grylls) were timed in good work over 1200m in 1:18.5, 1:04.2 and 37. Race rival Clarify (P McKay) ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:03 and 36.8, while Miss Horotiu (Coleman) prepared for the Ellerslie special maiden with a smart 1000m in 1:02.3 and 36.5.

Royal Stakes entries Dame Margot Fonteyn (Fawcett) and Madam Monica (McNab) got through sound work together over 1200m in 1:17 and 36.2. Two more for Ellerslie on Sunday, Tiptronic (Fraser-Hayes) and Wildflower (C Grylls), did similar work in 1:17.8 and 37.5, while Starella (A Jones) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:15.2 and 37.8.

Amongst others to catch the eye were Taupo entries Princess Kereru (Davidson) and Choux Lace (A Jones) as they cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and 36, and Hawke’s Bay Sunday candidate Roll The Gold (Fawcett), who ran the same trip in 1:04.8 and 37.3.

Other gallops: 800m plough: Makarska (Wratten) 48.8 and 36.2.

1000m plough: Master Poet (M Brosnan) 1:03.4 and 36.7; Watch This Space (Danis) 1:03.6 and 37.6; Great Expectations (Fraser-Hayes) 1:07.8 and 38.9.

1200m plough: Rodmar (P McKay) 1:16.2, 38; Miss Elegante (A Jones) and Panella (Grant) 1:22.7 and 39.7; Tyrone (Yanigeda) and Vinaros (P McKay) 1:19.2 and 38.8; Over Torque (Grant) and Dontbeshy (A Jones) 1:17.8 and 36.6; Keep Carmen Carion (Fraser-Hayes) and Miss Ellan Vannin (Khan) 1:21.9 and 38.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 20 December 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
20 Dec 2016

Volpe Veloce is on target to extend her unbeaten record at Ellerslie on Boxing Day judging by her work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the course proper, which was dead with the markers out 18 metres, Volpe Veloce was ridden by her regular work rider Craig Rastrick as she strode from the 1200-metre mark in 1:26.2, with the last 1000m in 1:10.8 and final 600m in 40.8.

The Graham Richardson-trained filly, who took her record to five from five in the Eulogy Stakes 10 days ago, never does a lot in training and looks in excellent order for her next big test, the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Stakes.

Race rival Avec Moi (C Grylls) also worked on the course proper, where she and New Plymouth weekend entry Embeya (D Weatherley) cut out 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.1 and 39. Another Ballymore Stables pair, Majic El (D Weatherley) and Henley Road (Bourke) prepared for New Plymouth with 1000m in 1:08 and 39.2.

On the plough, which was dead after rain yesterday, Sound Proposition (Coleman) worked well ahead of the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day when he completed 1200m in 1:23.1, 1:06.9 and 37.2. 

Abidewithme (M Grylls) continued her preparation for the Zabeel Classic with breezy work over 1000m in 1:07.7 and 38. The classy mare will appreciate the step up to 2000 metres in the weight-for-age feature.

Three entries for Monday’s Newmarket Handicap, Snapshot, Los Vargas and Red Striker, all worked well in solo work over 1000 metres. Snapshot (Rastrick) returned 1:06.2 and 37.3, Los Vargas (Rastrick) was kept to 1:09.5 and 38.8, while Red Striker (M Jones) was also well held to record 1:10.2 and 39.8.

Hot In High Heels (Lammas) shaped up pleasingly for the first day at Ellerslie when she and Crackthegoodstuff (S Turner) got through a brisk 1200m in 1:15.8, 1:01.6 and 36.7. Possible Boxing Day runner Capella (Coleman) was keen in her work over 1000m in 1:00.5 and 36.2.

Arraignment (Dowling) and Our King Sway (Lammas) were paired in attractive work over 1000m in 1:04.1 and 37.2. Unfazed (Lammas) and Epic Tale (Fawcett) also did well over the same distance in 1:02.8 and 35.9, while Eight Carat Classic entry Glass Slipper (C Grylls) was not extended to record 1:05.3 and 37.7.

Royal Success (Miller), a form runner for the inaugural Rising Stars Final on Monday, went with Chadsdale (McNab) in well held work over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 39. Tyrone (P McKay) and Rodmar (S McKay) ran the same distance in 1:05.2 and 38.

Two-year-olds Nucleonic (McNab) and Princess Rihanna (C Grylls) were timed over their last 800m in 55.2 and 39.6. Another form runner for Ellerslie, Barnaby (S McKay), and Bachro (Yanigeda) returned 49.8 and 37.5 for their last 800m.

Cool Running (K McQuade) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:02.8 and 37.8, while Mistrahma (Gorham) did similar work to record 1:1:15.6, 1:00.9 and 36.8, and Four Degrees (C Grylls) took 1:18.8, 1:03 and 37.3.

Red Keep (M Jones) and Shez Swanky (Newman) prepared for Rotorua next Tuesday with 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:07 and 38.5, Neat As A Pin (Hepi) took 1:23.4, 1:07.2 and 37.5, Star Ella (A Jones) 1:24.3, 1:09 and 41.8, Molly Pond (Grant) 1:19.8, 1:05.2 and 39.8, and Over Torque (A Jones) 1:20.6, 1:06.8 and 39.4.

Over 1000m Rotorua entry Joe Cargo (S Turner) recorded 1:05.4 and 39.6, Miss Sequoia (Grant) took 1:08.6 and 40.8, and Hurry (C Grylls), who runs next at Ellerslie, 1:10.5 and 39.9.

Cha Siu Bao (Bhiwani) and Mr Selfridge (S Weatherley) were restricted to 1000m in 1:14.1 and 44.7, while Savile Row (D Weatherley) was also kept to three-quarter-pace. He looks well after a break and is likely to target the Levin Classic.

On the all-weather track Barcelo (P McKay), who runs at Ellerslie on Monday, and second day runner Al Pacino (S McKay) cut out a sound 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 13 December 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
13 Dec 2016

Talented juvenile Gold Fever looked ready for another winning run when she worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the course proper, which was just dead against the rail, Gold Fever (Lammas) was paired with Hall Of Fame (McNab) over 1000m, working away steadily to cover the distance in 1:05.2 and building momentum for a smart final 600m in 35.8. It was very good work by both horses.

After winning on debut last month, Gold Fever will be well favoured to repeat at Awapuni on Saturday. Hall Of Fame has freshened up well from his South Island trip and will resume in the three-year-old 1400-metre event at Ellerslie on Boxing Day before targeting the Levin Classic at Trentham in mid-January.

Mister Impatience (C Grylls) did sound work in preparation for Te Rapa on Saturday, running his last 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.5 The Wellington Cup winner is coming to hand well.

Ali Baba (Coleman), a possible runner at Te Rapa, left 1000m behind in 1:06.7, quickening readily for a final 600m in 36.8. Perfect Fit (Coleman) enjoyed her work when rolling in from the 800m in 49.8 and cutting out her final 600m in 36.1. She is making pleasing progress towards the Sistema Railway.

On the plough Realta (Tynan) caught the eye in her work over ground, with the last 1200m in 1:15.8, 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 35.6. The Graham Richardson-trained mare had no luck at her last start and can bounce back at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Perfect Start (Hillis) went with promising maiden Sure He Can (Danis) over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.2. The New Zealand Cup runner-up will start next in the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day, while her stablemate goes to Te Rapa on Saturday.

Vinevale (Lammas) and Our King Sway (Bailey) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:02.9 and 35.8, while Good Lookin’ Gal (Gorham) ran the same distance in 1:03.5 and 37.2.

Keep Carmen Carion (C Grylls) and All Razzle Dazzle (Gorham) left 1200m behind in 1:17.2, 1:02.8 and 36.8. Te Rapa two-year-old entry Nothing On Me (C Grylls) went with Prize Lad (Ravi) over 800m in 49.8 and 36.2. Spin A Line (D Weatherley) and As You Will (C Grylls) ran the same trip in 55.6 and 39.8.

Sound Proposition (C Grylls) got through striding work with his last 1200m in 1:28.9 and 600m in 43.8, while stablemate Glass Slipper (Ravi) followed in 1:28.5 and 43.9. Sound Proposition runs next in the Zabeel Classic and Glass Slipper heads to Ellerslie on the same day for the Eight Carat Classic.

Rock Me (Cole) strolled over his last 1000m in 1:10.2 and 41.2, while over the same distance Auctioneer (Rastrick) was restricted to 1:15.2 and 44.2.

On the all-weather track Tiptronic (Fraser-Hayes) and Suliman cut out 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 36.5. Last-start winner Tiptronic will run in the three-year-old 1400 at Awapuni on the weekend, while Suliman, a trial winner by Redwood, will make his debut at Te Rapa.

Eprouvez (Rastrick) ran a solo 800m in 52.5 and 37.8. Over the same distance Matuzalem (P McKay), Veine d’Or (Davidson) and a Smart Missile two-year-old (S McKay) recorded 54.7 and 38.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 6 December 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
06 Dec 2016

Snapshot looked on the way back to his best form when he galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Snapshot (Rastrick) strode from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:19.7, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:04.2 and finishing with a final 600m in 36.

Snapshot has taken a lot of improvement out of his first-up run in the Counties Bowl and will enjoy the step up to 1400 metres in the feature sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Another class act in the Richardson team, unbeaten filly Volpe Veloce (Rastrick), worked on the all-weather track where she strode through her first round and then built momentum to run 1200m in 1:23.8, 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 38.3. She was never at top and looks in capital order for the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on the weekend.

The only horse to work on the course proper, which was good 22 metres out, was Te Rapa candidate Ruby Armani (D Weatherley) who strode over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 600m in 40.4.

Back on the plough Aotearower (Coleman) caught the eye as she led Mister Impatience (D Weatherley) to the end of 1200m in an impressive 1:14.8, 1:00.5 and 35.8. Aotearower will be entered for the Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa, with a fall back option the Rating 85 1600.

Chambord (Miller) and Chadsdale (McNab), respective entries for Awapuni and Ellerslie on Sunday, impressed in their work over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 35.8. Over the same distance Vive La Difference (Lammas) and Sebrose (Fawcett) clocked 1:03.6 and 36.4, Our Abbadean (McNab) and Exhibition (Miller) 1:03.2 and 36, and Los Vargas (Tynan) 1:01.8 and 35.8.

Mary Quant (C Grylls) worked well in preparation for Te Rapa as she cut out 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.8, while El Cajero (Newman) and Red Keep (M Jones) had paced on throughout 1200m in 1:14.7 and 1000m in 1:00.2. Fog prevented any further sectional timing.

The same applied in a smart gallop by Burning Bright (P Turner) and Massofdash (R Jones) over 1200m in 1:17.2 and 1:02.4. Te Rapa runner Clarify (P McKay) went with Tauranga Friday entry Plimmer (S McKay) over 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:01.8 and 36.6.

Mistrahma (Gorham) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:14.5, 1:01.2 and 36.8, while Battle Royal (A Jones) and Cool Running (K McQuade) did similar work to record 1:14.9, 1:00.3 and 35.8.

Barcelo (P McKay) prepared for the three-year-old feature at Ellerslie on Sunday when paired with Tyrion (S McKay) over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.5. Wimbledon (M Jones) and Durango (R Jones) were not after time over 1200m in 1:26, 1:10.2 and 40.6. Swing Note (McNab) went well over 800m in 51.8 and 36.9.

Others to work over ground included Shocking Luck (McNab) and Madam Monica (K Price) who covered 1200m in 1:18.1, 1:05.2 and 38.2, Good Lookin’ Gal (Gorham) 1:21.4, 1:05 and 38.5, Star Ella (A Jones) 1:24.8, 1:08.6 and 40.2, All Knitted Up (Bourke) 1:18.4, 1:05.2 and 38.6, and Crackthegoodstuff (Murray) 1:18.7, 1:04.5 and 38.7.

Ellerslie candidates Great Expectations (Gorham) and Princess Lolita (Tynan) were in good form over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.4. Xtravagant (Miller) was well held over 800m in 1:00.4 and 44.7. He is scheduled to trial at Te Aroha next week and have one further trial before resuming in the Telegraph at Trentham later in January.

Other plough gallops: 1200m: El Corredor (Bailey) and Yes Again (Gibbs-Mannsen) 1:22.9, 1:06.9, 37.9; Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) 1:17.9, 1:03.1, 36.2; Kane (C Grylls) 1:25.2, 1:09.6, 39.7; Darci Dinero (Fraser-Hayes) 1:29.2, 1:13.2, 43.8; Miss Horotiu (Wratten) 1:26.9, 1:10.5, 40.2.

1000m: Kuia (K Jones) 1:06.4, 38; Feisty Jane (Coleman) 1:12.4, 41.2; Sororia (Bourke) and Press My Buttons (D Weatherley) 1:09.2, 39.6; Only If (Davidson) 1:07.8, 38; Over Torque (A Jones) and a Faltaat gelding (R Jones) 1:02.6, 36.2; Cote d’Or (Wratten) 1:15.4, 43.8.
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 November 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Nov 2016

A number of horses with feature weekend engagements were in good form as they got through their paces at Matamata this morning.

On the course proper, which was good 23 metres out, Red Striker (M Jones) hit out boldly over 1000m in 1:04.2 and found the line well after a final 600m in 37.4. The Jim Collett-trained mare has trained on pleasingly from her first-up run in the Counties Bowl and will be hard to beat in the Concorde Handicap at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Race rival Irish Moon (Coleman) went with Barnaby (Yanigeda) on the all-weather track, where they cut out 1000m in dashing style to record 1:00.4 and 35.2 for their final 600m. Irish Moon is another to have taken a lot of benefit from his first-up run, while Barnaby doesn’t need to improve much on his last-start second to play a part in his Rising Stars engagement at Ellerslie.

Abidewithme was ridden by her Captain Cook Stakes jockey Danielle Johnson when she worked on the plough with Echezeaux (Lammas), covering 1000m in 1:05 and quickening for a final 600m in 36.2. Abidewithme has thrived since her Tauranga Stakes win and is primed for a big effort in the Trentham feature. Echezeaux will also run over 1600 metres at Trentham in Rating 75 grade.

Impressive recent maiden graduate Seraphim (Miller) drew attention to her Trentham prospects when she and stablemate Mopsy (Ritchie) cut out 1000m in a brilliant 1:01.6 and 35.2. Zambezi Warrior (McNab) was in good form for Ellerslie when he and Royal Success (Miller) cut out 1000m in 1:03.4 and 36.6.

Lili Miss Waitoki (Danis) and Crackthegoodstuff Murray) also ran smart time over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.5, while Melody Belle (Johnson) and Smashing (Lammas) looked the part as they reeled off 800m in 49.8 and 36.1.

Joe Cargo (S Turner) did sound work over ground, with his last 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:05.8 and 37.2, while stablemate Hot In High Heels (S Turner) did similar work in 1:19.5, 1:03.6 and 36.4.

Grazia (Cameron) and Kingsman (McNab) left 1000m behind in 1:06.6 and 36.3. Over the same ground Vanilla Moon (S Weatherley) and Suffire (C Grylls) returned 1:06.1 and 37.2, Splurge (Miller) 1:10.3 and 41, and Star Ella (A Jones) 1:06.6 and 39.8.

Keep On Coming (Coleman) was timed over 800m in 54.8 and 39.5, Over Torque (A Jones) took 55.6 and 40.5, and Xtravagant (Miller) was well held when running his 800m in 1:01.2 and 45.2.

Working over ground, Red Keep (M Jones) took 1:26.2 and 40.5 for his last 1200m, while Maleficent (Fawcett) ran 1:28 and 41.4.

On the course proper Wonder Woman (S Weatherley) and Hurry (Bourke) strode over the last 800m of their work in 51.8 and 38.4. Wonder Woman is a likely runner in the feature three-year-old sprint at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) looked bright as she strode over 1200m in 1:26.4, 1:11.5 and 40.3. She is progressing well towards next week’s Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni.

Aotearower (Coleman), who is being aimed at the Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday week, did her work on the all-weather track, where she breezed over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 41.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 November 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
22 Nov 2016

Hello M’Lady prepared for Friday’s Wellington Stakes at Otaki with an exceptional piece of work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the plough and with blinkers fitted, Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) was asked for a stern hitout and delivered with 1200m in 1:14.2, 1000m in 1:00.1 and a final 600m in 34.7. It was clearly the fastest gallop of the session and suggested another good performance by the Vicki Prendergast-trained filly, who remains a maiden despite her placings in strong age-group company.

Members of the Moroney-Gerard team with important engagements were in good form on the course proper, which was rated good with the markers out 23 metres. Wellington Stakes candidate No Fuss Gus (Cameron) and Avec Moi (Lammas), an entry for the Trevor Eagle Memorial at Ellerslie, were paired in solid work over 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.

Stablemate Ali Baba (Coleman), who runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, was timed over his last 800m in 52 and 38.2.

Back on the plough, Ellerslie entries Chambord (Miller) and Royal Success (McNab) got through sound work over 1000m in 1:05.4, quickening for a final 600m in 36.2. Over the same ground stablemates Princess Davone (Lammas) and Vinevale (Cameron) had pace on throughout to record 1:02 and 36.3, while Otaki-bound Vanilla Moon (Hepi) and Ellerslie entry Sleeping Beauty (C Grylls) ran a smart 1:01.7 and 36.3.

Splurge (Miller) looked the part for the Otaki as he cut out 1000m in 1:04.5 and 36.5. Clarify (S McKay) and Mercury Rising (Farr) strode boldly over 1200m in 1:16, 1:01.7 and 36.5. Also over ground, Realta (Fraser-Hayes) and Pure Lorde (Gorham) prepared for Ellerslie when clocking 1:17.5, 1:02.9 and 37.2, while stablemate Mistrahma (Gorham) went solo in a smart 1:16.8, 1:02.1 and 36.3.

Makarska (Coleman) underlined her progress when working over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36. Others to run 1000m included Capella (Dowling) in a deceptive 1:03.2 and 36.5, Good Lookin Gal (Gorham) 1:01.6 and 36.1, Lady Amadeus (Cameron) 1:05.8 and 39.6, Antonio Lombardo (Farr) and Barcelo (S McKay) 1:06.8 and 38, Miss Horotiu (C Grylls) 1:01.3 and 35.8, Secret Stash (Tynan) and Pacquiao (Fraser-Hayes) 1:03.7 and 37.5, and Whatz Occurring (W Hillis) 1:03 and 36.4.

Cote d’Or (C Grylls) looked bright in her work over 1:03.2 and 36.4, while Jane’s Secret (P Brosnan) and The Talisman (Miles) took 1:04.6 and 36.8, Fendalton (A Jones) 1:08.2 and 39.6, Ballychine (C Grylls) 1:07.3 and 37.6, Great Expectations (Gorham) 1:06.6 and 38.8, and Embeya (C Grylls) 1:06.8 and 37.5.

Joe Cargo (S Turner) prepared for Wanganui with 1200m in 1:23.8, 1:08.2 and 39.1. Lil Miss Waitoki (Cole) ran the same trip in 1:22.4, 1:06.4 and 37.3, while Panella (A Jones) clocked 1:20.7, 1:05.8 and 37.5.

Xtravagant (McNab) looked the part breezing over 800m in 56.3 and 41.2. Promising juvenile Princess Rihanna (C Grylls) went with recent debut runner-up Feisty Jane (Hepi) over 800m in 49.3 and 36.8.

On the all-weather track Lauberhorn (Tynan) and Four Degrees (Fraser-Hayes) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:02.5 and 36.4. Molly Pond (Cole) was kept to 1:07.2 and 40.3 over the same distance.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 November 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Nov 2016

Perfect Fit looked in good order to resume at Saturday’s Pukekohe meeting when working at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 23 metres out on a dead course proper, Perfect Fit (Coleman) shaded her stablemate Irish Moon (Lammas) at the end of a smart 800m in 49.7 and 600m in 37.

Last autumn the Kelso-trained mare capped her domestic season by winning the Gr. 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes before an unplaced run in Brisbane. She won a trial at Cambridge last week and has the class to make her presence felt in Saturday’s Haunui Farm Counties Bowl.

Another fresh runner for the Pukekohe sprint, Red Striker (S Collett), also caught the eye as she completed her work over 1:06 and 600m in 38.6. She has returned in capital order for Jim Collett.

Aotearower (Coleman) and Only If (Lammas) prepared for Pukekohe with a sound 1000m in 1:05.5 and 38.2. Last-start winner Aotearower will try for a start in the Auckland Breeders’ Stakes with the Rating 85 1400 as a backstop.

New Plymouth Friday entry Grazia (Fawcett) impressed in her work with Sebrose (Leveque) over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.5. Sebrose is a recent returnee from Singapore, where he won five races, and may resume at Awapuni on the weekend.

Vinevale (Miller) and Rocksun (McNab), two more for Awapuni, completed their work over 1000m in 1:07.9 and 38.2. Snapshot (Rastrick) was never at top as he prepared for the Pukekohe sprint over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 37.8, while stablemate Los Vargas (Tynan) did well over the same ground in 1:05.4 and 37.2.

Hot In High Heels (Turner) prepared for Te Rapa on Sunday with a solid 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.4 and 38.3. Counties Cup entry Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) had first use of the track when he strode over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:05 and 37.7, while stablemates All Razzle Dazzle (Gorham) and Wildflower (Faster-Hayes) returned 1:21.2, 1:07.5 and 40.2.

Zambezi Warrior (McNab) looked good when working in company with fellow New Plymouth entry Maleficent (Miller) over 1200m in 1:19.9, 1:05.7 and 38.2. Gold Fever (Fawcett) prepared for the Te Rapa juvenile race over 1000m in 1:08.9 and 39.8.

Great Expectations (Gorham) and Lausanne (Tynan) were keen in the early stages of their work over 1000m in 1:03.7, with the last 600m in 39. Lady Jasmine (Tan) and Dame Margot Fonteyn (Leveque) were more sedate over the same ground in 1:09.2 and 39.9.

Ruby Armani (Coleman) was timed from the 800m in 52.3 and 38.5, while Pacotaine (N Turner) and Shaik Rattle’N Roll (A Jones) took 52.2 and 38.9. 

On the sand Keepherinmind (Coleman) and Piazza (Hepi) did well over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 38. Roc Me (Cole) ran the same trip in 1:06.2 and 37.6, while Shocking Luck (McNab) took 1:08.8 and 39.5.

Mister Impatience (C Grylls) completed the last 1000m of his work in 1:08.9 and 38.4. The Wellington Cup winner is making good progress towards summer staying events.

Capella (Dowling) had her training stepped up, going keenly over her last 800m in 53.9 and 39.8.

On the all-weather track Barnaby (S McKay) and Clarify (P McKay) covered 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in a smart 36.2. Last-start maiden winner Shameless (W Hillis) was travelling well at the end of her work over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.4.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 8 November 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Nov 2016

Glass Slipper completed her serious work ahead of Saturday’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas with an eye-catching gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 20 metres out on a dead course proper, Glass Slipper (C Grylls) was partnered by Eletist (Bailey) over 1000m in 1:07.4, with their last 600m in 38.2 the best final section of the session.

With black-type placings at her last two starts, Glass Slipper goes into the Riccarton fillies’ classic as New Zealand’s highest rated maiden and looks in the right shape for another bold bid on the weekend. Eletist is entered for the open 1400 at Tauranga, with trainer Glenn Old hoping for rain on the day to advance his prospects.

Sound Proposition was ridden by his raceday jockey Michael Coleman as he prepared for the Tauranga Stakes with 1200m in 1:25.1, 1000m in 1:10.1 and 600m in 40.6. He has made good progress since his first-up run, but won’t be helped by forecast rain for the weekend.

Race rival Abidewithme (McNab) went with Tiffany’s Time (Lammas) over a truly run 1000m in 1:06.4 and 39.4. Abidewithme had no luck when finishing third fresh-up but has taken a lot of benefit from the run, while last-start maiden graduate Tiffany’s Time is in good order for the Tauranga three-year-old 1400.

Volpe Veloce (Rastrick), who returns to Tauranga for the same race, was unextended in her work over 1200m in 1:26.4, 1:12 and 40.8. She has trained on well from her last-start win. Stablemate Realta (Rastrick) impressed in her work with Pure Lorde (Gorham), striding over 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:08.2 and 41.4. After two preparatory runs Realta will step up to a middle-distance at Tauranga.

Rocknrolla (Grant) and Star Ella (A Jones) prepared for Tauranga with 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:06.6 and 40.3. Star Ella did well for a maiden to finish the gallop upside of her well-performed stablemate.

Ultimata (Coleman) covered 1200m in 1:22.9, 1:07.6 and 39.5 ahead of her Tauranga engagement, while Shez Swanky (Turner) and Right Here Waiting (Newman) left 1000m behind in 1:07.2 and 39.

No Fuss Gus (C Grylls) and Kane (S Weatherley) ran the same distance in 1:08.2 and 39.4. No Fuss Gus runs at Tauranga and his stablemate may head to Dargaville on Friday. Wild Flower (C Grylls) and Good Lookin’ Gal (Gorham) also worked over 1000m, returning 1:07.2 and 39.5.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 1 November 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
01 Nov 2016

Gentil Tonton confirmed his fitness for the first day of the Riccarton carnival with a sound gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Gentil Tonton (C Grylls) and King Kane (McNab) strode over ground and were timed from the 1200m in 1:16, with the last 1000m in 1:01.8 and finishing off with 600m in 36.7.

Gentil Tonton has trained on pleasingly from his last-start second and will be an interesting runner in Saturday’s Metropolitan Trophy leading up to the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup. Maiden galloper King Kane acquitted himself well in this morning’s gallop and is one to watch when he steps up in distance.

Te Aroha visitor Hiflyer (S Collett) looked bright when preparing for Te Rapa on Saturday with a well-held 1000m in 1:11.5 and 600m in 40.5. The highly promising Tavistock gelding won well at last week’s trial meeting ion his home track and will resume over 1400 metres on the weekend.

Another from the Peter Lock team, last-start winner Classy Chloe (C Grylls), impressed in her Te Rapa preparation over 1000m in 1:04 and 36.7. Lucky’s Revenge (P McKay) and Clarify (S McKay) limbered up for Te Rapa over the same distance in 1:06.8 and 37.7, while Tesia (Gorham) and My Dakota (Tynan) prepared for Rotorua on Friday in 1:05.4 and 38.6.

Panella (Grant) and Lets Go Tiger (A Jones) were in good form ahead of Te Rapa as they left 1000m behind in 1:03.9 and 36.8. In similar work Epic Tale (Fawcett) and Maleficent (Yan) returned 1:03.3 and 36.5, while stablemate Paradise Rock (Leveque) drew attention to his Rotorua prospects in keen work over 1000m in 1:00.5 and 36.7.

Keepherinmind (Coleman) was paired with Divine Duke (Singh) over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.9. Rocknrolla (A Jones) took 1:07.2 and 38, and Four Degrees (Tynan) and Lauberhorn (Rastrick) 1:05.9 and 37.6.

Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) and It’s A Kinda Magic (Miles) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:04.5 and 37.8. Cool Running (K McQuade), another for Rotorua, strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:16.8, 1:02.8 and 37.3.

Matuzalem (P McKay) and Barcelo (S McKay) were timed over their last 800m in 50.6 and 37.6, while another for Te Rapa, promising juvenile Summer Monsoon (McNab), went with a Pins filly (Fawcett) over 600m in 38.3.

Going Gang Busters (S Weatherley) ran a solo 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37.2, Sasanof’s Hero (Turner) and a Jimmy Choux filly (S Collett) took 1:06.9 and 37.2, Fendalton (A Jones) and a filly by Thewayyouare (Grant) 1:06.8 and 38.4, Stolen Love (Winters) 1:07 and 37.2, and Miss Elegant (Grant) 1:08 and 38.6.

Thailand (Robinson) and Red Keep (M Jones) worked over ground with their 1200m in 1:21, 1:05.2 and 37.6. El Cajero (S Collett) and Wimbledon (Turner) were strong in their work over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:05 and 38.6. Mister Impatience (C Grylls) was well held over his last 1000m in 1:12.6 and 42.8.

On the courser proper, which was good 20 metres out, Te Rapa entry Fortaleza (S Weatherley) was paired with Hastings Sunday runner Embeya (Coleman) over 1000m in 1:09.5 and 39.2. Another for Hastings, Majic El (C Grylls) worked over the same ground in 1:06 and 38.4.

On the all-weather track, Riccarton-bound Perfect Start (W Hillis) worked over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:15.2, picking up Whatz Occurring for a final 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 36.2.

Rotorua entry Cote d’Or (C Grylls) was keen in her work over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 36.8, while Lucky Feather (Cole) ran the same trip in 1:07.8 and 40. Makarska (Lammas) was deceptive as she got through 1000m in 1:02.9 and 36.8.

Perfect Fit (Coleman) underlined her progressive with tidy work over 800m in 48.3 and 35.4, while Splurge (McNab) was more contained as he recorded 54.2 and 39.2.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 25 October 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
25 Oct 2016

Dragon Robe and Only If shaped up for Tauranga on the weekend with an eye-catching gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Dragon Robe (Lammas) and Only If (Davidson) put the pace on from the 1000-metre mark to run the distance in 1:01.8 and round it off with 600m in 35.8.

Dragon Robe has not been sighted since her impressive debut early last month but looks ready for a bold effort in Saturday’s Rating 65 1400. Only If is entered for the same race and also looks bright after a month away from the races.

Good Vibes (P Brosnan) and Messi (Miles) signalled their Tauranga prospects with good work together over 1000m in 1:06.1 and 37.5. At the same distance Sasanof’s Hero (Turner) got through his work well to record 1:04.3 and 36.4, while two others from the Jim Collett team, Right Here Waiting (Roff) and Durango (Robinson) did well for maidens running 1:03.2 and 35.8.

Beauty’s Rose (C Grylls) wasn’t after time but still impressed over 1200m in 1:22.6, 1:06.8 and 37.9. Pacquiao (C Grylls) was also out for an easy workout with 1000m in 1:09.8 and 42.5.

Gentil Tonton (Coleman) looked to be ticking over nicely towards the New Zealand Cup as he strolled over his final 1000m in 1:13.8 and 43.5. Stablemate Suffire (C Grylls) was allowed to stride in from the 800m in 57.5 and 37.2, while Princess Anastasia (J Price) and Queen Boudicea (C Grylls) ran the same trip in 56.8 and 41.6.

Others to work steadily over 800m included Makarska (C Grylls) in 52 and 37.7, Irish Moon (Coleman) 53.8 and 39.6 and Icing On The Cake (Boyack) 57.5 and 42.2. Over 1000m Beaumarchais (Richards) returned 1:11.8 and 40.5, and Deluxe Edition (Cole) 1:12.5 and 42.4.

On the all-weather track a trio from the Graham Richardson stable did smart work in preparation for the three-year-old sprint at Tauranga. Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) went solo over 1200m in 1:24 and 600m in 37.7, while Tesia (Fraser-Hayes) and Secret Stash (Tynan) were paired over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 37.

Volpe Veloce is still in the entries for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas but according to her trainer is very unlikely to make the trip south.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 October 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
18 Oct 2016

Heavy fog prevented the timing of any gallops at Matamata this morning when a number of horses with important Labour Weekend engagements were put through their paces.

Among those to impress as they completed their work were Abidewithme and Zambezi Warrior, who worked against the rail of the course proper where the going was in the Slow7-8 range ahead of tomorrow’s race meeting.

The Stephen Autridge/Jamie Richards-trained pair will line up at Ellerslie on Saturday, while their stablemates Vinevale and Princess Davone also did solid work in preparation for Pukekohe on Friday.

Rocknrolla, who has come through her Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes third in good order and will run in Saturday’s Thompson Handicap at Trentham, was paired with Ellerslie entry Ultimata.

Realta and Pure Lorde also appeared to complete their work strongly as they prepared for Te Rapa next Monday. Others to get through sound work on the course proper were Eletist (Ellerslie Saturday), Infinite Choice (Pukekohe Friday) and Sound Proposition.

Among those whose work on the all-weather track looked good were Amarula and Matuzelam.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 October 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
11 Oct 2016

Promising galloper Sleeping Beauty looked ready to continue her winning form when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working 15 metres on a heavy course proper, Sleeping Beauty (D Weatherley) was strong at the line as she completed 1000m in 1:06.7 and the final 600m in 39.7. The Rip Van Winkle mare was impressive on debut at Taupo last month and should manage the step up in class at Rotorua on Saturday.

Sleeping Beauty wasn’t the only member of the O’Sullivan/Scott stable to underline its weekend prospects. Rotorua-bound trio Beauty’s Rose (S Weatherley), Gentil Tonton (D Weatherley) and Vanilla Moon (Loon) were matched in sound work over 1000m in 1:07 and 39.3, while Persuasive (Loon) ran the same distance in 1:07.1 and 39.8, and Keepherinmind (C Grylls) recorded 1:06.8 and 39.6.

Cha Siu Bao (Coleman) and Secret Spirit (Ravi) were timed over 800m in 52.4 and 600m in 38.7. Cha Siu Bao and stablemate Sweet Leader were booked on a Tuesday night flight to Christchurch ahead of their Ashburton weekend engagements.

Volpe Veloce (Rastrick), who will be on trial for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas when she runs at Rotorua on Saturday, looked bright when restricted to 1000m in 1:13.8 and 39.6.

De Chine (C Grylls) got through sound work in preparation for Tauranga on Friday when cutting out 1200m in 1:24.8, 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 41.6. Rotorua entry Pacquiao (Rastrick) was paired with the Tiptronic (Fraser-Hayes) over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 40.7. Tiptronic is a likely looking O’Reilly gelding with Graham Richardson.

From the same quarters, Letmeby (Gorham) covered 1200m in a solid 1:21.5, 1:08.2 and 40.5, while fellow Rotorua entry Tesia (Tynan) ran 1000m in 1:12.5 and 39.  Los Vargos was not timed but appeared to manage the conditions well when working with Keep Carmen Carion.

On the sand Kinda Leica  (K McQuade) prepared for the Rotorua Plate with 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:06.4 and 39.4. Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) shone as he so often does in trackwork when covering the same distance in 1:16.5, 1:02.4 and 36.2.

El Nino (M Brosnan) ran good time ahead of Tauranga with 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.7. Others heading over the Kaimais on Friday that caught the eye included Dahs Delight (Miles) and Embraceable You (P Brosnan), who ran 1000m in 1:05.6 and 38.8, and stablemates Good Vibes (P Brosnan) and It’s A Kinda Magic (Miles) over the same ground in 1:05.2 and 39.

Smart sprinter Red Striker (S Collett) continued her progress with 1000m in 1:09 and 38.7, while Amperage (Fawcett) returned 1:09.5 and 41, Charles Road (S Weatherley) and Dame Mapperley (D Weatherley) 1:09.1 and 38.8, and Panella (Grant) 1:12.3 and 38.8. Riddle (Wright) strode over 1200m in 1:23.8 and 38.5.

Those well held over 1000m included Ultimata (Wratten) 1:14.8 and 44.6 and Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) 1:15.2 and 44.9. Sound Proposition (Coleman), who is not far off resuming, strolled over 1200m in 1:29.6 and 43.3, while Southern Icon (Tait) cut out 800m in 50.2 and 37.

On the all-weather track Aotearower (Coleman) was in good form ahead of Rotorua with 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.2.

Amarula (P McKay), who is ticking over for tracks to improve, was untroubled to run 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.6. Rodmar (S McKay) and an Alamosa gelding (Miles) cut out the same distance in 1:03.9 and 38.6.

Irish Moon (C Grylls) ran in from the 800m in 51.4 and 39, while another from the Kelso stable, the Per Incanto half-sister to Spalato (Wratten), was timed from the 600m in 37.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 October 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
04 Oct 2016

Heavy fog virtually wiped out timing at Matamata this morning as horses prepared for Saturday’s feature meetings on their home track and at Hawera.

Last start winners Sweet Leader (C Grylls) and Cha Siu Bao (Coleman) were paired in a solid 1000-metre hitout on the heavy course proper. Both O’Sullivan-Scott-trained three-year-olds will be entered for the local meeting in the hope of some improvement in track conditions by the weekend.

Matamata Cup entry Our King Sway (Danis) and Dragon Robe (Lammas), who runs in Saturday’s three-year-old 1400, completed their work well, while Hawera entry Ruby Armani (C Ormsby) looked at home in the conditions when shading Soul Sista at the line.

Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes candidate Abidewithme (McNab) went with Vive La Difference (Cameron), while others to work on the course proper included local weekend candidates Prize Lad, Keepherinmind and Piazza.

The only gallop that could be taken was Underthemoonlight (K McQuade), who worked later in the session on the sand and was timed over 1200m in 1:17.4. The in-form mare will run in the Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes, in which she will be ridden by Awapuni apprentice Timothy Johnson.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 September 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
27 Sep 2016

Volpe Veloce and Babe prepared for weekend engagements with sound work at Matamata this morning when continuing wet weather made for testing conditions.

Working right-handed 23 metres out on the heavy course proper, Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) and Babe (C Grylls) strode away from the winning post and gradually built momentum to cover 1200m in 1:30.4 and their last 600m taking a respectable 41.2.

The Richardson-trained pair are in good order, with Volpe Veloce set to run in the three-year-old sprint at Te Rapa on Friday and Babe, an unlucky runner in the Gold Trail Stakes, returning to Hastings for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas.

Leading Livamol Classic prospect Rasa Lila was ridden by her co-trainer Julia Ritchie in well-contained solo work over 1200m in 1:32.4 and 42. She appears to have trained on well from her bold fresh-up run in the Windsor Park Plate.

Aotearower (M McNab) and Cote d’Or (C Grylls) were paired in smart work, timed over their last 600m in 41.5 and final 200m in 13.6. Aotearower resumes at Te Rapa on Friday, while Cote d’Or is entered for Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Te Rapa entry El Cajero (S Collett) was partnered by Bluetwentytwo (Newman) over 600m in 41.8 and 13.6, while Like A Lie (Coleman) and Avec Moi (Lammas), likely first starters at Te Awamutu, were timed over the same distance in 42.3 and 13.3.

Ultimata (Coleman) prepared for Te Rapa with a final 600m in 41.9 and 200m in 13.7. She appears to be coming to hand well. Persuasive (D Weatherley) and Miss Silverback (Coleman) shaped up for their respective engagements at Hastings and Te Rapa with 600m in 42.5 and 200m in 13.6. Save The Stars (S Weatherley) followed in 42.4 and13.8, while Great Expectations (C Grylls) and Los Vargos (Tynan) returned 41.2 and 14.4.

Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) and Realta (Fraser-Hayes) did sound work together over 1200m in 1:27.4 and 600m in 42.1. Strada Cavallo returns to Hastings and her stablemate will run at Te Rapa. Hastings entry Prize Lad (Coleman) strode over ground and was timed for 1200m in 1:32.4 and 600m in 44.8.

On the all-weather track Hastings entries Amarula (P McKay) and Barcelo (S McKay) hit out well over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.8. Barcelo will be out to emulate his stablemate’s win in last year’s Hawke’s Bay Guineas, while Amarula will line up in the feature sprint provided track conditions are suitable.

On the sand Irish Heartbeat (Cole) and Lil Miss Waitoki (Danis) hit out boldly over 1000m in 1:04.6 and 37.8. Irish Heartbeat will be entered for both Te Rapa and Hastings, while her stablemate runs at Te Rapa.

Brown Girl (Rastrick) and Keep Carmen Carion (Tynan) drew attention to their Te Rapa prospects when they cut out 1200m in 1:20.4, 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.5. Te Rapa entry Arraignment (R Jones) went with Dragon Rose (Lammas) in smart work over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 36.5.

Gardone (M Brosnan) was also after time when she left 1000m behind in 1:02.5 and 36.2, while stablemate El Nino (Boyack) also did well over the same distance in 1:03.8 and 37.4. Others to work in good style over 1000m included Messi (Miles) and La Vamos (S McKay), who returned 1:02.5 and 36.2.

Hayley Ann (A Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, with her last 1000m in 1:08.6 and 600m in 38.5. The Arabian Duke (K McQuade) ran the same trip in 1:22.9, 1:07.1 and 38.8, while Master Poet (M Brosnan) was timed over his last 1000m in 1:05.6 and 37.2.

Herschal (Cameron) and Epic Tale (Miller) were well held over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 39.3, while Battle Cry (Wratten) ran the same trip in 1:15.2 and 44. Surpass (Dowling) rolled in from the 800m in 58.6 and 42.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 20 September 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
20 Sep 2016

Strada Cavallo and Pacquiao shaped up for Ellerslie on Saturday with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed wide out on the course proper, where the going was heavy, Strada Cavallo (Coleman) and Pacquiao (Rastrick) both wore blinkers as they strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, with their last 600m in 39.9.

The Graham Richardson-trained stablemates have made pleasing progress since their bold first-up runs at Hastings last month and should be hard to beat this weekend provided track conditions hold up.

Beauty’s Rose and Secret Spirit drew attention to their New Plymouth prospects with bold work. Beauty’s Rose (Coleman) worked solo to record 38.8 for her final 600m, while Secret Spirit (D Weatherley) was paired with Lucy Wyldstyle (Cameron) over 600m in 39.6.

Savile Row (S Collett) and No Fuss Gus (C Grylls) worked away quietly before building momentum to complete 1200m in 1:28.6, the final 600m in 40.4. Savile Row, the winner of his only start at two, is in good order for the Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday, while No Fuss Gus, a three-year-old by Savabeel, may make his debut at Te Aroha on Sunday.

Last-start winner Corporate Missile (Miller) prepared for the Bonecrusher Stakes when she and Unfazed (Lammas) ran the last 600m of their work in 40.2. Stablemate Affinee (McNab) did sound work in preparation for New Plymouth with a final 600m in 39.8, while Ellerslie entry Keepherinmind (C Grylls) left 1200m behind in 1:27.9 and 600m in 39.4.

Los Vargos (Gorham) and Snapshot (Rastrick) worked away from the winning post to run 1200m in 1:27.4 and complete their final 600m in 39.3. Amperage (Fawcett) and Pins On Ice (McNab) were timed for their last 600m in 40.2, while Praise Dan (S McKay) recorded 40.3.

On the sand Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) prepared for the open sprint at Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:04.6 and the final 600m in a smart 35.8. She thrived during a short let-up and is being aimed at next month’s Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes.

Roseana’s Spirit (Grant) and Precious Percy (A Jones) were paired over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.7, while Good Vibes (Miles) covered the same ground in 1:09.2 and 40 and Over Torque (Grant) took 1:07.2 and 37.9.

Last-start Wanganui Guineas placegetter Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) prepared for the Bonecrusher Stakes with 1000m in 1:05.2 and 38.8.

Red Striker (S Collett) looked bright when allowed to roll over the last 800m of her work in 1:02.2 and 45.6. Pure Lorde (Gorham) did similar work over 1000m in 1:14 and 44.2.

On the all-weather track members of the Wayne Hillis team drew attention to their weekend prospects with smart work. Phoebe Snow (Hillis) and Shameless (Danis) cut out their last 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.6, while Perfect Start (Hillis) and Nothing Trivial (Danis) completed similar work in 1:03.2 and 37.

Barnaby (S McKay) and Matuzalem (P McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:01.5 and 36. Barnaby, the winner of two of his three starts in the autumn, is making good progress towards a return to racing. Ultimata (Wratten) was another to signal her spring prospects when she ran 1000m in a deceptive 1:01.8 and 35.8.

Woodsman (Gillies) looked well in his work over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 37, while Irish Heartbeat (Coleman) was never at top over the same ground in 1:07.3 and 39.2. Amarula (P McKay) and Barcelo (S McKay) went together in well-held work over 800m in 54.2 and 39.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 13 September 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
13 Sep 2016

Rasa Lila left no doubts about her fitness for Saturday’s Windsor Park Plate when she galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

Working right-handed 20 metres out on a slow course proper, Rasa Lila (Ritchie) trailed her stablemate Devil’s Harmony (S Collett) by several lengths through the first 600 metres before getting on terms heading up the back straight.

Devil’s Harmony was timed over 1200m in 1:22.2 and together they ran the last 600m in 38.6, with the final 200m in 13.5. It was especially good work by Rasa Lila, who has won both her preparatory trials and will be ridden by Sydney-based Jason Collett in the Hastings feature.

Silver Eclipse (Ritchie), another of the Ramsay-Ritchie team kicking off her season at Hastings, looked the part doing sharp work with Dark And Stormy (S Collett) for which they were timed over 600m in 37.6 and the final 200m in 12.2.

Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) and Tesia (S McKay), two of Graham Richardson’s three Gold Trail Stakes entries, cut out their final 600m in good style in 37.4, with the last 200m in 12.4. The stable’s third Gold Trail candidate, Babe (C Grylls) went with Pukekohe Sunday runner Great Expectations (Gorham) over the same ground in 37.8 and 12.8.

Hastings entry Gentil Tonton (Coleman) and Real Thirsty (Lammas) were paired in sound work over 1200m in 1:22.8, with the last 600m in 38.8 and 200m in 12.9. Over the same ground Fame Seeker (S Collett) and Lauberhorn (Rastrick) returned 1:23.3, 38.8 and 12.5. 

Zambezi Warrior (Fawcett) and Sassy ’N’ Smart (Miller) worked away steadily in their 1200m assignment to complete the trip in 1:28.8 and 600m in 39.6. El Nino (Boyack) and Gardone (M Brosnan) completed their work with 600m in 39.7 and 200m in 13.1.

Hall Of Fame (Cameron) and Our Abbadean (McNab), who are entered for Taupo on Friday, took 38.5 and 12.9 over their final 600m, Soul Sista (C Grylls) ran 38.6 and 12.8, and Temple Tiger (Farr) and a half-brother by Thewayyouare (Danis) 39.6 and 12.4.

On the sand Windsor Park Plate candidate Capella (Dowling) caught the eye in her work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.3. The Danica Guy-trained mare appears to have taken a lot of improvement out of her first-up run in the Makfi Challenge Stakes.

Willy Cazals (C Grylls) worked well in preparation for Sunday’s Westbury Classic at Pukekohe when he rolled over his final 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.3. Two more for that meeting, the in-form pair Dahls Delight (Miles) and Embraceable You (P Brosnan), were well matched over 1000m in 1:05 and 37.6.

De Chine (Tynan) covered 1200m in 1:25.9, 1:09.9 and 38.8, while Riddle (Wright) ran the same trip in 1:26.2, 1:10.9 and 40.8.

Bugle Call (C Grylls) was not after time over 1000m in 1:12 and 42.4, Vanilla Moon (Coleman) and Ballychine (Umis) took 1:10.5 and 40.2, Wonder Woman (Shin) 1:14.8 and 44, and Saville Row (S Collett) 1:14.2 and 43.8.

On the all-weather track Taupo runner Lucky’s Revenge (P McKay) and Antonio Lombardo (S McKay), who goes to Hastings, were timed over 800m in 51.9 and 37.8. Stablemate De Niro (S McKay) ran the same trip in 50.6 and 37.1.

Clovelly Park (Farr) prepared for Pukekohe over 1000m in 1:05 and 38.2. Lil Miss Waitoki (Cole) and a Castledale gelding (Danis) took 1:08.2 and 38.6 for their 1000m gallop, and Ultimata (Wratten) returned 1:11.2 and 42. Aotearower (Davidson) was allowed to stride over 800m in 1:01.2 and 45.6.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 6 September 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
06 Sep 2016

Heroic Valour underlined his readiness to resume at Ruakaka on Saturday when he worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on heavy ground against the rail in the nine-metre position, Heroic Valour (Cameron) was paired with fellow three-year-old colt Cha Siu Bao (C Grylls) over 1000m in 1:04.8, with the last 600m in a smart 37.9.

Heroic Valour, unbeaten in three starts last season, has had two trials in preparation for his spring campaign which begins in the Northland Breeders’ Stakes on the weekend. Cha Siu Bao has been placed in all three of his starts to date and is scheduled to run at Te Rapa next week.

The only other horse to gallop against the rail was Caterina, who was ridden by her trainer Tony Gillies in sound work over 1200m in 1:24.8, 1000m in 1:11 and 600m in 41.6.

All other course proper work took place right-handed with the markers 22 metres out. Sound Proposition (Coleman), who is coming to hand steadily, worked away at a moderate pace to complete 1200m in 1:31.4, with his last 600m in 41.2.

Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) and Tesia (Tynan) were paired in smart work, running their final 600m in 38.2. Stablemates Babe (Gorham) and Realta (Fraser-Hayes) were given an easier assignment as they covered their final 600m in 41.8. Volpe Veloce, Tesia and Babe are all being aimed at the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings on Saturday week.

Al Cajero (Newman), an entry for Rotorua on Sunday, and Shez Swanky (Turner) were timed for their last 600m in 40.1, while Temple Tiger (S McKay) and Deep Thinker (Fawcett) worked well to record 39.8.

On the all-weather track Kindaleica (C Grylls) did smart work over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.6. He has trained on well from his last-start second and heads to Awapuni this weekend for the Merial Mile.

Ruakaka-bound trio Antonio Lombardo (S McKay), Matuzalem (P McKay) and Oblivion (N Waddell) cut out the last 800m of their work in 50.2 and 600m in 36.6.

Le Bon Fin (Danis) prepared for Rotorua with solid work that he completed over 1200m in 1:14.6, 1:01.6 and 37.4. Ultimata (Wratten) looked bright when allowed to quicken over her last 800m in 53.9 and 38.2. Stablemate Aotearower (Wratten) did similar work but was not timed.

On the sand Fame Seeker (Fraser-Hayes) and Brown Girl (Gorham) left 1200m behind in 1:19, 1:05.8 and 38.6. Cool Runnings (K McQuade) covered 1200m in 1:19.6, 1:05.2 and 37.6, while Gentil Tonton (C Grylls) was well held over the same ground in 1:25.5, with his last 600m in 40.4.

Precious Percy (Grant) left 1000m behind in 1:09 and 38.7, while Save The Stars (Coleman) and Delta de Lago (S Weatherley) recorded 1:09.4 and 39.5, and Ali Bab (C Grylls) 1:11.6 and 39.2. Sherpa (Tait) ran 800m in 51l.2 and 37.4.

Over Torque (A Jones) took 1:10.8 and 41 for 1000m, Tipping Time (Coleman) and Dame Margot Fonteyn (Cameron) 1:12.2 and 41.6, a New Approach gelding (R Jones) and a Savabeel gelding (Shin) 1:07.9 and 41, King Kane (McNab) 1:14.4 and 44.2, and Bully For You (Coleman) and Mr Selfridge (S Weatherley) 1:14.1 and 44.2.

Over 800m Echezeaux (Leveque) recorded 56.8 and 41, Vive La Difference (Miller) 1:02.1 and 45, and Primrose and the Redoute’s Choice-Scarlett Lady filly (Cameron) 1:02.4 and 43.7.

Promising hurdler Old Countess (P Brosnan) completed her work with 1200m in 1:27.3 and 41.8. Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) looked comfortable when she wore blinkers in three-quarter-pace striding work.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 30 August 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
30 Aug 2016

Eletist and Roseana’s Spirit looked well on target for weekend racing when they galloped soundly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed on the outside of a slow course proper, Eletist (Lammas) and Roseana’s Spirit (A Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, with their last 600m in 38.9 and final 200 in 12.6. Eletist, a dual nominee for Ellerslie on Saturday, has made good progress for trainer Glenn Old since his last-start win, while Roseana’s Spirit could be an improver in her Friday engagement at Te Awamutu.

Persuasive (Coleman) and Secret Spirit (C Grylls) cantered away from the winning post before quickening the tempo, with the full 1200m taking 1:28.9, last 600m in 38.8 and 200m in 12.6. The Wexford pair were first and second at Ellerslie last week and will be rivals there again this weekend. Te Awamutu entry Cote d’Or (C Grylls) looked bright in her work, with the last 600m taking 39.2.

Great Northern Steeplechase entry Gargamel was ridden by Wayne Hillis in a searching task over two rounds of the course proper and was timed over the last 1200m in 1:31.2 and 600m in 44.7. The Winton visitor has thrived since his third placing in the Grand National Steeplechase.

On the sand Wanganui-bound pair Our King Sway (Danis) and Hello M’Lady (S McKay) were in good form as they cut out 1000m in 1:04 and the final 600m in an impressive 36.9. Promising maiden pair Dragon Robe (Lammas) and Shellez Ace (S McKay) got through 1000m in 1:05.2 and 38.4, while Ellerslie candidate Sherpa (Tait) ran in from the 800m in 49.2 and 36.8.

Battle Royal (K McQuade) had pace on from the start of 1200m in 1:22, with the last 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 39.6. Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) covered the same distance in 1:22.8, 1:07.7 and 39.8. Cool Runnings (K McQuade) did sound work over 1000m in 1:05 and 37.2.

Only If (N Waddell) was allowed an easy 1000m in 1:13.8 and 43, while in similar work Vinevale (Cameron) took 1:14.2 and 41.2, and Save The Stars (Coleman) 1:12.1 and 40.3.

On the all-weather track Irish Heartbeat (Cole) wasn’t extended over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 36.9. She is entered but not a certain starter at Ellerslie. Cleo Estelle (Gillies) and a Castledale gelding (Cole) were paired over 1000m in 1:06.9 and 36.7.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 23 August 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
23 Aug 2016

Makfi Challenge Stakes candidate Capella was one of several horses with weekend engagements to look the part in training at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the sand, Capella (Dowling) lengthened impressively over the final stages over her gallop, covering 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.9. The Danica Guy-trained four-year-old has made pleasing progress since her trial earlier in the month and looks ready for a bold effort on the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

Another of last season’s top ecehlon fillies, Strada Cavallo, was ridden by raceday jockey Michael Coleman when she and Pacquiao (Rastrick) were paired in bold work right-handed on the course proper. 

With the markers out 20 metres and the going in the better range of slow, the Graham Richardson-trained pair strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, with the last 600m in 38 and last 200m in 12.5. Strada Cavallo is in good shape to resume in the R85 1400 at Hastings, while her stablemate runs over the same distance in Rating 65 grade.

Hastings entry Bluetwentytwo (Turner) was another to work impressively when he and Devil’s Tower (Newman) worked away quietly from the winning post and increased the tempo as they went for 1200m in 1:27.8, 600m in 37.6 and a final 200m in 12.2.

Keep On Coming (Coleman) and Resurrect (Lammas) prepared for Hastings over 1200m, beginning quietly to run the distance in 1:29.3 and quickening for a final 600m in 38.5. El Nino, another for Hastings, was ridden by his trainer Mark Brosnan over 1200m in 1:23.2 and 40.4.

Against the rail in the six-metre position, Hall Of Fame (Cameron) and Our Abbadean (McNab) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:03.2, but no sectional time could be taken due to fog.

Promising Savabeel colt Hall Of Fame resumes in the three-year-old sprint at Hastings, while Our Abbadean, the winner of two of her three autumn starts, does likewise at Ruakaka on Saturday. O’Know (Lammas) prepared for Ruakaka over 1000m in 1:07.5, with no sectional time possible.

On the all-weather track Hastings entry Victoryshallbemine (Gorham) strode over 1200m in 1:21.5, the last 600m in 37.5. Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) was strong in her work over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 600m in 38.

Amongst those who could not be timed were Ruakaka entries Lucky’s Revenge (S McKay) and Oblivion (Davidson), who appeared to get through their work well.

On the sand Light Minded (J Price) completed her work impressively, running 1000m in 1:06.4 and reeling off a final 600m in 36.2. Soul Sista (C Grylls), who is close to a trial, was timed over her last 800m in 53 and 37.7, while Splurge (McNab) ran the same distance in 54.5 and 39.2 and Sound Proposition (Coleman) 58.2 and 39.8.

Riddle (Wright) left 1000m behind in 1:08.4 and 40.2, Piazza (Coleman) took 1:12.4 and 41.3, and Echezeaux (Lammas) 1:15.1 and 43.2.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26th July 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
26 Jul 2016

Wonder Woman prepared for Saturday’s Ryder Stakes with sound work during a rain-soaked training session at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed on a very heavy course proper, where the markers were out 20 metres, Wonder Woman (C Grylls) was partnered by All Knitted Up (Shin) over 800 metres in 60.2 and the final 600m in 44.8.

While the time was nothing to write home about, Wonder Woman appeared untroubled by the conditions and hit the line full of running. The Showcasing filly followed a winning debut with a disappointing effort at her last start, but according to co-trainer Pam Gerard she has thrived in the meantime. A jockey has yet to be confirmed for the Otaki two-year-old feature.

Rotorua weekend candidate Prize Lad (D Weatherley) set off from the winning post to cover 1200m in 1:32.8 and was joined along the way by Otaki entry Secret Spirit (Coleman) The pair ran their final 600m in 44.1.

In similar work stablemate Miss Silverback (C Grylls) recorded 1:32.7 and 44.6 in preparation for Avondale on Friday, while Rotorua entry Only If (C Grylls) completed her 1200m workout in 1:34.5 and 44.2.

Recent debut winner Bluetwentytwo (Turner) looked bright for her Rotorua assignment when completing her work with 600m in 45.6.

On the sand Xtravagant (K Jones) continued his preparation for a pending Melbourne campaign when well held over 800m in 60.2 and 600m in 44.5. The star three-year-old is booked to cross the Tasman next week.

Rasa Lila (J Ritchie) was strong in her work as she and Mopsy (Cuneen) ran in from the 800m in 50.2, with the last 600m in 36.8. Rasa Lila, who capped a big season by winning the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes in April, is making good progress towards spring racing.

Belle Eclipse (Cuneen), another from the Ramsay-Ritchie team, was let off with quiet work, timed for her last 600m in 44.7. Sherpa (Tait) wasted no time over 800m in 49.8 and 600m in 36.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19th July 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
19 Jul 2016

Class gallopers Xtravagant, Heroic Valour and Capella were the centre of attention as their preparations were stepped up at Matamata this morning.

Xtravagant (K Jones) and Heroic Valour (Lammas) worked against the rail in the 11-metre position on the heavy course proper, striding down the back straight before bowling in from the 800-metre mark in 53.9 and hitting the line well held after a final 600m in 39.3.

Dual Group One winner Xtravagant and Heroic Valour, who completed his unbeaten season with victory in the Gr. 1 Diamond Strakes, will kick off their spring campaigns at the Te Teko trials in two weeks’ time. Both Te Akau colts have returned in capital order.

Capella (Dowling) was keen in her work on the all-weather track, where she was timed over 1000m in a deceptive 1:02.2, with her final 600m in 36.9. She too has returned in very good condition for Danica Guy and is also likely to step out at Te Teko ahead of Hawke’s Bay carnival targets.

Horses with more immediate engagements to catch the eye included the Karyn McQuade-trained stablemates Underthemoonlight (Lammas) and Kinda Leica (C Grylls), who prepared for Saturday’s Opunake Cup with bold work on the sand. They were timed over 1200m in 1:15.5, with the last 1000m in 1:01.9 and 600m in 35.8.

Ruakaka weekend runners Sasanof’s Hero (Turner) and Queen Of Navarre (S McKay) were in dashing form on the all-weather track, where they completed 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.5.

Two more heading north, Vincent Street (Cole) and Jagger (Danis), ran the same distance in 1:03.8 and 36.5, while Canterino (S McKay) and Oblivion (Davidson) returned 1:05.2 and 36.8.

Also on the all-weather track, Amarula (S McKay) enjoyed his work as he ran in from the 800m in 48.9 and 36, while Gentil Tonton (C Grylls) had his training stepped up with 800m in 57.5 and 600m in 42.2.

On the course proper, working right-handed with the markers out 25 metres, Resurrect (C Grylls) and Bugle Call (Shin) were paired over 1200m in 1:28.6 and 600m in 39.8. Resurrect runs at Te Aroha on Sunday, while Bugle Call goes to New Plymouth.

Two more from the Ballymore team, Ruakaka entry Keep On Coming (Coleman) and Sororia (Lammas), a starter at New Plymouth, did similar work over 1200m in 1:29.6 and 39.8. Magic Cannon (M Brosnan) and Jealous Boy (Boyack) were timed over their final 600m in 42.2.

On the sand Master Poet (M Brosnan) completed sound work over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:04.3 and 37.8. Astrid (K Jones) and Chadsdale (Lammas) went together over 1000m in 1:05.3 and 37.2, while Sherpa (Tait) had pace on when running 800m in 48.8 and 36.2.

Arraignment (Dowling) and Sangreal (Turner) were well held over 1000m in 1:12.9 and 39.8, as was Prize Lad (Coleman) when he covered 1200m in 1:29.8 and 44.6.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 July 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
12 Jul 2016

Ultimata looked on target to complete a hat-trick on the weekend when she got through impressive work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the sand with regular jockey Michael Coleman up, Ultimata cut out 1200m in 1:16.6, with the last 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.8. The Kelso-trained mare has really hit her straps with wins at her last two starts and will step up to 1600 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday.

On the courser proper, where gallops took place right-handed on heavy ground with the markers out 23 metres, Tavis Star (K Jones) did sound work over 1200m, running the distance in 1:27.6 and gradually building momentum for a final 600m section in 40.8. The Tavistock mare looks bright and after minor placings in her last five starts deserves a win at Te Rapa

Stablemates Gardenier (Lammas) and Spritz (Fawcett) prepared for Avondale on Friday when paired over 1200m in 1:28.6, with their final 600m in 40.6. Avondale entry Persuasive (Coleman) completed her work over 1200m in 1:30.2 and 41.6.

Keepherinmind (D Weatherley), who runs at Te Rapa on Saturday, was timed for her last 600m in 40.2, while Eletist (Coleman) and Solomon (Gibbs-Manssen) completed their work with 600m in 39.3.

On the all-weather track Perfect Start (S McKay) and Nothing Trivial (Danis) got through their work strongly over 1200m in 1:15.4, with the last 1000m in 1:09.1 and 600m in 36.2.

Anuka (Sapsworth) caught the eye when she was paired with Florence In France (Fraser-Campin) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.4. Vincent Street (Cole) and Jagger (Danis) ran the same distance in 1:04.3 and 37.4, while Valante (S McKay) and Oblivion (Davidson) were timed from the 800m in 49.8 and 37.7.

Nightsong (Coleman) worked well on the sand, leaving 1000m behind in 1:03.8 and 36.9. The Postponed filly ran an improver’s third at Avondale at her last start and returns there on Friday.

Others to work over 1000m included Latin Rose (Lammas), another for Avondale who returned 1:07.5 and 39.2, Te Rapa runner Opulent (Fawcett), 1:07.6 and 37.5, and Battle Cry (Wratten), who took 1:09.2 and 39. Victoryshallbemine (Sapsworth) worked over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:22.5, 1:08.6 and 40.

Roseana’s Spirit (Grant) left 1200m behind in 1:26.5, 1:10.8 and 41.3, and Riddle (Wright) did similar work in 1:25.8, 1:09.2 and 40.6.

Fanny Blankers (K McQuade) cut out 1000m in 1:04.3 and 37.2, while stablemate Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) was let off with an easier task over the same trip in 1:12.4 and 42.2. Gold Rush (D Weatherly) looked bright as she rolled in from the 600m in 45.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 June 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
21 Jun 2016

Persuasive and Suffire shaped up for their Tauranga weekend engagements when they galloped in good style at Matamata this morning.

Working right-handed 20 metres out on a heavy course proper, Persuasive (Coleman) worked away steadily before completing 1200m in 1:23.6, finishing off strongly over the final 600m in 37.4.

Suffire (D Weatherley) followed her stablemate to also make good time, 1:22.6 for 1200m and 37.6 for the last 600m. Both O’Sullivan/Scott-trained mares are in good order for their Tauranga assignments.

Promising galloper Elitist (S McKay) continued his Tauranga preparation when working in company with Kensington Oval, completing 1200m in 1:25.6 and building momentum for a final 600m in 38.6.

Tauranga Classic contendor Fascination Street (Coleman) appeared to be working well when timed over her final 600m in 37.3, while Keepherinmind (D Weatherley) and Secret Spirit (Umis) completed a similar task in 38.4.

Blue Twenty-two (Turner) and Sunset Girl (Newman) strode over 1200m in 1:23.5 and 39.6, while Los Vargos (Gorham) covered the same ground in 1:22 and 39.4. Te Awamutu Sunday candidate Anuka (Gorham) ran 1000m in 1:12.6 and the final 600m in 40.5.

On the sand Letmego (Danis) and Nothing Trivial (A Collett) caught the eye asd they got through a smart 1000m gallop in 1:02.5 and 36.2.

Tauranga runner Galaxy Miss (Clements) was paired with Trigger (Dowling) over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 39. Light Up A Screen (Turner) ran the same distance in 1:05.4 and 38, while Good Vibes (P Brosnan) and Dahl’s Delight (Miles) returned 1:07.4 and 37.6.

Ultimata (Wratten) who looks bright after her Te Teko win last week, was kept to 1:08.8 and 38.8 over 1000m. Riddle (Wright) covered 1200m in 1:24.6 and 39, while Only If (Wratten) went steadily over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 41.4, and Niamh Elizabeth (Lammas) clocked 1:15.6 and 44.8.

On the all-weather track Le Bon Fin (Davidson) got through a solid 1200m in 1:18.4, with the last 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 39.4. Russian Roulette (Danis) took 1:10.8 and 42 for 1000m, while Good Lookin’ Gal (Gorham) was kept to three-quarter-pace when clocking 1:14.8 and 44.6.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14 June 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
14 Jun 2016

Shillelagh and Windborne shaped as winning prospects at Ruakaka when they got through sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a slow course proper, Shillelagh (Lammas) and Windborne (K Jones) got through 1000m in 1:09l3 and finished off with 600m in 39.8. It was sound work by both horses, who are part of a sizeable team being sent north this weekend by premiership leaders Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards.

Beacon Of Hope (Leveque) was paired with Its Our Showtime (K Jones) over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.9. Beacon Of Hope returns to the scene of his last-start Ruakaka win, while his stablemate also has good form credentials, having followed her maiden win with a respectable fourth in Rating 65 grade.

Astrid (Miller) and Opulent (K Jones) prepared for their Ruakaka engagements with 1000m in 1:10.9 and 40.6, while Te Aroha Sunday entries Grandeur (G Ritchie) and Herschal (Lammas) ran the trip in 1:11.6 and 41.

Another for Te Aroha, Darci Deniro (Fraser-Hayes), and Letmeby (Gorham) were not extended when covering 1000m in 1:11.8 and 42.7. Esprit de Corps (Miller) and Latin Rose (Fawcett) worked away steadily to cover 1200m in 1:27.9, picking up the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:10.4 and 600m in 40.4.

On the all-weather track Clovelly Bay (S McKay) shaped up for Ruakaka when he led a Mastercraftsman gelding (Lanigan) at the end of 1000m in 1:04.7 and 37.5. Clovelly Bay looks better for a recent run, his first since returning from Hong Kong.

Perfect Start was ridden by her co-trainer Wayne Hillis in smart work over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 36.8. She is being aimed at next week’s Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga.

Lucky Feather (Cole) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:02.5 and 37, while stablemate Le Bon Fin (Danis) left 1000m behind in 1:06.1 and 38.2. Awapuni Hurdles runner Boy (Cole) did solid work over two rounds, with his final 1000m in 1:05.

On the sand Hayley Ann (A Jones) and Praise Dan (Grant) were paired over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.4. Good Vibes (P Brosnan) and Bewitched (Miles) ran the same distance in 1:07.6 and 37.8.

Whatz Occurring (Cole) took 1:05.6 and 38.4 for 1000m, while Anuka (Gorham) returned 1:09.4 and 40.8 without being pushed.

Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1200m in 1:29.5 and 43.2. In similar work Splurge (Shailer) and Cabaret (Lammas) covered 1000m in 1:14.7 and 44.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 7 June 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
07 Jun 2016

Royal Success prepared for his tilt at a hat-trick this weekend with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 15 metres out on slow course proper, Royal Success (Miller) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to cover that distance in 1:21.2, with the last 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 39.7. The Savabeel gelding has scored easy wins at his last two starts and is in good order for the step up to Rating 75 grade at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Chadsdale (Lammas) and Windborne (M Grylls), two more from the Autridge-Richards team heading to Te Rapa, got through their work well when completing 1000m in 1:06.8 and 39.5.

Majestic Champion (Lammas) appeared to handle the conditions well when partnering Only If (Coleman) over 1000m in 1:10.3 and 39.5. Majestic Champion was a winner at Te Rapa earlier in the season and returns on the weekend with the benefit of two recent trials.

Prize Lad (Coleman) and Real Savvy (S Weatherley) got through decent work in readiness for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:09.5 and 40.

Zip Zap (McCulloch) and Zavistic (G Ritchie) prepared for Te Rapa over 1000m in 1:10.6 and 40.8, while Suffire (D Weatherley) covered the same ground in 1:12.9 and 40.4. Te Rapa entries Bugle Call (S McKay) and Keep On Coming (A Collett) strode over 1200m in 1:21, 1:06.7 and 40.6.

On the all-weather track Eprouvez (Rastrick) shaped up for a repeat of his last-start Te Rapa win with sound work over 1000m in 1:05.8, picking up the tempo for a final 600m in 36.8.

Others to catch the eye over 1000m included Trigger (Dowling), who returned 1:028 and 36.5, Dinero (S McKay) 1:03.4 and 37, and Canterino (S McKay) 1:03.8 and 36.7.

Maestro Tom (A Jones) prepared for Te Rapa on the sand, where he was paired with Roseana’s Spirit (K Davidson) over 800m in 52.5 and 37.8. 
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 31 May 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
31 May 2016

Fascination Street looked ready to bounce back to form this weekend when she got through her work stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a heavy course proper with regular rider Michael Coleman up, Fascination Street worked away steadily from the 1200-metre mark to cover that distance in 1:28.3. She gathered momentum from the 1000m in 1:12 and got the line well after a final 600m in 40.8.

The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained mare was below par at her last start but can return to winning form in the open 1400 at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Promising two-year-old Volpe Veloce (Rastrick) shaped up well for her Castletown Stakes assignment to lead Lightning Strike (Gorham) at the end of smart work over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 41.2. After an impressive winning debut, Volpe Veloce had to miss an earlier stakes assignment but she appears to have thrived of late and will be hard to beat in Saturday’s Wanganui feature.

Sir Elmo (S Weatherley) and Sororia (C Grylls) handled the conditions well as they strode over the last 1000m of their work in 1:12.8 and 42. Sir Elmo runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, while Sororia will be in action there on Monday.

Infinite Choice (C Grylls), who has looked promising at the trials and is another set to run on the second day of the Queen’s Birthday weekend meeting, was doing his work well at the end of 800m in 56.2 and 600m in 41.2.

Caterina (T Gillies) prepared for Ellerslie on Saturday with 1200m in 1:26.6, 1:12.2 and 42.4. Over the same ground Perfect Start (Cole) and Nothing Trivial (Danis) returned 1:26.3, 1:11.8 and 43.8, while Linchpin (G Ritchie) and Gardenier (Lammas), two of the Te Akau team heading to Tauherenikau on Monday, took 1:28.1, 1:12.8 and 43.8.

Highly Likely (Leveque) was paired with Fastnet Fire (M Grylls) over 1200m in 1:30.4 and 46.5, while Spritz (K Jones) and Grazia (Fawcett) were likewise not pushed to return 1:35 and 45.7.

On the sand Whatz Occurring (Cole) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:16.8, with his last 1000m taking 1:02.6 and 600m 37.2.

El Nino (M Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:08.2 and 38.6. Southern Power (A Jones) ran the same distance in 1:09.5 and 40.8.

On the all-weather track I’m Bronson (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:04.8 and 37.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24 May 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
24 May 2016

Galaxy Miss underlined her fitness for Trentham on Saturday with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on the outside of a heavy course proper, Galaxy Miss (Dowling) travelled strongly throughout her 1200-metre hitout in company with Hank Marvin (J Fawcett). The pair covered the full trip in 1:26.7, with the last 1000m in 1:09.7 and the final 600m in 41.5. It was good time in the conditions and late in the session.

Galaxy Miss, who shaded her companion at the line, is heading to Trentham for the 1400-metre Pearl Series race, while Hank Marvin is likely to run at next Wednesday’s local meeting.

Keep On Coming (C Grylls) appeared to manage the conditions when she got through a solo gallop over 1000m in 1:10 and 40.4. She followed her maiden win with a sound fourth at Rotorua last week and will run in the Rating 65 sprint at Ellerslie on the weekend.

Persuasive (Coleman) prepared for Ellerslie with sound work over 1200m in 1:29.2, quickening from the 1000m in 1:12.1 and hitting the line with a final section in 40.5. Our King Sway (Coleman) impressed in his work with Keep Carmen Carion (Gorham) over 1200m in 1:25.8, 1:11.1 and 43. Our King Sway, who was unfortunately a late scratching at Te Rapa last Saturday, will run over 1600 metres at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Gardone (M Brosnan) got through the ground well as she prepared for the weekend with 1000m in 1:10.2 and 41.2. Whatwedo (S McKay) and Fortune Kept (Lanigan) were paired in a smart 800m in 53.3 and 40.4, while Embraceable You (P Brosnan) and It’s A Kind Of Magic (Miles) ran the same trip in 58.3 and 43.2, and Esprit de Corps (G Ritchie) and Rocksun (Lammas) were let off with an easy 1000m in 1:15.2 and 43.5.

Over 1200m Ultimata (Coleman) returned 1:26.3, 1:11 and 43.1, and Keepherinmind (C Grylls) took 1:30.3, 1:13 and 40.6.

On the sand Pretty In Pink (Cole) and Letmego (Danis) were in good form for Ellerslie as they cut out 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.6. Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) and Jane’s Secret (Miles) had pace on over the same distance to return 1:04.8 and 36.2, while in similar work Battle Cry (Wratten) and Star Ella (A Jones) took 1:04.9 and 36, and El Nino (M Brosnan) 1:04.9 and 37.8. 

Hayley Ann (A Jones) worked over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:23.2, 1:08.6 and 40.2. Over 1000m Panella (Grant) and Peach Bellini (A Jones) returned 1:07.6 and 37.4, while Auctioneer (Rastrick) was kept to 1:15.6 and 43.6 over the same ground.

On the all-weather track Martini Lass (W Hillis) cut out 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 38.2. Taaxman (Gillies) covered the same distance in 1:10.5 and 39.8, while Tyrion (Winters) and Matuzalem (S McKay) were timed over 800m in 57.8 and 41.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 17 May 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
17 May 2016

Eprouvez and Los Vargos shaped up for weekend racing with impressive work at Matamata this morning.

After heavy overnight rain the course proper was heavy with the markers out 18 metres. The Graham Richardson-trained pair Eprouvez (Rastrick) and Los Vargos (Tynan) appeared to handle the conditions in their gallop over 1000m in 1:07.1, finishing off with a solid final 600m in 38.5.

Eprouvez will drop back in class in Saturday’s three-year-old sprint at Te Rapa, while Rating 85 sprint entry Los Vargos looks improved from her recent first-up fourth. 

Windborne (Lammas), another for the Te Rapa three-year-old race, caught the eye when shading an unnamed Bel Esprit-My Lovely Lesley gelding at the end of 800m in 52.8 and 600m in 38.2.

Windborne didn’t have a lot of luck when fourth to her stablemate Xtravagant in the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes, while the Bel Esprit gelding has won two trials and will be one to watch out for when he appears at the races.

Our King Sway (R Jones) and Nothing Trivial (Danis) were paired in solid work over 1200m in 1:21, 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 40.2. Both return to Te Rapa, where Our King Sway finished fourth earlier this month and Nothing Trivial shaped up promisingly for fifth in his hurdle debut.

Kinda Leica (A Jones) hit out strongly in a solo gallop as he prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:22.3, 1:07.6 and 40.8. Over the same ground Wildflower (C Grylls) and Auctioneer (Rastrick) were well matched as they recorded 1:23.8, 1:08.6 and 39.9.

Madam Monica (M Grylls) and Lady Masako (Miller) weren’t chasing time over 1000m in 1:14.2 and 41.6, while Astrid (Leveque) completed three-quarter-pace work with 600m in 46.2 and stablemate Its Our Showtime (K Jones) returned 45.4.

On the sand Praise Dan (S McKay) and Star Ella (A Jones) hit the line well at the end of 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 36.9.

Keri (C Grylls) ran the same trip in 1:05.3 and 37.8, while Only If (N Waddell) began quietly before picking up the tempo to complete 1000m in 1:12.9 and 37.6.

That’s How It Goes (Miles) ran his 1000m in 1:10 and 40.3, and Battle Cry (Wratten) was let off with 1000m in 1:13.2 and 42.8.  

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 10 May 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
10 May 2016

Fascination Street looked ready to defend her Rotorua Stakes crown when she got through smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 18 metres out on a dead course proper with raceday jockey Michael Coleman in the saddle, Fascination Street worked away steadily from the 1200m mark to run that distance in 1:23.1. She picked up the tempo to cover the last 1000m in 1:07.6 and hit the line impressively with a final 600m section in 37.6.

The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained mare bounced back to form at her last start and has a lot in her favour to suggest she can repeat last year’s win in the Rotorua fillies and mares’ feature.

Race rival Queens Rose (Tynan) did her work on the plough, where she looked very comfortable striding over 1200m in 1:23.7, with the 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 37.8. A forecast for rain will bring Queens Rose right into the reckoning this weekend.

Back on the course proper, Rotorua Cup hopeful Gentil Tonton (D Weatherley) looked bright in his work over 1200m in 1:23, 1:07.2 and 38. He has trained on well form his last-start win and could be a dangerous lightweight should he make the field for Saturday’s main event.

New Plymouth entries What We Do (Danis) and Clovelly Park (Lanigan) were paired in a solid gallop over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 37.4. Clovelly Park, a four-race winner in Hong Kong when known as Deep Thinker, is back with his original trainer Gary Hennessy.

Rising Son (C Grylls) and Makarios (Coleman) prepared for Rotorua by striding over 1200m in 1:23.4 and quickening for a final 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 37.5.

On the plough Tatters (Coleman) and Shillelagh (Lammas) were in good form over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.5. Tatters will return to Rotorua on Saturday, where she was a winner last month, while Shillelagh, the winner of three of her four starts, is ready for a bold fresh-up run at New Plymouth.

Under The Moonlight (K McQuade) looked sharp for Rotorua when cutting out 1000m in 1:00.6 and 600m in 35.8. In a similar assignment Whatz Occurring (Cole) and Labels (Danis) clocked 1:02.2 and 35.6.

Others to show up over 1000m included Galaxy Miss (C Grylls) in 1:04 and 36.2, I’m Bronson (K Jones) 1:04.3 and 37.6, Link Road (C Grylls) and Parisian Jewel (K Price) 1:03.8 and 36.8, and Kinda Leica (H McQuade) 1:04.7 and 37.8.

New Plymouth candidates Chambord (Leveque) and Vinevale (Lammas) ran time over 1200m in 1:15.5, 1:01.3 and 36.6. Sombreuil (N Waddell) and Peach Bellini (Coleman) prepared for Rotorua with solid work over the same ground in 1:17.8, 1:02.6 and 36.8.

Others to work over 1200m included Kakahu Nell (M Brosnan) in 1:22.4, 1:06.2 and 39.4, Highly Likely (Miller) 1:24.8, 1:08.2 and 40, and Shimmy (Graciano) 1:24.4, 1:07.5 and 39.8.

Keep On Coming (C Grylls) and Save The Stars (D Weatherley) were paired over 800m in 49.4 and 36.2, and Tavis Star (K Jones) and Zip Zap (Miller) returned 55.3 and 39.4.

Talita (M Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:04.2 and 38, while those that could not be fully timed due to fog included impressive last-start winner Alakazam (Coleman), who hit the line well at the end of 1000m in 1:10.2.

On the all-weather track last-start winner Caterina (Gillies) travelled up well over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 39.2.    

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 April 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
26 Apr 2016

Badly timed fog got in the way of important gallops leading up to Saturday’s Tre Rapa features when several leading lights went through their paces.

Star colt Xtravagant was just one to gallop on the course roper when the fog was at its thickest. Ridden by their respective raceday jockeys Matt Cameron and Cameron Lammas, Xtravagant and stablemate Windborne emerged from the fog travelling sweetly at the end of a strong 1000-metre hitout.

There was nothing between the pair at the line, who give trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards a strong hand in the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes.

Their unbeaten race rival Barnaby did his work on the all-weather track, ridden by Shaun McKay in company with Bachro (J McKay). They were also unable to be timed but looked good at the finish.

Back on the course proper, which was dead, Travis Stakes candidate Aotearower (Lammas) was able to be timed over a strongly run 1200m which she cut out in 1:19.5, while race rival Mary Quant (D Weatherley) covered the same distance in 1:22.4.

Te Rapa entry Suffire (C Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:06.8, but no other course proper gallops could be timed. Among those who appeared to finish their work well were Te Rapa runners Fascination Street and Our Abbadean, as did Hastings weekend runners Gentil Tonton, Echezeaux and Prize Lad.

Early gallops on the plough were able to be recorded, among them in-form galloper Southern Icon (Tait) who rattled off a slick 800m in 47.2 and 35.4. Trainer Alan Tait has yet to decide between Te Rapa and Hastings as his weekend assignment.

Vanilla Moon (C Grylls), the winner of her only two starts to date, ran a sound trial for the Te Rapa three-year-old 1600 when she and Hastings entry Etonett (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:04 and 36.5.

Tatters (Miler) and Vinevale (K Jones) prepared for Hastings with a solid 1200m in 1:18.2 and 600m in 36. Divine Duke (D Weatherley) and Real Savvy (Loon) were paired in smart work for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 36.3, while stablemate Da Shindig (D Weatherley) was timed over the same ground in 1:03.5 and 36.5. 

Our King Sway (S McKay) who will step up to a middle-distance at Te Rapa next week, worked well within himself over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.8. Kakahu Nell (M Brosnan) worked over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:23.3, 1:06.5 and 38.8.

Brilliant Magic (Wright) completed a similar task in 1:23.8, 1:07 and 37.9, while I See Fire (Cameron) was kept to 1:26.4 and 42.4 over 1200m.

Hastings entry Bugle Call (C Grylls) wasn’t after time over 1000m in 1:09.5 and 39.6, nor was stablemate Newborn King (Rika) who returned 1:09.4 and 37.4. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 April 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
19 Apr 2016

A number of candidates for Saturday’s Manco Easter Stakes were the centre of attention as they prepared for the final Group One race of the domestic season at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a slow course proper, Queens Rose (Tynan) travelled strongly to the finish of her 1200m assignment in 1:22.9, with the last 1000m in 1:08.3 and 600 in 39. The Graham Richardson-trained mare, who will be ridden in the Ellerslie feature by Danielle Johnson, has made pleasing progress since her fresh-up fourth earlier this month.

Rasa Lila (Ritchie) also looked the part when she and Devil’s Harmony (S Collett) cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:07.4 and 600m in 40. Rasa Lila wasn’t far away in the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha and has a good record on the Ellerslie track.

Sound Proposition was ridden by raceday jockey Michael Coleman in solo work over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 39.3. Watch This Space (Cole) was in good form for the Easter as he and Labels (Danis) got through smart work on the all-weather track, cutting out 1200m in 1:14.2, 1:01.2 and 37.

The centre’s two other Easter Stakes candidates, Snapshot and Abidewithme, looked bright while getting through pacework ahead of their final gallops on Wednesday morning.

Zambezi Warrior (Cameron) caught the eye as he prepared for Saturday’s Championship Stakes, striding through the last 1200m of his work in 1:20.2, 1:06.4 and 39.5. The Pentire gelding has trained on well since his last-start Pukekohe win and will strip fit for Saturday’s three-year-old feature.

Another last-start winner, Aotearower (Coleman), also looked well as she covered an unextended 1200m in 1:25, 1:09.8 and 41.5. Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) did similar work in 1:23.8, 1:08.8 and 41, while Dubai Shuffle (Gorman) had more pace on when returning 1:21.5, 1:07.2 and 39.6.

Ellerslie entry Makarios (C Grylls) finished his work strongly over 1000m in 1:06 and 38.3, while Sarabande (J Collett) and Sunset Girl (Roff) were paired over 1200m in 1:23.5, 1:07.3 and 40.2.

On the sand, Evoke (Lammas) and El Corredor (Gibbs-Manson) shaped up well over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 38.2. El Corredor is a likely improver for the maiden 1600 at Ellerslie on Saturday, while his stablemate will run at Te Rapa next week.

Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) was strong at the end of her 1000m hitout in 1:09.1 and 38, while Spritz (Coleman) ran the same trip in a respectable 1:06.4 and 38.2. I See Fire (M Grylls) strode over 1200m in 1:21.8, 1:08 and 39.2, Letmeby (Gorman) took 1:23.8, 1:7.8 and 40, Rocksun (Cameron) and Cathedral Cove (Richards) 1:24.4, 1:09.7 and 40, and Contessa Belle (Rastrick) was restricted to 1:26.2, 1:11.6 and 42.

Over 1000m Arabian Duke (H McQuade) returned 1:11.5 and 41.3, and Interstellar (C Grylls) 1:12.3 and 41.9, while Kusan (Leveque) and Lady Jasmine (Fawcett) were timed over 800m in 57.6 and 41.8, and Esprit de Corps (K Hillis) 51.8 and 39.7.

On the all-weather track, Amarula (C Grylls) and Barcelo (Davidson) got though tidy work over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.8.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 April 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
13 Apr 2016

Windborne and Smashing drew attention to their weekend prospects with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the plough, Windborne (M Grylls) and Smashing (Lammas) cut out 1000m in 1:02 and finished off with a dashing final 600m in 35.4. Windborne is scheduled to run at Tauranga on Saturday and Smashing at Hastings.

Stablemate Silverdale (Miller) prepared for the Hawke’s Bay Cup when striding over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:19.6. His last 1000m took 1:04.4 and 600m 37.5. While other gallops during the session were faster, the Autridge-Richards-trained gelding impressed with the way he completed his work.

Twickenham (Brown) caught the eye as he cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and 35.6 in preparation for Tauranga. Fascination Street (D Weatherley) was another to shape well ahead of Tauranga when cutting out 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.4, while Suffire (Coleman) and Piaf (S Weatherley) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:01.3 and 36.3.

Maestro Tom (Grant) and Panella (Coleman) were paired in a sound trial for Hastings over 1200m in 1:16.4, 1:01.2 and 36.2. Silver Eclipse (J Ritchie) and Seraphim (S Collett) hit out boldly over 1000m in 1:02 and 35.4.

Impressive last-start winner Southern Icon (Tait), who runs at Hastings, was timed over 800m in 48.5, but no other sectional time was possible due to fog. Tatters (Lammas) and Stella Di Paco (C Grylls) travelled up strongly over 1000m in 1:03.9 and 36.8, while Etonett (S Weatherley) and Kariokka (C Grylls) took 1:02.4 and 37.

Our King Sway (R Jones) and Sombreuil (Davidson) were paired over a slick 1000m in 1:01.4 and Taaxman (Gillies) was kept to 1:05.2, with fog preventing any sectionals.

Queens Rose (Tynan) continued her Easter Stakes preparation with tidy work over 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:03.6 and 35.2. Letmeby (Sapsworth) and Wild Flower (Rastrick) ran the same distance in 1:19.6, 1:04.4 and 37.8.

Polynesia (J Ritchie) and Libretti (S Collett) left 1000m behind in 1:03.8 and 36.8, while I’m Bronson (Lammas) returned 1:03.8 and 37, Temple Tiger (Lannington) 1:08.4 and 37.6, Only If (Davidson) and a Patapan filly (A Jones) 1:03.2 and 36.2, and Ultimata (Wratten) 1:04.2 and 37.4.

Canterino (P McKay) and Amarula (S McKay) were timed from the 800m in 53.4 and 38.2. Xtravagant (Miller) looked bright when allowed to roll over 1000m in 1:16.4 and 600m in 44.8. He is schedule to gallop between races at Te Aroha next Wednesday, 10 days out from his return in the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes.

Tauranga entries You Are Amazing (C Ormsby) and Rising Son (Shin) worked on the course proper, which was slow 20 metres out, cutting out 1000m in good style in 1:04.8 and 37.4. 

On the all-weather track Barnaby (S McKay) and Clarify (P McKay) covered 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.3. Impressive recent debut winner Barnaby runs at Tauranga.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 5 April 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
05 Apr 2016

New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes candidates Perfect Fit, Rasa Lila and Mary Quant managed the heavy conditions well at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s Te Aroha feature.

Galloping 15 metres out on the course proper, Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Aotearower (Davidson) had pace on throughout 1200m, cutting out the distance in 1:18.5 with the last 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 38.2.

According to her regular rider Michael Coleman, Perfect Fit handled the heavy ground well. The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare has made pleasing progress since her Westbury Classic win, her preparation including a smart exhibition gallop between races at Matamata last Wednesday. Aotearower, who also didn’t appear to be troubled by the heavy ground, may be entered for Friday’s Awapuni meeting.

Last-start Cuddle Stakes winner Rasa Lila was ridden by co-trainer Julia Ritchie in company with her maiden stablemate Stage Diving (Ramsay) and hit the line full of running after 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:04.3 and 38.5. She too has gone on the right way in preparation for Saturday’s Group One assignment.

Mary Quant (D Weatherley) had pace on throughout her 1000-metre hitout, stopping the clock at 1:03 and 37.6. Even allowing that she worked early in the session, it was smart work by the O’Reilly mare who might sneak into the Breeders’ Stakes field off her 83 rating.

Te Aroha candidates Attention Seeker (Grylls) and Persuasive (Hepi) caught the eye in their work over 1000m in 1:06.5 and 37.8, while open 1400 entry Snapshot (Rastrick) enjoyed his hitout over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.4 and 38.4.

Japan/NZ Trophy winner Watch This Space (Cole) prepared for a possible Te Aroha start when paired with Zee Zee Top (Danis) over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 39.2. Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) appeared to have freshened up well from her bold Auckland Cup run when she strode over 1200m in 1:23.6, 1:09.3 and 40.6.

De Chine (Tynan) and Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) got through 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:07.4 and 39.9. De Chine has a South Island campaign coming up in quest of some black-type form.

Gentil Tonton (Coleman) hinted at a bold fresh-up run at Pukekohe on Sunday when he strode through the ground over 1000m in 1:08.9 and 39.6. Two more starters at the renovated Counties track, Light Up A Screen (J Collett) and Wimbledon (Newman), did well over 1000m in 1:05.3 and 38.2.

Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Precision Miss (Tynan) covered the last 1200m of their work in 1:19.4, 1:06.5 and 38.2, while stablemates Contessa Belle (Grylls) and Four Degrees (Rastrick) were keen in the early stages of their gallop over 1200m in 1:19.9, 1:06.6 and 40.

On the sand Labels (Danis) took time honours over 1000m in a dashing 1:02 and 36.5. She may run at Te Aroha on the weekend.

Over the same ground Pukekohe candidates Rock Me (Cole) and Ya Think (Danis) hit out freely in 1:05.2 and 39.4, while Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) worked soundly to record 1:06.2 and 37.6.

Cathedral Cove (Miller), who runs at Rotorua on Friday, and Pukekohe entry Zambezi Warrior (Ritchie) covered 1200m in 1:20, with their last 600m in 37.1. Stablemate Highly Likely (Hanafi) left the same distance behind in 1:20.4 and 38.6, while Ballychine (D Weatherley) recorded 1:23.4 and 39.

Rotorua candidates Queen Of Heights (D Weatherley) and Divine Duke (Coleman) were restricted to separate three-quarter-pace hitouts over 1000m, recording 1:15.4 and 45.6 and 1:14.5 and 44.8.

Mary Kate (N Waddell) and Explosive Octane (A Jones) were paired over 1000m in 1:12.8 and 42.2.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Mar 2016

Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes candidates Heroic Valour, Sassy ’N’ Smart and Gold Rush enhanced their weekend prospects when all three worked impressively at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a dead track against the rail in the 6.5-metre position, Heroic Valour (Miller) and Sassy ’N’ Smart (Cameron) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:20.2. They built up momentum for a final 1000m in 1:05.5 and hit the line full of running at the end of 600m in 36.8. They have both trained on well from the Diamond Stakes.

Gold Rush (D Weatherley) also looked in good order for Saturday’s two-year-old feature when she was paired with Rotorua Friday entry Orange Peel (Hepi) over a sharp 1000m in 1:02.9 and 600m in 36.3. Gold Rush was allowed an easy time after her Matamata Breeders’ Stakes win and has come to hand pleasingly.

During a session when fog hindered some timing, the remainder of the course proper work took place 20 metres out. Queens Rose (Tynan) looked ready for a bold fresh-up effort at Ellerslie on Saturday when she strode freely over 1000m in 1:05.9, finishing off with a smart final 600m in 36.9.

Sound Proposition (Coleman) looked comfortable as he prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:07.2 and 38.8, while Temple Tiger (S McKay) drew attention to his weekend prospects when he led Brigadier (Winters) at the end of 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.2 and 36.7.

Herschal (Miler) and Carmenize (Fawcett) were paired over 1200m in 1:24.6, 1:07.2 and 39.3. Two more for Rotorua, Tatters (Coleman) and Stella Di Paco (Lammas), covered 1000m in 1:08.9 and 39.5, while Douro (Sapsworth) and Jubilate (Rastrick) left 1200m behind in 1:19.8, 1:06 and 38.8.

On the all-weather track Whatz Occurring (Danis) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:06.6 and 38.4. Rotorua runner Keep Carmen Carion (Sapsworth) ran the same distance in 1:08.8 and 41.5, while Dinero (P McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) hit the line strongly after 1000m in 1:07.2 but no sectional time was possible.

On the sand Fascination Street (Coleman) signalled her Ellerslie prospects with a solid 1000m in 1:04.6, with fog preventing 600m time.

Cool Running (K McQuade) was timed over 1200m in 1:21.8 and 1000m in 1:05.6, while Almarie (D Weatherley) was timed over 1200m in 1:17.3 and 600m in 37.5. Gentle Tonton (D Weatherley) and Etonette (S Weatherley) ran the same trip in 1:17.8 and 37.6. Ultimata (Wratten) was allowed to stretch out over 1000m in 1:11.9 and 39.6.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
22 Mar 2016

Orange Peel underlined her weekend prospects with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres on a dead course proper, Orange Peel (Coleman) was impressive in the manner she and Prize Lad (S Weatherley) completed 1000m in 1:07.5 and the final 600m in 37.9.

After her bold fresh-up run for fourth at Ellerslie, Orange Peel looks well placed for a return to the winner’s list at Tauranga, where her stablemate Prize Lad is also entered.

Snapshot had his raceday rider Craig Grylls in the saddle when he got through sound work over 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.7. Snapshot is in good order for Saturday’s Japan/NZ Trophy, but trainer Graham Richardson has his fingers crossed for a good track.

Others from the Richardson stable to draw attention to their weekend engagements included Maholo (Fraser-Hayes) and Precision Miss (Tynan), who strode over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:02.6 and 36.4, and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth), who covered the same ground in 1:20.7, 1:06.2 and 38.

Gold Rush (Grylls) looked bright as she got through her first piece of faster work since winning the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, cutting out 800m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 45.8. The So You Think filly is on target for the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Queens Rose continued her preparation for autumn racing when getting through 1200m in 1:24.4 and 600m in 40.1.

On the sand Meritaggio was ridden by her co-trainer Stephen Ramsay in smart work over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 36.8, while stablemate Belle Eclipse (Ramsay) was timed from the 800m in 49.2 and 36.5.

Southern Power (Grylls) prepared for Tauranga with stayer’s work timed from the 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:05.2 and 37.6. Sombreuil (Davidson) and Sunset Girl (Robinson) were paired over 1000m in 1:05 and 37.2, while Molly Pond (Grant) took 1:07.1 and 39.8.

Brer (Miller), who is making good progress for the jumping season, was allowed to stretch out over his last 1000m in 1:12.4 and 42, while El Corredor (Swann) and Our King Sway (Gibbs-Manson) did similar work in 1:12.2 and 41.8.

On the all-weather track Zee Zee Top (Grylls) and Pretty In Pink (Lammas) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 36.2. Boy (Cole) and Rock Me (Danis) ran the same trip in 1:06.3 and 37, while Impatient Dreams (H McQuade) clocked 1:07.8 and 39.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Mar 2016

New Zealand Oaks candidates Strada Cavallo, Tessastock and Duchess Kate underlined their fitness for Saturday’s Trentham classic with sound work at Matamata this morning.

On the plough the Graham Richardson-trained Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) and Tessastock (Tynan) worked together over ground, building momentum to cover their last 1200m in 1:16.2, 1000m in 1:01.4 and the final 600m in an impressive 34.6. Strada Cavallo continued her good form when second to Oaks favourite Sofia Rosa in the Lowland Stakes, while her maiden stablemate finished a respectable fifth in the same race.

Oaks rival Duchess Kate was ridden by her raceday jockey Cameron Lammas when she partnered Te Rapa weekend candidate Amperage (Cameron) over 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:05.3 and 37. Duchess Kate didn’t have a lot of luck in the Sunline Vase and on Saturday will be returning to the scene of her Desert Gold Stakes win in January.

Irish Moon (Grylls) turned in a smart trial for the open sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday with a solo 1000m gallop in 1:02.5 and 35.1. Rasa Lila (J Ritchie) was in good form as she prepared for the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham by trailing Mopsy (S Collett) in the early stages of her gallop and working up alongside to cut out 1000m in 1:01.3 and 36.3.

Stablemate Silver Eclipse (J Ritchie) was in good form for the Lightning Handicap at Trentham as she cut out 1000m in 1:01.2 and 35.6. She was followed by Devil’s Harmony (S Collett) in 1:02.5 and 36.2.

On the course proper, which was dead 18 metres out, Mary Quant (D Weatherley) worked boldly over 1000m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 36.2. The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained mare will attempt her third consecutive 1600-metre win at Te Rapa on the weekend.

Stablemate Whosyourmaster (D Weatherley) also worked well in preparation for the Lightning Handicap when cutting out 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.4. Da Shindig (Grylls) worked over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:06.3 and 37.3.

Smartly (Cole) and Snave (Danis) worked on the rail in the three-metre position, where they had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:13.6, 1:00.1 and 35.5. Smartly will race at either Trentham or Te Rapa, while Snave goes to Te Rapa.

On the all-weather track, Onlyarose (A Jones) turned in a good trial for the feature Te Rapa sprint with 1000m in 1:03 and 36.3.

Back on the plough, Lauberhorn (Rastrick) prepared for the Wellington Guineas when he and Pacquiao (Tynan) strode over 1200m in 1:17.7, 1:02 and 35.4.

Te Rapa entry Chambord (Grylls) ran 1200m in 1:20.5, 1:04.5 and 36.2, while Persuasive (D Weatherley) and Divine Duke (Bhiwami) covered 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.5. Arpeggio (Lammas) and Smashing (K Jones) ran the same trip in 1:05.3 and 35.6, Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Dinero (P McKay) took 1:04.4 and 37.2, and Massofdash (J Collett) 1:03 and 37.4.

He’s No Saint (A Jones) worked soundly over 1200m in 1:21.4, the last 1000m with Maestro Tom (Grant) in 1:05.9 and 600m in 37.5. Stablemate Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) was in bold form over ground, returning 1:16.5, 1:01.3 and 36.2.

Dezignator (Hillis) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:18.9, 1:03.6 and 36.4, while Southern Icon (Tait) reeled off 800m in 47.8 and 36. Gardone (M Brosnan) wasn’t after time over 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.8, while Sleeping Beauty (Grylls) took 1:09.9 and 40.2, Linchpin (R Jones) and Highly Likely (Cameron) 1:12 and 41.5, Boulted In (C Ormsby) 1:14.4 and 38.9, Queens Rose (Tynan) 1:15.3 and 43.4, and Battle Cry (Wratten) and Sombreuil (Davidson) 1:14.2 and 44.2.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 10th March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
11 Mar 2016

Makarios drew attention to his Ellerslie weekend prospects when he got through attractive work at Matamata this morning. On the plough Makarios  (C Ormsby) ran a tidy 1000m 1.15.2, quickening readily for a final 600m in 40.5. He runs in the Rating 65 1200 at Ellerslie

Stablemate Lord Royals (A Shin) worked over 1000m in 1.13, the last 600m in 41.2. Unicorn Zone (D Weatherley) took 1.21.8 and 38.6 over 1200m, while Quintastics (S Weatherley) followed in 1.23.4 and 39.2.

Weekend runners Chambord (C Leveque) and Sassy ’N’ Smart (M Grylls) looked well within themselves when working together over 1000m in 1.08.2 the last 600m in 39. Mr Impatience (C Ormsby) did his final preparation for his tilt at the Auckland Cup with a comfortable 1000m in 1.13, the last 600m in 40.2.

Queens Rose (Tynan) stepped up her work with a hitout over 600m in 40.8. New Born King (C Grylls) ran 1200m in 1.23.2, the last 600m in 38.2. Duchess Kate (K Jones) worked at three-quarter-pace over 1200m in 1.35, the last 600m in 45.6.

Zambezi Warrior (C Leveque) and The Truth Is Out There (M Grylls) worked together over 1200m in 1.19.4 and 37.6. Bugle Calls (C Ormsby) did 1200m in 1.33, quickening over  the last 600m in 41.5.

Beauty’s Rose (M Coleman) and Paco Roband hit out over 1200m in 1.20.5. the last 600m in in a smart 35.4. Our King Sway (M Gibbs) and Evoke (C Grylls) strode out together over 1000m in 1.02, the last 600m in35.4.

Boulted In (C Ormsby) covered 1000m in 1.15.2, the last 600m in 41. Keepherinmind (M Coleman) did a tidy 1000m in 1.06.5, the last 600m in 37.7. So Choosy (S Dowling) covered 1200m in 1.28.8, the last 600m in 42.6.

Anuka (Sapsworth) and Wildflower (Rastrick) were paired over 600m in 35.9. Westbury Classic runner Perfect Fit (Coleman ) looked well within herself doing 1200m in 1.24, the last 600m in 38.5. Summers Boy (M Brosnan) ran his 1200m in 1.24.5 and 38.4.

Aotearoa (Coleman) ran a comfortable 1200m 1.24.5, the last 600m in 39.2. Rose of Virginia (Dowling) after two easy laps on the plough did a final 600m in 41.3. El Cajero (Robinson) opened out over 800m 53.2, the last 600m in 39.0.

Light Up A Screen (J Collett)  ran 1000m in 1.14, the last 600m in 43.8. Echoes Of Gold (Miles) and Don Diego (P Brosnan) worked over 1000m 1.05.4, the last 600m in 37.8. Lauberhorn (Rastrick) and Four Degrees  (Tynan) strode out well over 1200m 1.17.8, the last 600m in 35.9



 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 8 March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
08 Mar 2016

Perfect Fit and Aotearower looked ready to continue their winning form at Ellerslie on the weekend when they galloped stylishly together at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Aotearower (Davidson) had pace on throughout 1200m, cutting out the distance in 1:14.2, 1000m in 59.8, and hitting the line hard with a final 600m in 34.6.

It was first-class work by the Kelso pair, who have trained on pleasingly from their last-start wins. Perfect Fit will run in Saturday’s Westbury Classic, while Aotearower is an entry for the R85 1600.

Another for the Westbury Classic, Flavigny (C Ormsby), was paired with Makarios (Shin) in solid work over 1000m in 1:02 and 35.2. Flavigny has made good progress since her Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes win.

Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) underlined her fitness for the Auckland Cup when she and Southern Power (A Jones) got through strong work over ground. They were timed from the 1200m in 1:17, with the last 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.5.

Wellington Cup winner Mr Impatience continued his Auckland Cup preparation when co-trainer Chad Ormsby took him over two rounds of the plough. He was timed over the final 800m of his first round in 58.5 and the 600m in 44.6, then after easing down he rolled into his second 800m at quicker tempo, clocking 54.7 and 38.9.

Snapshot (Rastrick) and Douro (Sapsworth) were paired in smart work over 1200m in 1:15.7, 1000m in 1:01 and the final 600m in 34.6. Snapshot will be entered for both Ellerslie and Waverley on Saturday, while his stablemate runs at Ellerslie.

Silverdale (Coleman), who steps up to weight-for-age company in Saturday’s New Zealand Stakes, went with fellow Ellerslie candidate Chadsdale (Ritchie) in a soundly run 1200m taking 1:16.8, 1:01.8 and 36.

Rasa Lila and Belle Eclipse were ridden by their trainers Stephen Ramsay and Julia Ritchie in dashing work over 1000m in 59.5 and 34.8. Belle Eclipse is entered for Ellerslie, while her stablemate is being reserved for later in the month.

Felice’s Dream (Tynan) was also in form over 1000m, stopping the clock at 59 and 34.8, while Nothing Trivial (Cole) and Dezignator (R Jones) returned 1:02.8 and 35.5. Chambord (Leveque) prepared for Waverley with 1200m in 1:22 and 600m in 37.3.

Paco Rabanne (Grylls) and She’s Elusive (Andersen) left 1000m behind in 1:04.3 and 37.2, Smartly (Hillis) took 1:05.2 and 37, Meritaggio (S Collett) 1:03 and 36.8, What’s Occurring (Janis) and Temple Tiger (S McKay) 1:03.4 and 35.8, Polynesia (Ramsay) 1:05.9 and 36.8, and Sarabande (J Collett) and Thailand (S Collett) 1:02.6 and 37.2.

Light Up A Screen (S Collett) strode over 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:05.4 and quickening for a final 600m in 36.2. Unicorn Zone (Coleman) was timed over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 38.2, Icey Fire (R Jones) took 1:05.6 and 39.2, Alert (Ritchie) 1:08.2 and 40.2, Herschal (Lammas) 1:09.6 and 40.5, Quintastics (S Weatherley) 1:13.3 and 44, and Galaxy Miss (N Waddell) and a Rip Van Winkle filly (Turner) 1:11.2 and 39.8.

On the course proper, which was good 18 metres out, Sound Proposition (Coleman) looked in form for Ellerslie when sent over 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 37.6. On the all-weather track Family Secret (Grylls) was timed from the 800m in 52.8 and 38.2.      
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 1 March 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
01 Mar 2016

Xtravagant did all that was expected of him in his final gallop at Matamata this morning as he confirmed his fitness for Saturday’s Australian Guineas.

Ridden by his raceday jockey Matt Cameron in company with Duchess Kate (Lammas) 16 metres out on the course proper, which was slow after heavy rain, Xtravagant travelled sweetly throughout 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:05.3 and hitting the line well on the bridle with a final 600m in 38.2.  

Co-trainer Stephen Autridge was well satisfied with the work on the eve of Xtravagant’s flight to Melbourne.

“We’re as happy as we’ve ever been with him, he’s right on his game,” said Autridge. “With the rain we’ve had the ground wasn’t ideal for him, but Matt said he was alright held together like that.

“Everything’s in place at this end, so all we want now is a trouble-free trip across to Melbourne to set him up for the weekend.”

Duchess Kate also worked well in preparation for the Sunline Vase at Ellerslie. Capella (Du Plessis) got through very good work for the three-year-old fillies’ feature when she strode over 1200m in 1:23.2, 1000m in 1:06.4 and the final 600m well held in 38.8.

Race rival Mistrahma (Rastrick) did well later in the session in her solo gallop over 1200m in 1:20, 1:06.5 and 39.6, while another for the Sunline vase, Fame Seeker (Dowling), worked boldly in blinkers with Cherry Bay (Lammas), cutting out 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:08.2 and 39.8.

Irish Moon (K Davidson) turned in a solid trial for Saturday’s Darley Plate when she and Massofdash (S Collett) cut out 1000m in 1:02.6 and 38.3. Whosyourmaster (Weatherley) prepared for the big sprint with a more sedate 1000m in 1:05.8 and 39.5, while Silver Eclipse (J Ritchie) and Devil’s Harmony (S Collett) returned 1:05.4 and 39.4.

Watch This Space (Hillis) turned in a sound trial for Ellerslie over 1000m in 1:06.6 and 38.2, time that was matched by Mr Tiz Trophy entries Maholo (Rastrick) and Precision Miss (Tynan), who recorded 1:06.4 and 37.9.

Fellow Mr Tiz entry Windborne (Lammas) ran her 1000m in 1:06.2 and 49, while Sombreuil (Coleman) took 1:09.2 and 40 and Vibrant Moss (E Holmes) 1:09.3 and 40.1.

He’s No Saint (A Jones) maintained an even gallop over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:07.8 and 39.4, Nathans Memorial candidate Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) covered the same ground in 1:23, 1:08.4 and 39.6, Keepherinmind (Hepi) took 1:27.4 and 41.8, and Nathalie Falmet (Pratab) 1:27.2 and 41.4. All The Raj (N Waddell) was well held over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 40.6.

 

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 19th February 2016:
29 Feb 2016

Bordeaux confirmed his fitness for weekend racing when he got through sound work this morning at Matamata, where intermittent fog prevented some sectional timing.

On the plough Bordeaux (Richards) looked ready for the St Leger Trial at Otaki, covering 1200m in 1.32.4, the last 600m in 45.2. Connections will be hoping for a hat-trick of wins with the in-form gelding.

Jubilate (Sapsworth) looked strong heading into the open 1200 at Matamata on Saturday, running 1200m in 1.20.5, the last 600m in 36.

Xtravagant (Miller) continued his preparation for Melbourne when he and Duchess Kate hit out freely over 1200m in 1.26.4, with no sectional time possible. The star colt looks very bright.

Aotearoa (Wratten) prepared for her weekend engagement with 1200m in 1.29, the last 600m in 41.8. Open sprint candidate Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Sombreuil (Davidson) worked together over 1200m 1.21, the last 600m in 37.2.

Almarie (D Weatherley) covered 1200m in 1.22, the last 600m in 39.9, while Essdee (S Weatherley) ran the same distance in 1.21.8 and 39.7 and Orange Peel (Fabian) followed in 1.22.3 and 40.

Alert (K Shailer) was not after time over 1000m in 1.16 and 45.5. Flavigny also worked at a steady pace over 1200m in 1.40.5, the last 600m in 40.5.

Unicorn Zone (C Grylls) moved freely over 1000m in 1.05.2 and 600m in 37.4. The Heat Is On (C Grylls) ran 1200m in 1.25.4 and 38.4.

Whosyourmaster (Coleman) ran 1000m in 1.03.8, while Quintastics (D Weatherley) covered 1200m in 1.23.8. I See Fire (K Jones) ran 1000m in 1.13.6 the last 600m in 43.8.

Southern Icon (Tait) worked strongly over 800m in 47.8. Corporate Missile ran 1000m in 1.05.0.

Jedi Knight (Boyack) ran 1200m in 1.22.5, the last 600m in 40.6. Keep On Coming(Wong) did 1000m in 1.13.9, the last 600m in 42.3

He’s No Saint (A Jones) strolled over 1200m in 1.34, the last 600m in 45.6. Precision Miss (C Grylls) and Pacquiao (Rastrick) worked together from the 1000m, doing the last 600 in 36.4. Onlyarose (A Jones) was well held over 1000m in 1.14.2

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 23 February 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
23 Feb 2016

Sassy ’N’ Smart and Heroic Valour looked set to carry on their winning ways this weekend when they were paired in impressive work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping against the rail on a dead course proper, Sassy ’N’ Smart (Cameron) and Heroic Valour (McNab) hit out boldly over 1000m in 1:01.7, finishing off with 600m in 34.5.

It was excellent work by the Te Akau stablemates, with Sassy ’N’ Smart, who travelled sweetly to the line, set to retain her unbeaten record in Saturday’s Matamata Breeders’ Stakes. Fastnet Rock colt Heroic Valour, a winner on debut at Trentham last month, is in good order to make it two from two in the Reid & Harrison Slipper. 

The only others to use the course proper rail were Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Irish Moon (Davidson), who prepared for their weekend engagements with a slick 1000m in 1:00.4 and 34.2. The Kelso stablemates are in excellent order for Saturday’s open sprint.

Mary Quant (Weatherley) worked 15 metres on the course proper where she cut out 1200m in 1:15.6, with her last 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in 36. The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained mare will try for back-to-back wins on her home track on Saturday.

On the plough likely weekend rivals Bordeaux (Cameron) and Realta (Dowling) were paired over ground in solid work and were timed over their last 1200m in 1:16.7, 1:02.8 and 36.5. In similar work Matamata entrant Aotearower (Coleman) was partnered by Sombreuil (Davidson) in 1:16.8, 1:02 and 35.9.

Southern Power (A Jones) prepared for Saturday when she and Hot In High Heels (Lammas) strode over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:03.8 and 36.6. Hot In Heels runs in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings next Wednesday.

Only A Rose (A Jones) turned in a smart trial for Saturday’s open sprint when galloping solo over 1000m in 1:01.5 and 35.6, while race rival Red Stryker (S Collett) travelled strongly over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 35.8. Over the same ground Lauberhorn (Rastrick) and Jubilate (Sapsworth) returned 1:02.5 and 36.3.

In Style (N Waddell) was restricted to 1000m in 1:10.4 and 38.6, while Whosyourmaster (D Weatherly) strolled over 1200m in 1:20.1, 1:05.2 and 37.5. Both talented sprinters are being aimed at the Darley Plate at Ellerslie on Saturday week.

Prized lad (Grylls) and Orange Peel (Hepi) did tidy work over 1000m in 1:04.1 and 36.6, while Flaming (Cameron) and Arpeggio (McNab) prepared for Matamata with 1200m in 1:18, 1:02.5 and 35.8.

Massofdash (M Jones) looked bright in her work over 1200m in 1:22.1 and 38.7, and Da Shindig (Coleman) ran the same trip in 1:22.4 and 38.1. Our Kingsway (Gibbs-Manson) and an El Hermano gelding (Brown) were kept to 1:28.5 and 41 for 1200m, while Keepherinmind (R Jones) took 1:27.6 and 42.8, and Mahalo (Rastrick) and Precision Miss (Tynan) 1:30.2 and 44.6.

Love Triangle (K Jones) was timed from the 600m in 46.4 as she continued her preparation for autumn racing, while New Zealand Oaks favourite Capella (P Turner) caught the eye when finishing off striding work on the all-weather track.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 18th February 2016
18 Feb 2016

Ellerslie runners Apache Fireworks and Mister Impatience confirmed their fitness for weekend engagements with sound work at Matamata this morning.

On the outside of a slow course proper, Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) worked nicely over 1200m in 1.27.9, the last 600m in 42.2. Avondale Cup candidate Mister Impatience (C Ormsby) was allowed to stroll in from the 1000m in 1.15.9 and the 600m in 42.4.

Strada Cavallo (Richards) and Contessa Belle (Grylls) were paired over 1200m in1.21.6, the last 600 in 40.6. Soul Sista (C Ormsby) ran her 1000m in 1.14.8, the last 600m in 42.5. Ali Baba was ridden by his Avondale Guineas rider Danielle Johnson in easy work over 1200m in 1.30.4 and 600m in 42.6

Mary Quant (D Weatherley) worked a comfortable 1200m in1.24.8, the last 600m in 39.9. Feisty Jane (M Coleman) worked over 1000m in 1.13, the last 600m in 42.5, while Orange Peel (Grylls) covered 1000m in 1.09.8 and 600m in 40.3. Red Stryker (J Collett) was let of with 1200m in 1.43.8 and 45.5.

Fast work was at a minimum on the sand, where Taranaki Cup entry Silverdale (Shailer) was let off with 1000m in 1:17.5 and  45.8, followed in similar time by Zambezi Warrior (Ritchie).

Amperage (C Ormsby) covered 1200m in 1.36.4, the last 600m in 47.8, and Bishop Rock (Richards) did similar work in 1.35.3 the last 600m in 46.3.

Jubilate (Tynan) covered 1200m in 1.35.4, the last 600m in 46.6. Latin Rose (Lammas) and Cathedral Cove (Fawcett) worked over 1200m 1.37.5, the last 600m in 47.6.

Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) worked over ground and completed her 1200m in 1.34.2 and 44.6. Bullspur (Tait) completed 800m in 52.1.

Carmenize (Lammas) and Linchpin (Ritchie) strolled through 1000m in 1.14.4 and 43. Aotearower (Wratten) covered 1200m in 1.32.3, the last 600m in 45.32.

Flaming looked to be enjoying her work over 1200m 1.35.5, the last 600m in 46.8, while Onlyarose completed her 1200m in 1.33.6 and 43.2.

 

 

 



 

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16 February 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
16 Feb 2016

Saoirse looked ready for a bold fresh-up run on the weekend when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working on the plough, Saoirse (Dowling) was partnered by her two-year-old stablemate Tesia (A Jones) over 1200m in 1:17.3, increasing the tempo for a final 1000m in a slick 59.5 and 600m in 34.2. Saoirse is forward to resume at Ellerslie on Saturday, while Tesia is making good progress towards next week’s Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.

Wellington Cup winner Mister Impatience (C Ormsby) prepared for Saturday’s Avondale Cup with sound work alongside The Heat Is On (Shin), covering 1200m in 1:26.8 and building momentum from the 1000m in 1:08.6 and 600m in 36.9.

Race rival Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) was partnered by Southern Power (A Jones) in a solid hitout over 1200m in 1:16, 1:02.6 and 35.8. The Lance Noble-trained mare looks bright after being freshened from from her last-start win.

Silverdale (McNab) prepared for Saturday’s Taranaki Cup when he and Amperage (A Collett) cut out 1200m in 1:15.5, 1:00.2 and 35.2. In Style (N Waddell) and Tomorrowland (P Turner), both entered for the open sprint at New Plymouth, dashed over 1000m in 1:01.2 and 35.4.

Avondale Guineas entries Zambezi Warrior (McNab) and Bishop Rock (Ritchie) strode over 1200m in 1:18.2, quickening readily for a final 600m in 35.6. Attention Seeker (D Weatherley) turned in a smart trial for New Plymouth over 1000m in 1:00.3 and 35, Carmenize (Fawcett) and Herschal (McNab) cut out the same distance in 1:03 and 34.5, and Snave (Janis) clocked 1:03.2 and 36.8.

Ellerslie candidates Ali Baba (C Ormsby) and Soul Sista (Shin) were timed over the final 600m of their work in 36.5. New Plymouth entries Piazza (D Weatherley) and Real Savvy (Amit) got through 1200m in 1:20.3 and 36.6, while Belle Of Mapperley (Loon), who runs at Gisborne on Sunday, followed in 1:20.8 and 36.9.

Special Memories (Miller), an entry for the three-year-old fillies’ feature at New Plymouth, strode over 1200m in 1:20.5 and 600m in 36.4. Light Up A Screen (J Collett) and Sunset Girl (Robinson) left 1000m behind in 1:04.8 and 36.7, and Smartly (Cole) ran the same distance in 1:06.8 and 37.8.

Contessa Belle (Fraser-Hayes) was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1200m in 1:29 and 43.2, New Born King (C Ormsby) ran 1000m in 1:12.5 and 41.4, Rock Me (Cole) took 1:10.6 and 40.4, and Galaxy Miss (P Turner) 1:13.8 and 41.7.

On the all-weather track Only A Rose (A Jones) prepared for New Plymouth over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 35.9. Solo (Betty) completed her work with 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.8, and Perfect Fit (Davidson) was kept to 1000m in 1:17.8 and 44.6. She has been freshened and may run on her home track on Saturday week.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 9 February 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
09 Feb 2016

Xtravagant confirmed his fitness for Saturday’s NRM Sprint when he took time honours at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Xtravagant (Miller) was paired with Chadsdale (McNab) over 1200m in 1:14.3, with the last 1000m in 1:00.2 and the final 600m in 34.7. The Autridge-Richards-trained colt will strip fit for his weight-for-age assignment at Te Rapa.

Race rival In Style (N Waddell) was not after time as she strode through 1200m in 1:21.2, 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37. After a confidence-boosting win at her last start, In Style will be an interesting runner when she steps up to 1400 metres on the weekend.

Antonio Lombardo (P McKay) prepared for the NRM Sprint with easy work on the all-weather track, where he and Clarify (Brown) covered their last 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 38.

Back on the plough, Sound Proposition (D Weatherley) drew attention to his Te Rapa prospects when cutting out 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:01.7 and hitting the line well with a final 600m in 35.4.

Mistrahma (Rastrick) turned in good work later in the session when sent over ground and being timed from the 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03 and 35.2. Stablemate Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) did similar work to return 1:17, 1:02.3 and 36.2, while Irish (M Brosnan) took 1:17.5, 1:03.6 and 36.8.

Te Rapa entry Makarios (C Ormsby) went with Unicorn Zone (D Weatherley), who runs at Matamata on Sunday, cutting out 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 35.4. Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) bowled over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:15.8, 1:03.2 and 36.6, while Arpeggio (Leveque) and Opulent (Miller) ran the same trip in 1:21, 1:05.5 and 37.6.

Desert Gold Stakes winner Duchess Kate (Lammas) looked bright when she and O’Know (Leveque) left 1200m behind in 1:18.5, 1:03.1 and 36.2. Fame Seeker (Dowling), a Te Rapa rival for Duchess Kate in the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic, went with Over Torque (McNab) over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:09.5 and 41.2.

Essdee (Hepi) and Neat Aza Pin (Loon) prepared for Sunday’s local meeting with a sharp 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.9. Over the same distance Astrid (Coleman) returned 1:02.9 and 36.5, Smartly (A Collett) 1:01 and 35.2, Sombreuil (Coleman) and Nikoniko (J Collett) 1:02.8 and 36.9, and Watch This Space (Cole) and Whatz Occurring (Janis) 1:01.2 and 35.8.

Super Mario (M Jones) and Thailand (Robinson) strode over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:03.5 and 37.3, while fellow Matamata runners Al Marie (Coleman) and Divine Duke (A Collett) took 1:18.8, 1:02.1 and 36.5.

Chambord (Lammas) and Skyscraper (Miller) worked soundly over ground, with their 1200m taking 1:16.8, 1:03.8 and 35.6. Lanciato (Dowling) and Teri (Lammas) ran 1200m in 1:18.9, 1:04.5 and 37.6, while All Knitted Up (A Collett) was kept to 1:25.2, 1:10 and 41.9.

De Chine (Sapsworth) and Lucky To Be Cool (Tynan) were paired in solid work over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:02.8 and 36.2. Goshawk (Swann) covered the same distance in 1:21.5, 1:06.5 and 38.9, while Precious Percy (A Jones) took 1:23.4, 1:06.9 and 39.

Over 1000m Light Up A Screen (Roff) was unextended in her 1000m workout in 1:08.6 and 39, Felice’s Dream (Rastrick) was timed over her final 600m in a smart 34.8, and on the all-weather track Only A Rose (A jones) covered 1000m in 1:07.2 and 38.3.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 2 February 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
02 Feb 2016

Scrutinize kept his Waikato Guineas prospects well alive with a sound trial in blinkers at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Scrutinize (Miller) was paired with fellow Te Rapa weekend candidate Bordeaux (G Ritchie) in a solid hitout over ground. The Autridge/Richards-trained duo were timed over their last 1200m in 1:15.5, with the final 1000m in 1:00.3 and 600m in 35.8.

Scrutinize has not lived up to expectations in his last two starts, but with blinkers added and the step up to 2000 metres in Saturday’s three-year-old feature he certainly deserves another chance. Due to Matt Cameron being in Sydney to ride Hasselhoof, the Savabeel colt will be ridden on the weekend by Leith Innes. Bordeaux has trained on well from his last-start Te Rapa win and will run over 2100 metres on Saturday.

All Knitted Up (C Ormsby) prepared for the Waikato Guineas when sent over ground and being timed from the 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:04.3 and 36.9. The Mastercraftsman gelding has put together a handy formline since being stepped up over ground. 

Flaming (K Jones) and Vinevale (Lammas) were well matched as they prepared for Te Rapa over 1200m in 1:24.8, 1:04.6 and 35.8. Vive La Difference (K Jones) and Latin Rose (Fawcett), starters at New Plymouth on Friday, were not after time over the same ground in 1:26.6, 1:09.2 and 39.3.

Massofdash (J Collett), who runs next in the Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes on Monday, was paired with Marcellus (M Jones) in a sound 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:02.8 and 36.5. Flavigny (C Ormsby), another heading south for the Tauherenikau feature, was not extended over 1200m in 1:25.4 and 39.2.

Te Rapa candidate Victoryshallbemine (Sapsworth) strode through 1200m in 1:23.4, 1:08 and 38.9, while Irish (M Brosnan) returned 1:21.8, 1:05 and 38.6. Saoirse (Dowling) cut out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37.7, I’m Bronson (K Jones) finished his work well over the same distance in 1:06.5 and 38, while Pretty In Pink (Danis) took 1:06.8 and 36.8.

Bugle Call (A Collett) and Boulted In (C Ormsby) left 1000m behind in 1:06.6 and 37.5, and Teri (Dowling) took 1:03.4 and 37.3. Soul Sista (Grylls) finished off 1200m well when returning 1:19.5, 1:04.2 and 35.8.

In more sedate work over the same ground, Mistrahma (Rastrick) took 1:30.1 and 43.4, while Divine Duke (Coleman) ran 1:28.9 and 43.2 and Tessastock (Tynan) 1:33.5 and 45.8. In his first piece of striding work since the Levin Classic, Xtravagant (Miller) looked very bright as he rolled in from the 800m.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 25 January 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
26 Jan 2016

Class gallopers Capella and In Style starred at Matamata this morning when fast times were numerous during a busy training session.

On the plough Capella (Du Plessis) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to cover that distance in 1:13.4, with the tempo increasing appreciably when she picked up In Style (N Waddell) for a final 1000m in a brilliant 58.4 and 600m in 34.6.

Capella will be out to reproduce her Eight Carat Classic form in Saturday’s Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham, while In Style, who was brought undone by the unsuitable ground in the Telegraph, is an entry for the open sprint on her home track this weekend.

Race rival Irish Moon (Davidson) was paired with fellow Matamata candidate Perfect Fit (Coleman) in a smart gallop over 1000m in 59.5 and 600m in 34.5. Smashing (K Jones), who runs at Trentham, and home track candidate Chambord (Miller) also looked sharp when they stopped the clock over 1000m at 1:00.2 and 34.8.

Jubilate (Tynan) and Snapshot (Grylls) impressed as they prepared for weekend assignments with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 35.7. Two0year-olds Sassy ’N’ Smart (McNab) and Heroic Valour (Cameron) were well matched over 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 36.5. Sassy ’N’ Smart will be chasing a hat-trick on her home track on Saturday, while Fastnet Rock Heroic Valour will make his debut at Trentham.

Desert Gold Stakes candidate Hot In High Heels (Lammas) and Goshawk (Swann), who runs at Te Teko on Monday, worked in good style over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:02.6 and 36.3. Starstripe (E Rika), another for the Desert Gold, and Ali Bab (C Ormsby) ran a strong 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:02.4 and 35.7.

Persuasive (Grylls) ran a sound trial for Saturday when galloping solo over 1000m in 1:01.2 and 34.6, while stablemate Mary Quant (Coleman) covered the same ground in 1:02.1 and 35.9, and Attention Seeker (Amrut) followed in 1:01.2 and 35.8.

Desert Gold entry Strada Cavallo (Grylls) went with Victoryshallbemine (Tynan) over 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:03 and 36.5. 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:03 and 36.5. Diches skate (Cameron), another for the Desert Gold, and home track candidate Silverdale (McNab) covered 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:02.5 and 36.2.

Antonio Lombardo (P McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) were not after time over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 37.5, while Nikoniko (R Jones) and Sombreuil (Davidson) took 1:04.2 and 36.3.

Also over 1000m, Super Mario (J Collett) and Thailand (M Roff) returned 1:04.2 and 37.8, Arpeggio (McNab) 1:07 and 38.2, Aladdin (J Collett) and Sasanof’s Hero (M Jones) 1:02.4 and 37.4, and Makarios (C Ormsby) 1:05.8 and 36.7.

Special Memories (Miller) wasn’t extended in her work over 1200m in 1:21.8, 1:06.3 and 37.6, while Quintastics (D Weatherley) took 1:20.8, 1:06.2 and 38, Lauberhorn (Grylls) and Tiara Concerto (Tynan) 1:16.4, 1:02.8 and 36.2, Open All Hours (S Weatherley) 1:21.6, 1:07.2 and 37.2, Zambezi Warrior (Ritchie) 1:24.7, 1:08.3 and 39.8, Soul Sista (Grylls) 1:23.2, 1:08.8 and 41.5, and Da Shindig (D Weatherley) 1:21.5, 1:06.3 and 37.8.

Poronui (Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:02.9 and 36.5, So Choosie (Dowling) and Buy Me A Rock (Leveque) took 1:05.8 and 39.5, Danzabeel (Turner) and a Red Giant gelding (Brown) 1:05.6 and 37.5, and Aladdin Rose (Lammas) 1:12.2 and 43.7.

She’s Elusive (Hepi) and Matamata juvenile debutant Gold Rush (Grylls) covered 800m in a tidy 49.5 and 36.2. Over the same trip Beauty’s Rose (Hepi) took 53.2 and 38.4, Fas (McNab) and a Swiss Ace colt (Ritchie) 56 and 38.9, and Vanilla Moon (Loon) and Ballychine (Hepi) 59.6 and 44.2.

On the all-weather track What’s Occurring (Danis), Watch This Space (Cole) and Vincent Street (R Jones) ran 1000m in 1:03.3 and 37.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 January 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
19 Jan 2016

Windborne looked ready for a bold fresh-up effort at Trentham on Saturday when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Work took place 20 metres out on the course proper, which was slow after heavy overnight rain. Windborne (Coleman) was travelling slightly better than her stablemate Astrid (Lammas) at the end of a smart 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.4.

Windborne, a stakes winner in the spring, is set for her first start since November in the three-year-old sprint at Trentham, while Astrid lines up in the Rating 74 1400.

Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Realta (Coleman) prepared for the weekend with solid work over ground, timed from the 1200m in 1:20.7, 1:06.9 and 39. City of Auckland Cup runner-up Rose Of Virginia will run at Ellerslie on Sunday in the Karaka Stayers’ Cup, while her stablemate heads to Trentham for the Summer Cup.

Another for the Karaka Stayers’ Cup, Dubai Shuffle (Rastrick), caught the eye over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:05.7 and 37.8, good time late in the session. Karaka 3YO Mile runner Scrutinize (Miller) was paired with Ellerslie special maiden entrant Chadsdale (Ritchie) over 1200m in 1:22.7, 1:07.5 and 37.8.

Temple Tiger (S McKay) and Whatwedo (Fraser-Hayes) prepared for Trentham with 1000m in 1:06.1 and 37.4, while two others heading south, Golden Coin (Dowling) and Aotearower (Wratten), strode over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:05.7 and 38.8.

Mistrahma (Tynan) went solo over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:05.8 and 38.4, while De Chine (Tynan) and Pacquiao (Grylls) also advanced their weekend preparations over 1200m in 1:19, 1:05.2 and 38.8.

Trentham candidate Volks Lightning (Dowling) went with Ellerslie runner Piaf (Grylls) over 1200m in 1:22, 1:05.1 and 38.2. Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) set off over ground at a strong tempo and was timed for her final 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:06.9 and 39.2.

Beacon Of Hope (Miller) and O’Know (Lammas), entires for Woodville on Monday, did sound work late in the session over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:06.5 and 38.1.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 5 January 2016: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
05 Jan 2016

Duchess Kate and Osmunda shaped up for weekend racing with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 25 metres out on a dead course proper, Duchess Kate (Coleman) and Osmunda (Hercock) hit the line impressively at the end of 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.7. Duchess Kate returns to Ellerslie on Saturday to attempt a repeat of her recent win there, while Osmunda, who looks bright after a short break, will run at Rotorua on Friday.

Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Irish Moon (Davidson) prepared for Ellerslie with bold work over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.1 and 38. In Style (N Waddell), a rival for Irish Moon depending on the weather, completed 1000m under a strong hold in 1:07.8 and 39.2.

Attention Seeker (Hepi), a possible runner at Awapuni on Saturday, caught the eye as she cut out 1000m in 1:04.8 and 37.8. Second Fling (Dowling) looked ready for Rotorua when leading Outsider (Fraser-Hayes) to the end of 1200m in 1:21, 1:06.2 and 38.9.

Maholo (Rastrick) and Tiara Concerto (Tynan) were also in good form for Rotorua as they strode over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 37.4. All The Raj (P Turner) and a Red Giant gelding (Gibbs-Manson) had pace on over the same ground in 1:05.2 and 38, while Rotorua first starter Contessa Belle (Rastrick) was paired with De Chine (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:07 and 38.2.

Awapuni runner Victory Dragon (Brown) was well held over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 38.5. At the same distance Summer’s Boy M Brosnan) returned 1:07.1 and 39.8, and Persuasive (D Weatherley) took 1:05 and 38.2.

Hot In High Heels (Lammas) and Goshawk (Conder) got through sound work over 1200m in 1:20, 1:06.1 and 38.6. Southern Power (A Jones) and Precious Percy (Grant) ran the same trip in 1:19.2, 1:05.4 and 39.7, while Over Torque (Fraser-Hayes) and Trevita (Dowling) returned 1:20.8, 1:06.2 and 39.3, and Praise Dan (A Jones) and Miss Elegante (Grant) took 1:24.8, 1:09.2 and 39.2.

Ellerslie two-year-old runner Tesia (Dowling) was paired with Shamash (Fraser-Hayes) in a steady 1000m in 1:12.8 and 41.8. Tesia remains in contention for the Karaka Million.

On the sand Beacon Of Hope (Miller) turned in a good trial for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:06.6 and 37.5, while Covered ’N’ Bay (K McQuade) was keen through the middle stages of 1200m which she completed in 1:18.8, 1:05.1 and 40.2.

Thetruthisoutthere (K Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:25.2 and 38.9, while stablemate Special Memories (Miller) returned 1:23.4 and 40 and Riddle (Wright) took 1:23.6 and 41.

Sanhermano (Lammas) a first starter at Rotorua with good trial form, was never at top over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 40.4. The promising maiden Admeister (Samuelsson) worked away steadily to run 1000m in 1:09.3 and 38.5.

On the all-weather track Vincent Street (Hillis) and Letmego (Cole) were paired in a smart gallop over 1000m in 1:04 and 37.2. Barnaby (Dowling) and a Keeper filly (Fraser-Hayes) were not pressured over the same distance in 1:08.2 and 39.6.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 December 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Dec 2015

Fog hindered timing during a busy session at Matamata this morning, but a number of candidates for New Year’s Day features still managed to underline their prospects with impressive work.

On a good plough Whosyourmaster (Coleman) looked ready for the Railway Stakes when he cut out 1000m in 1:03.3 and the final 600m in 35.9. The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained gelding is in the right shape to go one better than his close second in the big sprint 12 months ago.

2015 Railway winner In Style (N Waddell) was paired with race rival Tomorrowland (Grylls) but could not be timed when the fog was at its thickest. The Danica Guy-trained pair hit the line full of running.

Stablemate Surpass (N Waddell) looked bright as he prepared for the City of Auckland Cup with 1200m in 1:18.7 and 800m in 49.9. Race rival Mr Impatience (C Ormsby) and All Knitted Up (Shin) cut out a smart 1200m in 1:21.6, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 35.8.

Great Northern Guineas favourite Scrutinize (Cameron) worked with his unbeaten stablemate Shillelagh (K Jones) over 1200m in 1:17.2. No sectional times were possible but they were working well as they emerged from the fog. Lance Noble’s pair for the three-year-old feature, Golden Coin (Coleman) and Lanciato (Grylls), were well matched over 1200m in 1:15.2 and 1000m in 1:01.3.

Royal Stakes rivals Starstripe (C Ormsby) and Fame Seeker (Dowling) were timed over 1200m in 1:19.5, while Blueprint (Dowling) and Second Fling (Fraser-Hayes) covered the same distance in 1:16.6. They are scheduled to race at Tauranga on Saturday.

Bordeaux (Cameron) and Chadsdale (Miller), who will run in special conditions races on New Year’s Day, galloped strongly over 1200m in 1:16.2.  Tauranga open sprint entry Jubilate (Sapsworth) completed a solid 1200m in 1:14.9, while Osmunda (Lammas) and Tavis Star (K Jones) were timed over 1200m in 1:18.7 and 1000m in 1:02.8.

Special Memories (Lammas) and O’Know (Hercock) cut out 1200m in 1:17.2, and Makarios (C Ormsby) and That’s How We Roll (Rika) returned 1:21.8 and 1:04.4 for their last 1000m
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 December 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
22 Dec 2015

Xtravagant confirmed his readiness for Ellerslie on Boxing Day with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working right-handed 18 metres on a good course proper, Xtravagant (Cameron) was partnered by Ekraarstatic (Lammas) over a round, cutting out the last 1200m in 1:16.3 and the final 600m in 36.2.

The New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner has come to hand pleasingly and his reappearance in the three-year-old 1400-metre event on Saturday will be a highlight of the support card on Ellerslie’s big day. Stablemate Ekraarstatic doesn’t need to improve much on her last-start second to be right in the thick of her weekend assignment.

During a busy session several leading prospects for Ellerslie caught the eye. On the plough Eight Carat Classic entry Capella looked in good shape after her impressive home track win last Wednesday when she cut out 1200m in 1:17.3, with her last 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.5. She was ridden by Mark Du Plessis, replacing Opie Bosson who is committed to Eulogy Stakes winner Coldplay on Saturday.

Race rival Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) and three-year-old 1400 candidate Precision Miss (Tynan) turned in good work over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:01.7 and 35.8, while Volks Lightning (Grylls), another for the Eight Carat,  was paired with Lauberhorn (Rastrick) in a smart 1200m in 1:15.7, 1:01.5 and 35.8. Ruby Armani (C Ormsby) prepared for the fillies’ feature with tidy work over 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:05.8 and 36.9.

Fascination Street (D Weatherley) was in brilliant form for the Newmarket Handicap when she ran a solo 1000m in 59.2 and 35. Race rival Irish Moon (Lammas) went with Muriwai (Coleman) over 1200m in 1:15.9, 1:00 and 35.2.

Red Striker (S Collett) also looked on target for the Newmarket when cutting out 1200m with Light Up A Screen (J Collett) in 1:1:17.2, 1:01.5 and 36.3. Sound Proposition (D Weatherley) looked ready for a bold fresh-up run on the weekend when he left 1000m behind in 1:01.4 and 36.2, while stablemate Suffire (Grylls) followed over the same distance in 1:01.5 and 36.4.

Perfect Fit (Davidson) looked in the right shape to complete a hat-trick on Saturday when she and Aotearower (Coleman) reeled off 1200m in 1:14.9, 1:00.4 and 35. Others to run good time included Vinevale (Miller) and Astrid (Hercock) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.1.

Opulent (K Jones) and Vive La Difference (Miller) got through their work well over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:02.5 and 35.8. Over the same ground Soul Sista (Grylls) returned 1:22.9, 1:05.9 and 36.6, Maestro (Lammas) and Our Drahma Queen (Cameron) 1:17.5, 1:02.9 and 37, Tessastock (Tynan) and Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) 1:18.6, 1:04.2 and 37.6, and Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) 1:18.4, 1:03.4 and 36.8.

Whosyourmaster (Coleman) continued his Railway Stakes preparation with an easy 1000m in 1:09.8 and 41.4. Lanceato (Dowling), who is being aimed at the Great Northern Guineas on New Year’s Day, took 1:12.2 and 40.2 for his last 1000m.

Spawn Of Elaia (Swann) and Girlfriend’s Gone (Conder) did sound work over 1000mm in 1:04.2 and 36.3, while Massofdash (M Jones) was timed from the 800m in 50.8 and 37.6.

Bishop’s Rock (Cameron) and Zambezi Warrior (Ritchie) strode through 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:02.5 and 36.2. Quintastics (D Weatherley) ran the same trip in 1:25.2, 1:07.2 and 39.5, while Etonic (Grylls) took 1:20.4, 1:04.6 and 36.7.

Ellerslie two-year-old runner Tesia (Grylls) and Fendalton (Coleman), a first starter at Rotorua on Sunday with good trial form, were paired over 1000m in 1:04.1 and 37.

On the course proper, Snapshot (Grylls) prepared for the Newmarket Handicap with steady work over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:04.4 and 37.9. Eprouvez (Rastrick) and Maholo (Tynan) covered the same ground in 1:04 and 36.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 December 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Dec 2015

Scrutinize and Tavis Star underlined their fitness for weekend racing with a stylish gallop on the course proper at Matamata this morning.

Working against the rail in the two-metre position, Scrutinize (Miller) and Tavis Star (Cameron) relished the dead track to cut out 1200m in 1:18, 1000m in 1:02.5 and strode to the line impressively for a final 600m in 35.5.

Scrutinize is in forward condition to resume in the three-year-old 1400-metre event at Awapuni, where he will be ridden by Chris Johnson. Tavis Star has shaped up well with placings at her two latest starts and will run over 1600 metres at Te Rapa.

On the plough Realta (Fraser-Hayes) and Rose Of Virginia (Grylls) also caught the eye as they cut out 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 35.7. Realta runs at Te Rapa, while her stablemate will be reserved for Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

Te Rapa entry De Chine (Grylls) was partnered by Precision Hill (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:03.3, with their final 600m in 35.2. Smashing (K Jones) prepared for Awapuni with a well held 1000m in 1:06.9 and 38.5.

New Zealand 1000 Guineas runner-up Strada Cavallo (Rastrick) looked bright as she continued her Eight Carat Classic preparation with 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:04.9 and 37.6.

Bordeaux (Cameron), who will be chasing a hat-trick at Te Rapa on the weekend, worked boldly over 1200m in 1:19.7, 1:04.8 and 37.3, while stablemate Silverdale (Miller) prepared for his 1600-metre Te Rapa assignment with 1200m in 1:22, 1:06.3 and 38.2.

Rough Copy (A Collett) turned the pace on from the start of his workout to run 1200m in 1:14.6 and after picking up Roseana’s Spirit (Conder) the 1000m took 1:00.2 and the last 600m in 37. 

Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay) and Canterino (P McKay) did good stayers’ work in preparation for Te Rapa, with 1200m in 1:18.5, 1:03.3 and 37.2. Over the same ground Victory Shall Be Mine (Sapsworth) returned 1:23.7 and 39.4, Our Drahma Queen (Lammas) 1:25.8 and 42.7, and Red Poppy (Lammas) 1:29 and 41.8.

Sasanof’s Hero (M Jones) was never at top over 1000m in 1:08 and 38.5, Red Striker (J Collett) was kept to 1:13.6 and 41.2, and Bounteous (R Jones) took 1:13.5 and 40.4.

Sherpa (Tait) dashed in from the 800m in 47.7 and 35.5, while Vive La Difference (Gerard) was allowed to breeze over the same distance in 54 and 38.9.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24 November 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
24 Nov 2015

Heavy fog prevented timing of most gallops at Matamata this morning but amongst those who could be timed, Ellerslie weekend candidates Perfect Fit and Muriwai shaped up well.

Galloping 22 metres pout on a dead course proper, Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Muriwai (Davidson) worked away from the 1200m mark to run that distance in 1:17.4. Their last 1000m took 1:03.6 and although a final sectional time was not possible, the Kelso-trained pair impressed in the manner they hit the line. Muriwai steps up to black-type company on Saturday in the Trevor Eagle Memorial, while her stablemate will run in the Rating 75 1400.

Sultry Assassin (Tynan), an entry for Saturday’s Eagle Technology Stakes, impressed in her work over 1200m, cutting out the distance in 1:19.2 with the last 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 38.4. Two more from the Richardson stable heading to Ellerslie, Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) and Maholo (Grylls), ran the same distance in 1:20.3, 1:06.2 and 38.8.

Wanganui Cup candidate Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) covered 1200m in 1:18.8 and after picking up Maestro Tom (A Jones), completed the last 1000m in 1:04.8. Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) was timed over the same ground in 1:24.2 and 1:09.4.

Among those to work on the courser proper but unable to be timed were Eagle Memorial entries Starstripe and Ruby Armani, along with Ellerslie runners Suffire, Red Striker, Massofdash, Realta and Lil Miss Waitoki. Astrid, Shillelagh, Tavis Star and Point Percy also appeared to be working well when they emerged from the fog.

Limited timing of those that galloped on the sand included Osmunda (K Jones) and Imperium (Hercock) over 1200m in 1:20.8; Parisian Jewel (J Price) over 1200m in 1:23.5 and 1000m in 1:07.5; Nightsong (D Weatherley) 1:24.6 and 1:08.1; Reiveke (A Collett) 1:25.8 and 1:11.2; Light Up A Screen (J Collett) 1:29.4 and 1:12.4. Over 1000m Irish Moon (Davidson) returned 1:07.9 and Aotearower (Wratten) 1:09.4.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 17 November 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
17 Nov 2015

Whosyourmaster looked sharp for the Counties Bowl at Avondale on Saturday when he turned in a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 20 metres out on a slow course proper, Whosyourmaster (Grylls) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:03.9 and finished off with 600m in 37.5. Even allowing that he had early use of the track, it was very good work and suggested he can bounce back from his recent below-par performances. 

Later in the session Snapshot (Grylls) prepared for the weekend with sound work when paired with Brown Girl (Sapsworth) over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1000m in 1:057 and 600m in 39. Snapshot, who is unbeaten in four starts, is entered for the Rating 85 1400 at Avondale but needs good ground to show his best.

Aotearower (Coleman) caught the eye as she prepared for Avondale with sound solo work over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.6 and 37.8. Fascination Street (Coleman), who runs in the Auckland Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday, and Awapuni entry Strada Lady (Umis) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37.9, while stablemates Fascinate Me (D Weatherley) and Piaf (Hepi) returned 1:04.5 and 38.1.

Counties Cup runner Smartly (A Collett) and Vincent Street (Luke), who starts in the open 1600 at Avondale, strode over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:05.5 and 39.6. In similar work Masu (Dowling), an entry for Te Rapa on Sunday, and Beauty Ace (Fraser-Hayes) recorded 1:21.2, 1:06.3 and 39.5, and Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) took 1:1:07.5 and 39.8.

Saffron Lady (C Ormsby) travelled strongly to the end of 1000m in 1:05.5 and 37.5. Over the same ground Te Rapa runners Golden Coin (Dowling) and Stolen heart (Fraser-Hayes) took 1:06 and 39.3, Our Drahma Queen (Lammas) and Spritz (R Jones) 1:08.6 and 39, Sarabande (J Collett) and Setarossa (Roff) 1:08.2 and 40.3, and Four Degrees (Rastrick) and Tessastock (Tynan) 1:07.4 and 38.6.

Second Fling (Hunt) and Blueprint (Leveque) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:23.9, 1:08.3 and 38.3, while Mahalo (Rastrick) and Pure Lorde (Tynan) clocked 1:21, 1:07.2 and 39.3, and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) 1:20.6, 1:06.1 and 38.8.

Roseana’s Spirit (Coleman) finished off her work well when paired with Bahrella (Cinder) over 1200m in 1:29.1, 1:13.4 and 40.3. New Born King (Shin) and Fortaleza (C Ormsby) were timed from the 800m in 50.8 and 37.8, while Wraithorth (Dowling) was not extended over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 41.6.

On the sand Bordeaux (K Jones) and Herschal (Hercock) caught the eye with a smart 1000m in 1:01.9 and 600m in 35.7. Bordeaux is entered for New Plymouth on Friday, while his stablemate runs at Te Rapa on Sunday.

Ekraarstatic (Lammas), who runs at Avondale, went with Hushed (A Collett) over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.5 and 37.6. Taranaki entry Muscat Hills (Conder) and So True (King) ran the same trip in 1:19.3, 1:04.1 and 37.6. 

Avondale entry Babilloni (K Jones) was partnered by Paradise Rock (Hercock) over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 35.8, while Heartbeat (Lammas) returned 1:01.8 and 37.2, and Conjuring (Grylls) and a Sufficient gelding (Samuelsson) took 1:04.5 and 36.2.

Love Triangle (K Jones) and Chambord (Hercock) were timed from the 800m in 53.6 and 37.8, Vinevale (Fawcett) took 56.2 and 41.5, and Arpeggio (Lammas) 54.6 and 39.6. You Are Amazing (A Collett) was not after time over 1200m in 1:28.3 and 43.

On the all-weather track Lucky Feather (Coleman) looked bright in his work over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.8. Pompeii Tiger (Fawcett) and Temple Tiger (R Jones) ran the same distance in 1:05.6 and 37.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 10 November 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
10 Nov 2015

Muriwai and Zadiffra looked the part for Tauranga on Saturday when they galloped in good style at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good plough, Muriwai (Lammas) and Zadiffra (Davidson) were paired over 1000m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 36.1. It was smart work by the Kelso stablemates, especially Muriwai who was an impressive winner on debut last month.

Secret Spirit (Grylls) rounded off her 1000 Guineas preparation with a smart gallop in company with Fascinate Me (Umis), cutting out 1000m in 1:00.1 and 600m in 35.8. Secret Spirit looks bright and will be helped by any rain that might fall in Christchurch before the fillies’ classic.

Babilloni (Cameron) and Osmunda (Lammas) prepared for Tauranga with 1200m in 1:19.2, upping the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 35.6. Realta (Dowling) and Rose Of Virginia (Fraser-Hayes) wasted no time over the same ground, returning 1:14.9, 1:01.6 and 36.1. Realta runs at Tauranga and her stablemate heads north to Dargaville on Friday.

Tuffaar (R Jones) and Pompeii Tiger (Fawcett) did well later in the session to cut out 1000m in 1:01.2 and 36.8, while Sherpa (Tait) dashed over 800m in 47.2 and 35.4. Twickenham (Cole) and Nothing Trivial (A Collett) left 1000m behind in 1:01.5 and 36.2.

Another to run smart time was Link Road (Weatherley) over 1000m in 1:01 and 35.9, while Brilliant Magic (Wright) did well under a big weight to return 1:05.4 and 37.8. Volks Lightning (Dowling) and Trevita (Leveque) were not extended over 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:05.7 and 39.4, while Outsider (Leveque) took 1:22.4, 1:08.9 and 37.8, and Jedi Knight (M Brosnan) 1:27.4, 1:10 and 40.6.

Snapshot (Grylls), who will start next on Counties Cup day at Avondale, was well contained over 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:05.3 and 38.5. Smartly (Hillis), an entry for the Counties Cup, was timed over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 36.6.

Tallulah Belle (Fraser-Hayes) and an unnamed Tavistock gelding (Dowling) strode over 1200m in 1:21, 1:05.4 and 37.4. Over 1000m Setarossa (Roff) took 1:05.5 and 38.2, Solo (Grylls) 1:08.2 and 40.6, Astrid (Cameron) and Our Drahma Queen (Lammas) 1:09.8 and 41.4, Whosyourmaster (Coleman) 1:13.2 and 43, Almarie (R Jones) 1:11.9 and 41.8, Niamh Elizabeth (Lammas) 1:11 and 40.8, Masu (Hunt) 1:10.3 and 40.5, Gardenier (Coleman) and Christine Louise (R Jones) 1:12 and 41.8, and Panella (A jones) 1:12.2 and 42.4. 

On the all-weather track Ultimata (Coleman) prepared for Tauranga with 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:05.8 and 38.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 3 November 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
03 Nov 2015

Tomorrowland and Only A Rose were in good form at Matamata this morning as they prepared for the feature sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Galloping 28 metres out on a dead course proper, Tomorrowland (R Jones) and Only A Rose (A Jones) were paired over a smart 1000m in 1:02.4 and hit the line strongly after a final 600m in 36.5. They will meet again in the Legacy Lodge Sprint at Te Rapa, were they both have strong winning form.

Amarula (S McKay) and Canterino (P McKay) did their final work before heading to Riccarton on the all-weather track, where they were timed over their last 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.5. The McKay pair go south in good form, Canterino a last-start winner and Amarula runner-up in the Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa. 

Most other work took place on the plough, where numerous smart times were recorded. Among these were Te Rapa-bound Attention Seeker O’Sullivan) and Suffire (Grylls), who reeled off a slick 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.

Te Rapa runner Irish Moon (Lammas) and Muriwai (Coleman), who races at Rotorua on Friday, cut out 1000m in 1:01.2 and 35.4, while Rotorua first starter Invention World (Tynan) looked the part when paired with Solo (A Collett) over the same distance in 1:01.4 and 36.3.

Light Up A Screen (J Collett) and Massofdash (S Collett) wasted no time over 1200m in 1:16.2, with their last 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 36.5, while Wraithorth (Lammas) and Second Fling (Lammas) ran the same trip in 1:16.4, 1:03 and 37.

Also over 1200m, Messi (C Ormsby) and All Knitted Up (A Collett) recorded 1:16.8, 1:01.6 and 35.8, Our Aberdeen (K Jones) and Hysteria Lane (Lammas) 1:20.2, 1:02.6 and 35.6, Landed Gentry (Grylls) and Prize Lad (Hepi) 1:16.3, 1:01.8 and 36.4, and Babilloni (Hercock) and Bordeaux (K Jones) 1:17.2, 1:02.6 and 35.4.

Antonio Mombardo (P McKay) and Jimmy Hoffa (J McKay), two more from the McKay stable going to Riccarton, were timed over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.7. Rough Copy (Hillis) hit the line well after 1000m with The Boss (Cole) in 1:01.8 and 35.6, Sir Darci (Hercock) and Echezeaux (Lammas) took 1:03.8 and 36, while Letmego (A Jones) and From Eden (R Jones) 1:01.3 and 35.4.

Lil Miss Waitoki (Dowling) and Blueprint (Fraser-Hayes) strode over 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:02.6 and 37, while Kakahu Nell (Boyack) and Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) returned 1:17.6, 1:02.4 and 36.3, and Brilliant Magic (Wright) ran 1:21.2, 1:06 and 38.2.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Da Shindig (Hong) 1:23.6, 36.3; Irish Encore (R Jones) 1:21.8, 36.6; Thetruthisoutthere (K Jones) and Tavis Star (Hercock) 1:19.8, 36.3; Packing Chaparral (Wratten) 1:23.8, 40.2; So True (A Jones) 1:19.6, 37.5; Secret Spirit (Singh) and Delta de Lago (Umis) 1:29.5, 44.2.

1000m plough: Cupid (O’Sullivan) and She’s Elusive (Amrut) 1:10, 35.8; Rising Sun (Grylls) 1:08.1, 38.2; Paco Rabanne (O’Sullivan) and Piazza (Coleman) 1:03.8, 36.5; Aladdin (Roff) 1:08.4, 39.5; Majestic Champion (Davidson) and Rockyaby baby (A Collett) 1:04.2, 35.9; Luckytobecool (Sapsworth) 1:12.4, 40.2; Star Of Greenbeel (Lammas) 1:05.2, 37; Lady Pinot (Hercock) 1:06.5, 39; Surpass (Clements) 1:09.6, 38.4; Teri (Fraser-Hayes) 1:04.4, 36.3.     

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 27 October 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
27 Oct 2015

Wolfwhistle and Opulent looked ready to continue the run of form for training partners Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards when they galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good plough, Wolfwhistle (Hercock) and Opulent (K Jones) were well matched over 1200m in 1:17.2, with the last 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.2. Wolfwhistle, a late scratching at Ellerslie last Saturday due to the track downgrade, had no luck in his first-up run could be a rapid improver, while Opulent has trained on well from her fresh-up win at Tauranga, where she and her stablemate will race on Saturday. 

Lanciato (Dowling) and Volks Lightning (Fraser-Hayes) shaped up well for over 1200m in 1:15.5, 1:01.2 and 35.8. Lanciato, a trial winner by Per Incanto is set to debut at Tauranga, while promising maiden Volks Lightning will run at Ellerslie next Tuesday.

Tauranga entries Fascinate Me (O’Sullivan) and Piaf (Singh) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:01.5 and 35.6, while stablemates Link Road (O’Sullivan) and Warner (Grylls) also caught the eye over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 35.

Smartly was ridden by her co-trainer Wayne Hillis in solid work over 1200m in 1:18.7, 1:02.9 and 36. She will run on Saturday’s Feilding Cup at Awapuni. Others to work well over ground included Chazelle (Blair), who recorded 1:14.9, 1:01.4 and 37.4, and Beauty Ace (Fraser-Hayes) and Stolen Heart (Dowling) in 1:15.6, 1:01.1 and 35.8.

Soul Sista (A Collett) and Ruby Armani (C Ormsby) did well over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 35.7, while Quintastics (D Weatherley) and Deschabeel (S Weatherley) clocked 1:04.5 and 36.7, and From Eden (K Myers) 1:04.4 and 37.8.

Others to work over 1000m included Gardone (M Brosnan) in 1:06.8 and 38.3, Bon Marche (Lammas) 1:04.5 and 38, Saffron Lady (A Collett) 1:08.7 and 39.7, Lady Painton (Lammas) 1:06.2 and 39.2, Zadiffra (K Davidson) 1:08.3 and 39.6; O’Reilly’s Gold (Miles) 1:07.8 and 37.5, Dezignator (A Collett) 1:06 and 37.5, and Light Up A Screen (J Collett) 1:07.6 and 39.2.

Over 1200m Unicorn Zone (Grylls) and Beauty’s Rose (Hepi) 1:20.6 and 36.1, Ekraarstatic (K Jones) 1:20.5 and 37.4; Keepherinmind (Coleman) 1:27.8 and 40, and The Heat Is On (Grylls) 1:25.6 and 41.7.

Impressive last-start maiden winner Arraignment (Samuelsson) and Deebee Percy (N Waddell) finished smart work with 600m in 36.8. Arraignment runs next at Ellerslie on Tuesday.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 6 October 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
13 Oct 2015

Tomorrowland, Whosyourmaster and Fascination Street looked on target for Saturday’s Rotorua feature sprint when they got through smart work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Tomorrowland was ridden by raceday rider Craig Grylls over 1000m, working away steadily to run the distance in 1:03.4 and quickening over the final 600m in 35.7. The Danica Guy-trained gelding has come to hand well again after being troubled by a foot issue and looks in good order for the Lion Red Plate.

Race rival Whosyourmaster (Coleman), never one to star in trackwork, also got through his solo assignment in good style, cutting out 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.5 for the final 600m.  Fascination Street (Amrut), another from the O’Sullivan-Scott stable being aimed at the Rotorua sprint, was in dashing form early in the session as she and Mary Quant (O’Sullivan) cut out 1000m in 1:01.2 and 600m in a brilliant 34.7.

Fascination Street is in good order for her first start since winning the Rotorua Stakes at Arawa Park in May, while Mary Quant, who also resumes on the weekend, has developed well during her layoff.

Snapshot (Grylls) came up with another impressive gallop when he went by himself over 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.2. Trainer Graham Richardson has held Snapshot back waiting for good ground and will hopefully get that opportunity this weekend.

Hysteria Lane (Coleman) and Ekraarstatic (Cameron) were paired in a slick 1000m in 1:00.6 and 35.5. Hysteria Lane runs at Rotorua, while her stablemate heads to Otaki on Saturday. Stablemate Silverdale (Lammas), another for Otaki, was not extended over 1000m in 1:06.6 and 38.2.

Attention Seeker (O’Sullivan) and Orange Peel (Hepi) prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:02 and 36.1, while Anuka (Sapsworth) and Nectacolecta (A Collett) ran the same trip in 1:02.2 and 36.4.

Bazelle (J Collett) wasted no time in her work over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:15.2, 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in 35.9. Nolawood (M Brosnan) also did longer work and was timed from the 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:02.8 and 37, while Dezignator (Hillis) returned 1:20.4, 1:03.9 and 37.

Lady Painton (Miller) and Osmunda (Zac-Sayed) strode over 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:06.5 and 37.4, Landed Gentry (Hong) took 1:25.6, 1:07.6 and 38.5, Second Fling (Fraser-Hayes) 1:24.2, 1:08.9 and 40.8; Mass Of Dash (Blair) 1:23.2, 1:07.2 and 40; and Dezignator (Hillis) 1:20.4, 1:08.8 and 37.

From Eden (Hillis) and Letmego (Cole) prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:02.3 and 36, while Brown Girl (Grylls) and Storm Bro (Sapsworth) clocked 1:01.8 and 35.6. Sultry Assassin (Rastrick) was keen in her work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.7, as were Ruby Armani (C Ormsby) and Saffron Lady (Coleman) over the same ground in 1:01.5 and 36.2.

Spritz (Lammas) and Niamh Elizabeth (Hercock) were less urgent over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 37, Blueprint (Fraser-Hayes) returned 1:09.5 and 40.8, Danwood (J Price) 1:09.6 and 41.3, and Vine Vale (Cameron) and Bounteous (Hercock) 1:15.4 and 43.2.

Over 800m Tauranga entry Temple Tiger (R Jones) clocked 50.8 and 36.6, Perfect Fit (Coleman) 54.5 and 40.2, and Deschabeel (Hepi) 54.2 and 39.5.

On the all-weather track Watch This Space (Cole) strode boldly over his last 1000m in 1:03 6 and 36.2.         

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesdsay 6 October 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
06 Oct 2015

Packing Chaparral looked the part for his home track weekend assignment when he got through solid work in good style at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a slow course proper, Packing Chaparral (Coleman) set off strongly over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:21.8. He maintained momentum to cover the last 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 39.4.

The Kelso-trained gelding was impressive when winning his first middle-distance test at Taupo last month and is in the right shape to go on with it in Saturday’s Rating 75 2000.

Capone (N Waddell) and Arraignment (Grylls) flagged their prospects with a smart 1000m workout in 1:06.6 and the final 600m in 37.8. Stablemates In Style (N Waddell) and Tomorrowland (Grylls) looked sharp over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 38.

In Style will be flown to Melbourne tomorrow to join the Mike Moroney stable for a spring campaign. Tomorrowland has recovered from a recent hoof issue and will run next in the weight-for-age sprint at Rotorua on Saturday week.

Galloping on the rail in the true positon, Irish Moon (S McKay) worked well in company with Zadiffra (D Weatherley), cutting out 1000m in 1:02.6 and the final 600m in 36.3. Irish Moon is in good order to resume in Saturday’s Rating 85 sprint.

Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) and Only If (D Weatherley) ran a tidy 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 39.4. Over the same distance Sororia (Coleman) returned 1:08.8 and 39.8, and Keepherinmind (Coleman) took 1:10.8 and 40.8.

Matamata Cup candidate Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) worked at an even rate over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:09 and 40.5. El Cajero (J Collett) and Realta (Dowling) got through similar work in 1:20.8, 1:06.9 and 40.

On the all-weather track Matamata Cup entry Smartly (Hillis) caught the eye when she and Rough Copy (Cole) cut out a slick 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.4. Race rival Taaxman (Gillies) worked over the same ground more sedately in 1:06.8, with fog preventing any sectional time.

Stolen Heart (Dowling) and Daphne (Fraser-Hayes) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:01.8, also with no sectionals possible. Kakahu Nell (M Brosnan) strode over 1200m in 1:19.8 and 37.2, Victoryshallbemine (Sapsworth) took 1:26 and 40.3, and Dezignator (Hillis) recorded 1:05.8 and 38 over 1000m.

On the sand Muscat Hills (A Jones) and Harry Klassen (Conder) got through attractive work over 1200m in 1:17.4, 1:03.2 and 36.8.

Chazelle (Blair) and Sunset Girl (Roff) covered the same ground in 1:20.4, 1:04.8 and 37.4, while Attention Seeker (O’Sullivan) returned 1:24.2 for 1200m and 53.4 for the last 800m. In other work where timing was restricted by fog, Orange Peel (S Weatherley) took 1:24.5 and 53.8, while Neat Aza Pin (Grylls) and Kepler (Amit) recorded 1:11.2 for 1000m and 55.8 for the last 800m, Hayley Ann (Conder) 1:04.7 and 52.2, and Bahrella (A Jones) 1:04.4 and 51.9.

Sultry Assassin (Tynan) strolled over 1200m in 1:29, quickening from the 1000m in 1:12.6 and 600m in 41.7. The Fire Inside (Grylls) was timed over 1000m in 1:11.2 and 600m in 41.6, while Queens Rose (Rastrick) stretched her legs to record 1:14.8 and 44.6. 

Puzzlente (K McQuade) left 1000 behind in 1:05.8 and 38.5, Whosyourmaster (Coleman) was well contained in 1:08.9 and 39.6, So True (Conder) took 1:08.4 and 39.8 and Underthemoonlight (K McQuade) 1:06.8 and 39.8.

Hawera entry Southern Icon (Tait) ran his usual smart 800m in 49.2 and 600m in 36.5. Storm Bro (Grylls) was kept to 1200m in 1:29.8 and 43.6.

 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 September 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Sep 2015

Three-year-old members of the Autridge-Richards team looked ready to make their mark this weekend when they were put through their paces at Matamata this morning.

On the sand, last-start winners Love Triangle (Cameron) and Interstellar (Hercock) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:04.3, which they finished off with 600m in 35.6. Love Triangle will start in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings, while Interstellar runs in Rating 65 grade at Te Rapa on Friday. Both highly rated fillies appear to be thriving.

Their male stablemates Scrutinize (Cameron) and Xtravagant (K Jones) were no less impressive in their 1000m hitout as they recorded 1:04 and 36.2. Scrutinize, the winner of his only two starts to date, will be chasing a hat-trick in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas. Xtravagant let the side down last time at Ruakaka, but can atone back racing left-handed at Te Rapa.

On the course proper, where work took place right-handed 20 metres out on slow going, Gold Trail Stakes entry Strata Lady (Coleman) and Hastings special maiden candidate Autumn (O’Sullivan) impressed as they cut out their final 600m in 38.1.

Hastings feature sprint candidate Pussy O’Reilly (Weatherley) got through good solo work over 1200m in 1:26.3 and 600m in 39.3. Over the same ground Te Rapa entries Fascinate Me (R jones) and Link Road (Grylls) returned 1:26.5 and 38.8, while Te Awamutu Sunday candidates Cherry Bay (Hunt) and Armetrine (Fraser-Hayes) took 1:23.7 and 40.9.

Graphic (E Rika) and Ali Baba (C Ormsby) worked well over ground with their last 1200m in 1:27.9 and building momentum to run the final 600m in 39.2. Others timed over 1200m included Volks Lightning (Dowling) and Wraithorth (Leveque) 1:25.6 and 41.2; O’Carol (Hunt) and Teri (Fraser-Hayes) 1:25 and 40.8; Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Lil Miss Waitoki (Leveque) 1:25.4 and 42.2.

Over the last 600m of their work Paco Rabanne (Coleman) and Delta Delago (Hepi) took 38.6; Mass Of Dash (J Collett) 40.4; Quintastics (Hong) and Prize Lad (O’Sullivan) 38.7; and Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) 40.1.

On the all-weather track Te Rapa race rivals Snapshot (Grylls) and Los Vargos (Tynan) caught the eye with smart work over 1000m in 1:01 and 600m in 34.1. The Richardson-trained pair start in Friday’s Rating 75 sprint.

Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Al Pacino (P McKay) prepared for Hastings with 1000m in 1:05.5 and 36.2, while two others from the McKay stable heading in the same direction, Amarula (S McKay) and Canterino (P McKay) got through similar work in 1:04.1 and 36.8.

Watch This Space (Hillis) and Rough Copy (Cole) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.4, while Iffitel (Grylls), Fortune Kept (R Jones) and Zee Zee Top (Luke) were also in good form at the same distance in 1:03.8 and 36.6. De Chine (Rastrick) and Face Up (Rafi) were timed over 1000m in 1:07.5, but fog prevented any sectional time.

On the sand Maestro Tom (A Jones) and Panella (Conder) turned in a good trial for Hastings over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 37.2. Imperium (Cameron), who runs at Hastings, and Te Rapa entry Wolf Whistle (Hercock) cut out a soundly run 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:01.9 and 35.7.

Promising maiden Strada Cavallo (Lammas), an entry for Saturday’s Riccarton meeting, was paired with Pure Lord (Tynan) over 1200m in 1:18.5, 1:04.8 and 37. Over the same ground Bon Marche (Lammas) and Zambezi Warrior (K Jones) took 1:22, 1:05.3 and 37.6, and Jane’s Secret (Hepi) 1:22.4, 1:07.8 and 39.8.

Irish Moon (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1;06.1 and 37.3, and was followed by Ultimata (Weatherley) in 1:06.6 and 36.5.

Also over 1000m, Lady Quasar (H McQuade) returned 1:08.1 and 39.8, Orange Peel (O’Sullivan) 1:08.5 and 39.4, Flavigny (C Ormsby) 1:08.5 and 38, and Cote d’Or (Coleman) 1:11.4 and 40.5. Covered ‘N’ Bay (K McQuade) was timed from the 800m in 52 and 600m in 36.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 September 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
22 Sep 2015

Secret Spirit looked ready to continue her faultless run of form when she worked impressively at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed on the course proper, where the going was heavy 16 metres out, Secret Spirit (Grylls) and Stralis (R Jones) began at a steady rate and picked up the tempo as they went, completing 1200m in 1:25.2 and covering their last 600m in 39.

It was very good work in the conditions and underlined Secret Spirit’s fitness as she attempts to add her fourth consecutive black-type win in the Gr. 3 Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday. Plans for Stralis will depend on track conditions.

Cilla (Rastrick) worked well with Strada Cavallo (Grylls) quickening from the 1000m mark and cutting out the last 600m in 39.9. Cilla, a Makfi filly who has won her only two starts to date, is entered for Te Aroha on Friday.

Lauberhorn (Grylls) and Nectacolecta (Sapsworth), two others from the Graham Richardson stable nominated for Te Aroha, worked at an even rate over 1200m in 1:25.8 and 600m in 42.5. Irish (R Jones) began quietly to run the same distance in 1:25.8, picking up momentum for a final 600m in 40.6.

On the all-weather track Puccini turned in a solid trial on the eve of his departure for Melbourne. Ridden by co-trainer Peter McKay, he trailed Irish Heartbeat (Coleman) and Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay) by three or four lengths, with the lead pair timed over 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 35.3.

Puccini, who is nominated for a 1700-metre handicap at Caulfield on Saturday, hit the line well to almost get on terms with Irish Heartbeat, who also worked very well in preparation for the open sprint at Ellerslie.

Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth), who is coming to hand well, got through 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 39.6.

On the sand Tatters (Hercock) and Our Aberdeen (Lammas) turned in a sound gallop in preparation for Te Aroha, cutting out 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 36.2.  Over the same ground Autumn (O’Sullivan) returned 1:05.5 and 37.2, Niamh Elizabeth (Miller) and Amperage (Cameron) 1:05.3 and 36.5, Stella’s Honour (Grylls) 1:05.8 and 37.8, and Thetruthisoutthere (Hercock) and Love Actually (Hanafi) 1:04.2 and 36.5.

I’ll’ava’alf (Conder), who runs in the 3210-metre race at the New Plymouth Xtreme Raceday, strode over ground, with his last 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:05.3 and 38.6.

Pussy O’Reilly (Weatherley) was unextended over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 39.6, while stablemate Irish Moon (Coleman) completed a similar task in 1:10 and 41.2.

Scrutinize (Cameron) and Xtravagant (K Jones), who are likely runners at Te Rapa next week, got through 1000m together in 1:05.9 and 37.5. So True (A Jones) and a Lucky Unicorn filly (Conder) were keen in the early stages of their work over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 600m in 37.

Prize Lad (Coleman) was more sedate over 1000m in 1:13.8 and 41.9, while Southern Icon (Tait) cut out 800m in 49.2 and 36.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 September 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Sep 2015

Love Triangle underlined her fitness for Hastings on Saturday when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working right-handed on the course proper, where the going was slow 22 metres out, Love Triangle (Cameron) was paired with Ekraarstatic (Hercock) over 1200m. They covered the full distance in 1:23.5 and the final 600m in a respectable 38.9.

Love Triangle, who is unbeaten in competition with two trial wins preceding her successful Ruakaka debut, is in good order for the step up to stakes company in Saturday’s Gold Trail Stakes. Ekraarstatic, who showed real staying promise last season, begins a new campaign over 1400 metres on the weekend.

Puccini (P McKay) prepared for the Windsor Park Plate when he and Queen Of Navarre (S McKay) worked left-handed against the rail in the 12-metre position, where they cut out their last 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 37.7.

Puccini has trained on well from his first-up run in the Makfi Challenge Stakes and will enjoy the step up in distance on Saturday. Queen Of Navarre runs at Taupo on Friday.

Taupo maiden candidate Interstellar (Lammas) and Babilloni (Zac-Sayed) worked right-handed over 1200m in 1:27.2, quickening over the last 600m in 39.7. In similar work Saoirse (Coleman) returned 1:29.4 and 38.9, while Packing Chaparral (Coleman) strode over 1200m in 1:23.5 and 39.2.

Graphic (C Ormsby) and You Are Amazing (E Rika) worked away steadily and built up momentum to complete their last 600m in 41.2. While the reduction in distance from 1600 to 1400 metres is not ideal, Graphic will still run in Saturday’s Westbury Stud Classic at Avondale.

Silver Eclipse (Ramsay) and Skywards (Ritchie) did similar work, cutting out their final 600m in 40.1. Silver Eclipse is a possible runner at Hastings, while Skywards resumes at Taupo. Eletist (S McKay) and Graft (Mathewson) ran their last 600m in 40.4, and De Chine (Grylls) and Miss Drama (Rastrick) 39.8.

Snapshot (Grylls) and Funhouse (Sapsworth) did sound work in preparation for Taupo when striding over 1200m in 1:23.9 and 600m in 39.2. Stablemates Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) and Storm Bro (Tynan) ran the same trip in 1:22.8 and 39.8, while Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) and Flavigny (E Rika) returned 1:32.4 and 38.5 and Skyscraper (Lammas) 1:25.8 and 41.8.

On the sand last start winner Only If (S Collett) and promising maiden Ultimata (Weatherley) looked the part when they cut out 1000m in 1L01.2 and 36. Only If runs at Avondale and her stablemate at Taupo.

In Style (N Waddell), who resumes at Hastings, completed her work with a strong 600m in 38.5. Race rival Emerald Queen (A Jones) caught the eye with 1000m in 1:03.8 and 35.7. The Canterbury visitor will be ridden by Vinnie Colgan in the Hastings sprint.

Thornhill (N Waddell) and Galaxy Miss (Grylls) worked away steadily to cover 1000m in 1:06 and quickened over the final section in 36.6. Suffire (O’Sullivan) and Quintastics (Amit) worked well over 1000m in 1:03.1 and 36.7, as did Panella (Coleman) and Maestro Tom (Conder) when returning 1:03 and 36.2.

In-form Hastings runner Southern Icon (Tait) reeled off 800m in 48.7 and 600m in 36.2, while Rose Sauvage (A Jones) and Iffitell (Grylls) left 1000m behind in 1:06.4 and 36.5. Nikoniko (J Collett) and Sunset Girl (Blair) ran the same trip in 1:03.6 and 37 and Landed Gentry (Grylls) and Jane’s Secret (Hepi) took 1:03 and 36.8.

Others to complete 1000m gallops included Nolawood (M Brosnan) in 1:06.2 and 38.7; Spritz (Cameron) 1:12.5 and 39; Da Shindig (R Jones) 1:07.6 and 37.8.

On the all-weather track Pussy O’Reilly (Weatherley) ran a smart trial for the Hastings sprint over 1000mm in 1:00.8 and her final 600m in 35.4. Possible rival Irish Heartbeat (Coleman) and a Savabeel gelding (S McKay) ran the same distance in 1:03.8 and 37.

Pushtheboundaries (Dowling) and Bachro (Fraser-Hayes) ran a tidy trial over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 38.5. Sultry Assassin (Sapsworth) ran in from the 800m in 48.3 and 35.1, while Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Solo (Tynan) did similar work in 53.2 and 38.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 08 September 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
08 Sep 2015

Amarula shaped up for Saturday’s Northland Breeders’ Stakes when he galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

Working on the all-weather track, Amarula (S McKay) was partnered by stablemate Al Pacino (P McKay) over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 37.6. Amarula was beaten just half a length when fourth at Hastings last week and has a Ruakaka hat-trick to recommend him for Saturday’s three-year-old feature back at the northern course.

Brigadier (S McKay), another from the Peter and Jacob McKay team, also looked on target for Ruakaka when he went with stablemate Puccini (P McKay) over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.5. Brigadier is well up to clearing maiden grade this weekend, while Puccini has come through his Makfi Challenge Stakes run in good order.

Ilikai (Samuelsson) caught the eye when she breezed through her work over 1000m, beginning steadily to return 1:11.2 for the full distance and quickening for a smart final 600m in 36.8. The winner of two southern juvenile races last season, Ilikai is now with Te Aroha-based trainer Lisa Anderson and will resume in the Rating 65 1000-metre race at Ruakaka.

Lucky Feather (Coleman) also drew attention to his weekend prospects when cutting out 1000m in 1:05.7 and 36.5, while Canterino (P McKay) and Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) prepared for Ruakaka with 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.8.

Hey Mr (Lang) and Rock My Soul (Holmes), who will both race next at Hastings on Saturday week, ran a strong 1000m in 1:06.2 and 37.4.

On the course proper, which was slow with work taking place right-handed 25 metres out, Whatwedo (R Jones) and Fortune Kept (Fraser-Hayes) were timed over their last 800m in 53.8 and 600m in 40.

Snapshot (Grylls) and Brown Girl (Sapsworth) were never at top as they strode through 1200m in 1:25.6, with the final 600m in 42.6.

On the sand, Harry Claassen (A Jones) and Odin’s Choice (Conder) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 36.4. Lady Quasar (K McQuade) and Underthemoonlight (A Jones) also ran time, cutting out 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:03.5 and 37.6.

Landed Gentry (R Jones) ran 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:04.8 and 37.2, Autumn (Coleman) returned 1:23.4, 1:07.2 and 38.4, and Paco Rabanne (Hutton) 1:24.6 and 42.1. Packing Chaparral (Wratten) was also well held over 1200m in 1:29.3 and 43.8.

In Style (N Waddell) enjoyed her work over 1000m in 1:09.7 and 39.8. The Railway Stakes winner is likely to resume on the second day at Hastings. Promising maiden Ultimata (Weatherley) was well held over the same distance in 1:11 and 40.3.

Babilloni (Cameron) got through 1000m in 1:08.4 and 39.2, Great Expectations (Rastrick) took 1:08.2 and 39.4, and Rose Of Virginia (Fraser-Hayes) and Lil Miss Waitoki (Leveque) returned 1:05.7 and 37.5.

Irish Encore (O’Sullivan) ran a tidy 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.9, as did Suffire (Hutton) in 1:03.6 and 36.8, while Sir Darci (Coleman) had it easy over the same distance in 1:10.8 and 40.6, and Saoirse (Dowling) took 1:11.8 and 42. Fascinate Me (Hong) ran in from the 800m in 53.6 and 38.8. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 01 September 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
01 Sep 2015With trackwork taking place in high winds and horizontal rain, fast work was at a minimum at Matamata this morning, but Wanganui-bound fillies Stella Di Paco and Secret Spirit still drew attention to their weekend prospects. Galloping right-handed o
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 25 August 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
25 Aug 2015

Matamata’s quartet for the Makfi Challenge Stakes all worked pleasingly at the centre this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s Hastings feature.

Time honours belonged to Tomorrowland, who was ridden by his raceday jockey Craig Grylls in solo work on the sand. The Danica Guy-trained gelding set off at a strong gallop to complete 1200 metres in 1:14.8 and maintained his momentum over the last 1000m in 1:01.2 and the final 600m in 35.2.

It was excellent work by any measure and showed that Tomorrowland has thrived since his bold second in the Foxbridge Plate.

Danielle Johnson made a special trip to partner Puccini in his main gallop on the all-weather track and was smiling after the McKay-trained entire had tracked his stablemates Al Pacino (P McKay) and Canterino (S McKay) in the early stages before finishing over the top of them.

The trio were timed over 1000m in 1:02.6 and the manner in which Puccini came from behind over the final 600m in 35.8 indicated he is sharp for Saturday’s fresh-up run.

Pussy O’Reilly also had her big-race rider Michael McNab on board for her gallop in company with Prize Lad (R Jones) 10 meres out on the heavy course proper. She led her rival at the finish after 1200m in 1:22.6, 1000m in 1:07.5 and the final 600m strongly in 37.1

The Kelso-trained mare, who is at long odds for the Maki despite finishing second in last year’s race, responded well to blinkers this morning and will wear them on Saturday.

Michael Coleman warmed the saddle for Hayden Tinsley on the fourth of the Matamata contingent, the O’Sullivan-Scott-trained Whosyourmaster. He got through his usual laid-back solo assignment right-handed 20 metres out on the course proper. The unlucky Foxbridge Plate runner was timed over 1200m in 1:25.6 and rolled into his work up the back straight for a final 600m in 39.9.

The only others to work on the course proper were Great Expectations (Grylls) and Razzle Dazzle Dazzle (Vikram), who covered 1200m in 1:31.8 and their final 600m in 40.1, and Saint Finn (McNab) and Bugle Call (E Rika), who took 41.2 for their last 600m.

On the sand Love Triangle (Cameron) and Interstellar (McNab) caught the eye as they prepared for Ruakaka with 1000m in 1:06.3 and the final 600m in a smart 36.3. Two others from the Autridge-Richards team, Xtravagant (Cameron) and Scrutinize (McNab), completed tidy work over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 36.5, while Amperage (Hercock) recorded 1:06.6 and 37.4 and Vive La Difference (Miller) 1:07.2 and 38.5.

In-form Hastings candidate Southern Icon (Tait) got through his work in his usual style with 800m in 48.9 and 600m in 36.6. He continues to thrive. Chazelle (S Collett) strode over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.4 and 37.5, while Maestro Tom (Conder) covered the same ground in 1:23.5, 1:07.8 and 39.5.

On the all-weather track Amarula (S McKay) looked on target for Hastings when he and Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37, while Ambitious Power (Dowling) and Beauty Ace (Fraser-Hayes) wasted no time over the same ground in 1:01.2 and 35.8.

Witz End (J Collett) also worked at speed with 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36.7, whereas Taaxman (Gillies) was well held as he completed 1000m with plenty in reserve in 1:06.5 and 39.2.

Others to work over 1000m included Always On My Mind (Dowling) in 1:09.3 and 39.8, Jagger (Cole) 1:08.4 and 38.2, and Lil Miss Waitoki (Leveque) 1:13.9 and 43.7. Irish Moon (Coleman) was timed from the 800m in 51.2 and 37.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 August 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
18 Aug 2015

Letmeby and Peregrine prepared for Saturday’s Pakuranga Hunt meeting at Ellerslie with solid work together a Matamata this morning.

Working right-handed 20 metres out on a soft course proper, Letmeby (Grylls) and Peregrine (Sapsworth) strode over 1200m in 1:25.8, maintaining a strong gallop up the back straight to complete their final 600m in 40.4.

The Graham Richardson-trained stablemates look well for their Ellerslie engagements, with Letmeby scheduled to start in the R85 2200 and Peregrine in the R75 1600. 

Vincent Street drew attention to his New Plymouth prospects when ridden by his co-trainer Wayne Hillis in smart work on the all-weather track with Mesi (Dellow), cutting out 1200m in 1:16.8, 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.6. Vincent Street has been racing well without much luck and looks ready for the Interprovincial Challenge on Saturday.

Also on the all-weather track, Realta (Dowling) and Wraithorth (Fraser-Hayes) underlined their progress with 1000mco in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.8. Over the same ground Payday (Hillis) returned 1:03.8 and 37.3, Anuka (Sapsworth) and Penny Duke (Vikram) 1:07.5 and 39.2, and O’Carroll (Dowling) and Fletcher (Fraser-Hayes) 1:03.8 and 38.6.

Snapshot (Grylls) looked bright when working solo over 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.2, Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) and Suggest Gold (Miles) took 1:05.2 and 38.2, while Lucky Feather (Cole) was well held to clock 1:12.2 and 40.8. Fame Seeker (Dowling) and Blueprint (Fraser-Hayes) had more pace on when recording 1:03.4 and 36.3.

Storm Bro (Sapsworth) and a Keeper gelding (Vikram) took 1:11.2 and 42.3 for their 1000m, while Whatwedo (R Jones) was timed over 800m in 54.6 and 39.7.  

On the sand Stella di Paco (Lammas) and Duchess Kate (Hercock) hit the line well after contained work over 1000m in 1:11.7 and 40.6. Both fillies look bright and may run at next week’s local meeting.

So True (Conder) and Harry Claassen (A Jones) caught the eye in their work over 1000m in 1:05.9 and 36.9, while Chazelle (J Collett) and Sasanof’s Hero (S Collett) also worked boldly with 1000m in 1:07.5 and 38.

Incaseitel (A Jones) and Secret Dreams (S McKay) hit out well for beginners over 1000m in 1:09.7 and 39.4. Paco Rabanne (R Jones) and Nightsky (Hepi) were well held over 1000m in 1:14.6 and 42.7, as was Singsong Girl (Grylls) in 1:12.2 and 39.8. Brilliant Magic (A Wright) strode over 1200m in 1:23 and 39.6. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 August 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
11 Aug 2015

Whosyourmaster suggested a bold fresh-up effort in Saturday’s Foxbridge Plate when he worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed 23 metres out on a slow course proper, Whosyourmaster (Coleman) gathered momentum to complete 1200m in 1:24.6 and rounded his work off with a smart final 600m in 38.2. The Captain Rio gelding has come to hand well and looks very bright after his hitout at last week’s Te Teko trials. Hayden Tinsley, who rode him in all three wins last season, will be back on board in the Te Rapa feature.

Race rival Tomorrowland (Grylls) was partnered by fellow Te Rapa candidate Packing Chaparral (Coleman), working away steadily and timed over the final 600m in 38.6. Tomorrowland also looks improved for his Te Teko trial.

Another set to resume in the Foxbridge Plate, Pussy O’Reilly (Weatherley), caught the eye in her work on the all-weather track, where she cut out a smart 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.4.

Back on the course proper, last start winner Nathalie Falmet (R Jones) was never at top as she strode over 1200m in 1:28.6 and 600m in 41.3, while Funhouse (Nafi) led Nectacolecta (Sapsworth) to the end of 1200m in 1:25.8 and 39.8.

Avondale Friday runner Keepherinmind (Grylls) worked well with Cherry Bay (Fraser-Hayes) over the same ground in 1:28.4 and 40.5. Warner (R Jones) and Stralis (Hutton), who also head to Avondale, were timed over their last 600m in 39.5, while Face Up (S Collett) and De Chine (Grylls) returned 38.7.

On the sand Avondale candidates Real Thirsty (Swann) and Oompa (Gibbs-Manssen) impressed with the way they finished their work over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 39.4. Sophisticate (A Jones) and I’ll’ava’alf (S McKay) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:05 and 37.5.

Deluxe Edition (Cole) looked bright in his work over 1200m in 1:24.4 and 40.4. So Glamorous (Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.8, while Chazelle (S Collett) took 1:06.3 and 39.6, Prize Lord (R Jones) 1:08.4 and 41, Prince Henry (Lammas) 1:10.8 and 41.6, and Massofdash (J Collett) 1:13.7 and 41.4.

Irish Encore (Coleman) worked away steadily to run 1000m in 1:15.2 and quickened over the last 600m in 39.8. In similar work Odin’s Choice (Conder) returned 1:15.2 and 41.7 and Ultimata (Weatherley) 1:13.5 and 42.6.

Wolfwhistle (Hercock) was among a number of the Autridge-Richards team to stride out over the final 800m of their work, clocking 55.2 and 40.4. Others included Windborne (Cameron) and Carmenize (McNab) 52.4 and 37, Silverdale (McNab) and Amperage (Cameron) 1:00.8 and 46.5, and Beacon Of Hope (Cameron) and Zambezi Warrior (McNab) 57.2 and 40.4.

On the all-weather track Witz End (S Collett) looked in good shape for Avondale when he dashed over 1000m in 1:01.7 and 37.3.  Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Zadiffra (Weatherley), likely runners at Taupo next week, did sound work over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.6.

Saoirse (Fraser-Hayes) and Ambitious Power (Dowling) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.6, while Fame Seeker (Dowling) and Talula Belle (Fraser-Hayes) took 1:03.4 and 37.9.

Maestro Tom (A Jones) turned in a good trial for Te Rapa when he and Panella (Conder) ran 1000m in 1:07.5 and 36.8. Arraignment (McNab) and a Perfectly Ready gelding (N Waddell) did well over the same ground in 1:05.5 and 36.9, while The Vicar’s Daughter (Roff) clocked 1:06 and 39.3.

Realta (Dowling) and Wraithorth (Fraser-Hayes) weren’t extended over 1000m in 1:06.3 and 38.8 and Beauty Ace (Leveque ran the same distance in 1:08.2 and 40.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 August 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
04 Aug 2015

Queens Rose looked ready for another winning run at Tauranga on the weekend when got through sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping right-handed on the course proper, where the going was soft 22 metres out, Queens Rose (Sapsworth) worked away steadily and cut out 1200m in 1:27.4, building momentum for a final 600m in 39.2. The Graham Richardson- trained mare missed a start in the Opunake Cup last month but in her freshened she should be hard to beat over 1200 metres on Saturday.

Makarios (C Ormsby) and Sororia (E Rika) prepared for Tauranga with good work over 1200m in 1:28.5 and 600m in 40.8. Others preparing for the Tauranga meeting included Prize Lad (R Jones) and Landed Gentry (Amrut), who finished their work with 600m in 41.2.

Nectacolecta (Sapsworth) and Brown Girl (Nafi) did sound work for Friday’s local meeting over 1200m in 1:29.8 and 41.6, while Southern Countess (Miles) and Suggest Gold (P Brosnan) returned 1:30.8 and 41.5.

Those who were timed for the final 600m of their work included Crackthegoodstuff (S Rika) and Roseana’s Spirit (A Jones) in 41.3, Warner (Coleman) and Stralis (Hutton) 39.4, and Kittykittybangbang (A jones) and The Painter (Miller) 42.2.

On the sand Packing Chaparral (Coleman) and Sir Elmo (A Jones) did smart work over 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:03 and 36.4. Packing Chaparral will be hard to beat on his home track on Friday.

I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) and Sophisticate (A Jones) were keen to get on with their work over ground, being timed for their last 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:04.3 and 39.6. Saoirse (Dowling) and Cherry Bay (Fraser-Hayes) got through their work well over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 39.2, while Coincidence (Grylls) and Niamh Elizabeth (Hercock) returned 1:08.9 and 40. Keepherinmind (Coleman) 1:10.7 and 40.8, and Real Thirsty (Swann) 1:12.2 and 43.2. Massofdash (Blair) was timed form the 800m in 58.6 and 42.2.

On the all-weather track Anuka (Sapsworth) and Penny Duke (Nafi) prepared for their weekend engagements with 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.8. Perfect Fit (Weatherley) was well held over the same ground in 1:15.2 and 43.8, while Fame Seeker (Dowling) and Talula Belle (Fraser-Hayes) took 1:06.5 and 39.5.

Te Aroha Sunday runner Payday (Hillis) was timed over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:04.8 and 38.9. Le Bon Fin (Cole), another starting over hurdles on Sunday, ran the same trip in 1:20.5, 1:07.2 and 40.2.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 July 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
28 Jul 2015Peregrine and Ireland’s Teardrop shaped as likely improvers when they were paired in smart work at Matamata this morning. Galloping on the all-weather track, Peregrine (Grylls) and Ireland’s Teardrop (Dowling) strode over 1200m in 1:19.4
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 July 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
21 Jul 2015Stakes-winning two-year-olds Stella Di Paco and Secret Spirit looked on target for Saturday’s Ryder Stakes when they worked pleasingly at Matamata this morning. Galloping right-handed 18 metres out on a heavy course proper, Stella Di Paco was
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14th July 2015: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
14 Jul 2015

Queens Rose looked ready for Saturday’s Opunake Cup when she got through sound work at Matamata this morning.


Galloping right-handed 22 metres out on a heavy course proper, Queens Rose (Sapsworth) covered 1200m in 1:23.6, with her last 800m in 53.8 and 600m in 39.4. The Graham Richardson-trained mare has made pleasing progress since her Tauranga Classic win as she prepares for the New Plymouth feature.


Race rivals Makarska (Coleman) and Vincent Street (S McKay) also worked in good style, striding over 1200m in 1:25.5 and 600m in 39.7. Makarska has hit form with a double at Ruakaka and connections will be hoping for at least reasonable track conditions on the weekend.


Sophisticate (Coleman) and Sir Elmo (A Jones) prepared for New Plymouth with 1200m in 1:25.2 and 600m in 40.5, while Peregrine (Sapsworth) and Victoryshallbemine (Grylls) ran the same distance in 1:24.5 and 41.2. Te Rapa candidates Landed Gentry (Grylls) and Prize Lad (Amrut) were not extended over 1200m in 1:30.3 and 42.5.  


Jehanne (Dowling), a runner at Avondale on Friday, strolled over 1200m in 1:31.3 and 600m in 43.2. That’s How We Roll (E Rika) and last start debut winner Makarios (C Ormsby) worked away steadily before finishing off their work with 600m in 39.2.


On the all-weather track Smartly (K Jones) and Le’Vantos (Hunt), entrants for New Plymouth and Te Rapa respectively, hit the line strongly at the end of 1200m in 1:24.3, 1:09.4 and 38.5.

Le Bon Fin (Cole) had pace on in the early stages of 1200m, running the full distance in 1:16.2 and 600m in 41.6. Stablemate Boy (Cole), who also runs at Te Rapa, did similar work over 1200m in 1:18.5 and 39.8.


Avondale entry Pompeii Tiger (R Jones) and Te Rapa starter Roc Me (Coleman) were paired in a smart 1000m in 1:04.3 and 36.8. Hey Mr (Holmes) strode over the last 1000m of his work in 1:06.3 and 600m in 37.6.


Puccini (P McKay) enjoyed his work over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.2, while Pussy O’Reilly (Weatherley) also looked bright when allowed to stretch out from the 800m in 49.6 and 36.7. In Style (Grylls) also caught the eye when breezing over her last 600m in 38.2.


Quantum Maelstrom (Sapsworth), who starts at Hastings on Thursday, was timed over 1200m in 1:26.2 and 41, while Alice Web Ellis (Sapsworth) ran the same trip in 1:24.4 and 39.5.

Ultimata (Weatherley) stretched out well over 1000m in 1:09.4 and 600m in 39.2 and Perfect Fit (Luke) ran in from the 600m in 45.9. Ekraarstatic (Cameron) was partnered by Carmenize (Lammas) over 800m in 52 and 37.5.


On the sand Miss Mossman (Coleman) was strong at the end of 1200m in 1:25.2, 1:09.8 and 39.5. She is fully recovered from the badly timed setback that forced her out of the Taumarunui Gold Cup.


Kakahu Nell (M Brosnan) and Jedi Knight (P Ormsby) did good work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.2, as did Skyscraper (Hercock) in 1:05.2 and 37.4. Maestro Tom (Conder) and Roseana’s Spirit (A Jones) covered the same distance in 1:10.4, quickening from the 600m in 37.5.

Peacefuleasyfeelin (Gibbs-Manson) was kept to striding work, with his last 1200m in 1:33.6 and 600m in 45.8. He is scheduled to fly to Melbourne tomorrow (Wednesday).


Among those quickening in their new preparation, Whosyourmaster (Hong) looked bright as he ran in from the 800m in 59.6 and 600m in 43.2. Arraignment (Grylls) and the Keeper-Jacilo gelding (N Waddell) were timed over 800m in 52.4 and 38.8, Persuasive (Amit) returned 59.2 and 43, Flaming (Hercock) and Ebony Star (Fawcett) 58.9 and 43.2, and Scrutinise (Cameron) and Splurge (Lammas) 60.8 and 44.5. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 7 July 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Rya
07 Jul 2015

Opulent and Stella Di Paco shaped up for Ruakaka on the weekend when they were paired in sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping15 metres out on a heavy course proper, Opulent (Cameron) and Stella Di Paco (Lammas) hit the line strongly at the end of 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 39.7. The Autridge/Richards-trained duo are both last start winners, Opulent in maiden grade at Ruakaka last week and Stella Di Paco in the Castletown Stakes six weeks ago.

Queens Rose (Sapsworth) looked on target for next week’s Opunake Cup as she strode over 1200m wide out on the course proper, running the distance in 1:26.2, with her last 1000m in 1:11.4 and 600m in 41.3.

Hey Mr (Grylls) and She’s A Screamer (Holmes) cut out 1000m in 1:11.3 and 42, while De Chine (Grylls) and Felice’s Dream (Jalam) were not pushed over the same ground in 1000m in 1:15.2 and 42 as they prepared for the Ruakaka two-year-old race. Prize Lad (Hutton) and Landed Gentry (Hong) were given solo three-quarter-pave workouts.

On the sand, Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and De Niro (P McKay) looked sharp for Ruakaka when they cut out 1000m in 1:05.2, flattening out stylishly from the 600m in 35.8.

Sweet Memories (Lammas) and Love Triangle (Cameron) travelled up well over 800m in 57 and 600m in 41.4, while Lavasliere (Fsraser-Campin) cut out 1000m in 1:06.5 and 37.9 and Aretine (Dowling) followed in 1:06.8 and 38.7.

Puccini (P McKay) and Ruakaka candidate Canterino (S McKay) finished their work well over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 36.4.

Recent trial winner It’s Slots Of Fun (Tait) ran in from the 800m in 49.8 and 37, while Makarska (Weatherley) was well held over 1000m in 1:17.2 and 46.2.

Ireland’s Teardrop (Dowling) had more pace on with 1000m in 1:09.6 and 38.4, and Star Of Greenfield (Miller) was kept to 1000m in 1:15.2 and 43.5. Over 1200m Sororia (C Ormsby) returned 1:32.6 and 45.2, and Victoryshallbemine (Sapsworth) took 1:30.2 and 43.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 30 June 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Rya
30 Jun 2015

Packing Chaparral looked the part for Te Rapa on Saturday when he worked impressively at Matamata this morning.

Galloping solo 28 metres out on a heavy course proper, Packing Chaparral (Coleman) took time honours over 1200m in 1:22, with his last 1000m in 1:07.7 and 600m in 39.6. The Kelso-trained four-year-old has made pleasing progress since his first-up second at Te Rapa in early June and will line up again over 1400 metres there on Saturday.

Miss Mossman was also ridden by her raceday jockey Michael Coleman when she prepared for Saturday’s Taumarunui Gold Cup with sound work over 1200m in 1:25, 1:09 and 39.7. She looks ready for a return to the scene of her most recent win earlier in the winter.

Race rival Peacefuleasyfeelin (A Jones) also did stayers’ work with his last 1200m in 1:25.9, 1:10.7 and 41.4. Like Miss Mossman, he was unplaced in last week’s Kiwifruit Cup but will also appreciate the return to left-handed Te Rapa.

Full Monty (Sapsworth) set off over ground on the way to running 1200m in 1:23, picking up stablemate Nectacolecta (Grylls) for a final 1000m in 1:09 and 600m in 41.4. Both Richardson stable members look well for their Te Rapa engagements.

Elroi (Tynan) led Secret Power (Holmes) in the early stages of their workout over 1200m but was joined by his stablemate to complete 1200m in 1:23.9, with the last 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 40.4.

Purcentage (Sapsworth) went solo over 1000m in 1:10.2 and 40.8, while fellow Te Rapa entry Peregrine (Sapsworth) was well contained over 1200m in 1:30.9 and 44.6.

On the sand regular Rotorua visitor Pockets (Lammas) looked sharp for Te Rapa as he worked over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.4. Sir Elmo (A Jones) and Sunbeam (Coleman) also drew attention to their weekend prospects with 1200m in 1:20.1, 1:04.9 and 37.2.

Stralis (Grylls) was unextended over the last 1200m of his work in 1:26.2 and 39, while Nolawood (M Brosnan) cut out the same trip in 1:23.3, 1:07.6 and 39. Promising stayer Chazelle (S Collett) indicated she is coming to hand well with a bold gallop over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:05 and 38.4.

Impressive recent winner Eletist (Gibbs-Manson) was well held over 1000m in 1:12.6 and 43.2. He may run at Te Rapa or instead be reserved for next Wednesday’s local meeting. Stablemate Oompa (Swann) ran his1000m in 1:14.4 and 43.6.

Southern Icon (Tait) was in dashing form over 800m in 48.3 and 36.2. Warner (Coleman) strode over 1200m in 1:22.9, 1000m in 1:06.6 and the final 600m in a smart 36.4. Twice Smitten (Hong) followed over the same ground in 1:24, 1:08.5 and 38.2, while Prize Lord (Hutton) was kept to 1:27.8, 1:13.6 and 42.7. Kanali (Sapsworth) was also well held to return 1:20.3, 1:14.1 and 43.9.

On the all-weather track class galloper Puccini (P McKay) was partnered by Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) over 1000m, with their last 600m clocked in 37.5. Pussy O’Reilly (Luke) was another to gear up for new season assignments as she worked over 800m in 58.8 and 600m in 41.4. 

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Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24 June 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
23 Jun 2015

Sasanof’s Hero and Al Pacino drew attention to their weekend prospects with smart work together at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on the all-weather track, Sasanof’s Hero (J Collett) and Al Pacino (S McKay) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:04.8, finishing off with a strong 600m in 37.2. Sasanof’s Hero performed well for fourth on debut last month and is ready for another bold effort at Ruakaka on Saturday. Al Pacino is in good order to kick off a new campaign at Ruakaka, where he was a winner as a two-year-old. 

Stablemate Queen Of Navarre (S McKay) also signalled her Ruakaka prospects when working solo over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.6. She has trained on well from her last-start Wanganui win. Lucky Feather (Cole) prepared for his Hastings engagement with 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.8.

Vicar’s Daughter (J Collett) and Amarula (S McKay) looked sharp for the Ruakaka two-year-old event when cutting out 800m in 51.2 and 600m in 38.4.

On the course proper, which was heavy 20 metres out under a sharp frost, Opulent (Lammas) and Alice Web Ellis were well matched over 1000m in 1:08.9 and 600m in 40.6. Opulent will be entered for both Hastings and Ruakaka, while Alice Web Ellis runs at Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Cape Mapperley (Coleman) and Keepherinmind (Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:09.5 and 41.2, while Letmeby (Sapsworth) went at an even rate over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1000m in 1:10.5 and 600m in 42.1.

Southern Countess (Miles) and O’Reilly’s Gold (P Brosnan) did sound work, with their final 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 41.8.

On the sand, Vibrant Moss (P Holmes) prepared for her Ruakaka engagement over 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 39. Te Awamutu entrant Sophisticate (A Jones) took 1:21.8 for 1200m, with her last 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 39.5.

Ruakaka runner The Last Shower (C Ormsby) covered 1000m in 1:10.8 and 39.8, while Packing Chaparral (Coleman) was well held over the same ground in 1:12.5 and 42.1.

That’s How We Roll was ridden by his co-trainer Chad Ormsby in a bold school over eight flights of brush hurdles.

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Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16 June 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
16 Jun 2015

Queens Rose signalled her weekend prospects with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a heavy course proper, Queens Rose (Sapsworth) went solo over 1200m in 1:24, cutting out the last 1000m in 1:08.6 and finishing off with 600m in 39.6. It was good work by any standard and suggested the Graham Richardson-trained mare is set for a big effort in the Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic.

Tavis Star (Hercock) caught the eye with the way she finished her work with Highly Likely (Lammas) after a sound 1200m in 1:22.9, 1000m in 1:08.5 and 600m in 40.4. The Autridge/Richards stablemates are both entries for the Rating 75 middle-distance at Tauranga.

Miss Mossman (Coleman) looked bright as she prepared for the Kiwifruit Cup with 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:09 and 38.9, while Stralis (R Jones) was timed over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 40.

Vibrant Moss (Tynan) was allowed to roll in from the 800m in 56.4, with her final 600m in 41.4. Temple Tiger (Goodwin) worked right-handed as he prepared for Otaki on Friday and was timed over his last 600m in 40.1.

Sir Elmo (A Jones) and Sunbeam (Coleman) did their work for Tauranga on the sand, where Sir Elmo completed 1200m in 1:19.8, picking up his stablemate for a final 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.4.

Gardone (M Brosnan) cut out a solid 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:04.3 and 38.4, while her stablemate Nolawood (M Brosnan) ran the same trip in 1:24.5, 1:08.3 and 39.3.

Promising maiden Phoebe Snow (K Jones) did smart work over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 36.7. Deluxe Edition (Cole) was timed over 800m in 53.9 and 600m in 37.4.

Vitali (Madin) had pace on throughout as he prepared for Te Aroha on Sunday with 1200m in 1:18.6, 1:04.5 and 38.6. Tauranga entry Giardini (Hutton) covered the same ground in 1:19.2, 1:05.5 and 37.4, while El Cajero (J Collett) and Sasanof’s Hero (Blair) returned 1:25.2, 1:08.9 and 39.6. Nathalie Falmet (Hutton) was kept to 1200m in 1:27.4 and 42.9.

Beach Bellini (A Jones) strolled over 1000m in 1:13.8 and 43, and Roseanne Spirit (Conder) took 1:14.8 and 44.6.

On the all-weather track Roc Me (R Jones) cut out 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.5, Android (Sapsworth) prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:07.9 and 39.8, while Alta Mater (Coleman) and Trueman (Wratten) returned 1:07.8 and 38.7.

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Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 09 June 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
09 Jun 2015

Antonio Lombardo shaped up for a return to racing at Ruakaka on the weekend with impressive work at Matamata this morning.

On the all-weather track Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) was partnered by Canterino (P McKay) over a smart 1000m in 1:02.8, finishing off with 600m in 36.1. The Pins gelding may be close to his seventh birthday but he looks as bright as ever to kick off a new campaign in the open sprint at Ruakaka, where he has shown such good form in the past. Stablemate Canterino, also a multiple winner on the track, heads north for a fresh-up run in the R75 1400.

Others to shape well for Ruakaka included Vincent Street (K Jones) and Letmego (Hillis), who left 1000m behind in 1:02.3 and 36, while two others from the Hillis-Kesner team, Labels (K Jones) and Phoebe Snow), cut out the same trip in 1:02.6 and 36.5.

Ultimata (Wratten) and Zadiffra (Luke) were not chasing time over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 37.8, and Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) and Suggest Gold (Miles) hit the line strongly in 1:12.6 and 39.2. Valante (S Collett) and Amarula (S McKay) were timed over their last 600m in 38.7.

Anuka (Sapsworth) went solo over 1000m in 1:11.4 and 41, In Memory Of (Holmes) took 1:11.8 and 41.3, Pinstripe (K Jones) and a Lucky Unicorn gelding (Brown) 1:11.4 and 40.2, and Masu (Dowling) 1:14.2 and 43.

On the course proper, where the going was heavy 25 metres out and work took place right-handed, Jubilate (Sapsworth) shaped up well for Awapuni when working with Kanali (Singh) 1200m in 1:26.2 and 600m in 40.9. Jubilate runs in the open 1500 on the weekend, when he will be ridden by in-form claimer Anna Jones.

She’s Elusive (Hutton) and Twice Smitten (Hong) prepared for Ruakaka with 800m in 53.4 and 600m in 41.9, while two others heading north, Makarska (Coleman) and Trevita (Fraser-Hayes), went well over the same ground in 52.3 and 41.3.

The Last Shower (E Rika) and Flavigny (Schistl) strode over 1200m in 1:25.7 and 600m in 41.8.

Opulent (Lammas) and Sir Darci (Hercock) set off over ground at a steady rate to run 1200m in 1:29, quickening for their last 600m in 40.7. Unknown Pleasures (C Ormsby) completed striding work with 600m in 40.9.

On the sand, Southern Icon (Tait) looked sharp for Ruakaka when dashing through the last 800m of his work in 48.2 and 600m in 35.9. He was a winner at Ruakaka this time last year and didn’t have a lot of luck in his most recent start there.

Jehanne (Dowling) strode over 1200m in 1:27.6, with her last 1000m in 11.4 and 600m in 40.2. Roseanne Spirit (Conder) and the El Hermano-Golan’s Lass gelding (A Jones) shaped up well over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 38.6.

Stunner (N Waddell) was unextended over 1000m in 1:11.8 and 41.8, while Tavis Star (Hercock), who runs at Te Teko next week, had an easy time over the same ground in 1:15.3 and 43.8. Reaching Out (Dellow) was well held over her last 800m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 43.8.

Over 1000m Bordeaux (Lammas) returned 1:13.2 and 43.3 and Miss Chief (Roff) took 1:14.8 and 41.6, while Prince Henry (Lammas) ran in from the 600m in 43.8. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 May 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
26 May 2015

Tavis Star and Stella Di Paco managed the conditions well when they prepared for weekend assignments with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a heavy course proper, Tavis Star (Coleman) and Stella Di Paco (Lammas) had something in reserve at the end of 1000m in 1:10.5 and 600m in 39.8. Tavis Star gets the chance to extend an impressive formline when he lines up in the three-year-old 1600 at Ellerslie on Saturday, while Stella Di Paco may be an upset chance in the Castletown Stakes at Wanganui.

Miss Mossman (Grylls) had first use of the track as she cut out the last 1000m of her work in 1:09.4 and the final 600m in 38.3. She has freshened up well from her brave placing in the Rotorua Cup and will drop back to 1600 metres at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Victoryshallbemine (Grylls) and Peregrine (Sapsworth) were well matched over 1200m in 1:24.6, with their last 1000m taking 1:10.1 and 600m in 41.5. Maestro (Miller) covered the same ground in 1:24.8, 1:09.8 and 41.2, while Scandinavian (Lammas) was let off with 1200m in 1:28.4, 1:12.6 and 42.

Sombreuil (Luke) and Vettel (S McKay) left 1000m behind in 1:07.4 and 39.9, while Peach Bellini (A Jones) appeared at home in the ground when she shaded Sophisticate (Conder) at the end of 1000m in 1:08.5 and 41.

Smartly (K Jones) and Dating (Hunt) caught the eye when working on the sand, where they cut out 1000m in 1:07.2 and ran in from the 600m in 36.9. Over the same ground Kinda Leica (K McQuade) returned 1:08.5 and 40.6.

Lucky To Be Cool (Grylls) strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:07.8 and 38.6, while stablemate Crystalight (Grylls) was kept to 1:31.2, 1:15.4 and 44.2.

In similar work Highly Likely (Hercock) ran 1:33.4 and 45.8, Cape Mapperley (Coleman) 1:32.3 and 44.5, Full Monty (Sapsworth) 1:32.2 and 45.3, and Makarska (Wratten) 1:31.6 and 45. Prince Henry (Roff) ran in from the 800m in 52.3 and 38, and Bettorock (Lammas) and Bon Marche (Hercock) took 53.8 and 38.5.

On the all-weather track Taaxman (Gillies) looked bright in his work, running the last 1000m in 1:06 and 600m in 39.4. Over the same ground Hardy’s Revenge (Grylls) took 1:08.5 and 37.8, and Zadiffra (Luke) and Ultimata (Wratten) 1:12.8 and 43.2.

Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) began quietly from the 1000m mark to run that distance in 1:15.2 and quickened over the last 600m in 39.4. Stablemates Canterino (P McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) were timed from the 800m in 51.6 and 600m in 37.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
19 May 2015

Hysteria Lane and Madame Jamai drew attention to their weekend prospects with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a heavy course proper, Hysteria Lane (Lammas) and Madame Jamai (Hercock) strode off from the 1000-metre mark to cover that distance in 1:08.7 and hit the line well after a final 600m in 39. Hysteria Lane will start at Ellerslie on Saturday, while her stablemate is scheduled to run at Hawera on Sunday.

Ellerslie entrant The Fire Inside was ridden by co-trainer Chad Ormsby in solo work over ground, recording 1:24.2 for 1200m, 1:08.8 for 1000m and 40.5 for the final 600.

Galvanised (Fraser-Hayes) and Second Fling (Dowling) prepared for Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:25.6 and 1000m in 1:10.8. Fog prevented any further sectionals. Stralis (Grylls) and Flavigny (C Ormsby) finished their work with 600m in a respectable 38.7. 

Among those that could not be timed at all, Great Northern Foal Stakes candidates Fascinate Me and Secret Spirit appeared to be working well when they emerged from the fog.

On the sand, Smartly (K Jones) and Nothing Trivial (Hunt) caught the eye as they prepared for weekend engagements with 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 36.3.

Davey Crockett (N Waddell) covered the same trip in good style to record 1:06.2 and 37.4, while stablemate Deebee Don (N Waddell) returned 1:08.2 and 39 and Hold Your Tears (H McQuade) took 1:08.2 and 39.5.

Over the same ground Reaching Out (Dell) and Sororia (C Ormsby) took 1:10.5 and 39.3, Prize Lad (R Jones) 1:10.8 and 39.8, and Avimore (Hutton) 1:11 and 40.3. Keepherinmind (Hong) was timed over 1200m in 1:25.7 and 39.5.

On the all-weather track Witz End (J Collett) got through his work well over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 39.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 May 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
12 May 2015

Snapshot and Jubilate prepared for weekend engagements with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 25 metres out on a heavy course proper, Snapshot (Grylls) and Jubilate (A Jones) covered 1200m in 1:21.3, 1000m in 1:06.9 and the final 600m in 39.7. The Richardson-trained pair look in good order for Te Rapa on Saturday.

Saoirse (Dowling) and Ellis Web Ellis (Sapsworth) also caught the eye when cutting out 1000m in 1:08.7 and 600m in 39.5. Saoirse returns to the scene of her last-start Te Rapa win, while Ellis Web Ellis will run at Awapuni.

Vibrant Moss (Tynan) and Secret Power (P Holmes) prepared for Awapuni with a sound 1000m in 1:06.5 and 38.4, while Davey Crockett (N Waddell), who also heads south on the weekend, was well held over the same ground in  1:09.8 and 41.8.

Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) and Full Monty (Grylls) appeared at home in the conditions over 1200m in 1:22.5, 1:08.1 and 40.3. Irish Moon (S Collett) and Mass of Dash (J Collett) prepared for Te Rapa with a sound 1200m in 1:22.9, 1:07.6 and 39.8.

Bahrella (A Jones) went at an even rate over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:08.6 and 41, while Sir Darci (Cameron) and Arpeggio (Lammas) were kept to 1200m in 1:29.2 and 1000m in 1:11.2, with poor light preventing a 600m sectional.

Kay’s Legacy (S McKay) and Buccellati (S McKay) ran their last 1000m in 1:10.6 and 600m in 40.2. Te Rapa candidates The Last Shower and Divissima could not be timed due to poor light but hit the lien strongly.

On the all-weather track Irish Heartbeat (T Autridge) and Le Bon Fin (Schistl) showed their fitness for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.9.

Ocean Emperor (Grylls) turned in a pleasing trial for Te Rapa, tracking Whatwedo (Goodwin) and finishing alongside at the end of 1000m in 1:05.9 and 36.8.

On the sand Light Up A Screen (J Collett) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:06.2 and 38.2. Sophisticate (A Jones) ran the same trip in 1:25.2, 1:08.8 and 39.4, while He’s Dan (A Jones) took 1:24.3, 1:08.1 and 39.8.

Vitali (Umis), another for Te Rapa, covered 1200m in 1:21.2 and 37.6. Centre Stage (Hutton), a winner on her home track last week and a runner at Awapuni, looked bright when striding through 1200m in 1:25.5 and 40.6.

My Secret (Hong) did smart work over 1000m in 1:03 and 37.4, as did Southern Meteor (Tait) when dashing in from the 800m in 48.6 and 35.8. Awapuni two-year-old runner Reiveke (Grylls) was timed over the same distance in 51.4 and 38.

Matamata Track work Tuesday 5th May 2015 as recorded by Dennis Ryan
05 May 2015

Makarska and Sombreuil prepared for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

 

Working against the courser proper rail in the three-metre position, where the going was on the cusp of slow and dead, Makarska (Coleman) and Sombreuil (Luke) had pace on from the 1200-metre mark as they cut out the distance in 1:14.5, with the last 1000m in 1:01.2 and the final 600m in an impressive 35.7.

 

It was impressive work by both horses. Makarska, who continued her consistent form when fourth at Te Rapa late last month, will be entered for the Rotorua Stakes and the Rating 85 1560, while last-start Rotorua maiden winner Sombreuil returns for the three-year-old 1400.

 

All other course proper work took place in the 22-metre mark, where Rotorua Stakes candidate Queens Rose (Sapsworth) got through her work well with 1200m in 1:23.7, 1:08.2 and 38.8. She has trained on well from her last-start win. Needlly (Dowling) and Snapshot (Grylls) also looked sharp for the weekend when getting through a solid 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:06.2 and 38.9.

 

Twice Smitten (Hutton) and Stralis (Hong) were keen in the early stages of their work over 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:05.4 and 41.2. Over the same ground Gardone (P Ormsby) returned 1:22.4, 1:05.7 and 38.2, Tegwin (Coleman) 1:20.2, 1:06 and 39.8, and Eletist (Grylls) and Oompa (A Jones) 1:26.7, 1:08.9 and 38.8.

 

Fascination Street (Amit) and Cape Mapperley (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1:05.6 and 600m in 39.2, while Unknown Pleasures (C Ormsby) took 1:12.8 and 40.3. Vibrant Moss (Holmes) was unextended over the same distance in 1:15.2 and 42.6. Gold Tiara (Sapsworth) and Secret Spirit (Umis) were timed from the 600m in 39.2.

 

On the sand, Rotorua Cup entries Smartly (K Jones) and Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) were paired over 1200m in 1:19, with the last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.8.

 

Flirty Gertey (Roff) prepared for Avondale on Friday with 1000m in 1:07.4 and 39, while Hysteria Lane (Coleman) caught the eye in her work over the same distance in 1:04.5 and 37.4.

 

Love Actually (Lammas) and Risque (Cameron) left 1000m behind in 1:06.8 and 38. Packing Chaparral (Wratten) and Irish Moon (Luke) were restricted to 1:09.8 and 41.8, while Vincent Street (Lammas) took 1:112.8 and 41.6.

Labels (Hillis) strode through 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:05.6 and 39 and Nathalie Falmet (Grylls) took 1:24.2, 1:08.5 and 38.2.

 

Jubilate (Sapsworth) was never at top over 1200m when clocking 1:31.8 and 45.2, likewise Osmunda (Cameron) returned 1:28.4 and 42, Star Of Greenbeel (Miller) 1:30.2 and 44.7 and Style Is Eternal (Grylls) 1:31.3 and 43.9.

 

Stella Di Paco (Grylls) and Tatters (Lammas) got through 1000m in 1:10.8 and 40.8. Mass Of Dash (Blair) looked bright when breezing over 1000 in 1:17.8 and 46.2.

 

On the all-weather track Letmego (Hillis) and Watch This Space (K Jones) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:04.5 and 36.6. Android (Sapsworth) and Letmeby (Grylls) were well held over 1200m in 1:25 and 42.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 April 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
28 Apr 2015Angelica Hall confirmed a trip south in search of black type with impressive work in training at Matamata this morning. Galloping on the outside of a heavy course proper, Angelica Hall (Lammas) stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1:08.8 and hit the l
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 April 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
21 Apr 2015

 

Form runners Irish Moon and Perfect Fit underlined their fitness for Te Rapa on the weekend when they were paired in a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on the all-weather track, Irish Moon (Luke) and Perfect Fit (Wratten) had pace on throughout 1000m, cutting out the distance in 1:00.2 and finishing off with 600m in a smart 35.3. The Kelso-trained pair are both in good order for feature events on the Cambridge Jockey Club programme, with Irish Moon chasing his fourth straight win in the open sprint and Perfect Fit a starter in the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes.

Smartly (K Jones) and Nothing Trivial (Hunt) were also in good form when working over the final 1000m of their work in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.2. Smartly runs in the Travis Stakes on Saturday, while her stablemate will step out in the Rating 75 2400-metre event.

Saoirse (Dowling) turned in a solid trial for the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes when partnered by Beauty Moment (Fraser-Hayes) over 1000m in 1:00.9. No sectional times could be taken due to fog. Our King Sway (Schistl) was allowed a steadier 1000m workout in 1:09.5 and 38.8.

On the outside of the course proper, where the going was slow, Rockfast (Lammas) and Highly Likely (Hercock) drew attention to their weekend prospects with 1200m in 1:25.3, 1000m in 1:10.3 and 600m in 39.5. Rockfast will be on trial for a Queensland winter campaign when he resumes in the three-year-old 1600 at Te Rapa.

Makarska (Coleman) prepared for the Rating 85 1400 at Te Rapa with smart solo work over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 40.2. Kaleidoscope (Hong) went at an even rate over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:07.2 and 39.8, while Irish (P Ormsby) was never at top over the same ground in 1:28.2, 1:13.2 and 44.

Mistrahma (Grylls) and Precision Miss (S Rika) were timed over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 40.2. She’s Elusive (R Jones) and Secret Spirit (Grylls) ran from the 800m in 54.6 and 40.1.

On the sand Queen Of Navarre (P McKay) Prepared for the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes with 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 48.2. Over the same ground Kinda Leica (K McQuade) and Hold Your Tears (H McQuade) had pace on through the early stages of 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 41, while Fairy Cake (C Ormsby) and Style Is Eternal (Burton) returned 1:10.8 and 40.2.

Quintastics (Hutton) did sound work over ground in preparation for the R75 2400 at Te Rapa, cutting the last 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:07.4 and 39.8. Sniper (Grylls) and My Secrets (Amrut) ran 1000m in 1:07 and 40.5, Fascinate Me (Hong) returned 1:12.1 and 40, while Chantelle (A Jones) took 1:08.4 for her 1000m but fog prevented any sectional time.

Unsurpassed (Lammas), who runs at Te Rapa on Saturday, was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1000m in 1:16.6. Vitali (Hutton) ran in from the 800m in 53 and 39.8.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14 April 2015 - Recorded by Dennis Ryan
14 Apr 2015

Spellbinder drew attention to her Easter Handicap prospects when she relished slow conditions at Matamata this morning.

 Working on the outside of the course proper with raceday rider Matt Cameron in the saddle, Spellbinder worked away from the 1200-metre mark to run the distance in 1:24.4, gradually picking up the tempo to cover the last 1000m in 1:09 and hitting the line strongly for a final 600m in 39.7. Spellbinder disappointed on a good track in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha, but judging by her work she could readily bounce back in Saturday’s big Ellerslie event.

 Race rival Pussy O’Reilly (Wratten), a close up fourth in last year’s Easter Handicap, also worked impressively as she strode over 1200m in 1:22.3, 1:07.4 and 39.3, likewise finishing her work as if she could easily have gone faster.

 Hawke’s Bay Cup duo Jubilate (Grylls) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) did well later in the session when they worked over ground and ran their last 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:06.8 and 39.8. Race rival The Fire Inside (C Ormsby) had first use of the track when she cut out 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.6 and 39.6.

 Last start winner Whosyourmaster (Coleman) looked bright in his work over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 40.3. He will try for back-to-back wins in the feature sprint at Hastings on the weekend. Race rival Angelica Hall (Lammas) hit the line well after a smart 1000m in 1:08.8 and 38.2, while stablemate Costa Viva (Hercock) prepared for Hastings with 1000m in 1:11.4 and 39.8.

 Orange Peel (R Jones) and Fascination Street (Amarut) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:08.3 and 38.9, while Payday (K Jones) and Rough Copy (Hunt) ran the same distance in 1:09.8 and 41.8. Light Up A Screen (J Collett) handled the conditions well over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 40.6, as did Anuka (Sapsworth) when paired with Nectacolecta (Singh) over 1000m in 1:10.4 and 41.

 Ellerslie candidate Muscat Hills (Grylls) was impressive in her work with Goshawk (R Jones) over 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:07.6 and 41.2. Hastings entries Nolawood (M Brosnan) and Apache Fireworks (P Ormsby) strode over the same distance in 1:24.2, 1:09.6 and 42.2.

 Watch This Space (Hunt) and Vincent Street (K Jones) were timed over the last 800m of their work in 50.3 and 600m in 40.1. Miss Mossman (Grylls) and Etonett (Hutton) cut out 1000m in 1:07.3 and 39.7. Kaleidoscope (Amit) had pace on over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 39, while Nathalie Falmet (Amarut) returned 1:08.4 and 39.1.

 Frock (Cameron) prepared for Dargaville on Friday by striding over 1200m in 1:27.8, 1:12.5 and 43.2. Over the same ground Osmunda (Roff) was restricted to 1:29.7, 1:15.5 and 45.4, while Flirty Gertey (Schistl) ran 1000m in 1:11.5 and 40.7.

 On the all-weather track Lady Painton (Grylls) prepared for the Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie with smart work over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 36.8. Brigadier (P McKay) and Valante (J McKay) were timed over their last 800m in 55.2 and 41.8.

 On the sand in-form pair Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Morena (Fraser-Hayes) did sound work over 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:06.1 and 39.5. Bahrella (A Jones) and Sharpshooter (Conder) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:04.8 and 37.5, while Pachenko (A Jones) and Panella (Conder) were timed over their last 1000m in 1:07.8 and 38.6. The Karen Fursdon-trained quartet will run at Dargaville on Friday.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 31 March 2015
31 Mar 2015

Candidates for Saturday’s Fiber Fresh Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes were the centre of attention during trackwork at Matamata this morning, when fog hindered the timing of many gallops.

Working on the inside rail on a dead course proper, Spellbinder (Cameron) and Needlly (Dowling) worked away from the 1200-metre mark to cover the full distance in 1:16.1, 1000m in 1:00.9 and the final 600m in an impressive 35.2. It was excellent work by both mares as they bid to secure Group One form in the Te Aroha feature.

Pussy O’Reilly (Grylls) had pace on from the start of her gallop, with 1200m covered in a solid 1:13.6 and the last 1000m in 1:00.5. She was followed by stablemate Fix (Wratten), who did the same work in 1:13.8 and 1:00.6. Fog prevented any final section times but both Kelso-trained mares hit the line well.

Abidewithme (Lammas), who doubles up with Spellbinder for Jason Bridgman in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, also looked fit when she cut out 1200m in 1:19.3, quickening from the 1000m in 1:02.3 and running the final 600 in a smart 35.4. 

Remaining course proper gallops took place at the 28-metre mark, where Irish Moon (Coleman) and Kaleidoscope (Hutton) cut out 1000m in 1:04.6 and the final 600m in 37.2. Irish Moon takes excellent form into the Rating 85 sprint at Te Aroha, while Kaleidoscope is in good order for 1400-metre assignment at Hastings.

Lady Le Fay (Coleman) looked bright for her fresh-up Te Aroha run when she and Caduceus (Tynan) strode over 1200m in 1:24.9, quickening to run the last 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600mmin 37.8. Los Vargos (Sapsworth) prepared for Te Aroha when paired with Ellerslie Monday entrant Snapshot (Grylls) over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 38.7.

Hastings two-year-old candidate Fascinate Me (R Jones) looked the part when running 800m with My Smiley O’Reilly (Umis) in 49.9 and 600m in 37.6. Osmunda (Hercock), another for Hastings, hit the line well at the end of 1200m in 1:24.7, 1:09.5 and 39.5. Over the same ground Sonsy (Cameron) and Scandinavian (Lammas) returned 1:24.2, 1:08 and 38.6, while Apache Fireworks (P Ormsby) and Nolawood (M Brosnan) returned 1:19.5, 1:06.8 and 39.6.

Flaming (Hercock) and Darci’s Dream (Schistl), rivals in the Te Aroha three-year-old 1400, worked well as they strode over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:06.7 and 38.3. Green Easy (S Collett) ran the same distance in 1:23.5, 1:07.8 and 39.2.

In other work, Rough Copy (Grylls) caught they eye when working on the sand over 1200m in 1:17.1, the last 1000m with Vincent Street (Hunt) in 1:02.7. No final sectional times could be taken, nor for the all-weather gallops by Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Al Pacino (P McKay), who ran 1000m in 1:05.2, and Agent Ziva (A Jones), who was restricted to 1000m in 1:13.4.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 24 March 2015
24 Mar 2015

Aotearower looked ready for a step up in class at Awapuni this weekend when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping solo on the plough with raceday rider Michael Coleman on board, Aotearower had pace on from the 1200-metre mark, running that distance in 1:18.3, 1000m in 1:03.2 and the final 600m in 36.8. The Kelso-trained filly has thrived since her deserved maiden win and gets the chance for black-type form in Saturday’s Manawatu Classic.

Strata Lady (Hong) and Irish Encore (Grylls) underlined their Awapuni feature race prospects with smart work over 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.2. Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes entry Strata Lady has looked sharp with blinkers fitted since her Diamond Stakes fifth.

Jubilate (Sapsworth) drew attention to his weekend prospects when he worked impressively over ground with Speedy Jax (E Rika), cutting out the last 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.5 and 37.3. Jubilate will be an interesting runner when he steps up to a middle-distance in the Awapuni Gold Cup. 

Stablemates Deema (Sapsworth) and Douro (E Rika) looked ready for Rotorua on Friday when they left 1200m behind in 1:19.2, 1:04 and 37.4. Over the same ground Awapuni form runner Quintastics (Umis) began steadily to record 1:22.6 and quickened impressively for a final 600m in 35.6.

Awapuni open sprint entry Angelica Hall (Lammas) was travelling sweetly at the end of 1000m in 1:03.8 and 60m in 35.9. Fortune Road (J Collett) was also in good form running 1000m in 1:01.7 and 36.6, while Always On My Mind (Leveque) and Beauty Moment (Dowling) impressed with a solid 1200m in 1:14.7, 1:01.9 and 36.3.

Perfect Fit (Coleman) was paired with Sombreuil (Luke) in a tidy gallop over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 37. Gardone (M Brosnan) and Moneymakehersmile (P Ormsby) ran the same trip in 1:04.7 and 38.6, while Rotorua runners Stralis (Hutton) and Sniper (Coleman) took 1:02 and 36.4 and Ambitious Power (Dowling) and Saoirse (Fraser-Hayes) 1:03.5 and 37.   

Tiara Concerto (Grylls) and Funhouse (Sapsworth) were timed over 1000m in 1:05.9 and 36.7. Pussy O’Reilly (Wratten), who is being aimed at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday week, was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1200m in 1:28.8 and 42.6.

Costa Viva (Cameron) was well held in the early stages of her work as she strode over 1200m in 1:25.5, quickening over 1000m in 1:08.3 and 600m in 38. Stablemate Rockfast (Hercock) was slightly quicker in similar work over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:06.6 and 38.

Arterial (P Ormsby) and Free And Bold (M Brosnan) did well over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 36.7. Living The Dream (Sapsworth) travelled up strongly at the end of her 1000m in 1:05.3 and 37. Rotorua entry Hardlee (A Jones) ran over the same ground in 1:06.6 and 38.6, Irish Heartbeat (Cole) returned 1:07.4 and 39, and Sharpshooter (A Jones) 1:09.2 and 41.

Galvanised (Dowling) and Morena (Fraser-Hayes) were not after time over 1200m in 1:23, 1:09.4 and 41.4, while Riddle (Wright) took 1:24.8, 1:06.2 and 38.9, Frock (Cameron) 1:25.8, 1:09.6 and 40.3, and Light Up A Screen (S Collett) 1:21, 1:04.9 and 36.8. Saint Finn (Grylls) and a Showcasing-Zafonique colt (C Ormsby) were timed over 800m in 58.3 and 42.7. 

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 17 March 2015
17 Mar 2015

Queens Rose looked ready for a bold fresh-up run at Tauranga on the weekend when she worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 25 metres out on a slow course proper, Queens Rose (Sapsworth) worked away steadily from the 1000m mark and ran the distance in 1:09.1, quickening readily for a final 600m in 38.8. The Graham Richardson-trained mare has an excellent first-up record and with track conditions to suit she will be hard to beat in Saturday’s open sprint.

Form runners Fascination Street (Amrut) and Orange Peel (Grylls) looked sharp for Tauranga as they cut out 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600 in 401. Over the same ground Kaleidoscope (Mann) returned 1:09.4 and 40.

Flaming (Cameron) and Imperium (Lammas) signalled their prospects with sound work over 1200m in 1:25.1, 1:07.9 and 38. Tauranga entry Muscat Hills (A Jones) wore blinkers when he and Sharp Shooter (Schistl) cut out a solid 1200m in 1:20.9, 1:04.8 and 38.5. Over the same ground Chaos (P Ormsby) took 1:23.4, 1:08.9 and 39.2, while Osmunda (Cameron) ran the trip in 1:25.5, 1:09.6 and 40.5.

Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) reacted well to blinkers when working with De Chine (Grylls) over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 38.5. Northern Star (Mann) had pace on when covering 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.2 and 600m in 38.8, while Stralis (Hutton) and Miss Mossman (Olwagen) did similar work over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:04.9 and 39.5.

Rockfast (Lammas) was allowed to quicken from the 800m in 58.4, finishing off with 600m in 42.8.

On the sand Smartly (Hillis) shaded Supercharged (K Jones) at the end of a solid 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:03 and 36.8. Smartly runs in the Japan-New Zealand Trophy at Tauranga, while Supercharged is being aimed at the Oakbank jumps carnival at Easter.

Silverdale, a rival for Smartly at Tauranga, was ridden by his trainer Stephen Autridge in tidy work over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 38.8. Tauranga entries Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Al Pacino (P McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:04.8 and 36.5.

Impatient Dreams (H McQuade) was timed over 1000m in 1:11.2 and 41.9, while Panella (A Jones) did striding work over 1200m in 1:29.2 and 42.8.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 24 February 2015
24 Feb 2015

Margin Trader was the star trackworker amongst New Zealand Derby candidates when he turned in an impressive solo gallop at Matamata this morning.

Ridden by co-trainer Chad Ormsby on the course proper, which was dead 12 metres out, Margin Trader set off at an even rate over ground, picking up the tempo to run his last 1200m in 1:21.9, 1000m in 1:07.1 and quickening readily for a final 600m in 37.1.

The Tavistock gelding was disappointing in his final Derby lead-up 10 days ago but he looks a happier horse with blinkers removed and will strip at peak fitness on Saturday.

Race rival Gaultier had raceday jockey Michael Coleman in the saddle when he and Capone (N Waddell) completed their work with 1000m in 1:06 and the final 600m in a smart 36.6. Gaultier’s form since his Levin Classic upset has been mixed but his condition cannot be faulted.

McQueen did his Derby preparation on the sand, where he was ridden by his trainer Jim Collett in company with Massofdash (S Collett), covering 1200m in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.8. McQueen has continued to make pleasing progress, while Massofdash looks ready for a bold effort in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings, where she will be ridden by Cameron Lammas.

Back on the courser proper, the O’Sullivan-Scott stable’s Lowland pair of Suffire and Mary Quant got through solid work. Suffire (Holmes) was paired with Quintastics (Hong) over 1200m in 1:16.5, 1:03.2 and 36.7, while Mary Quant (Olwagen) tracked her stablemates over the same ground in 1:15.7, 1:03.3 and 37.

Dream Run (K Shailer), another for the Lowland Stakes, got through her work well with 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:05.1 and 36.9. Over the same ground race rival Hayley Anne (A Jones) returned 1:15.9, 1:01.6 and 37.8.

Stablemates No Tricks (Cameron) and Flaming (Hercock) prepared for Saturday’s Mr Tiz Trophy with a smart gallop over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.7. Whosyourmaster (Coleman) ran a good trial for the Darley Plate when he cut out 1000m in 1:03.7 and 600m in 36.8.

Stablemate and race rival Pure Champion (R Jones) had an easier time over the same ground in 1:06.5 and 37.7. He has freshened up nicely for the drop back in distance.

Nathan’s Memorial entry Quest (M Brosnan) set off over ground and was joined by Gardone (P Ormsby) to run 1200m in 1:20, 1:06.2 and 38.6. Ellerslie first day candidates Los Vargos (Rhodes) and Always On My Mind (R Jones) left 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 37.1.

On the sand Mr Tiz Trophy entry Red Striker (S Collett) was travelling strongly at the end of 1000m in 1:05.6 and 37.2, while Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) prepared for the weekend with easy work over the same ground in 1:08.3 and 39.2.

Auckland Cup candidate Graphic was given striding work by his co-trainer Chad Ormsby, timed over the last 1000m in 1:16.8 and 600m in 45.2. A decision on big race riders for him and stablemate Surpass has yet to be made. Vicar’s Daughter (J Collett) was let off with 1000m in 1:13.8 and 600m in 40.6.

On the all-weather track, Antonio Lombardo (P McKay), Oblivion (S Collett) and Al Pacino (S McKay) were matched up over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.

Lucky Feather (Goodwin) hit out strongly over 1200m in 1:16.4, 1:02.5 and 36.6. Only A Rose (A Jones) showed her usual dash when cutting out 1000m in 1: 02.3 and 35.9, while Vincent Street (Hunt) also showed dash to return 1:02.8 and 35.6.

Pussy O’Reilly (Wratten) continued her preparation for next Wednesday’s Westbury Classic with 1000m in 1:06.4 and 36.2, while stablemate Fix (Wratten), who is on the same mission, ran the same distance in 1:08.2 and 39.4.

Abidewithme (Cameron) worked easily over 1000m in 1:11.3 and 41.2, Maestro (Cameron) ran in from the 800m in 53.8 and 39.4, and Angelica Hall (Cameron) completed the same task in 53.4 and 38.7.

Aotearower (Wratten), who will run next in either the Lowland Stakes on Saturday or the Sunline Vase on the second day at Ellerslie, strode over 1200m in 1:25.9, 1:10.4 and 39.8.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Thursday 19 February 2015
19 Feb 2015

Puccini rounded off his Otaki feature race preparation with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough with co-trainer Peter McKay in the saddle, Puccini worked away steadily from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:25.2, quickening as he went for a final 1000m in 1:08.7 and flattening out well up the straight to complete his last 600m in 37.6.

The classy entire is in excellent order to add Saturday’s Haunui Farm Group One Classic to his tally.

Fog interrupted some timing this morning, while most runners with engagements at Saturday’s local meeting were let off with quiet work. Jason Bridgman’s feature two-year-old entrants Special Memories and Unsurpassed looked bright when breezing over their final 800m.

Matamata Breeders’ Stakes candidate Special Memories (Hercock) was timed from the 800m in 54.8, while Reid & Harrison Slipper runner Unsurpassed (Lammas) returned 56.4. 

Darci’s Dream (Lammas) and Flaming (Hercock) took time honours as they prepared for upcoming engagements, cutting out 1200m in 1:14.8, 1000m in 1:00.6 and 600m in 35.8.

Whosyourmaster (Coleman), another being aimed at the Auckland Cup carnival, was well held over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 39.9. Weekend candidate Chaos (M Brosnan) was paired with Free And Bold (P Ormsby) over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:06 and 37.8.

Muscat Hills (A Jones) ran the same trip in 1:25.8, 1:10.2 and 40.8, while Harry Claassen (Swann) did sound work in returning 1:22.1, 1:06.9 and 38.4.

Markarska (Wratten) completed 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37, Massofdash (Lammas) was well held over the same ground in 1:10.6 and 41.8, and stablemate Setarossa (J Collett) took 1:09.6 and 41.2.

Smashing (Hercock) and No Tricks (Lammas) wasted no time over 1200m in 1:15.4, 1:00.8 and 35.5. Orange peel (P Holmes) was let off with an easy 1000m in 1:15.8 and 42.4, Douro (Grylls) and Lauberhorn (S Rika) ran 1000m in 1:09.8 with no sectional time possible, and Pussy O’Reilly (Wratten) took 1:14.4,

Over 1200m Caduceus (Tynan) returned 1:32.5 and 43.5, Little Miss Waitoki (Dowling) 1:30.4 and 41.8, Morena (Fraser-Hayes) 1:28.5 and 41.4, Gardone (M Brosnan) 1:20.8, The Lion Queen (Rhodes) 1:25.9, and Sworntoperfection (Tynan) 1:22.  

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 17 February 2015
17 Feb 2015

Matamata Breeders’ Stakes candidates Strata Lady, Special Memories and Fame Seeker all worked well this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s home track feature.

On a good plough, Strata Lady (R Jones) was partnered by Link Road (Hong) over a smart 800m in 48.8 and hitting the line strongly after a final 600m in 36.3. Strata Lady has progressed well from her handy effort in the Karaka Million and looks well primed for the big fillies’ race. Link Road has also pleased connections since his recent Te Rapa win and gets his chance on the weekend in the Reid & Harrison Slipper.

Special Memories (Hercock) was paired with Prize Lord (Olwagen) in a steady 800m, covering the distance in 54.5 and finishing off with an unextended 600m in 37.2. The Fastnet Rock filly has done everything right since her last-start win and promises a big effort on Saturday.

Fame Seeker (Lammas) and Needlly (Dowling) turned in smart work on the course proper rail, where the going was just in the dead range, cutting out 1000m in 1:01.2 and getting home over the final 600m in 35. It was very good work by the Lance Noble-trained pair. Fame Seeker, a filly by Showcasing, finished a handy fifth in her only start to date and will be entered for the Breeders’ Stakes, while Needlly runs in the open sprint on Saturday.

Surpass (Coleman) and Rose Of Virginia (Dowling), rivals on Saturday in the Kaimai Stakes, did sound work 18 metres out on the course proper, where they ran their last 1200m in 1:16.9, 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.7. Caduceus (McNab) prepared fore the weekend when paired with Sworntomylover (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 38.8.

On the all-weather track, Puccini (P McKay) worked in company with Oblivion (S McKay) and Al Pacino (J McKay), running their last 1000m in 1:04.2 and picking up the tempo for a final 600m in 36.2. Puccini is in good order for the Haunui Farm Classic at Otaki on Saturday.

Back on the plough, Breeders’ Stakes entry Starstripe (McNab) worked well without being extended over 1000m in 1:06 and 37.2. The attractive Moroney-Ormsby-trained filly finished third on debut recently.

In-form pair Smarts Encosta (Coleman) and Irish Encore (P Holmes) worked well together over 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 35.9, while Tomorrowland (Coleman), a rival for Irish Encore in Saturday’s open sprint, ran the same distance solo in 1:03.2 and 36. Spellbinder (Cameron), who resumes in the same race, worked well with Osmunda (Hercock) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 35.7.

Sworntoperfection (Tynan) caught they eye over 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:02.6 and 35.6, while He’s Dan (Cole) ran the same trip in 1:19.4, 1:05.1 and 37.8, Massofdash (Blair) took 1:25.9, 1:10.4 and 41.3, and Chaos (M Brosnan) 1:20.8, 1:05.6 and 38.5.

Starbux (J Collett) prepared for the weekend with an unextended 1000m in 1:05.6 and 38.5, while Orange Peel (Hutton) and Irish Moon (Coleman) cut out 1000m in 1:03.4, with no sectional times possible due to fog. Equanimity (Cameron) and a Saperavi gelding (Hercock) returned 1:05.9 and 37.8, Whosyourmaster (Hong) was kept to 1:15.2 and 44.6, Duran (Lammas) and Gushed (Zac-Sayed) took 1:06 and 37.9, Skyscraper (Richards) 1:11.9 and 42.6, She’s Samashing (T Johnson) and That’s How We Roll (Dellow) 1:08.5 and 37.8, Costa Viva (Lammas) 1:14 and 43.7, and Saoirse (Dowling) 1:11.4 and 40.6.

On the all-weather track, Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) cut out 1000m in 1:05 and 38.2, while stablemates Lucky Feather (Goodwin) and Ali (S McKay) covered 1200m in 1:20.6 and the last 600m in 39.5.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 10 February 2015
10 Feb 2015

Avondale Guineas candidates Margin Trader, McQueen and Gaultier got through their work well at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s all-important New Zealand Derby lead-up.

Galloping on a good plough and ridden by co-trainer Chad Ormsby, Margin Trader was partnered by Graphic (Grylls) in solid work over ground, recording 1:16.9 for the last 1200m, 1:02.1 for 1000m and 35.4 for the final 600m. Margin Trader hit the line strongly as he edged ahead of his workmate over the final stages, giving the impression he is ready for a big effort in Saturday’s Ellerslie feature.

Race rival McQueen had his trainer Jim Collett in the saddle as he and stablemate Massofdash (S Collett) strode over ground, cutting out 1200m in 1:16.9, 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.8. They hit the line hard and took until the end of the back straight to pull up. McQueen has trained on well from his unlucky fourth in the Waikato Guineas, while Massofdash will be chasing a hat-trick this weekend in the three-year-old fillies’ feature at New Plymouth. 

Gaultier (Coleman) worked solo and was timed over 1200m in 1:21.8, 1:05.2 and 36.5, flattening out well when asked to quicken over the final stages. He appears to have come through his luckless Waikato Guineas run in good order.

Sound Proposition (Coleman) also went by himself, gradually building momentum with 1200m in 1:23, 1000m in 1:04.3 and the last 600m in 37.3. He will be an interesting runner in his step up to top three-year-old company.

Yet another Avondale Guineas entry, Rockfast (Miller), was let off with striding work over 1200m in 1:29.8 and 44.3, having run time in smart work last Friday.

Silk Chardonnay (A Jones), a lightweight prospect for Saturday’s Avondale Cup, got through solid work when cutting out her last 1200m in 1:13.5, 1000m in 1:01 and 600m in 37.2. Dubai Shuffle (Grylls), another vying for a start in the Avondale Cup, looked bright in his work over the same ground in 1:16.6, 1:01.9 and 35.7.

Jubilate (Rika) and Storm Bro (Rhodes) caught the eye over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:02.2 and 36.4, while Marcelle (R Jones) and High Viz (A Jones) prepared for Te Aroha on Friday with 1200m in 1:16.2, 1:01.9 and 36.5. Beauty Ace (Grylls), another for Te Aroha, was paired with Gisborne entrant Odin’s Choice (A Jones) for a smart 1000m in 1:02 and 35.8.

Silverdale was ridden by trainer Stephen Autridge as he prepared for the Taranaki Cup with1200m in 1:23.2, 1:07.5 and 39. He looks bright and can turn his form around on Saturday.

Purcentage (Grylls) drew attention to her Ellerslie prospects when leaving 1000m behind in 1:06.5 and 38, while Bahrella (A Jones) and Panella (Grant) covered 1200m in a smart 1:15.6, 1:01.2 and 36. Beauty Giant (Dowling) was well contained over the same ground in 1:27.6, 1:10.2 and 39.9, Nolawood (Roff) and Sharp Shooter (Grant) took 1:19.2, 1:03.7 and 36.2, Ali (Cole) 1:23.6, 1:08.5 and 40.2,  Wraithorth (Leveque) 1:22.2, 1:07.6 and 39.6, and Moneymakehersmile (R Jones) 1:19.6, 1:04.3 and 37.2.

Tiara Concerto (Rika) and Ratmansky (Rhodes) covered 1000m in 1:06.6 and 38.7, Light Up A Screen (S Collett) took 1:06.2 and 37.8, Smartly (Hillis) 1:05.6 and 38.8, Agent Ziva (A Jones) 1:09.8 and 41.2, Saoirse (Fraser-Hayes) 1:06.2, 38.8; Unsurpassed (Cameron) 1:16.6, 44.2.

Centre Stage (R Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:24.2, 1:07.9 and 38.8, while Sacred Trust (Rika) and Speedy Jax (Rhodes) took 1:22.6, 1:07.4 and 39.4. Sherpa (Retter) ran in from the 800m in 49.6 and 35.8, Taaxman (Gillies) ran the same trip in 56.8 and 42.2, and Darci’s Dream (Cameron) returned 56.5 and 41.2.  

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 3 February 2015
03 Feb 2015

Surpass prepared for Saturday’s Herbie Dyke Stakes with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 25 metres out on the course proper, where the going was dead, Surpass was ridden by co-trainer Chad Ormsby as he went over ground in company with fellow Te Rapa entry That’s How We Roll (Coleman). The pair had momentum up for the last 1200m, running that distance in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:04.9 and the final 600m in 38.5.

Surpass will be stepping into unknown territory in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature, but with a Waikato Gold Cup win on the track in December to his credit, he must rate some chance. Opie Bosson will continue his association on the Savabeel gelding, who is under consideration for the Auckland Cup.

Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) looked ready for a bold effort in the NRM Sprint when she worked solo against the rail in the eight-metre position. She returned 1:15.3 for 1200m, quickening as she went to cut out the last 1000m in 1:01.1 and the final 600m in a smart 35.6. Noel Harris has been booked for Saturday’s big sprint.

Back between the markers out wide, the Moroney-Ormsby pair Spitfire Lady (McNab) and The Last Shower (C Ormsby) prepared for Friday’s Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes with 1200m in 1:20.7, 1:05.1 and 37.8, a sound effort late in the session.

Irish Encore (Wong) and Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) looked sharp for the weekend as they cut out 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.6.

Spellbinder (Hercock) and Angelica Hall (Lammas) also did well in their work over 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:05.8 and 37.7, while Te Rapa two-year-old candidate Starstripe (McNab) and Unknown Pleasures (C Ormsby) completed 1000m in 1:08.3 and 37.5.

Perfect Fit (Coleman) and Aura d’Oro (K Jones) were not after time as they prepared for Sunday’s local meeting with 1000m in 1:10.8 and 40.2. Perfect Fit has trained on pleasingly since her impressive Taupo debut win. Stablemate Aotearower (K Jones), who runs in the special maiden at Te Rapa, strode over 1200m in 1:27.3, 1:10.7 and 39.8.

Element (McNab) a Stravinsky two-year-old in the Shailer stable with wins in his two trials, went with Saraswati (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 39.2. Elusive Unicorn (Leveque) and Little Miss Waitoki (Dowling) ran the same trip in 1:07.9 and 38.8, Alchemy’s Flight (Miller) took 1:11 and 40.2, and Lucky To Be Cool (Sapsworth) and Los Vargos (Rhodes) 1:06.4 and 38.8.

Sonsy (Lammas) prepared for the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic in company with Bronte Lass, cutting out a sound 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:05.2 and 38. Green Easy (Sapsworth) was unextended as he covered the same ground in 1:20.5, 1:06.6 and 39.3, while Giardini (Hong) took 1:22.6, 1:08.4 and 39.5.

Northern Star (R Jones) completed 1000m in 1:09.5 and 41.6, while Living The Dream (Sapsworth) strode over 1200m in 1:25, 1:09.5 and 39.5. Realta (Leveque) and Morena (Dowling) covered 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:06.4 and 39. Rockfast (Miller), who runs next in the Avondale Guineas, was allowed striding work, with the last 1200m in 1:34.5 and 600m in 45.8.

On the all-weather track Perfect Start (Hillis) looked bright as she ran the last 1000m of her work 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.2. She runs next in the Avondale Cup on the way to the Auckland Cup.

Stablemates Rough Copy (Hillis) and an Elusive City gelding (Hunt) were timed over their last 800m in 50.2 and 36.6. In A Frenzy (Tynan) was kept to 1:11 and 41.3 over 1000m, while Woodsman (Gillies) had more pace on as he returned 1:06.8 and 39.6.

On the sand I’ll’ava’alf  (A Jones) covered the last 1000m of his work in 1:08.4 and 40.4, O’Reilly’s Gold (P Brosnan) took 1:05 and 38.2, and Hayley Anne (Coleman) covered 1200m in 1:18.3, 1:05.1 and 39.8. Settarossa (J Collett) and Light Up A Screen (S Collett) were restricted to 1:13.5 and 41.8 over 1000m.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 27 January 2015
27 Jan 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.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 20 January 2015
20 Jan 2015

Graphic confirmed his readiness for back-to-back Wellington Cup wins when raceday rider Rory Hutchings partnered him in a solid gallop at Matamata this morning.

With first use of the plough, Graphic set off over ground and increased the tempo from the 1200-metre mark before picking up stablemate Massale (C Ormsby) for a slick final 1000m. Graphic covered the full distance in 1:16.2, with the 1000m together in 1:00.8 and final 600m in 36.3. 

Graphic has gone on the right way since his last-start second and is the logical favourite for a second Platinum Homes Wellington Cup success. Massale will also travel south with the three-year-old sprint on his schedule.

Thorndon Mile candidate Pure Champion was ridden by co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan in impressive work on the course proper, which provided perfect footing 10 metres out. The last-start winner gradually increased speed to cover the distance in 1:16.4, the last 1000m in 1:02.3 and the final section in a deceptive 35.7.

Fellow trainer Stephen Autridge also raised his leathers to partner Silverdale in his final serious Thorndon Mile work, cutting out 1000m on the plough in 1:03.8 and 36.7. Silverdale likewise has trained on well from his Hastings win on New Year’s Day.

Puccini, another for the Trentham Group One feature, was handled as usual by co-trainer Peter McKay when partnering Joey Massino (S McKay) over 1000m, beginning steadily before winding up to run the full distance in 1:07.4 and the final 600m in 36.6.

The centre’s fourth Thorndon candidate, Abidewithme, had raceday jockey Matt Cameron up when partnering Desert Gold Stakes entry Vive La Difference (Hercock) over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:07.1 and 38.2. The Bridgman pair hit the line full of running.

Strata Lady (Coleman) drew attention to her Karaka Million prospects with smart work in company with Orange Peel (Amit) over 800m in 48.4 and 600m in 35.8. Strata Lady, who will be ridden by James McDonald in Sunday’s big juvenile race, appears to have thrived in the month since her debut win.

Silk Chardonnay (A Jones), a form runner for the Summer Cup at Trentham, had a solid hitout over 1200m in 1:18.3, 1:04.9 and 39.5, while likely race rival Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) did good work over the same ground in 1:17.8, 1: 02.8 and 36.2.

Caduceus (McNab) looked bright for his return to racing at Trentham when he cut out 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.

Impressive last-start winner Sound Proposition (Coleman) prepared for Ellerslie on Sunday with 1200m in 1:21.8, the last 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 36.8. Attention Seeker (R Jones) and Northern Star (P Holmes) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:02.6 and 36.2. Attention Seeker runs in the Desert Gold Stakes, while her stablemate is entered for Avondale on Friday.

Dream Run (McNab) prepared for the Desert Gold with an easy 1000m in 1:09.2, hitting the line hard off a 38.1 final section.

Wraithorth (Leveque) and Always On My Mind (Dowling) took 1:04 and 37.7 for 1000m, while Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) was unextended in 1:10.6 and 39.4, Equanimity (Cameron) and Sequitur (Hercock) took 1:07.2 and 39, and Hayley Anne (Coleman) 1:04.6 and 37.2.

High Viz (Grant), who runs at Te Teko on Monday, was timed over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 38.2, while Immaculate Lady (K Price) and a Time Thief gelding (J Price) ran the same distance in a well contained 1:09.6 and 41.6.

Chaos (Roff) and Flash Harry (M Brosnan) strode through 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:04.1 and 37.6. Over the same ground Ali (Goodwin) returned 1:25.5, 1:09.3 and 40.8, and Adequate (C Ormsby) took 1:29.8, 1:13.3 and 43.9.

Karaka 3YO Mile entry Rockfast (Miller) was restricted to 1200m in 1:27.6, 1:12.6 and 43. In similar work Green Easy (Sapsworth) took 1:28.3, 1:12.5 and 43.2.

Perfect Fit (K Jones) and an O’Reilly filly (Luke) were also let off with three-quarter-pace work, strolling over 1000m in 1:17.2 and 600m in 45.1. Perfect Fit, an impressive debut winner at Taupo, is scheduled to have her next start at the local meeting on February 8.

On the all-weather track Woodsman (T Gillies) prepared for a possible Ellerslie twilight start with a smart 1000m in 1:02.6 and 36.2.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 6 January 2015
06 Jan 2015

McQueen and Aotearower signalled their fitness for pending engagements with smart work at Matamata this morning.Galloping on a good plough, McQueen (J Collett) and Aotearower (K Jones) were well matched over 1200m, running the full distance in 1:16.6 and quickening for a final 1000m in 1:01.5 and 600m in 35.3. It was very good work by the promising three-year-olds.

McQueen, who cleared maiden grade at his last start, will run in the 1500-metre age group event at Ellerslie on Saturday, while Aotearower should enjoy the step up to 1600 metres at Tauranga on Friday.

Living The Dream (Sapsworth) put in a good trial for the open sprint at Ellerslie when she cut out 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36. Agent Ziva (A Jones), another for Ellerslie, did sound work over the same distance in 1:02.2 and 35.7.

Graphic (C Ormsby), who will have his final lead-up to the Wellington Cup at Ellerslie on the weekend, was allowed easy work, finishing off with 600m in 40.2. Lightweight Telegraph entry Fix (K Jones) was unextended over 1000m in 1:06.3 and 37.2.

Spellbinder (Miller) was paired with recent two-year-old trial winner Special Memories (Roff) for a tidy 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 36.4. Stablemates Enshrine (Hercock) and Angelica Hall (Miller) covered the same distance in 1:03.4 and 36.2, while Wolfwhistle (Roff) and Longbeach (Miller) strode over 1200m in 1:17.2, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.

On the course proper, which was dead 18 metres out, Ellerslie two-year-old candidate Great Expectations (Grylls) caught the eye when working with Laseef (Sapsworth) over 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 37.7. Great Expectations, an O’Reilly filly with Graham Richardson, has been placed in her two trials.

Also on the grass, Caduceus (P Holmes) completed sound work over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 600m in 37.5. A stakes-winning two-year-old last season, he is making good progress towards a scheduled start on the final day of the Trentham carnival.

Back on the plough, Smarts Encosta (Grylls) and Irish Encore (J Wong) prepared for Awapuni on Saturday with 1000m in 1:03 and 37.1. Smart Encosta, an impressive debut winner in November, is now with Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.

Irish did well with trainer Mark Brosnan up to cut out 1000m in 1:01.4 and 36.2, while Peacefuleasyfeelin (M Gibbs) and Diamond Refusal (Swann) had a solid hitout over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:02.3 and 35.8.

Swansong (Grylls) and Beauty Moment (R Jones) did sound work over 1000m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 36.1. Fiftyshadesofgrey (Hutton) and Etonett (Hong) prepared for their respective Ellerslie and Tauranga engagements with 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37.4.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Daifuku (P Holmes) and Beauty Giant (Dowling) 1:23.2, 1:07.9, 40.2; Pentire Babe (Grylls) and Miz Oldfields Road (C Ormsby) 1:22, 1:05.5, 36.2; Super Thunder (A Wright) 1:22.9, 1:07.8, 40.3; Marcelle (Dowling) 1:28.4, 1:10.9, 38.8; Kinda Leica (H McQuade) 1:24.2, 1:08.9, 40.5; Storm Bro (Grylls) and Ellis Web Ellis (Sapsworth) 1:16.7, 1:01.5.

1000m plough: Giardini (Amit) 1:04.2, 37.8; Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Oblivion (J McKay) 1:02.7, 36.2; Massofdash (J Collett) 1:05.6, 37; Sororia (Johnson) and Lorde Royals (C Ormsby) 1:09.8, 38.5; Purcentage (Sapsworth) 1:08.3, 39.4; Dream Run (P Holmes) 1:06, 37.1; Tiara (Hercock) 1:12.6, 43.1; Green Easy (Sapsworth) 1:04.8, 36.8; Hayley Ann (A Jones) 1:05.8.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 9 December 2014
09 Dec 2014

Waikato Times Gold Cup candidates Deliciano, Surpass and The Fire Inside headlined a busy training session at Matamata as a large number of candidates for a big weekend of racing got through their work.

On a good plough Deliciano was ridden by her co-trainer Stephen Ramsay in a solid hitout over ground, timed to run her last 1200m in a slick 1:13.7, 1000m in 1:00.3 and the final 600m in 36.8. It was very good work by the Darci Brahma mare, who has bounced through her New Zealand Cup outing in good order.

Melbourne returnee Surpass (C Ormsby) was partnered by stablemate The Fire Inside (Johnson) over ground, gradually building momentum to cover the last 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:03.5 and hitting the line well with a final section of 35.8. Surpass looks bright for Saturday’s Te Rapa feature, in which he will be ridden by Opie Bosson, while The Fire Inside has hit form at the right time.

Cal Isuzu Stakes winner Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) worked boldly over 1200m in 1:16.4, 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.3, while race rival Scintillula (Ramsay) cut out the same distance in 1:15.8, 1:00.2 and 35.2. The Galileo mare will be an interesting runner after her bold fresh-up fourth.

Te Rapa sprint rivals Queens Rose (Sapsworth) and Jubilate (Rhodes) got through their work in good style over 1200m in 1:16.9, 1:02.1 and 36.9. Race rivals Tomorrowland (Coleman) and Capone (N Waddell) cut out their last 1000m in a smart 1:02.4 and 35.1.

Attention Seeker (Olwagen), an entrant for the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on the weekend, was partnered by Tauranga Friday candidate Suffire (Coleman) through a tidy 1000m in 1:01 and 35.6. Stablemate Orange Peel (R Jones), also entered for the Eulogy Stakes, went with Justintime (Hong) over the same distance in 1:02.8 and 36.4. 

Bohemian Lily (Dowling), another for the Eulogy, and Realta (Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.4 and 36.6, while Tauranga runners Jackpot (Ormsby) and Stella’s Honour (Johnson) stopped the clock after 1000m in a brilliant 1:00.3 and 34.8.

New Zealand 2000 Guineas runner-up Rockfast (Richards) worked with Imperium (Miller) over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:03 and 36.1. Stablemate Darci’s Dream (Cameron), who was also freshened after her 1000 Guineas second, looked bright in her work over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 39.2. Both Bridgman-trained three-year-olds will trial before their Ellerslie carnival assignments.

Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Valante (S McKay), entries for Te Rapa and Tauranga respectively, cut out a smart 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36, while Irish Moon (Coleman) and Muscat Hills (Grylls) got through the same work in 1:01.4 and 35.8.

Others to work well over 1000m included Puzzlente (K McQuade) and Brilliant Magic (M Gibbs) 1:00.7 and 35.9, Agent Ziva (A Jones) 1:04.3 and 36.6, Catarina (Gillies) 1:02.5 and 37, Tronic Rose (McRae) 1:02.6 and 36, Madam Jamai (Miller) 1:04.2 and 36.7, and Irish Encore (Grylls) and Fiftyshadesofgrey (Hutton) 1:04 and 37.5.

Opulent (Samuelsson) and Flirty Gertey (Hercock) did sound work over 1200m in 1:16.7, 1:01.6 and 35.6, while Bonnie Belle (Ormsby) returned 1:21.3, 1:04.7 and 35.8, Needlly (Leveque) and Elusive Unicorn (Dowling) 1:23.8, 1:08.4 and 39.6, Flavigny (Grylls) 1:21.8, 1:06 and 37, Super Thunder (Wright) 1:21.6, 1:05.8 and 38.8, Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) 1:21.4, 1:06.2 and 38, Arterial (M Brosnan) 1:18.2, 1:03.8 and 37.2, Maestro Tom (Coleman) and Harry Clarkin (A Jones) 1:15.6, 1:00.8 and 36.9, Android (Rhodes) and Full Monty (Sapsworth) 1:19.6, 1:04.3 and 37.2, Keep Rocking (Roff) 1:23.7, 1:08.7 and 39.6, and Quest (M Brosnan) and Chaos (Roff) 1:18.6, 1:03.2 and 37.2.

Silverdale (Autridge), freshened since his Coupland’s Mile placing, was timed from the 800m in 53.8 and 39.6. Alvesta (J McKay) and Culto La Vida (S McKay) had more pace on as they ran the same trip in 50.6 and 37.3, while Windborne (Samuelsson) took 55 and 40.1. 

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 2 December 2014
02 Dec 2014

In Style underlined her prospects for Saturday’s Concorde Handicap with a sparkling workout at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough with raceday rider Michelle Wenn in the saddle, In Style was partnered by Gaultier (Coleman) over 1000m in a brilliant 59.6 and 600m in 34.8.

It was excellent work by the Counties Bowl winner, who returns to her favourite track on the weekend. Gaultier, a three-year-old colt in the Danica Guy stable, did well to match strides with his talented stablemate and looks a ready winner off the back of his last start placing.

Puccini (P McKay) and Beckham (S McKay) looked bright and ready for their Trentham assignments as they strode over 1000m, picking up the tempo after a steady start to run the distance in 1:04.1 and quickening readily for a final 600m in 35.6. Puccini has gone on the right way since his Thompson Handicap win and will have Vinnie Colgan back on top in Saturday’s Captain Cook Stakes. Stablemate Beckham, who was narrowly beaten at Riccarton in his most recent start, had side-winkers fitted this morning and will also wear them on the weekend.

Pure Champion (Grylls) also looked the part for the Captain Cook Stakes as he got through smart work over 1200m in 1:16.4, with his last 1000m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 35.8. Pure Champion was allowed a freshen-up after the Hawke’s Bay carnival and has come to hand again pleasingly.

Fascination Street (O’Sullivan) and Persuasive (Hong) prepared for their respective Trentham and Ellerslie engagements with dashing work over 1000m in 1:00.4 and 600m in 35.7, while Smashing (Hercock) and Maestro (Cameron) also wasted no time over 1200m in 1:16, 1:01.2 and 35.8. Smashing will be entered for the Concorde Handicap, with the option of a lower grade assignment should she not make the field. 

Wisecrack (K Jones) was deceptive in his work over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 35.8. Queens Rose (Sapsworth) and Copacabana (Grylls) also caught the eye as they cut out 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.2.

Concorde entrant Whosyourmaster wasn’t chasing time as co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan let him roll over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 37. Sound Proposition (Coleman) drew attention to his Ellerslie maiden prospects when he and Giardini (Hong) left 1000m behind in 1:00.6 and 600m in 35.2.

Nothing Trivial (R Jones) strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:15.8, with 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.8. The last-start Counties Cup runner-up drops to Rating 85 grade on Saturday. Letmeby (Grylls), who runs in the R85 3200 at Trentham, was paired with Android (Sapsworth) over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:03.5 and 37.8.

Jackpot (Johnson) and That’s How We Roll (C Ormsby) did attractive work over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 35.7, while High Viz (A Jones, who runs at New Plymouth on Thursday, and Ellerslie candidate Sophisticate (Coleman) were timed form the 1000m in 1:00.2 and the 600m in 36.2. Payday (McNab) and No Deal (R Jones) were also in good form over 1000m in 1:00.1 and 36.2.

Wraithorth (Leveque) and Elusive Unicorn (Dowling) weren’t extended over 1000m in 1:06.7 and 38.8, No Tricks (Miller) and Seline (Sayed) took 1:08.4 and 38.5, Irish (M Brosnan) 1:04.6 and 38.2, Puzzlente (K McQuade) 1:04.8 and 39, and Sultry Assassin (Sapsworth) 1:05.2 and 38.8.

Show No Emotion (Hercock) was bright in her work over 1200m in 1:21.3, 1:05.9 and 37.2, while Chazelle (J Collett) also took the eye over the same ground in 1:17.2, 1:03 and 37.1. Others to work well over ground included Prince Bruno (R Jones) and Prize Lad (J Wong), who returned 1:18.9, 1:04.4 and 37.8 for their last 1200. Quintastics (Amit) also did well over 1200m in 1:17.6, 1:00.8 and 36.2.

Costa Viva (Cameron), who trials at Cambridge on Friday, was timed from the 800m in 52.2 and 38.7. Kinda Leica (H McQuade) and a Perfectly Ready gelding (Brown) ran the same distance in 51 and 37.3, while Unknown Pleasures (Johnson) and She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) covered 1000m in 1:07.4 and 37.

Rose Of Virginia (Leveque) and Beauty Giant (Dowling) strolled over 1200m in 1:26.1, 1:11 and 42.2, Revelator (Coleman) took 1:23.4, 1:08.6 and 40.6, while Sworntomylover (Tynan) covered 1000m in 1:10.9 and 42.1. 

On the all-weather track Thrill (K Jones) and Zadiffra (Luke) were paired over 1000m in 1:08.7 and 600m in 38.9.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 25 November 2014
25 Nov 2014

Living The Dream worked like a next-up winner as she prepared for weekend racing at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Living The Dream (Sapsworth) had pace on from the start of her 1000m assignment, recording 1:00.7 for the full distance and finishing off with 600m in 35. The Graham Richardson-trained mare is in the right shape to go one better than her last-start second when she runs in the Rating 85 1100 at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Graphic (Grylls) looked on target for Saturday’s Eagle Technology Stakes when he and stablemate Margin Trader (C Ormsby) completed a strong 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:03.9 and 600m in 35.2. Graphic has taken a lot of improvement from his first-up run, while Margin Trader, the winner of his only start from Ballymore’s Flemington stable, will be an interesting Ellerslie runner in either the Rating 65 1600 or the feature three-year-old 1500.

Promising stayer Chazelle (J Collett) looked ready for her Ellerslie engagement when striding through a smart 1200m in 1:15.2, 1:01.4 and 35.8. Capone (N Waddell) and Prize Lad (Grylls) prepared for Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:04.2 and 36.5, while Longbeach (Lammas), who runs at Otaki on Friday, was never at top over the same ground in 1:23.2, 1:08.4 and 39.2.

Los Vargos (Rhodes) and Strong Bow (Sapsworth) did impressive work over 1200m in 1:15.2, 1:01 and 35.5. Ellerslie three-year-old candidates Divissima (C Ormsby) and Flavigny (T Johnson) cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:03 and 35.9, while Giardini (Hong) and Tiger Moss (Grylls) also caught the eye over 1000m in 1:03.7 and 36.6.

Ellerslie entrant The Fire Inside (C Ormsby) did good stayer’s work, timed over her last 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:04.2 and 36.1. Liberty Heights (Leveque) and Always On My Mind (Dowling) were well held over the same ground in 1:24.4, 1:09.2 and 40.5, while Brampton Loco (Hong) was timed over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 39.2.

Temple Tiger (Grylls) and What We Do (S McKay) got through smart work over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.9. Over the same distance Tomorrowland (N Waddell) took 1:07.4 and 38.4, Culto La Vida (S McKay) 1:03.3 and 36.4, O’Reilly’s Gold (P Brosnan) 1:04.8 and 37, I’ll’ava’alf (A Jones) 1:03.9 and 37.1, and Alchemy’s Flight (Hercock) 1:06.2 and 37.4.

Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) strode through 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:04.6 and 36.8, Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) and Keep Rocking (Roff) took 1:18.7, 1:03.6 and 37.2, Full Monty (Sapsworth) and Android (Rhodes) 1:20.8, 1:05.7 and 38.4, Sophisticate (A Jones) 1:21.3, 1:05.9 and 37.3, and Orange Peel ((Olwagen) and Attention Seeker (Coleman) 1:21.2, 1:04.4 and 36.4.

On the all-weather track Onlyarose (A Jones) was in good form ahead of her Ellerslie engagement when cutting out 1000m in 1:03 and 35.1. Perfect Star (Hillis) and Le’Vantos (Hunt) were timed over their last 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37.5.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Little Miss Waitoki (Dowling) 1:27.6, 38.5; Victory Shall Be Mine (Grylls) 1:29, 43.3; Seline (Cameron) 1:31.8, 44.5.

1000m plough: Light Source (Hercock) 1:14.6, 42.8; Sonsy (Cameron) 1:10.9, 38.7; Unknown Pleasure (Coleman) 1:13.4, 41.6; Davy Crockett (Hercock) 1:13.5, 43.6; Smashing (Cameron) 1:14.7, 44.5; Wraithorth (Leveque) and an Align gelding (Dowling) 1:08.3, 41; Sharp Shooter (A Jones) 1:07.8, 39.8.

Matamata Trackwork Recorded by Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 18 November 2014
18 Nov 2014

Pussy O’Reilly looked set for a big effort in Saturday’s Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes when she worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 18 metres out on a slow course proper with raceday rider Opie Bosson in the saddle, Pussy O’Reilly covered 1200m in 1:18.6, gathering momentum from the 1000m in 1:03.8 and finishing off with 600m in 37.5. The Kelso-trained mare has not raced for five weeks but has cleaned up nicely with a trial outing last week.

Stablemate and race rival Fix (K Jones) was allowed a lighter task but was also impressive as she strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, with her last 1000m in 1:08.5 and 600m in 39.2. She has trained on well from her last-start second and should enjoy the step up to 1400 metres at Avondale.

Queens Rose (Sapsworth), another in the fillies and mares’ feature, got through her work well partnering Jubilate (Rhodes) over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04.8 and 38.6. Sir Elmo (Coleman) prepared for Avondale when he and Sophisticate (A Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:21.1, 1:06.8 and 39.

Puccini (P McKay) continued his Captain Cook Stakes preparation when he and Kick Buttowski (S McKay) ran their last 1000m in 1:08.8 and 600m in 38.4. Whosyourmaster (R Jones), who runs in the Counties Bowl on Saturday, was well held over 1000m in 1:10.6 and 41.1, while McQueen (J Collett) and Red Striker (Blair) took 1:08 and 39.2.

Orange Peel (Imat) and Kaleidoscope (Coleman) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.9, Suffire (Grylls) and Mary Quant (Hong) took 1:06.2 and 38.9, and Da Shindig (Hutton) 1:04.4 and 38.6.

Marcelle (Dowling), who runs at Te Rapa on Sunday, and Avondale candidate Rose Of Virginia (Leveque) did sound work over 1200m in 1:23.7, 1:09.5 and 40.6. Over the same ground Awapuni entry Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) led Sultry Assassin (Rhodes) in 1:19.5, 1:06 and 39.3.

Opulent (Lammas), who runs at New Plymouth on Friday, and Te Rapa candidate Maestro (Cameron) left 1200m behind in 1:21.1, 1:07.2 and 38.8. Show No Emotion (Hercock), a form runner for Avondale, went solo over 1200m in 1:23.1, 1:08.4 and 40.2.

Te Rapa entries Realta (Dowling) and Howzat (Leveque) ran the same trip in 1:23.5, 1:09.1 and 40.8, while Maestro Tom (A Jones) and Harry Claassen (Swann) returned 1:19.6, 1:06.5 and 41.

Over 1000m Gardone (M Brosnan) and Arterial (Roff) took 1:07.8 and 40.6, Laseef (Grylls) and All Razzle Dazzle (Rhodes) 1:11.6 and 41.8, Bohemian Lily (Dowling) and Always On My Mind (Leveque) 1:10.7 and 41.5, Aotearower (Coleman) 1:06.8 and 39.7, Deema (Sapsworth) and Funhouse (Rhodes) 1:10.4 and 42.4, Pure Champion (Grylls) 1:10.4 and 41.1, and Living The Dream (Sapsworth) 1:12.2 and 43.

King’s Rock (Hercock) strode over 1200m in 1:22.5, 1:08.7 and 41, Immigration (Sapsworth) took 1:30.9 and 44.5, and In Style (Coleman) 1:28.7 and 43.6.

Two-year-olds Fascinate Me (Hutton) and the Medaglia d’Oro-Jolie’s Shinzu colt (Grylls) ran in from the 800m in 54.8 and 600m in 39.4. Stationary World (Grylls) and Green Country (Rhodes) completed a similar task in 54.2 and 39.8, while Saraswati (R Jones) and Electric Aura (Tynan) were timed over their last 600m in 42.6. Better Rock (Cameron) and Shillelagh (Lammas) got through 1000m in 1:10.4 and 40.3.

On the all-weather track Babilloni (Bosson) and Lucky Feather (R Jones) ran a smart 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37, while Massale (C Ormsby) and Daifuku (Coleman) ran the same trip in 1:05.4 and 37.4.

Zamora (S McKay) and the Commands half-brother to Saturday’s 1000 Guineas winner Platinum Witness (J McKay) ran their last 800m in 54.8 and 600m in 39.

On the sand Wisecrack (K Jones) quickened readily over the final stages of 1200m in 1:24.2, 1:08.4 and 38. Dezignator (R Jones) and Martini Lass (Hillis) were timed over the last 1000m of their work in 1:02.3 and 37, while Diamond Refusal (M Gibbs) and Brilliant Magic (Swann) ran over the same ground in 1:05.4 and 37.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 November 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
11 Nov 2014

Silk Chardonnay confirmed her fitness for Saturday’s Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup when she got through a searching gallop at Matamata this morning.

With raceday rider Anna Jones in the saddle, Silk Chardonnay worked over 2000 metres on the plough and was allowed full stretch from the 1600. She was timed over the last 1200m in 1:15.8, 1000m in 1:02.9 and hit the line with a final 600m in 37.4.

The Karen Fursdon-trained mare, who has scored impressive lower grade wins at her last two starts, was in no hurry to pull up from this morning’s gallop, further indicating that Riccarton’s 3200 metres will hold no fears for her.

A number of entrants for Saturday’s Tauranga meeting also impressed in their work on the plough. Irish Encore (O’Sullivan) and Fiftyshadesofgrey (Olwagen) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:00.4 and 600m in 35.2. Irish Encore has trained on well from her last-start win, while her stablemate is in forward order to resume on the weekend.

Smashing (Hercock) and No Tricks (Cameron) drew attention to their Tauranga prospects with smart work over 1200m in 1:20.7, 1:04.2 and 36, while Lady Le Fay (K Shailer) did well over the same ground in 1:17.6, 1:03.2 and 36.4.

Irish Moon (Coleman), who was scratched from Te Rapa due to a wide draw, looked on song for Tauranga as he cut out 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.4. Beauty Giant (Coleman) and Morena (R Jones) prepared for the weekend with a solid 1200m in 1:14.7, 1:00.2 and 36.2. Two others from the Lance Noble team, Lookatmepins (Leveque) and Saoirse (Dowling), also impressed over 1200m in 1:14.6, 1:00.3 and 35.6.

Letmeby (Sapsworth) and Android (Rhodes) got through sound work with 1200m in 1:17.4, 1:02 and 36.2, while Dezignator (R Jones) ran the same trip in 1:17.5, 1:02.6 and 36.5.

Cast King (Coleman) prepared for Tauranga when he and Da Shindig (R Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.4 and 36.9. La Adelita (Hercock) went solo over the same distance in 1:21.6, 1:05.8 and 37.3, Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) took 1:20.4, 1:05.2 and 37.3, and Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) 1:21.8, 1:06.3 and 38.2.

Wisecrack (R Jones), who runs at Dargaville on Friday, was deceptive in his work as he ran the last 1200m in 1:14.5, 1:00.7 and 36.3. Alvesta (J McKay) and Costa La Vida (S McKay) looked comfortable as they cut out 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.

Equanimity (Cameron) was timed from the 800m in 56.7 and 41, Sworntomylover (K Shailer) ran 1000m in 1:07.2 and 38.2, while Augusta National (Dowling) returned 1:05.2 and 37.8, Funhouse (Sapsworth) took 1:07.2 and 39, and Southern Comet (Tait) ran from the 800m in 50.2 and 35.3.

Quest, ridden by her new trainer Mark Brosnan, strode over 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:02.5 and 36.8. Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan), who runs next in the Counties Bowl at Avondale, was well held over 1200m in 1:30.5 and 44.4, while Queens Rose (Sapsworth) did similar work in 1:28.3 and 43.4.

On the course proper, which was good 20 metres out, Agent Ziva (A Jones) did sound work over 1200m in 1:17.6, with her last 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.6.

Florentina (Tynan) worked on the all-weather track, where she cut out her last 1000m in 1:08.4 and 600m in 37.5. Vitali (Olwagen) was allowed to stretch out over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 36.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 November 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
04 Nov 2014

Quality racemare Fix looked ready for a bold run at Te Rapa on the weekend when she worked boldly at Matamata this morning.

Fog prevented full or sectional timing of many gallops, but had cleared when Fix stepped out on the course proper, where the going was dead in the 18-metre position.

Fix (Hercock) went solo over 1000m, with the speed on from the start as she returned a very respectable 1:03.7 and 36.8 for the final 600m. The Kelso-trained mare has trained on well from her last start second as she prepares for the Listed sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Stablemates Irish Moon (Coleman) and Makarska (J Collett) also looked on target for Te Rapa as they cut out 1000m in 1:02.8. They hit the line hard but no sectional time was possible.

Chambord (Lammas) and Costa Viva (Hercock) were well matched as they strode over 1200m in 1:19.1, with the last 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.5. The Jason Bridgman-trained pair are in good order for their Riccarton second day engagements in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile and Valachi Downs Stakes.

Chazelle (J Collett) and Packing Chaparral (Coleman) did good work in preparation for Te Rapa when cutting out 1200m in 1:15.9. No other sectionals could be taken, nor in the case of Miss Mossman (Hong), who was working well at the end of 1200m in 1:21.7.

Scandinavian (Miller) and Flirty Gertey (Khalid) maintained a strong gallop over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:05.2 and 38.5, while Full Monty (Sapsworth) and Victoryshallbemine (Rhodes) returned 1:20.2, 1:07.5 and 39.3. Prize Lad (Amit) and General Rio (Hong) covered 1200m in 1:20.3 and 1000m in 1:05.6, Rotorua Friday runners Maestro (Miller) and Clos de Tart (Khalid) took 1:25, 1:10.2 and 41.2, and Ocean Parade (J McKay) 1:19.4.

Te Rapa entries Prince Henry (Lammas) and Echezeaux (Hercock), the Encosta de Lago half-sister to Darci Brahma and Burgundy, caught the eye in their work over 1200m in 1:20.5 and 600m in 37.8. China Silk (N Waddell) and Lauberhorn (Sapsworth), juvenile candidates for Te Rapa, travelled up well at the end of 800m in 51.5.

Queens Rose (Sapsworth), who runs in the Listed sprint at Te Rapa, was paired with Ellis Web Ellis (Rhodes) in sound work over 1000m in 1:12.2. Neutron Star (Rhodes) and Roman Hero (Sapsworth) were timed over 1000m in 1:07.9 and 38.6.

Gallops that could not be timed on the course proper included Tomorrowland, who runs at Te Rapa, Gautier and Wazunga. 

On the all-weather track New Zealand 2000 Guineas candidate Victory Champion (Hills) was partnered by Jovan (Tynan) over 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 37.8. The Emily Holmes-trained Victory Champion has thrived since his impressive maiden win at Te Rapa late last month.

De Niro (S McKay) and Kick Buttowski (P McKay) worked in good style over 800m in 49.2 and 600m in 36.4. De Niro, an O’Reilly two-year-old with wins in both trials to date, runs at Te Rapa on Saturday. Stablemate Travino (S McKay) was deceptive over 1000m in 1:01.4 and 35.5.

Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Always On My Mind (Leveque) strode over 1200m in 1:17.7, with the only sectional the last 1000m in 1:03.6. Pussy O’Reilly (Little) hit the line well at the end of 1000m in 1:07.3.

On the sand Te Rapa entry Maestro Tom (Coleman) looked well when paired with Bahrella (A Jones) over a smart 1000m in 1:02.2. Covered In Bay (H McQuade) was timed over 1200m in 1:18 and 1000m in 1:04.5, while Ruby Red Shoes (M Brosnan) and Arterial (Roff) cut out 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 38.2.

Riccarton-bound Canterino (P McKay) was ridden along to complete his last 1000m in 1:07.8, the Captain Rio-Eloquent gelding (Hunt) ran the same distance in 1:08.2, while Wisecrack (R Jones) was timed over a solid 1200m in 1:17.6 and 800m in 48.7.

Longbeach (Miller) worked away easily from the 1200 to run that distance in 1:29.7 and quickened for a final 1000m in 1:13,5 and 600m in 38.6. Tegwin (Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:24.5 and 600m in 39.2, Villa Elba (Dowling), took 1:26.4 and 40.7, Politicalnitemare (R Jones) 1:20.2 and 39, and Rapid Gain (Miller) and Tiara (Hercock) took 1:24.6 and 1:09.5 for their last 1000m.

Brampton Loco (Coleman) was not after time over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 600m in 39.4, while Volacapri (Brick) and a Spartacus gelding (A Jones) were clocked over 800m in 52.6 and 600m in 39.4.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 October 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Oct 2014

Tauranga weekend candidate Silverdale was the star trackworker at Matamata this morning during a session when fog prevented the timing of many gallops.

Silverdale (Bosson) did his work on the sand, easing away from the 1200-metre mark and quickening to run his last 1000m in 1:03.2 and the final 600m in a smart 36.5.  It was very good work by the Stephen Autridge-trained last-start winner, who will have his final lead-up to the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile in the open 1300-metre event at Tauranga.

On the course proper, where the going was slow 22 metres out, Tauranga rivals Villars (Sapsworth) and Immigration (Grylls) turned in a sound trial over 1200m in 1:16.8, with their last 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 38.4.

Divissima (C Ormsby), who runs next at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup day, impressed when she led Square Circles (Orlando) at the end of 1000m in 1:04.7 and 800m in 50.8.  Packing Chaparral (Coleman) was not after time as he strode through 1200m in 1:27.2 and 42.3, while In Style (N Waddell) and the unraced maiden Gautier (Bosson) were timed from the 800m in 59.6 and 44.2.  In Style runs at Ellerslie next Tuesday.

Among those that could not be timed on the course proper due to the fog, Tauranga entries Cass King, Tiger Moss, Merrily and Sunbeam appeared to get through their work well, as did Ellerslie candidates Living The Dream and Sir Elmo.

Juggernaut Rock (K Price), who had to be withdrawn from his Trentham weekend engagement due to a hock infection, appeared to be fully recovered as he strode over ground on the course proper.  He will head to Riccarton in the hope of running well enough on the first day to secure a start in the New Zealand Cup.

On the all-weather track Darting (R Jones) and Vincent Street (Hunt) prepared for Ellerslie next week with smart work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.2.  Speedy Jax (Grylls) ran the same distance in 1:03.8, with a final 800m section in 49.5, while Lucky Feather (R Jones) was timed over 1200m in 1:22.6.

On the sand Tauranga pair Knockout (Leveque) and Ishara Yar (Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:21.4, while Prince Of Patch (Little) took 1:09.3 and 41.4 over 1000m and Aotearower (Coleman) ran from the 800m in 58.0 and 42.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14 October 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
14 Oct 2014

Rotorua weekend rivals Antonio Lombardo, Whosyourmaster and Fix underlined their fitness with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) was partnered by Donnie Brasco (J McKay) over a slick 1000m in 1:02.9 and hit the line hard after a final 600m in 35.5. Antonio Lombardo has come through his last-start Hastings win in good order and rates highly for Saturday’s Lion Red Plate.

Whosyourmaster, who won the feature sprint on the second day at Hastings, was ridden by raceday rider Michael Coleman over 1000m in 1:03.2 and the last 600m in a comfortable 36.5.

Coleman warmed the saddle for Mark Du Plessis when he handled Fix in her work on the course proper, which was good 12 metres out. The Kelso-trained mare worked away steadily from the 1000-metre mark to run that distance in 1:05.2, picking up the tempo for a final 600m in an impressive 36.

Back on the plough, Needlly (Dowling) and Morena (Leveque) underlined their respective prospects for Rotorua and Tauranga on Friday when they cut out 1000m in 1:01.3 and 35.5. Rotorua entry Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay) was another to catch the eye when he dashed through 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.8.

Irish Encore (Grylls) and Giardini (Hong) prepared for the weekend with 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.2, while Babilloni cut out 1000m in 1:04.2 and 35.9. He was ridden by Opie Bosson in an early trackwork stint before his day job at Waikato Stud.

Tauranga entries Brampton Loco (Coleman) and Sheselusive (R Jones) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:01.2 and 36.1.

Sir Elmo (Coleman), who runs in the Rotorua Plate, was paired with Tauranga candidate Sunbeam (A Jones) over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.5. Promising stayer Chazelle (J Collett) tuned up for Tauranga with smart work over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.4 and 36.8.

Maestro (Hercock) and Bordeaux (Lammas) strode through 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:04.8 and 37.3, while over the same distance Covered ’N’ Bay (R Jones) returned a sound 1:18.6, 1:04.5 and 36. Silverdale (Bosson) prepared for Rotorua with a well held 1000m in 1:09.5 and 38.8.

Ididit (Swann) looked well when working well within herself over 1000m in 1:06.5 and 37.8. Wisecrack (R Jones) ran 1200m at a solid rate, returning 1:14.5, 1:00.7 and 36.2. Northern Star (Wong) looked the part for Rotorua when shading The General (Hutton) at the end of 1000m in 1:03.6 and 36.3.

Smashing (Lammas) and Seline (P Ormsby) left 1000m behind in 1:04.5 and 36.7, Onlyarose (A Jones) took 1:05 and 37.5, Flavigny (C Ormsby) 1:09.7 and 39.8, Sworntomylover (K Shailer) 1:11.2 and 39.8, Ekraarstatic (Bosson) 1:11.6 and 40.3, and La Adelita (Lammas) 1:08.2 and 38.5.

Lady Euro (K Price) turned in a  good trial for Tauranga over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:03.2 and 38.5, while She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) and Destroyer (T Johnson) covered the same trip in 1:23.3, 1:07.1 and 36.8.

The Fire Inside (Coleman) was well held over the last 1000m of her work in 1:12.8 and 40.4, Southern Comet (Tait) dashed over 800m in 47.7 and 35.4, Hysteria Lane (Stacey) took 1:12.5 and 42.8 for 1000m, Hardy’s Revenge (C Ormsby) and Revelator (T Johnson) returned 1:11.4 and 38.6, and Golden Glow (Grylls) took 1:11.5 and 40.

On the all-weather track Vincent Street (W Hillis) and Dezignator (R Jones) looked in good shape for Rotorua when they cut out 1000m in 1:01.6 and 35.8.

Travino (S McKay) continued his preparation with 1000m in a deceptive 1:01.2 and 36.3, while Dating (W Hillis) was not chasing time over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 37.4. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 7 October 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
07 Oct 2014

Witz End looked sharp for his local meeting on Saturday when he turned in a brilliant gallop at Matamata this morning.

Ridden by his trainer Jim Collett, Witz End worked on the sand, where he set off at a solid clip from the 1000-metre mark to run that distance in 1:00.6 and cut out the final 600m in a slick 35.5. The speedy gelding has already won twice this preparation and after being freshened he could make it three in Saturday’s Rating 85 sprint.

On the course proper, which was slow in the 25-metre position, fresh-up weekend runners Stralis (Grylls) and Kaleidoscope (Hutton) appeared to work well over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.5. Divissima (C Ormsby) drew attention to her prospects on Saturday when she led Style Is Eternal (Ormando) to the end of 800m in 54.2 and 600m in 38.9.

Pussy O’Reilly (Coleman) turned in an impressive trial for Saturday’s Taranaki Stakes when she worked solo over 1200m in 1:20.8, 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.8. Race rival Queens Rose (Sapsworth) was partnered by Android (Grylls) over 1200m in 1:24.4, 1:10.2 and 41.2, with neither horse extended.

Team Wealleans Matamata Cup entry Miss Mossman (Hong) went with Cast King (Wong) over 1200m in 1:18.3, with the mid-sections run at a solid tempo and the last 1000m taking 1:04.1 and 600m 39.3.

Boy (Goodwin), who reverts to the flat on Saturday after a bold hurdling debut, did solid work over ground, with his final 1200m taking 1:20.7, 1:07.2 and 39.8. Fancy Dress (Wong) had early use of the track when she cut out 1000m in a smart 1:05.8 and 38.7.

Weekend candidate Tiara (Hercock) went with Christchurch-bound Flaming (Cameron) over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1:08.9 and 39.4. In similar work later in the session, Rapid Gain (Cameron) and Longbeach (Hercock) did well to return 1:22.2, 1:06.4 and 38.6.

High Viz (A Jones) and Marcelle (R Jones) prepared for Saturday with 1200m in 1:20.3, 1:06.8 and 40.2. Over the same ground Victory Shall Be Mine (Sapsworth) and Quantum Maelstrom (Grylls) returned 1:24.2 and 41, Orange Peel (Man) and Musket Hill (Grylls) 1:22 and 41.4, Show No Emotion (Hercock) and Flirty Gertey (Cameron) 1:21.2 and 39.6, and Sophisticate (A Jones) and  a Librettist gelding (Swann) 1:21.8 and 41.6.

On the all-weather track Ididit (Swann) paceworked over her first round before quickening into a final 1200m in 1:22.9, 1000m in 1:08.1 and 600m in 39.5. She will be entered for the Taranaki Stakes, with the Rating 85 sprint on her home track as an option.

Tronic Rose (McRae) completed her work with 1200m in good style, recording 1:19.4, 1:04.7 and 37. Revelator (C Ormsby) ran in from the 800m in 53.8 and 39, while Flavigny (Grylls) was allowed an easy 1000m in 1:13.2 and 41.

Back on the sand, Sherpa (Tait) caught the eye with a smart 800m in 49.6 and 600m in 36.4. Bordeaux (Cameron) and Scandinavia (Hercock) were paired over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:07.4 and 38.4. Whosyourmaster (Coleman) was allowed an easy time over the same distance in 1:29.3 and 43.4. He will run next in the weight-for-age sprint at Rotorua on Saturday week.

Irish Encore (Man) and Fascination Street (Grylls) took 1:08 and 39.2 for 1000m, Needlly (Dowling) and Liberty Heights (Leveque) ran the same trip in an easy 1:11.5 and 41.8, Flash Forward (Blair) recorded 1:10.8 and 40.2, and Jackpot (Coleman) 1:14.3 and 43.6. Southern Comet (Tait) ran from 800m in 50.6 and 37.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 23 September 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
23 Sep 2014

Sir Elmo flagged his prospects for New Plymouth on Saturday with a sound gallop at Matamata this morning.

Most work on the course proper took place right-handed, with the going heavy and the markers at 23 metres.

Sir Elmo (A Jones) set off at a steady rate from the winning post and completed 1200m in 1:27.2, quickening as he strode up the back straight for a final 600m in 40.6. The Karen Fursdon-trained gelding has only battled in recent starts but looks bright and could bounce back at New Plymouth, where he has raced well before.

Queens Rose (Sapsworth) had the measure of Living The Dream (C Grylls) at the end of solid work, with the final 600m taking 39.7. The talented mare returns this weekend to Ellerslie, where she was an impressive fresh-up winner last month.

Prize Lad (Hong) and Tiger Moss (Wong) covered 1000m in 1:08.5 and 600m in 40.8 as they prepared for their respective engagements at Te Aroha on Friday and Ellerslie. Silk Chardonnay (Coleman) worked over ground left-handed, with her last 1200m taking 1:24.2, 1:10.2 and 42. She runs in the Rating 75 2400 at Ellerslie.

Back right-handed, Imagunakepa (M Gibbs) and Tomorrowland (C Grylls) returned 40.2 for their final 600m. Tomorrowland, who showed plenty in his first preparation, is making good progress towards a return to racing at either Te Rapa or Hastings next week. 

Saoirse (R Jones) and Jehanne (C Grylls) were timed over their last 800m in 52.9 and 600m in 39.4, while Lookatmepins (Dowing) and Galvanised (Leveque) completed similar work in 39.8.

On the all-weather track, the Gary Hennessy-trained pair Whatwedo (S McKay) and Tiger Temple (Tamihana) prepared for New Plymouth with a smart 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.8. Rating 65 1200 candidate was a bold fresh-up second earlier in the month, while Tiger Prawn three-year-old Tiger Temple has shown promise with a win and second in his two trials.

Vermeer (Sapsworth) looked sharp for Te Aroha on Friday when working with Nectacolecta (Rhodes) over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.4.

On the sand, last start maiden graduate Packing Chaparral (Coleman) wore blinkers when he strode through the last 1200m of his work in 1:23.5, 1000m in 1:08.9 and 600m in 40.2. He is likely to return to Te Rapa on Friday week.

I’m Isaac (A Jones) prepared over ground for his steeplechase engagement on National Jumps Day at Te Rapa on Sunday, cutting out the last 1200m in 1:24.2 and 600m in 40.3.

Costa Viva (Lammas) left 1000m behind in 1:08.2 and 39.3, Tegwin (Olgwen) ran the same trip in 1:08.7 and 600m in 41.8, while Makarska (K Jones) and Prince Of Patch (Coleman) took 1:11.2 and 41.4.

Abidewithme (Cameron) was well held over 1200m in 1:29.5 and 42.6, and Persuasive (Coleman) ran her last 1000m in 1:14.8 and 43.6. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16 September 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
16 Sep 2014

Pussy O’Reilly was the star act amongst Windsor Park Plate candidates to gallop at Matamata this morning in preparation for Saturday’s Hastings feature.

On the all-weather track with raceday rider Kelly Myers in the saddle, Pussy O’Reilly rolled into her work passing the 1200-metre mark and was timed over that distance in 1:16.2. She quickened the tempo from the 1000m in 1:01.1 and rounded off with a brilliant final 600m in 35.6. 

It was outstanding work and showed that the Kelso-trained mare will be at peak in her attempt to go one better than her Foxbridge Plate and Makfi Stakes placings to arch rival I Do.

Stablemate Xanadu (K Jones) got through sound work on the all-weather surface, cutting out her last 1200m in 1:20.6, 1000m in 1:05.5 and the final 600m in a smart 36.5. She has dropped off the radar lately but is in good shape to defend her Windsor Park Plate crown.

Pure Champion appeared to have trained on well from his fresh-up Makfi Stakes third when raceday rider Craig Grylls took him over 1200m on the course proper, where the going was slow 22 metres out. As he tends to do, the former Hong Kong galloper was keen through the early stages before flattening out to cover the full distance in 1:21.2, 1000m in 1:04.9 and the final 600m in a respectable 38.1.

In other work on the course proper, Hastings first day placegetter Fancy Dress (Coleman) did solid work over 1000m in 1:03.1 and 37.8, while possible Hastings runners Flaming (Cameron) and Longbeach (Lammas) travelled up strongly at the end of 1200m in 1:24.9, 1:08.8 and 39.1.

Hastings-bound Whosyourmaster (Man) cut out 1000m in 1:05.4, with the final 600m in 37.5. Over the same ground Tiger Moss (R Jones), who runs at the transferred Te Aroha meeting on Saturday, returned 1:07.3 and 38.5. Maestro Tom (Coleman) and Hilarious Honour ((R Jones) turned in good work for their respective Hastings and Te Aroha engagements with 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.6.

The Last Shower (C Ormsby) looked in good order for Te Aroha when cutting out 1000m in 1:05.3 and 37.8. Hastings runners Peregrine (Myers) and Wairaka (Coleman) strode over the last 1200m of their work in 1:22, with the last 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 40.6. Juggernaut Rock (Cameron), another heading to the Bay, led Penny Arcade (K Price) at the end of 1200m in 1:25.5, 1:09.7 and 40.6.

Arnold (Grylls) left 1000m behind in 1:06.7 and 38.6, while Gardone (M Brosnan) returned 1:09 and 40.2. Miss Mossman (Grylls), who looks in good order to resume at Hastings, could not be timed due to poor light early but hit the line well strongly. Altai Rose (Grylls) worked right-handed and was timed over her final 600m in the back straight in 39.6.

Back on the all-weather track, Te Aroha runners The Fire Inside (C Ormsby) and She’s Samashing (T Johnson) were in good form over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 35.7. Irish Moon (Coleman) and Makarska (K Jones) shaped up for Taupo on Friday with a tidy 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.8.

Gold Trail Stakes entry Divissima (C Ormsby) and Te Aroha runner Le Choix (C Ormsby) covered 1000m in 1:06.7, quickening stylishly over the final 600m in 36.9. Beckham (J McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) continued their spring preparations with 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.8.

Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) was travelling well alongside Victory Shall Be Mine (Rhodes) at the end of 1200m in 1:20.2, 1:05 and 37.5. Vito Genovese (P McKay) ran a solo 1000m in 1:05.2 and Flavigny (Coleman) and Liberare (C Ormsby) clocked 1:06.6 and 36.8.

Diafuku (C Ormsby) was not extended over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 37.8, while Wisecrack (K Jones) was kept to 1200m in 1:31.7 and 44.2.

On the slower sand, Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Always On My Mind (Leveque) were paired in sound work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 37.5. Among those to work strongly over ground were Boy (Goodwin), who was timed from the 1200m in 1:21.9, 1:07 and 38.4, while stablemate Le Bob Fin (Goodwin) completed a similar task in 1:22.4, 1:07.6 and 37.6.

Inis Rose (Dowling) and Augusta National (Leveque) covered 1200m in 1:23.4, 1:08.3 and 40.5, while Wolfwhistle (Allen) returned 1:26.6, 1:10.4 and 40.2, and Cast King (Coleman) 1:30.1, 1:13.2 and 41.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 9 September 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
09 Sep 2014

Puccini and Canterino prepared for weekend racing when they were paired in an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

During a busy session on the freshly commissioned plough, Puccini (P McKay) and Canterino (S McKay) strode over ground, with Canterino leading his stablemate at a good clip in the early stages before the pair completed 1200m in 1:15.2, with the last 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.3. It was very good by both horses.

Puccini is scheduled to run in Saturday’s Merial Mile at Awapuni, a change in plans due to uncertainty that he will make the field for next week’s Windsor Park Plate. Last start Ruakaka winner Canterino will return north this weekend.

Ruakaka sprint entrant Jubilate (Coleman) got through his work well to complete 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in a smart 35.8. Joey Massino (S McKay) was also keen as he ran 1000m in 1:03 and 37.2, while Brandy (Cole) and Sophisticate (A Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:19.2, with their last 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in an impressive 36.2.

Brave Centaur (Grylls) looked in good shape for his Melbourne campaign when he covered 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37.1. The Lance Noble-trained gelding and stablemate Viadana kick off their campaigns at Flemington on Saturday. 

On the course proper, where the going was dead 22 metres out, Ruakaka candidates Dream Run (Myers) and Sworn To Perfection (Little) began steadily over 1000m to run the distance in 1:10.2 and quickened readily for a final 600m in 38.1.

High Viz (A Jones) and Maestro Tom (Coleman) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:06.5 and 600m in 38.6. High Viz runs at Rotorua on Sunday, while Maestro Tom is preparing for Hastings on Saturday week.

Back on the plough, Rotorua entrants Secret Whisper (Allen) and Sunset Pass (Miller) strode over ground before working into a solid final 1200m in 1:18.5, 1000m in 1:04.1 and 600m in 38.3.

Alchemy’s Flight (Samuelsson) and Osmunda (Roff) completed 1000m in 1:07.6 and 39.6, while Morena (Leveque) took 1:07.6 and 39.3, No Tricks (Samuelsson) and Sonsy (Hercock) 1:07.8 and 38.7, Mary Quant (Coleman) and Ambrosini (Wong) 1:09 and 39.4, Orange Peel (R Jones) 1:08.5 and 38.7, Madame Jamai (Hercock) 1:06.8 and 37.6, and Cast King (Ahmit) 1:09.3 and 40.8.

Miss Mossman (Grylls) was travelling well at the end of 1200m in 1:27.2, 1000m in 1:11.2 and 600m in 41.6. The Oaks winner’s return to racing was delayed due to the heavy conditions last weekend and she will head to Hastings next weekend.

Over the same ground Augusta National (Clements) returned 1:23.2, 1:07.8 and 39.3, Abidewithme (Cameron) took 1:32.7 and 45.8, Innes Rose (Leveque) took 1:28, 1:12.6 and 43.4, and Sultry Assassin (Sapsworth) 1:30.7 and 44.3.

Capone (N Waddell) strolled in from the 1000m in 1:13.6 and 42.5. Others doing steady work over 1000m included Where It Began (Grylls) in 1:13.6 and 44, Prized Lad (Man) 1:14.5 and 44.6, Brampton Lass (Wong) 1:11.9 and 42.4, Whosyourmaster (Man) 1:14.4 and 45.2, and Bohemian Lily (Leveque) 1:14.7 and 44.5.

Smashing (Samuelsson) was timed form the 800m in 51.9 and 38, while In Style (N Waddell) breezed over her last 600m in 41.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 September 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
02 Sep 2014

Wanganui Guineas candidates Elitist and Hilarious Honour underlined their fitness for Saturday’s three-year-old feature when they returned good time in training at Matamata this morning.

Elitist (Swann) and Hilarious Honour (K Myers) were well matched over 1000m on the course proper, which was slow with the markers out 18 metres. The pair began steadily to cover the distance in 1:07.2 and when asked to extend in the straight returned a smart 36.9 for their final 600m.

The Glenn Old-trained Elitist looked good when winning on debut on his home track early last month, while Hilarious Honour, a member of the Shailer team, was narrowly beaten in his only start at Woodville a fortnight ago.

Two more heading to Wanganui, the Graham Richardson-trained Douro (C Grylls) and Nectacolecta (Sapsworth), were not extended over 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 39.8. Douro runs in the Guineas, while his stablemate will start in the O’Leary’s Fillies’ Stakes.

Sir Darcy (Hercock) and Costa Viva (Miller) did good work over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 37.5. Sir Darcy will run at Tauranga on Friday depending on track conditions, while Costa Viva is scheduled to resume at next week’s Cambridge trials.

Fix (K Jones) turned in a good trial for the feature sprint at Wanganui when she shaded Tauranga entry Flying Fantasy (C Ormsby) at the end of a solid 1000m in 1:05.8 and 37.5. Miss Mossman (R Jones) and Tegwin (Man) prepared for Ellerslie on Saturday with smart work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.8, while Jubilate (Coleman) and Bear Elite (C Grylls) did similar work for their weekend assignments when clocking 1:04.8 and 37.7.

Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) was keen in the early stages of her work over ground with Peregrine (Coleman), cutting out 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:06.7 and 600m in 40.3.

Jovan (P Holmes) and She’s A Screamer (K Myers) began quietly before completing 1000m in 1:10. and 38.6. The Fire Inside (C Ormsby) and Cody Cat (Weatherley) were timed over the last 800m of their work in 52.6 and 38.8, while Massale (C Ormsby) and Destroyer (Rivera) ran the same trip in 54.2 and 39.4.

Members of the Toby Autridge-Cyril Goodwin team were in good form on the all-weather track, where Lucky Feather (Goodwin) covered 1200m in 1:17. 7, 1000m in 1:03.1 and 600m in 36.9. Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) led Peria Princess (R Jones) over 1000m in 1:02.5 and 36.6, Boy (Goodwin) covered the same distance in 1:03.5 and 38.6, while Le Bec Fin (Goodwin) ran his 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.6 and 37.2.

New season three-year-olds Queen Of Navarre (S McKay) and Al Pacino (P McKay) did good work over 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 38.3. Over the same distance Miss Grace (P Holmes) took 1:05.8 and 38.2, She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) 1:10.5 and 39.2, Oblivion (S McKay) and Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) 1:06.3 and 40.2, and Divissima (C Ormsby) 1:14.6 and 44.5.

All Decked Out (Hercock) and Longbeach (Samuelsson) were paired over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1:08.9 and 39.7, while Bounding (K Jones) ran in from the 800m in 54.6 and 39.5. She will run at the Cambridge trials next week leading into the second day at Hastings. Flirty Gertey (Roff) and Bronte Lass (Hercock) covered their last 800m in 52 and 38.2.

On the sand Sunbeam (Coleman) and High Viz (A Jones) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36. Trousseau (C Grylls) and promising maiden Chadsdale (Stacey) prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38.7.

Over the same distance Massofdash (Blair) and Starbux (J Collett) returned 1:07.5 and 39, Ribbony Rose (Cole) 1:07.9 and 39.3, and Always On My Mind (Dowling) and Galvanise (Leveque) 1:08.6 and 40.8. Silverdale and Ekraarstatic were ridden by their trainer Stephen Autridge in separate gallops over 800m, clocking 54.5 and 39.8 and 55.6 and 40.2 respectively. Both smart stayers look well in their spring build-up.

Packing Chaparral (Coleman) was never at top as he strode over 1200m in 1:26.8, 1:10.2 and 40. Deschabeel (Coleman) got through similar work in 1:29.6, 1:12.7 and 41.5, while Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (C Grylls) took 1:29.2 and 43.5.

Over 1000m Rockfast (Richards) and King’s Rock (Miller) were kept to 1:15.2 and 45.2, Impulsion (R Jones) 1:15.5 and 45.2, and Enhance (Allen) 1:14.9 and 44.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 August 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
26 Aug 2014

Makfi Challenge Stakes candidates Xanadu, Pure Champion and Pussy O’Reilly underlined their readiness for Saturday’s big race with impressive work at Matamata this morning.

Xanadu was ridden by regular jockey Michael Coleman on the all-weather track, where she cantered her first round before picking up the tempo to cover 1200m in 1:17.8, 1000m in 1:02.6 and the final 600m in a slick 35.6.

It was very good work by the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare, who has taken a lot of benefit from her first-up run in the Foxbridge Plate. She will have blinkers back on this weekend.

Stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) also worked on the all-weather, striding from the 1200m mark in 1:21.1 and quickening for a final 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 36.4. She has come through her Foxbridge Plate second in good order and connections have their fingers crossed that she makes Saturday’s field.

On the course proper, where the ground was slow in the 22-metre position, Pure Champion was ridden by raceday jockey Craig Grylls as he left 1000m behind in 1:03.5 and the last 600m in 37.8. The former Hong Kong galloper has continued to please trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott since his smart trial win at Taupo last week.

Hastings support race candidates Chambord (Cameron) and Spellbinder (Hercock) were also in good form on the course proper as they cut out 1200m in 1:20.6, 1000m in 1:05.1 and the final 600m in a smart 36.9.  Fancy Dress (J Wong), who may run at either Ruakaka or Hastings, was another to impress in her work over 1000m in 1:04.1 and 600m in 37.9.

Victory Dragon (C Rastrick) signalled his readiness for a return to racing at Hastings when he covered 1000m without being extended in 1:08.8 and 38.6, while promising maidens Green Jungle (K Myers) and Anuka (C Grylls) ran 1000m together in 1:07.5 and 39.2.

Over the same distance Ruakaka candidate Witz End (J Collett) took 1:06.8 and 39.7 and Agent Ziva (Coleman), who runs at Hastings, returned 1:10.5 and 40.2. I’m Isaac (A Jones) and I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) did solid work over ground with their last 1200m in 1:23.4 and 600m in 42.3. Elitist (M Gibbs) and Yes (Conder) were hard held over 800m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 46.7.

On the sand, Ruakaka candidates Antonio Lombardo (S Collett) and Donny Brasco (P McKay) did sound work over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.4. Al Pacino (S Collett) and Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay), two other members of the strong McKay team likely to head north, did similar work in 1:02.8 and 37.6.

Sophisticate (Conder) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:18.6, 1:04.4 and 38.9, while at a more sedate tempo Tiger Moss (J Wong) returned 1:24 and 40.8, King’s Rock (Allen) 1:26.8 and 43 and Miss Mossman (Coleman) 1:31.6 and 42.5.

Costa Viva (Miller), who looks bright as she prepares for a return to the trials, was allowed 1000m in 1:11.2 and 41.3. Viadana (Dowling) was well contained over 1000m in 1:15.4 and 44.3, while Enhance (Cameron) took 1:13.3 and 41.8.

Over 800m Autumn (C Grylls) and Suffire (Man) took 52 and 37.6, Attention Seeker (J Wong) 50.8 and 36.8, and Persuasive (Hong) 1:00.8 and 44.6.

Back on the all-weather track, Royal Command (K Myers) prepared for Hastings with 1200m in 1:24.2, 1:09.8 and 38.5. Smartly (W Hillis), who may run at Hastings, was partnered by Le’Vantos (Hunt) over a sound 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.6.

Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Android (Rhodes) left 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 37.6, Martini Lass (W Hillis) and Vincent Street (Hunt) took 1:06.2 and 37.2, Hey Mr (K Myers) and All Good Things (C Grylls) 1:07.5 and 37.7, and Vettel (S McKay) 1:05.4 and 38.5.

Soul Sister (Coleman) was restricted to 1000m in 1:14.5 and 41.8, Lily Belle (C Grylls) ran from the 800m in 50.8 and 37.6, and Silverdale (Stacey) breezed his last 600m in 42.8. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 August 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
12 Aug 2014

Foxbridge Plate candidates were the centre of attention at Matamata this morning, where conditions were very testing after heavy overnight rain.

Viadana and Spellbinder, ridden by their respective big race jockeys Craig Grylls and Matt Cameron, were the first to work on the course proper, where the going was heavy 16 metres out. The pair of quality mares were evenly matched over 1000m in 1:10.6, with the final 600m completed in 39.6 as they hit the line well on the bridle.

Xanadu was ridden by Michael Coleman in similar work, striding to the line at the end of 1000m in 1:10.3 and 39.4, while her stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) completed the same task in 1:09.5 and 39.3. The Kelso stable’s third likely Foxbridge Plate candidate Fix will be reserved until track conditions improve.

The O’Sullivan-Scott-trained Foxbridge Plate pair Whosyourmaster and Pure Champion worked solo at a solid tempo, with Whosyourmaster (C Grylls) cutting out 1000m in 1:07.5 and 38.9, and Pure Champion (Man) tracking up several lengths behind in 1:07.6 and 38.5.

Brave Centaur (K Myers), the remaining candidate from the centre heading to Saturday’s Te Rapa feature, was timed over 1200m in 1:24.2, with his last 1000m in 1:08 and 600m in 39.2.

Others contesting Te Rapa support races to catch the eye included Prospero (Hercock) and All Decked Out (Cameron), who worked away steadily before completing 1200m in 1:25.7, with the last 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 39.8. 

Wairaka (Sapsworth) and Peregrine (K Myers) prepared for the weekend with 1200m in 1:24.7, 1:10.2 and 41.5, while Unknown Pleasures (C Ormsby) covered the same ground in 1:26.5, 1:10.9 and 40.4.

Neutron Star (Sapsworth) worked well with blinkers fitted, shading Tegwin (Man) at the end of a smart 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 38.9. Te Rapa runners Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) and Kanali ((Sapsworth) were not after time as they worked later in the session over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:12.2 and 42, while Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (C Grylls) and Abyssinian Maid (Sapsworth) prepared for Avondale on Friday over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:12.4 and 42.5.

On the sand, which was loose, Puccini (P McKay) was paired in solid work with Te Rapa candidate Vettel (S McKay) over a solid 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.6. Vettel has trained on well form his brave Ruakaka win, while his high profile stablemate will continue his spring preparation with an exhibition gallop at Te Rapa.

Ribbony Rose (Cole) put plenty of dash into her work over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:06.3 and 37.4, while Swansong (Dowling) and Marcelle (Leveque) left 1000m behind in 1:05.4 and 38.2.

Over the same ground Yes (M Gibbs) and Iffitel (Cole) returned 1:11.8, quickening readily from the 600m in 37.5, while Howzat (Leveque) and Bohemian Lily (Dowling) took 1:06.2 and 39.2, Shamal (C Grylls) 1:10.9 and 37.8, and Orange Peel (C Grylls) 1:13.6 and 41.6.

Over 800m Southern Comet (Tait) did smart work in 50.8 and 37.2, Dreamer (Samuelsson) took 55.7 and 41.3, Rockfast (Miller) and Bordeaux (Allen) 58.9 and 42.8, and La Adelita (Allen) 56.8 and 41.2.

On the all-weather track Douro (Sapsworth) and Sacred Trust (C Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:07.8 and 39, while All Good Things (C Rastrick) and Hey Mister (L Rastrick) completed two rounds of striding work with 1000m in 1:13.2 and 41.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 5 August 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
05 Aug 2014

Tiger Moss and My Fiancee shaped as likely improvers as they prepared for weekend engagements at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a heavy course proper, Tiger Moss (Wong) and My Fiancee (Dee) strode over 1000m in 1:09.9 and hit the line strongly for a final 600m in 39.9. Tiger Moss runs at Pukekohe on Saturday, while My Fiancee will start at Friday’s local meeting.

Covered ’N Bay (K McQuade) prepared for Friday with solid work over 1200m in 1:12.6, 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 40.5. Atom Cat (C Grylls), an entry for Pukekohe, lapped up the conditions as he and Te Aroha Sunday runner Quantum Maelstrom (Sapsworth) strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1:09.4 and 42.1.

Flash Forward (J Collett), who runs at Hastings on Thursday, was not after time over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 42.6. Political Nitemare (Hong) and Deschabeel (Wong) did well over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 40.8, while Whosyourmaster (Man) left 1200m behind in 1:127, with his last 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 40.6. He is likely to resume in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on Saturday week.

Friday candidate Call Me Maybe (L Rastrick) was partnered by Miss Grace (C Rastrick) over 1200m in 1:28.8, 1000m in 1:12.3 and 600m in 42.1. Elitist (M Gibbs) and Kindaleica (C Grylls) were timed over their last 800m in 58.4 and 600m in 43.

Fix (K Jones) was strong in striding work which she finished off with 600m in 41.4, while stablemate Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) did a similar task to complete her last section in 41.6. Both Kelso-trained mares are coming to hand pleasingly.

On the all-weather track Boy (Cole) turned in a smart trial for Friday’s local meeting when he reeled off 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 36.9. Taaxman (Gillies) continued his preparation with a sound 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 38.8.

On the sand He’s Dan (K Myers) and Oompa (M Gibbs) were paired in smart work over 1200m in 1:27.2, 1000m in 1:11.4 and 600m in 41. Oompa will run at either Matamata or Pukekohe, while He’s Dan is scheduled to return to Te Rapa on Saturday week.

Centavada (Cole) prepared for Pukekohe when paired with yes (M Gibbs) over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 38.6. Arabian Duke (H McQuade) covered 1000m in 1:09.2, but no sectional time could be taken due to fog, as also with Traveller, who strode over 1000m in 1:13.5.

Madly Bentley (C Ormsby) was travelling well at the end of her work, with the final 600m in 36.9. Ribbony Rose (Cole) covered 1000m in 1:10.3 and 600m in 39.2, while Agent Ziva (Brown) was well held over the same ground in 1:17.6 and 42.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 July 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
29 Jul 2014

Star performers were out in force at Matamata this morning as Xanadu, Viadana, Puccini, Bounding, Spellbinder and Fix all got through their work well in preparation for new season racing.

Xanadu had regular jockey Michael Coleman in the saddle when she galloped on the course proper, which was slow 20 metres out. The big mare worked away steadily to cover 1000m in 1:09.4 and quickened from the 600m for a final section in 39.2. She is likely to kick off her preparation in the Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate on August 16, with an exhibition gallop planned beforehand.

Viadana (C Grylls), who also has the Foxbridge Plate on her agenda, did smart work on the sand in company with Ruakaka weekend candidate Sophie’s Gem (Leveque), who covered 1200m in 1:18.6. Sophie’s Gem picked up Viadana along the way to run the last 1000m in 1:04.7 and the final 600m in a smart 36.9.

Also on the sand, Spellbinder (Hercock) wasn’t after time as she strode over her final 800m in 59 and 600m in 42.5. She is another heading to the Foxbridge Plate and may go to Avondale on Friday for an exhibition gallop.

Puccini (P McKay) worked on the all-weather track, partnering stablemate Antonia Lombardo (S McKay) and hitting the line well at the end of 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 37.2. The New Zealand Derby winner is coming to hand well but is unlikely to be seen in any majors until September.

Fix (K Jones), who is thriving in her build-up, was kept to three-quarter-pace before completing 1000m in 1:14.2 and quickening over the last 600m in 40.8. Bounding (K Jones) worked from the 800m under a hold in 58.1 and 42.2 for the final 600m.

Also from the Kelso stable, Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) was partnered by Hong Kong returnee Prince Of Patch (Coleman) over a smart 1000m in 1:04 and 36.9.

Vettel (J McKay) and Canterino (S McKay) were keen as they prepared for Ruakaka with 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 37. Donny Brasco (J McKay), another heading north this weekend, was partnered by Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay) over 1000m in 1:05 and 37.8.

Traveller (K Jones) worked in good style over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:06.4 and 37.8. Cherry Bay (Leveque) and Villa Elba (Dowling) took 1:09.4 and 41.8 over 1000m. Rhythms Of Nature (C Grylls) was timed from the 800m in 53.2 and 37.9, while over the same ground Zaballet (C Grylls) and Flying Siege (Wilson) returned 56.5 and 40.2.

On the sand Brave Centaur (Dowling) put his usual dash into 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36.6. He is another likely to kick off in the Foxbridge Plate. Gurus Spirit (Swann) got through her work well over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1000m in 1:08.3 and 600m in 40.5.

Tiger Moss (Coleman) was timed over her last 1000m in 1:07.6 and 36.8, Swansong (Dowling) and Marcel (Leveque) returned 1:09.6 and 39.6, I’ll’ava’alf (Miller) took 1:08.4 and 39.2, and Musket Hill (C Grylls) and a Guillotine filly (Roff) 1:10.2 and 37.5.

Back on the course proper Sir Darcy (Hercock) and Alchemy’s Flight (Miller) were paired in sound work over 1000m in 1:07.4 and 38.7. Jewels Gift (Hercock) finished her work well over the same distance with Osmunda (Richards) in 1:10.3 and 38.9, while King’s Rock (Miller) and Wolfwhistle (Allen) covered 1200m in 1:23.4, 1:07.9 and 38.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 July 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
15 Jul 2014

Promising maiden gallopers Packing Chaparral and Yes confirmed their fitness for upcoming engagements when they worked soundly together at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a heavy course proper, Packing Chaparral (R Jones) and Yes (J Wong) covered 1000m in 1:11.6, with their final 600m in 41.4. Packing Chaparral, the close relation to So You Think, has made good progress since his debut second late last month, while lightly raced four-year-old Yes is in good order for his first start since finishing second back in the summer.

Both horses have the option of running at their home track meeting on Friday or at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Letmeby (Coleman) turned in a solid trial for Te Rapa when he led Matamata candidate Quantum Maelstrom (Sapsworth) at the end of 1200m in 1:24.2, with their last 1000m in 1:09.7 and 600m in 41.8.

Waitoki Flower (Dowling) and Sophie’s Gem (C Grylls) had first use of the track when paired over 1200m in 1:27.6, 1:11.8 and 41.9, while Sunbeam (A Jones) and Maestro Tom (Coleman) also impressed over the same ground in 1:27.4, 1:11.5 and 41.7.

Vibrant Moss (K Shailer), a form runner for New Plymouth on the weekend, galloped against the running rail in the 10-metre position over 1000m in 1:10.6 and 41.5. She looks well. Pockets (Hercock), another in-form candidate New Plymouth, did smart work over 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 40.9.

Secret Whisper (Cameron) and Sneaky Feelings (A Jones) strode over 1200m in 1:24.6, 1000m in 1:09.1 and 600m in 40.8. Secret Whisper looks bright after a recent bold hurdle trial and runs at Te Rapa, while his stablemate will race locally.

Mr Mendelssohn (C Grylls) shaped as a likely improver when he worked with Rongphilly (K McQuade) over 1200m in 1:26, 1:11.4 and 43.5. Political Nitemare (C Grylls) and Prize Lad (Maa) prepared for their local meeting with sound work over 1200m in 1:24.8, 1:09.1 and 41.2.

Smart rising four-year-olds Spellbinder (Cameron) and King’s Rock (Miller) continued their new season preparation when quickening from the 800m in 1:00.6 and 600m in 44.3.

On the sand He’s Dan (Brick) and Iffitel (A Jones) got through solid work over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 38.4. He’s Dan returns to Te Rapa where he won well at his last start, while promising juvenile Iffitel may run next in the Ruder Stakes later this month.

Matamata candidate Vettel (S McKay) worked in company with Canterino (P McKay) over 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:03.5 and 37.4, while Kakahu Nell (Roff) and Clio (M Brosnan) prepared for Friday with a smart 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.8. Covered ’N Bay (H McQuade) ran the same distance in 1:05 and 39.4, and Agent Ziva (A Jones) was keen in 1:11.3 and 40.1.

Fairy Cake (C Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:22.6, 1:08.2 and 39. Smart two-year-old Divissima (C Ormsby) ran in from the 800m in 51.3, with the last 600m in 36.4.

Fog affected the timing of several other gallops, among them Roll With Pulse (Coleman), who recorded 1:09.6 for 1000m, and Impatient Dreams (K McQuade) and Kinda Leica (H McQuade), who took 1:08.4. Super Thunder (A Wright) was timed over 1200m in 1:25.2 and 1000m in 1:09.7.

On the all-weather track Le Bon Fin (R Jones) covered the last 1000m of his work in 1:06.2 and 600m in 38.5. Abyssinian Maid (Wilson) ran the same trip in 1:11.6 and 41.2, while Pussy O’Reilly (Rastrick) was allowed to roll up over 1000m in 1:16.6 and 39.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 1 July 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
01 Jul 2014

Members of the in-form Graham Richardson team were out in force on an otherwise quiet morning at Matamata as they prepared for Saturday’s Taumarunui Cup meeting at Te Rapa.

Galloping on a very heavy course proper, Immigration (Coleman) finished off her work strongly with Ginja Ninja (C Grylls) at the end of 1000m in 1:11.2 and 600m in 40.2. Immigration is in excellent order to continue her run of form in the R75 1400 on the weekend, while Ginja Ninja will be an interesting runner stepping up in distance in the R85 1600 at Te Rapa.

Taumarunui Gold Cup entry Letmeby (C Grylls) and R75 2100 candidate Peregrine (Sapsworth) were paired in solid work over ground, cutting out their last 1200m in 1:23.7, 1000m in 1:09.1 and 600m in 40.3. Atom Cat (Sapsworth), who begins another campaign in the open 1200 at Te Rapa, and Fast ’n’ Gorgeous (C Grylls) cut out 1000m together in 1:06.5 and 39.2. Arnold (Sapsworth), another in the open sprint, ran a solo 1000m in 1:08 and 40.4.

Sunbeam (A Jones) completed her work well over 1000m in 1:09.7 and 600m in 39.8. With an apprentice claim she will come into Saturday’s open sprint on a dangerous weight. Traveller (K Jones), who steps up to 1600 metres at Te Rapa, was not extended over 1200m in 1:28.8 and 1000m in 1:13.5, but no other sectional time was possible due to poor light.

On the sand The Glynn Brick-trained Te Rapa candidates Centavada (A Jones) and He’s Dan (Cole), worked in dashing style to record 1:18.7 for their last 1200m, with the final 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.8.

Jordanian Prince (H McQuade) covered the same ground in 1:20.6, 1:06.2 and 38, while Silk Chardonnay (A Jones) ran an even 1200 in 1:24.8, 1:10.6 and 42.2.

On the all-weather track Lucky Ruby (Goodwin) prepared for Te Rapa with a solid1200m in 1:19.4, 1:05.9 and 39.8. Stablemate Le Bon Fin (R Jones) was unextended over the same ground in 1:26.7, 1:11.8 and 42.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24 June 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
24 Jun 2014

Fastfoot prepared for his middle-distance debut at Hastings on the weekend with sound work at Matamata this morning.

Ridden on the sand by his co-trainer Hayden Allen, Fastfoot strode over ground to complete his last 1200m in 1:18.2 with the final 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 37.5. The Iffraaj gelding takes solid form into the open 2100-metre event at Hastings on Saturday and looks fit for the task.

Stablemate Revenge (Allen) also got through his work well, cutting out his 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:06.7 and 39. He has gone two handy races over hurdles and runs in maiden grade at Hastings.

Resonance (Hercock) and Political Nitemare (Beebee) were paired over 1000m in 1:05.9 and 38.2, while Darting (W Hillis) covered the same distance in 1:05.5 and 37.4.

Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase candidate I’m Isaac (A Jones) was given two separate pieces of work, beginning by striding over ground and completing 1200m in 1:27.9 and 600m in 42.2. Several minutes later he worked at a faster tempo, with the last 1000m taking 1:08.8 and his 600m in 39.6.

Atom Cat (Sapsworth), who is getting close to raceday fitness, looked bright in his work over 1200m in 1:30.4 and 43.6. In similar assignments Elroi (K Shailer) returned 1:31.5 and 44.7, and Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (Sapsworth) 1:31.6 and 44.6.

On the course proper, which was heavy 26 metres out, Sneaky Feelings (Hercock) set off from the winning post and was timed from the 1200m in 1:25.8. After being joined at the 1000m by Enhance (Cameron), the Bridgman pair got home in 1:11.1 and 40.5 for the final 600m. Enhance will be entered for Hastings, but along with Sneaky Feelings is more likely to run at next Monday’s local meeting.

Ruakaka entries Mizbella (Leveque) and Sophie’s Gem (Dowling) covered the last 1000m of their work in 1:10.8 and 600m in 41.9. Traveller (B Grylls), who runs next at Te Rapa on Saturday week, was partnered by unraced stablemate Packing Chaparral (R Jones) over 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 38.8.

On the all-weather track Hastings maiden hurdle entry Tequila At Midnite (A Jones) was sent 1200m in 1:25.1, with the last 1000m in 1:10.9 and 600m in 41.4. Prince Of Patch (B Grylls) and Chaos (K Jones) were not extended over 1000m in 1:15.8 and 600m in 42.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 17 June 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
17 Jun 2014

Vibrant Moss looked on target to complete a hat-trick at Tauranga on the weekend when she galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 28m out on a heavy course proper, Vibrant Moss (B Lang) had no trouble with the conditions as she covered 1000m in 1:10.8, with her final 600m in 41.7. Even allowing that she had first use of the track it was smart work by the Shailer-trained filly, who has thrived since her wins at Tauranga at Ellerslie and will run in the R85 sprint on Saturday.

Immigration (Coleman) underlined her Tauranga prospects with smart work in company with Te Awamutu Sunday candidate Arnold (Sapsworth), cutting out 1200m in 1:22.4, 1000m in 1:07.7 and 600m in 40.3. Peregrine (Sapsworth), another from the Richardson stable heading to Tauranga, worked impressively with Te Awamutu entry Letmeby (Coleman) over 1200m in 1:22.7, 1:08.4 and 40.2.

She’s Bubbly (S Collett) prepared for Tauranga in company with Flash Forward (J Collett) over a soundly run 1200m in 1:21.3, 1:07.3 and 41.5. Tauranga entries Roll With Pulse (C Ormsby) and Clos De Tart (Hercock) worked from the 1000m in 1:10.5 and quickened readily for a final 600m in 40.6.

Augusta National (Dowling) and Waitoki Flower (R Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:24.6, 1000m in 1:09.8 and their final 600m in a deceptive 40.7. Over the same ground Ginja Ninja (B Grylls) and Quantum Maelstrom (Sapsworth) returned 1:23, 1:09.2 and 41.6.

On the sand, Sir Elmo (A Jones) shaped up well for Tauranga when running the last 1000m of his work in 1:07.2 and 600m in 38.6. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) and Keep Rocking (Roff) strode over 1200m in 1:21.4, with their last 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 37.8.

Strike Back (Mann) and Prize Lad (J Wong) prepared for their respective Tauranga and Te Awamutu engagements with 1200m in 1:25.6, 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 38.8. Dating (W Hillis) cut out 1000m in 1:06.6 and 38.8, while Miss Chief (M Brosnan) and Sea Fury (Roff) took 1:07.6 and 38.8, and Dahls Delight (P Brosnan) and Jewelled Promise (Brick) 1:07.2 and 38.5.

Jordanian Prince (H McQuade) was not after time over 1000m in 1:10.4 and 41.5, while Centavada (A Jones) and a Colombia filly (Cole) took 1:13.2 and 40.8.

On the all-weather track Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) finished solid work with 1200m in 1:20.4, 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 37.6. Sunbeam (Coleman), another for Tauranga, was paired with Woodsman (R Jones) in good work over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.4.

Ira Bean (McRae) strode over two rounds and was timed for the last 1000m in 1:21.5, 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 39.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 10 June 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
10 Jun 2014

Fastfoot looked on target for another winning effort this weekend when he galloped well during a wet and windy training session at Matamata this morning when fast work was at a minimum.

Ridden by co-trainer Hayden Allen 28 metres out on a water-logged course proper, Fastfoot got through a solid 1000m in 1:09.2 and hit the line strongly off a final 600m in 39.8. Fastfoot won well at Wanganui 10 days ago and appears to have trained on well heading into Saturday’s Awapuni meeting.

Traveller (K Jones) worked well in preparation for Ruakaka on Saturday as he covered the last 1000m of his gallop in 1:09.8 and 600m in 40.2. He has made pleasing progress since his recent bold fresh-up effort. Awapuni candidate Maeve Davone (Smith) was partnered by The Energizer (R Jones) over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 41.8, while Unknown Pleasure (C Ormsby) and Style Is Eternal (Ormando) were well contained over the same distance in 1:13.9 and 42.2.

All Decked Out (Hercock) was also kept to steady work over 1000m in 1:15.6 and 44.7. The talented colt, who reappeared with a trial placing at Te Teko last week, will be entered for Ruakaka but a start will be reliant on an improvement in the weather.

Passing Parade (C Ormsby) and Flying Fantasy (Ormando) worked strongly in preparation for their respective weekend engagements at Awapuni and Ruakaka, but could not be timed due to poor light.

Several horses schooled over hurdles, including Awapuni Hurdle candidate Brer (Miller), who looked sharp over eight flights. He finished a solid third behind Indikator when resuming over jumps at Hastings last week.

Another from the Bridgman stable, Sunset Pass, was ridden by Tom Hazlett in a solid school. He is a likely improver if he takes his place in the maiden hurdle at Awapuni. Straight Furrow (Cole) and Society Rose (Brick) were paired in a sound school over eight flights of hurdles. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 3 June 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
03 Jun 2014

Te Rapa weekend candidates Copacabana, Arabian Duke and Handsome Hermes caught the eye during a quiet session at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 26 metres out on a slow course proper, Copacabana (Sapsworth) revelled in the conditions to lead Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (B Grylls) at the end of 1000m in 1:06.4 and 600m in 39.7. Even allowing that Fast ’N’ Gorgeous is a lazy trackworker it was still impressive work by Copacabana, who has gone close in her last two starts. 

Arabian Duke (K McQuade) and Handsome Hermes (Tierney) had use of the course proper against the rail in the 3.5m position, where they cut out 1200m in 1:18.2, with the last 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 38.5. After second placings at his last two starts Arabian Duke is knocking for a win, while Handsome Hermes has been placed in his two races to date.

Te Rapa candidates Rivertaine Coup (B Grylls) and Jubilate (Sapsworth) got through their work well over 1200m in 1:20.7, 1:06.9 and 40.1. Jubilate was scratched from Ellerslie last Saturday due to the ground and will hopefully strike improved conditions at Te Rapa this weekend.

Last start winner Show No Emotion (Cameron) suggested she could carry on that form when she travelled up strongly with Prospero (Hercock) over the final stages of 1200m in 1:25.1, 1:10. and 40.2. Sophisticate (A Jones) went solo over 1200m in 1:26.8 and 41.8, while Vermer (Sapsworth) and Miss Elegante (A Jones) also began steadily before completing 1200m in 1:29.4 and 42.7.

Merrily (Hercock) was timed over 1000m in 1:07, running in strongly from the 600m in 38.2. Among those who could not be timed were Te Rapa candidates Estelle and Daifuku, who were ridden in separate gallops by their co-trainer Chad Ormsby in what looked like smart work.

On the all-weather track Hey Mr (Ahlen) and Jovan (Ulucinar) were in good form over 1000m in 1:05.8, dashing in from the 600m in 35.8.

Traveller (K Jones) and Irish Moon (B Grylls), two more headed for Te Rapa, also worked soundly over 1000m in 1:05.3 and 36.8.  Sky Hi Baby (Goodwin) was allowed an easier task as she strolled over 1000m in 1:15.2 and 600m in 40.4.

On the sand recent two-year-old debut winner Southern Icon (Tait) got through attractive work over 800m in 48.6 and 600m in 35.8. He has thrived since his impressive Ruakaka win. 
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 27 May 2014: Recorded by Dennis Ryan
27 May 2014

Several candidates for the Listed Castletown Stakes at Wanganui on Saturday got through their work well at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 25 metres out on a frosty, slow course proper, the Sargent/Allen-trained pair Stralis (C Grylls) and Swift Lady (K Myers) had first use of the track when they left 1000m behind in 1:11.2, quickening readily over the final 600m in a smart 38.5. Stralis won well at Tauranga earlier in the month, while his stablemate, a filly by O’Reilly, was a respectable fourth on debut recently.

Unbeaten filly Queen Of Navarre (S McKay) looked on target for the Wanganui juvenile feature when she and Second Bloom (R Jones) ran in from the 800m in 55.8, with the final 600m unextended in 40.8. The McKay-trained Queen Of Navarre has thrived since notching her second win at Te Aroha a fortnight ago.

Reaching Out (C Grylls) did sound solo work over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 39.8, while Deema (Sapsworth) went with Ellerslie weekend entrant Immigration (Myers) in a solid 1000m in 1:07.6 and 39.2. All Good Things (Ulucinar) partnered Sunbeam (Coleman), who also runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, over 1000m in 1:08.6 and 40.

Last start winner Vibrant Moss (Myers) looked bright in preparation for Ellerslie over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.2. Vettel (J McKay) was partnered by Pockets (S McKay) over 800m in 53.7 and 600m in 39.6, while Oompa (R Jones) and Our King Sway (P Turner) did similar work in 53.6 and 39.8.

Hawkish (C Ormsby) prepared for Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:23.2, 1000m in 1:07.9 and 600m in 40.2. Over the same distance Clos de Tart (Hercock) and Quintette (Misbah), who run at Ellerslie and Wanganui respectively, returned 1:24.5, 1:09.3 and 39.9. Peregrine (Sapsworth), a runner at Ellerslie on Monday, was allowed an easy time over 1200m in 1:28.7 and 600m in 43.2.

On the all-weather track Ellerslie open 1400 rivals Jubilate (Coleman) and Arnold (Sapsworth) caught the eye over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in a smart 35.8.

Ginja Ninja (C Grylls), another of Graham Richardson’s Ellerslie contingent, was partnered by unraced stablemate Deception (Sapsworth) over a dashing 1000m in 1:04 and 35.1. Liberty Heights (Leveque) and a gelding by Align (Clements) ran the same trip in 1:05.8 and 37, while Call Me Maybe (Ulucinar) and a Strategic Image gelding (Ahlen) took 1:06.9 and 36.5.

Strategus (McRae) began steadily before completing 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600m in 38.6. Atom Cat (Sapsworth) enjoyed his hitout with Abyssinian Maid (C Grylls) over 800m in 57.6 and 600m in 39.

On the sand Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) and Clio (Roff) got through sound work over 1200m in 1:19.4, with their last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 38.2. Glitzabeel ran a bold race in the Rotorua Cup and runs in the Cornwall Handicap at Ellerslie on the weekend.

Wanganui candidates Energizer (Allen) and Fastfoot (Roff) cut out 1000m in 1:06.7 and 38.8, while Rapid Gain (Misbah) returned 1:08.6 and 39.2.

Keep In Tune (C Grylls) and Inis Rose (Leveque) worked well in preparation for Ellerslie over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:05.2 and 38.5. Revenge (Roff) covered the same ground in 1:21.5, 1:06.2 and 39.2, while Arabian Duke (H McQuade) was not after time over 1200m in 1:26.2 and 42.

Matamata Trackwork on Tuesday 8 May: Dennis Ryan
06 May 2014

Silverdale highlighted his Rotorua Cup prospects with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Ridden by his raceday jockey Craig Grylls, Silverdale and stablemate Ekraarstatic (Brown) worked over 2000 metres on the sand, with the pace on for the last 1200m in 1:15.2, 1000m in 1:00.7 and the final 600m in an exceptional 35.5.

Silverdale hit the line full of running, underlining his fitness for Saturday’s $70,000 feature. Ekraarstatic, who has been withdrawn from next week’s Karaka Mixed Bloodstock Sale, is also in good order for her weekend engagement at New Plymouth.

Two others from the Stephen Autridge barn, Trousseau (K Hillis) and Babilloni (Brown), also looked in good shape for the weekend when hitting out strongly over 1200m in 1:18.5, 1:02.8 and 36.2. Rotorua entry Cass King (J Wong) and Dilly (C Grylls), who runs at New Plymouth, worked soundly over 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37, while Revenge (Allen) and Energizer (Roff) prepared for New Plymouth with 1200m in 1:18.5, 1:03.8 and 36.6.

Dezignator (Ulucinar) hit out well over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37.2, and Political Nitemare (R Jones) covered the same ground in 1:06 and 38.3.

On the course proper, where the going was at the high end of slow, Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) hit the line strongly after running the final 600m of her gallop in 37.5. No other time was possible due to poor light, but even allowing she had early use of the track, the work left no doubts that Pussy O’Reilly is in excellent order for the Rotorua Stakes. 

Race rival Ididit (C Grylls) was partnered by possible New Plymouth runner Ginja Ninja (Sapsworth) over 1200m in 1:21.7, with the last 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 39.4. Kaleidoscope (Coleman) and Irish Encore (Mann) were doing their work well at the end of 1200m in 1:26.2 and 1000m in 1:07.2. Little Miss Waitoki (R Jones) and Lookatmepins (C Grylls) were also strong at the line but could not be timed.

Rapid Gain (Cameron) and Flirty Gertey (Hercock) prepared for the weekend with a well held 1000m in 1:11.2 and 40.4, while stablemates Enhance (Cameron) and Clos de Tat (Hercock) did similar work in 1:12.4 and 41.2.

Arabian Duke (K McQuade) and Impatient Dreams (S Collett) were well matched as they prepared for New Plymouth over 1200m in 1:22.5, 1:08.3 and 40.4. Over the same ground Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) was bold in company with Kansas (Wratten) when returning 1:22.5, 1:08.3 and 42.

Rotorua candidates Peregrine (Sapsworth) and Immigration (K Myers) were timed over the same ground in 1:22.4, 1:07.9 and 40.3. Smoke (J Brosnan) continued his preparation for upcoming steeplechase assignments when he worked against the rail in the 9.5m position, with his last 1000m in 1:12.2 and the final 600m boldly in 40.2.

Back on the sand, New Plymouth entry Fastfoot (R Jones) began steadily to run 1200m in 1:22.4, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600 in 38.6. Da Shindig (Coleman) also worked well for Rotorua with 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:03.5 and 37.

Vincent Street (Ulucinar) left 1000m behind in 1:07.4 and 39.2, Moneymakehersmile (M Brosnan) took 1:07.5 and 39, Hawkish (Coleman) 1:11.2 and 40.4, De Kensington Oval (Mann) and Barranquilla (J Wong) 1:10.5 and 40.2, and Golden Glow (Samuelsson) 1:13.8 and 43.

Matamata Trackwork from Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 29 April 2014
29 Apr 2014

Te Rapa weekend candidates Makarska and Irish Moon looked the part when they worked well in testing conditions at Matamata this morning.

With first use of the course proper which was in the heavy range 25 metres out, Makarska (B Grylls) and Irish Moon (Coleman) covered 1000m in 1:07.5, finishing off with a sound final 600m in 38.8. Makarska is putting together a consistent formline, while the talented galloper Irish Moon is in good order for his first start since December.   

Dilly (C Grylls), a last start winner on good ground, handled the conditions well when paired with fellow Te Rapa entry Da Shindig (J Wong) over 1000m in 1:06.5 and 600m in 39.5.

La Adelita (Cameron), another form runner for Te Rapa, did well later in the session over 1200m in 1:22.8, with her last 1000m in 1:08 and 600m in 39.5. Augusta National (C Grylls) and Inis Rose (R Jones) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:23, 1:08.5 and 40.2, while stablemates Volcano (R Jones) and Morena (Dowling) ran the same trip in 1:23.8, 1:09.4 and 41.8.

Also over ground, Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) was timed for her last 1200m in 1:23.6, 1:09.3 and 41.3, and Justintime (Coleman) returned 1:22.5, 1:08.1 and 40.4. Panella (A Jones) and Vettel (S McKay) left 1000m behind in 1:07.2 and 41.7, while Alice Web Ellis (Sapsworth) and Arnold (B Grylls) took 1:10.3 and 42.3, and Centre Stage (Yu) 1:13.4 and 42.2.

Brisbane-bound Costa Viva (Cameron) worked right-handed on the course proper with Te Rapa entry Quintette (Forbes), picking up the tempo through 1200m to run the distance in 1:25.2 and the final 600m in 39.

On the all-weather track Te Aroha visitors Uncle Sugar (Cook) and Piqueson (Archer) caught the eye as they prepared for Te Rapa with a dashing 1000m in 1:01.4 and 35.4. Over the same distance Culto La Vida (S McKay) worked up well for the weekend in 1:03 and 37.6.

On the sand Wolf Whistle (Misbah) and Sovereign Rose (Forbes) looked on target for Te Rapa as they got through 1200m in 1:21.4 , with their last 1000min 1:06.4 and 600m in 38.3. 

Matamata Trackwork from Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 22 April 2014
22 Apr 2014

Fog severely restricted timing at Matamata this morning as horses prepared for another long weekend of feature racing.

Gallops that could be timed late in the session on the courser proper, which was slow 25m out, included Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Firostefani (Wilson), who cut out 1000 in 1:07.4 with their final 600m in a respectable 38.7. Provided the track is reasonable, Jubilate will run in the open 1600 at Te Rapa on Saturday, while Firostefani looks ready for a bold fresh-up run in a maiden sprint at Avondale on Friday.

Two others from the in-form Graham Richardson stable, Letmeby (Coleman) and Speedy Jax (B Grylls), prepared for their respective Te Rapa and Avondale engagements with a soundly run 1200m in 1:20.7, 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 40.1. 

The only other course proper gallop that could be timed involved the Glenn Old stablemates Eight Mates (C Grylls) and Five Hundred (P Turner), who travelled well to the end of 1200m in 1:21.3 as they prepared for the three-year-old middle-distance event at Te Rapa.

Amongst those that could not be timed on the course proper were Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who was strong to the line in preparation for the Anzac 1600 at Awapuni on Friday. She has trained on well from her solid Easter Handicap effort and will be ridden again by Noel Harris.

Race rival Ididit (C Grylls) also hit the line well, while Equanimity (Coleman) did sound work ahead of a likely Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes start, working in company with Chambord (Cameron), who may resume at Awapuni or Te Rapa.

Irish Encore (O’Sullivan) and Kaleidoscope (J Wong) did good work, as did their two-year-old stablemate De Kensington Oval (Yu), who runs in the fillies’ event at Avondale.

A handful of gallops on the sand were recorded, among them Te Rapa three-year-old entry Ekraarstatic (Brown) in company with Avondale maiden candidate Sergios (K Hillis). The Stephen Autridge-trained pair cut out 1200m in 1:21.8, travelling well over the final stages.

Weekend runners China Tea (Hong) and Quintastics (O’Sullivan) also worked soundly over ground, with their 1200m in 1:19.4 and 1000m in 1:04.2. Labels (W Hillis) was timed over 1000m in 1:09.6.

Matamata Trackwork from Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 15 April 2014
15 Apr 2014

Agent Ziva prepared for Hastings on Saturday with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 23 metres out on a dead course proper, Agent Ziva (A Jones) was well contained in the early stages of her work, cutting out 1000m in 1:05.3 and quickening readily for a final 600m in 36.9. The Karen Fursdon-trained mare is in good order for the new Listed sprint on the Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup programme.

Race rival Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan) was also strong to the line as he cut out 1000m in 1:05.8 and 37.9, while stablemate Cast King (Wong) followed in 1:05.4 and 37.2 as he prepared for Tauranga on the weekend.

Revelator (P Ormsby) worked over ground and picked up Buck Wild (C Ormsby) to run a solid 1200m in 1:181.8, with the last 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 36.8. Hastings candidate Wolfwhistle (Misbah) was paired with Sovereign Rose (Miller) in sound work over 1200m in 1:21, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:05.1 and 600m in 36.7.

Volcano (R Jones) and Rose Of Virginia (Barnes) prepared for Tauranga with 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 38.3. Lifeline Express (Myers) was travelling strongly at the end of 1000m with Terse (Brett) in 1:04.5 and 36.8. Lifeline Express is on target for the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday week.

Costa Viva (Hercock), who is being prepared for a likely Queensland winter campaign, was doing her work well at the end of 1000m in 1:08.9 and 600m in 36.5. Inis Rose (Dowling) and Keep In Tune (Leveque) prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:06.5 and 38.8, while stablemates Augusta National (C Grylls) and Hassle Free (Dowling) strode over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.4 and 37.7 in preparation for Ellerslie on Monday.

Two more for Ellerslie, Deema (Sapsworth) and Ratmansky (Wilson), were well held over 1000m in 1:07.5 and 39.5. Witz End (J Collett) was keen over 1200m in 1:176.2, 1:01.8 and 37.5, while Natalie (Hercock) and Enhance (Forbes) ran home from the 800m in 52.6 and 37.6.

On the sand Silverdale (Brown) looked on target for the Hawke’s Bay Cup when he worked solo over ground, recording 1:18.2 for his last 1200m, 1:03.6 for 100m and 37.2 for the final 600. The Stephen Autridge-trained gelding has made good progress since his recent Hastings win.

Only A Rose (A ones) prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:04.7 and 36.7, while Matimba (A Jones) and Tequila At Midnight (Barnes) covered the same distance in 1:08.8 and 39.2.

Culto La Vida (S McKay) and Silverado (J Collett) were paired over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:04.6 and 37.8. Over the same ground last start winner Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) returned 1:26.6, 1:10.2 and 39.8, Lord Shiva (R Jones) and The Energizer (Roff) took 1:19.8, 1:04.6 and 38.2, and Milan Miss (Misbah) 1:30.7, 1:14.6 and 44.8. The Bunsta (C Ormsby) was timed over 1000m in 1:10.2 and 39.

On the all-weather track, Hawke’s Bay Cup entry Wisecrack (K Jones) strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:19.2, with the last 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in a smart 36.5.

Eight Mates (Swann) and Five Hundy (P Turner) were in good form over 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:02.9 and 36.4. Five Hundy runs at Ellerslie on Monday, while his stablemate is being reserved for Te Rapa on Saturday week. Super Thunder (Wright) was timed over the last 1000m of his work in 1:07.5 and 37.8.

Matamata Trackwork from Dennis Ryan: Tuesday 2 April 2014
08 Apr 2014

Several candidates for Saturday’s Manco Easter Handicap got through solid work at Matamata this morning, but very little timing was possible due to heavy fog that blanketed the course.

Amongst those horses was last start winner Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who was partnered by fellow Ellerslie entry Makarska (Coleman) over 1200m on the all-weather track in 1:18.2. The Kelso-trained Pussy O’Reilly, who will be ridden again by Noel Harris on Saturday, has trained on well from her Awapuni stakes win.

Likely race rival Ididit (Sapsworth) had less pace on as she passed the 1200m mark and was timed over the distance in 1:24.2, finishing the work off strongly.

Easter Handicap candidates that could not be timed included In Style and Abidewithme. In Style, who goes into the last Group One race of the season with four straight wins, worked boldly over 1200m on the plough for raceday rider Michael Coleman. Also on the plough, Abidewithme was ridden by her big race jockey Craig Grylls when she and stablemate Precious Time (Myers) were paired in strong work.

Abidewithme has not raced for over a month but was kept up to the mark with a recent trial, while Precious Time is in solid order for the Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes at Awapuni on Friday. 

Bounding (K Jones) continued her preparation for Sydney when she and Irish Moon (Coleman) covered 1000m on the all-weather track in 1:03.2. The Railway Stakes winner, who is being set for the A$500,000 Royal Sovereign Stakes at Randwick on Saturday week, was due to have a trial at Cambridge on Thursday.

Also on the all-weather track, Kansas (Sapsworth) got through 1200m in 1:18.4, while trainer Stephen Autridge put Ekraarstatic through her paces over ground on the plough as she prepared for Ellerslie. She has turned the corner since stepping up to middle-distance racing, with her maiden win followed by an unlucky fourth in the Manawatu Classic.

Matamata Trackwork: Dennis Ryan, Tuesday 1 April 2014
01 Apr 2014

Class racemares Viadana, Xanadu and Fix confirmed their fitness for Saturday’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes with impressive trackwork at Matamata this morning.

Viadana was ridden by raceday rider Craig Grylls when she and Needlly (Dowling) strode over 1200m on the plough, running the distance in 1:15.9, 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.8. Viadana, who appears to have thrived since her Tauranga win, edged ahead of her stablemate over the final stages of the gallop. Needlly will run in Saturday’s open 1400.

Michael Coleman took last year’s Breeders’ Stakes winner Xanadu for a solo gallop on the plough, recording 1:16.2 for 1200m and 1:01.5 over the last 1000m. Fog prevented any further sectional timing but she stretched out impressively to the line.

The Kelso stable’s second Breeders’ Stakes candidate, Fix (K Jones), worked on the course proper with Sir Elmo (A Jones), where the going against the nine-metre rail position just had the fire out of it. After working away steadily from the winning post, they had a full head of stem up passing the 1200m mark, running that distance in a smart 1:13 and maintaining the tempo for a final 600m in 35.8. No 1000m time was possible due to the fog.

Fix, who returned to form at Tauranga last week, relished her work as she led Sir Elmo to the finish. Sir Elmo will race in Rating 75 grade at either Te Aroha or Hastings on the weekend.

Most other work took place on the plough, where Te Aroha open 1400 rivals Ididit (C Grylls) and Jubilate (Sapsworth) where paired in sound work over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 36.4. Volcano (R Jones) and Augusta National (Dowling), who will resume in the Rating 75 1400 at Te Aroha, covered the same distance in 1:16.6, 1:02.3 and 37.2.

Te Aroha three-year-old 1400 entrant La Adelita (Miller) and Sunset Pass (Misbah) began steadily to run 1200m in 1:20.5, quickening stylishly for a final 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 35.6. Promising stayer Chazelle (J Collett) was also impressive as she prepared for Te Aroha over 1200m in 1:16, 1:03.1 and 36.4.

Letmeby (Coleman) and Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) ran the same trip in 1:17.5, 1:03 and 36.8, Precious Time (Richards) returned 1:10.2, 1:06 and 38.4, and Alice Web Ellis (Sapsworth) and Ratmansky (Wilson) took 1:27.4, 1:08.9 and 39.8.

Hastings weekend runners Silverdale (C Grylls) and Babilloni (Brown) worked at a solid tempo over 1200m in 1:16.2, but no sectional times were possible.

Over 1000m Chambord (Miller) and Royal Rhythm (Misbah) recorded 1:04.2 and 36.7 in preparation for next week’s trials, Persuasive (C Grylls) and Viking Regent (Hutton) took 1:05 and 37.6, Umizoomi (Blair) 1:14 and 40.4, Copacabana (Wratten) 1:08.4 and 39.8, Urban Angel (R Jones) 1:10.7 and 38.9, Stylee (Miller) and Speeding (Colgan) 1:08.2 and 36.3, and Brer (Hazlett) 1:14.2 and 40.8.

On the all-weather track The Bunsta (C Ormsby) was timed over his final 1000m in 1:08.6 and 38, while Te Aroha entrant Ira Bean (McRae) ended striding work with 1200m in 1:17.3 and 1:04.6 for the last 1000m.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 27 March 2014
27 Mar 2014

Sir Darci looked fit and well for his middle-distance debut in Saturday’s Manawatu Classic as he strode out comfortably in training at Matamata.

On the plough Sir Darci (Myers) was kept to three-quarter-pace and was timed over his last 1400m in 1:41.5, with the 1200m in 1:16.2 and quickening marginally for a final 600m in 42.3.

Centre Stage (O’Sullivan) and Dilly (Wong) galloped 1000m, stopping the clock at 1:04 and 38.4 for the final 600m. Stablemate Cast King (Blair) completed his weekend preparation over 1200m in 1:23.5, quickening from the 600m in 38. Persuasive (K Jones) strode out over 1000m in 1:09 and 40.2, while Prince Bruno (Blair) ran in from the 800m in a smart 48.4.

All Decked Out (Forbes), who is coming to hand well, was allowed to stride over 800m with an unnamed Darci Brahma gelding (Misbah) in 56.2 and 41 for the final 600m.

Also from the Bridgman stable, Bronte Lass (Miller) covered 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.5 for the 1000m and the final 600m in 36.1. Sneaky Feelings (Misbah) and Stylee (Miller) did similar work in 1:20.4, 1:04.5 and 36.8, while Maestro (Forbes) and Davey Crockett (Misbah) covered 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.8. Recent debut winner La Adelita (Miller) was in hand as she covered 1000m in 1:11.8 and 41.6.

Yolanda (P Ormsby) and Day Dream (Samuelsson) strode out nicely over their final 600m in 40.4. O’Reilly’s Gold (P Brosnan) was sent over 1000m in 1:04 and 36.2, while Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) and My Locket (Gibbs) stopped the clock at 1:05.3 and 38 over 1000m.

On the all-weather track, La Quinta Gold (Brett) galloped over 1000m in 1:12.4, with fog preventing the timing of sectionals. He’s Cool (Autridge) covered the same distance in 1:08.4 and 39.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 25 March 2014
25 Mar 2014

Hero I Am and Beckham looked ready to take their last start winning form to Awapuni on the weekend when they worked stylishly at Matamata this morning.

On the all-weather track, Hero I Am (C Grylls) and Beckham (J McKay) had pace on from the start of their 1000-metre gallop, cutting out the distance in 1:02.2 and hitting the line strongly with a final 600m in 36. The McKay-trained pair have done everything right since their home track wins a fortnight ago and promise big efforts at Awapuni, where Hero I Am contests the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes and Beckham the Rating 65 1200.

On a good plough another last start winner heading for the Awapuni two-year-old feature, Twice Smitten (Myers), was well held in company with Pardon Moi (Roff) over 1000m in 1:10.2, picking up the tempo for a final 600m in 39.5. Angelica Hall (Miler), who runs in the three-year-old 1400 at Awapuni, went with Ellerslie weekend candidate Wolfwhistle over 800m in 51.1 and 600m in a tidy 36.5.

Irish Encore (Hutton) and Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:01.4 and 36.2, while Ellerslie maiden candidate Aladdin (J Collett) caught the eye over 1200m in 1:15.2, 1000m in 1:01 and 600m in 35.8.

Funhouse (Sapsworth) and Villas (B Grylls) drew attention to their Ellerslie prospects with 1000m in 1:02.5 and 36.2. Makarska (Coleman) and Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) cut out 1200m in 1:17.4, 1:01.8 and 35.7 as they prepared for their respective engagements at Ellerslie and Awapuni.

Sir Darci (Misbah) turned in a good trial for the Manawatu Classic when he and Osmunda (Miller) covered 1200m in 1:1:20.5, 1:05 and 36.7. Race rival Ekraarstatic (C Grylls) also impressed over 1200m in 1:17, 1:02.2 and 36.3. She has trained on well from her last start win.

Postnthyme (C Ormsby) prepared for Pukekohe on Friday with 1200m in 1:17.7, 1:04 and 37.3. Over the same distance Kinda Leica (H McQuade) returned 1:23.2, 1:07.8 and 39.2, Fiftyshadesofgrey (K Jones) 1:26.4, 1:11 and 40.2, Volcano (Dowling) and Needlly (Leveque) 1:20.2, 1:04.7 and 37.6, Ira Bean (McRae) 1:20.6, 1:05.1 and 37, and Quest (K Jones) 1:24.7, 1:08.6 and 39.4.

Vettel (J McKay) and Almansa (S McKay) were paired in sound work over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 36.8, while Justintime (Coleman) and Cass King (Wong) cut out the same trip in a slick 1:02.2 and 35.9. Hi Viz (A Jones) was in good form for Pukekohe as she strode over 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:02 and 36.2, and Jordanian Prince (R Jones) clocked a smart 1:15.2 and 35.8. 

Rose Of Virginia (Leveque) and Augusta National (Dowling) were strong over 1200m in 1:15.8 and 1000m in 1:01.4, with fog preventing any further sectionals. Stoneleigh (K Hillis) and Four Baronesses (Brown) covered 1200m in 1:21.2 and 1000m in 1:06.7, and Hearts In The Sky (K McQuade) took 1:28.2 and 1:11.6.

Speedy Jacks (C Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:04.6 and 37.8, Ribbony Rose (Brick) was keen early before recording 1:02.2 and 38.2, Mary Quant (O’Sullivan) and De Kensington Oval (Man) took 1:07.2 and 37, and In Flight (R Jones) and Morena (Dowling) 1:03.5 and 37.2.

Bounding (K Jones), who will gallop between races at Matamata next Wednesday as she prepares for Sydney, worked away steadily to run 1000m in 1:14.8, breezing home in 41.3.

On the all-weather track, Ellerslie candidate Wisecrack (K Jones) was timed over his last 1000m in 1:05.2. Thunder Zeus (M Gibbs) ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:10 and 41.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 March 2014
18 Mar 2014

Xanadu and Viadana prepared for Saturday’s Windsor Park Japan Trophy at Tauranga with impressive work at Matamata this morning, when heavy fog severely restricted timing.

 Galloping 18 metres out on a dead course proper, Xanadu had first use of the track as raceday rider Michael Coleman let her stride over 1200m in 1:19.5, picking up the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.6. The Kelso-trained mare hit the line strongly, indicating she will be in the thick of the action on the weekend.

 Race rival Viadana (Dowling) and Rating 85 1300 candidate Queens Rose (Sapsworth) were well matched over1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:03.1 and 600m in a smart 36.2. Both look very bright for their weekend assignments.

 The in-form Danica Guy-trained pair In Style (Coleman) and Tomorrowland (P Turner) went together over 1200m in 1:22.8 and the last 1000m in 1:08. Fog prevented any further sections. In Style will attempt her fourth consecutive win in the R85 1300 at Tauranga, while last start maiden winner Tomorrowland runs in the 1300-metre three-year-old event.

 Equanimity (Misbah) and Urban Angel (Miller) prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:04.5, while stablemates Sovereign Rose (Kalinc) and Milan Miss (Hercock) strode over 1200m in 1:19.5 and 1000m in 1:05.

 Amongst the few other gallops that were timed, Powerplaya (Coleman) had a solid hitout on the all-weather track over 1200m in 1:16.4. He will run in the open middle-distance event at Tauranga, where he was a winner earlier this year.

 On the sand Maeve Davone (Roff) prepared for Waverley on Sunday over 1200m in 1:25.8 and 800m in 54.4. Dilly (O’Sullivan) was never at top over 1000m in 1:11.8, while Umizoomi (O’Sullivan) completed a similar task in 1:12.6.

 Puccini could not be timed as co-trainer Peter McKay sent him over a solidly run 1000m with Kick Buttowski (S McKay). The Derby winner is thriving in his final week at home before heading to Sydney.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 March 2014
11 Mar 2014

New Zealand St Leger candidates Peacefuleasyfeelin, Full Monty and Dubai Shuffle confirmed their fitness for the Trentham staying feature with impressive work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough Peacefuleasyfeelin (Swann) worked solo over ground and was timed for the last 1200m in 1:20.4, 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in a smart 36.2. The Glenn Old-trained gelding appears bright after his below-par run at Ellerslie last week when he was unsuited by the rain-affected ground.

Graham Richardson’s St Leger pair Full Monty (Coleman) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) had pace on for the last 1200m of their work in 1:17.8, with the final 1000m in 1:02.5 and the 600m in an impressive 35.8. Dubai Shuffle won well at Ellerslie on Derby day, while his stablemate was an unlucky third.

Miss Mossman confirmed a late entry for Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks when co-trainer Hayden Allen took her over 1200m in 1:20.3, 1000m in 1:04.1 and 600m in 36.4. She has come through her Lowland Stakes second in good order and will be ridden by Johnathon Parkes in the Trentham fillies’ classic.

Ididit (C Grylls) and Neutron Star (Sapsworth) turned in a sound trial for Te Rapa on Saturday with 1000m in 1:02.9 and 600m in 35.7. Others to work well in preparation for Te Rapa included Wolfwhistle (Misbah) and Davey Crockett (Hercock), who cut out 1000m in 1:02.2 and 36. Wolfwhistle looks ready for a bold fresh-up run after a recent trial placing, while first starter Davey Crockett has won two of his three trials.

Everlong (C Ormsby) shaped as a likely improver when she and fellow Te Rapa candidate She’s Samashing (Colgan) strode over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:03.4 and 36.3. Opt (O’Sullivan) and Irish Encore (Hutton) ran 1000m in 1:02.2 and 36, and Fiftyshadesofgrey (K Jones) did similar work in 1:03 and 36.5.

Over the same ground Babilloni (Brown) and Alagint (C Grylls) returned 1:03.8 and 37.6, Sir Darcy (Colgan) and Sovereign Rose (Miller) took 1:03.4 and 36.5, Vincent Street (K Hillis) and Dezignator (W Hillis) 1:03.6 and 37.4, Madam Kirk (Goodwin) 1:09.6 and 39.8, and The Arabian Duke (C Grylls) and a Brilliance gelding (Swann) 1:07.8 and 39.

Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan) was never at top as he prepared for Trentham with 1000m in 1:05.6 and 37.6. Powerplaya (B Grylls) was kept to 1:24.2 and 41.6 over 1200m, while Volcano (R Jones) did similar work in 1:27.5 and 41.4. King’s Fortune (Leveque), who runs at Te Teko on Monday, and Te Rapa candidate Hassle Free (Dowling) covered the same ground in 1:19, 1:04.1 and 37.6.

Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) and Alice Webb Ellis (Sapsworth) left 1000m behind in 1:05 and 38.3. Labels (B Grylls) ran the same trip in 1:05.7 and 36.4, and Meomyo (McRae) took 1:06 and 37.4.

On the all-weather track last start Ellerslie winner Jimmy Hoffa (Colgan) drew attention to his St Leger prospects when he shaded Lightning Handicap prospect Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) at the end of 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.

Victory Dragon (B Lang), another for Trentham, ran in from the 800m in 55.3 and 600m in 40.2, while Wisecrack (K Jones) strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:20.5, with the 1000m in 1:06 and 600m in 38.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 March 2014
04 Mar 2014

Bounding looked the part for Saturday’s Mr Tiz Trophy when she took time honours at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Bounding (K Jones) was partnered by her unraced stablemate Packing Eagle (Coleman) over 1000m in 1:00.9 and stopped the clock with a final 600m in 35. The most impressive aspect of the gallop was that Bounding was still on the bit at the line and could easily have gone even faster.

Last week’s Matamata trial win has the Railway Handicap winner back at full fitness for Saturday’s three-year-old sprint. Packing Eagle, a gelding by Pins in the Kelso stable, was impressive last week when extending his trial record to three wins from as many starts and this morning’s work ensured he will be a hot favourite when he steps out at next week’s South Waikato meeting on his home track.

Angelica Hall (Hercock), another running in the Mr Tiz Trophy, was impressive when she and Bronte Lass (Miller) cut out 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 35.5. Angelica Hall is unbeaten after two pre-Christmas starts and has taken a lot of improvement out of a recent trial outing.

Likely Ellerslie final day runners Revelator (C Ormsby) and Makarska (Coleman) were well matched over the last 1000m of their work in 1:03.9 and 600m in 36.3. Jubilate (Hutton) and Copacabana (Sapsworth) underlined their weekend prospects with a smart 1000m gallop in 1:03.6 and 36.1.

Precious Time (Myers) shaped up well for the weekend as she left 1200m behind in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 35.8. Taaxman (R Jones) was not after time striding over 1200m in 1:23.5, 1:07 and 41.2, while Silverdale (Colgan) prepared for Ellerslie with a tidy 1000m in 1:08.2 and 39.

Last start winner Only A Rose (A Jones) was unextended when cutting out 1000m in 1:06.6 and 37, while Always On My Mind (R Jones) returned 1:07.7 and 38.6, Resume (B Grylls) 1:05.3 and 37.8, Goldie (Goodwin) 1:05.6 and 37.5, and Witz End (J Collett) 1:07.2 and 38.6.

Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan) travelled up well at the end of 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.4 and 36.7. Over the same ground Little Chief (M Brosnan) took 1:20.6, 1:05.2 and 38.5, and Ekraarstatic (C Grylls) 1:20.9, 1:05.9 and 38.6. Intermittent fog disrupted the timing of some gallops, including I’ll’ava’alf (A Jones) over 1200m in 1:26.9 and 1000m in 1:11.2.

Destroyer (C Grylls) was let off with 1000min 1:12.7 and 43, while in similar work Dezignator (W Hillis) took 1:13.8 and 42.6, and Sophisticate (Coleman) 1:12.2 and 41.2. Ginja Ninja (C Grylls), now with Graham Richardson, was timed over her last 600m in 38.5.

On the all-weather track, Auckland Cup topweight Travolta looked bright as he got through pacework. The Gai Waterhouse-trained stayer appears to have thrived since arriving from Australia on Friday.

Terse (Myers) covered the last 1200m of her work in 1:21.5 and 1000m in 1:07.5, Wisecrack was timed over 1000m in 1:06.2, and King Piccolo (K Hillis) covered 1000m in 1:07.6 and 39.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 25 February 2014
25 Feb 2014

TV3 New Zealand Derby prospects Spellbinder, King Savinsky and Habitual Offender enhanced their weekend prospects with sound work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough Spellbinder (Cameron) and King Savinsky (Hercock) were well matched as they set off from the 2000-metre mark, picking up the tempo to run their last 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 35.9. It was excellent work by the Jason Bridgman-trained pair, who will strip fit for the classic after a similarly impressive gallop on Saturday morning.

While not recording as fast a time, Habitual Offender (C Ormsby) also looked ready for his Derby assignment when he shaded Valdivia (C Grylls) at the end of 1200m in 1:18.8, with the last 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 36.2. Habitual Offender, who will be ridden by Leith Innes on Saturday, has trained on well from his last start Ellerslie win. Valdivia remains on the borderline in the Derby starting order.

The Fire Inside (C Ormsby), the third Derby entry from the Moroney-Ormsby team, was let off with striding work over 1200m in 1:25, 1:09.3 and 39.2. Derby favourite Puccini looked bright when doing light exercise, with his final serious work scheduled for Wednesday.

Dubai Shuffle (M Gibbs) and Full Monty (Sapsworth) prepared for the opening day of Auckland Cup week with 1200m in 1:18.5, 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.9. Quest (K Jones) was not after time over 1200m in 1:28.8, 1:11.1 and 39.6. Her performance in the Nathans Memorial on Saturday will decide whether she backs up in the Auckland Cup.

Miss Mossman (B Grylls), a runner in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings on Saturday, left 1200m behind in 1:24.8, 1:08.4 and 38.9. Stanica Star (Hercock), another for Hastings, did sound work with Ellerslie entry Sir Darci (Cameron) over 1200m in 1:18.3, 1:02.8 and 36.

Angelica Hall (Cameron) and Abidewithme (Hercock) worked impressively in preparation for feature racing later in Cup week as they cut out 1200m in 1:14.5, 1:00.4 and 35.2. Ellerslie first day entrants Pipedreams (C Grylls) and Wairaka (Sapsworth) left 1200m behind in 1:19.2, 1:04.4 and 37.8.

Needlly (Dowling), who will run in the Westbury Classic next Wednesday, was kept to 1200m in 1:27.6, with the last 1000m in 1:10.4 and 600m in 40. Over the same ground Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) took 1:27, 1:11.3 and 42.4, Tuscania (Wright) 1:26.5, 1:09.3 and 39.8, Estelle (Colgan) 1:30.8 and 44.2, Destroyer (B Grylls) 1:30.7 and 45.5, and Super Thunder (Wright) 1:24.9 and 41.

Buckwild (C Ormsby) and Trendsetter (B Grylls) did good work together over 1000m in 1:07.6 and 37.5, Bronte Lass (Cameron) ran the same trip in 1:07.5 and 37.8, Augusta National (Leveque) and Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) took 1:07.8 and 39.5, In Flight (Leveque) was kept to 1:13 and 41.9, while Urban Angel (Misbah) ran her last 600m in 35.5.

On the all-weather track Ellerslie first day candidate Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:04.6 and 600m in 38.4.

Hastings entrant Elroi (P Shailer) and Hot Rod (K Shailer), who runs in the Sunline Vase at Ellerslie next week, were not after time over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 37.5. Kick Buttowski (S McKay) and Vettel (Colgan) were timed from the 800m in 54.7 and 41.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 February 2014
18 Feb 2014

Xanadu and Viadana looked sharp when preparing for another Group One target, while several candidates for weekend home track features shaped pleasingly during a busy trackwork session at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough Xanadu worked solo with raceday rider Michael Coleman in the saddle, hitting out boldly over 1200m in 1:15.3, 1000m in 1:01 and her final 600m in 35.7. The Kelso-trained mare has come through her fresh-up NRM Sprint fourth in excellent order and will be hard to beat in Saturday’s Haunui Farm Classic at Otaki. 

NRM Sprint winner Viadana (C Grylls) signalled her readiness for the Otaki feature when she worked with Mrs Neat (C Ormsby) over 1200m in 1:16.7, with the last 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.4. Viadana isn’t one to dazzle on the training track and this was right up to her best work, while Mrs Neat also shaped pleasingly as she prepared for the Rating 85 1600 on her home track.

Thrill (K Jones) and Reachin’ Out (C Ormsby) hit out impressively on a dead course proper in preparation for the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes. After working away steadily from the 1000-metre mark, they picked up the tempo to cover the full distance in 1:04.2, with the final 600m in a smart 35.5.

The only other to work on the course proper was Dancing Attendance (Cameron), who worked over ground and was timed from the 1200 in 1:21.5, 1000m in 1:04.9 and the last 600m in 37, hitting the line strongly. She runs in the Marks Ewen & Associate Kaimai Stakes on Saturday.

Race rival Roc De Chine (Myers) also worked well when she and Rating 65 1600 entry Diorella (M Gibbs) covered 1200m in 1:19.9, 1:04.6 and 38.3, while Smartly (W Hillis), another in the Listed 2000 metres, did good work in company with Perfect Start (K Hillis) over their last 1000m in 1:03.7 and 36.5.

Powerplaya (Coleman) went with Choice One Jonesey (K McQuade) over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:02.6 and 37.1. Travino (J McKay), who shaped better for third at his last start, didn’t waste time over 1200m in 1:14.8, 1:01 and 36.2, while stablemates Antonio Lombardo (S McKay) and Estrato (S Collett) prepared for the local meeting with 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.6.

Over the same ground Agent Ziva (A Jones) ran a smart 1:04.5 and 35.8, Tiger Moss (Colgan) and Irish Encore (R Jones) 1:03.5 and 36, Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan) 1:02.4 and 36.6, Thy (Hercock) and Wolfwhistle (Misbah) 1:03 and 35.5, and Dominio (O’Sullivan) and Justintime (Colgan) 1:02.3 and 36.2.

Weekend candidate Precious Time (Hercock) was partnered by Stanica Star (Misbah) over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:04.8 and 36.7. Ididit (B Grylls), who resumes in the open sprint on Saturday, went with Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) over 1000m in 1:02.1 and 36.5, while Copacabana (C Grylls) and Funhouse (Wilson) ran a slick 1:01 and 35.5.

Miss Mossman (Allen) covered the same distance in 1:04.6 and 38.8, Onlyarose (A Jones) 1:06 and 36.8, and Everlong (C Ormsby) 1:09.2 and 40.5. Dragon Lair (N Waddell) went in company with Acipenser (P Turner) over 800m in 54.4 and 38.3, while Angelica Hall (Cameron) returned 53.8 and 38.8.

Silverado (S Collett) and Chazelle (Coleman) strode over 1200m in 1:18.9, 1:04.9 and 36.8, while Moneymakehersmile (M Brosnan) took 1:17.6, 1:08 and 37.5.

On the all-weather track Hero I Am (Myers) and Jimmy Hoffa (Colgan) reeled off 1000m in 1:03.6 and 36.8. Hero I Am is a trial winner in the McKay stable set to make his debut in Saturday’s Listed two-year-old colts and geldings’ race.

Dezignator (W Hillis) was timed from the 800m in 52.4 and 38, while Knight Wager (B Lang) ran 1000m in 1:11.3 and 40.2.
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 February 2014
11 Feb 2014

Annie Higgins confirmed her fitness for Saturday’s Go Racing Avondale Gold Cup with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

With blinkers fitted, Annie Higgins (Dowling) set off over ground on a good plough and was timed to run her last 1200m in 1:19.1, with the final 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.3. Although not the fastest time of the session it was still good stayer’s work and indicated that The Lance Noble-trained mare can bounce back in the Ellerslie 2400-metre feature.

Following last start rider Matt Cameron’s decision to ride Who Shot Thebarman on Saturday, Rory Hutchings has been booked to ride Annie Higgins in the Avondale Cup.

Avondale Guineas candidates Habitual Offender (C Ormsby) and Valdivia (P Ormsby) had early use of the plough as they cut out the last 1200m of their work in 1:18.5, with the final 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in an impressive 35.6. Valdivia has trained on well from his handy fifth in the Waikato Guineas, while Habitual Offender will be an interesting runner in his first middle-distance test on the weekend.

Race rival Lucky Feather was given a solid hitout by co-trainer Cyril Goodwin on the all-weather track, where he was timed over 1200m in 1:18.6, 1:04.3 and 36.8. He will be ridden by Craig Grylls in the Avondale Guineas.

Back on the plough later in the session, Fix (K Jones) shaped up impressively for Ellerslie when she left 1200m behind in 1:18.8, 1:03 and 35.5. In the same form in Saturday’s open 1500 metres she can return to the form that made her one of last season’s star three-year-olds. Alvesta (Coleman) prepared for the same race with 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 36.2.

Hidden Secret (O’Sullivan) turned in a good trial for Te Aroha on Friday when cutting out 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 35.7. Stablemate Prince Bruno (Hutton) prepared for the same meeting with 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36. Tiara (Cameron) shaped up well for Ellerslie when paired with Riverenza (Hercock) over a solid 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:01.4 and 35.6.

Living The Dream (C Grylls) drew attention to her Ellerslie prospects when she and Tiara Concerto (Wilson) left 1000m behind in 1:02.6 and 36.2. Covered ’N Bay (P Turner) prepared for New Plymouth on Saturday with 1200m in 1:17.6, 1:03.4 and 37.6, while Ellerslie candidates Imagine (P Ormsby) and The Last Shower (C Ormsby) returned 1:21.6, 1:05.7 and 37.6.

Ekraarstatic (C Grylls) and Stoneleigh (Brown) shaped up well Te Aroha with 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 36.5. Ellerslie candidate Juggernaut Rock (K Price) was paired with Lac La Ronge (R Jones) over a smart 1000m in 1:03.5 and 35.9.

Others to work well over the same ground included Mi Savvy Boy (Hutton) and Da Shindig (O’Sullivan) in 1:02.4 and 36.8, Elusive Flirt (A Jones) and Goldie (Goodwin) in 1:05.5 and 36.4, and He’s Dan (Myers) and Buffalo Lass (A Jones) in 1:08.2 and 36.8.

Brandy (A Jones) was travelling well at the end of 1200m in 1:19, 1:03.2 and 36.8, while Savarhys (Allen) covered the same distance in 1:24.7, 1:07.8 and 37.6, Postnthyme (C Grylls) 1:26.6, 1:10.2 and 41.8, High Viz (Coleman) 1:25.3, 1:09 and 38.6, Little Chief (Roff) 1:22.6, 1:07.4 and 39.2, Belleza Irlandesa (P Turner) 1:23.2, 1:07 and 37.2, and King Savinsky (Cameron) 1:30.3, 1:14.5 and 43.

Over 1000m Spitting Image (Samuelsson) returned 1:08.9 and 41.4, Rose Of Falkirk (Roff) 1:10.3 and 40.6, Madly Bentley (P Ormsby) 1:10.3 and 40.6, and Copacabana (Wratten) 1:14.8 and 44.5. In Style (N Waddell) and Happy Place (P Turner) were timed from the 800m in 54.2 and 39.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 6 February 2014
07 Feb 2014

The Kelso stablemates Bounding and Xanadu rounded off their preparations for Saturday’s NRM Sprint with sound work at Matamata this morning.

The pair were given near identical tasks over 1000m on a good plough. Regular work rider Kerry Jones took Bounding through her paces, keeping her well contained to cover 1000m in 1:08.4 and finishing off with 600m in 39.2.

Xanadu was ridden by her raceday jockey Michael Coleman as she recorded 1:08.7 and 39, likewise with plenty in reserve. Both have drawn ideally in the star-studded Te Rapa field, Bounding from the same inside gate that she used to such good effect in the Sistema Railway Stakes, and back-runner Xanadu at eight.

Viadana, Matamata’s other Group One winner in the big sprint, had Craig Grylls in the saddle when she did quiet work over 1200m in 1:28, 1000m in 1:11.8 and 600m in 42.5. On top of a solid hitout on Tuesday morning, trainer Lance Noble has Viadana looking bright for her weekend assignment.

Herbie Dyke Stakes runner Aspen (Hercock) was also let off with light duties, strolling through 1200m in 1:26.7, 1:10.8 and 41.5. He is in good order for the final start in his Derby preparation.

Peacefuleasyfeelin (Swann) strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:24.2, 1:09.1 and 41.6, looking in good order for his attempt at a hat-trick in the progressive stayers’ event at Te Rapa. Smartly (W Hillis), another in the R85 2400, covered her last 1000m in 1:09.5 and 600m in 40.2, while Quest (K Jones) was timed over 1200m in 1:23.1, 1:07.2 and 38.8. 

Rough Copy (K Hillis) was in impressive form as he prepared for the Rating 65 1400 at Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:02.2 and the final 600m in a brilliant 35.7. Stablemate Perfect Start (K Hillis), who runs in the R85 1600 on Saturday, had pace on from the start of her 1000m gallop, stopping the clock at 1:00.9 and 36.2.

Race rival Taaxman (Gillies) did sound work over 1000m in 1:05 and 38.3, while Resume (Goodwin) returned 1:03.5 and 36.9. Speeding (Hercock), a form runner in the maiden stayers’ event at Pukekohe on Sunday, was let off with 800m in 53.8 and 600m in 38.5.

Needlly (Dowling) who will take her place in the NRM Sprint rather than the R85 1600, did quiet work, with her last 1000m in 1:16.8 and 600 in 45.8. Dancing Attendance, another dual Te Rapa acceptor who will opt for the Herbie Dyke Stakes, looked bright when trainer Eric Betty kept her to striding work.

Full Monty (Wratten) was another Te Rapa candidate given light work, 1200m in 1:31.8 and 43.4, while Annie Higgins (Dowling) covered the same ground in 1:25.9 and 40 and Habitual Offender (C Ormsby) took 1:30.8 and 44.3.

Te Rapa juvenile candidate Twice Smitten (Roff) was partnered by Pukekohe entry Attention Seeker (Hepi) over 800m in 59.5 and 600m in 43.2. Apache Fireworks (M Brosnan) prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.6, Agent Ziva (A Jones) was held to 1:14.3 and 43.6, Goldie (Holmquist) took 1:07.2 and 39.4, and Tiara Concerto (Wilson) and Power Of Attorney (Sapsworth) 1:08.5 and 40.

Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who starts at the Ellerslie twilight meeting next Wednesday, got through her work well over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:04.8 and 36.4. Stablemate Powerplaya (B Grylls) ran the same trip in 1:27.4, 1:11.2 and 41.5, while Mutt Williams (P Brosnan) returned 1:26.9, 1:09.7 and 41.4.

Pachenko (A Jones) finished her work with 1000m in 1:10.3 and 41.2, Everlong (C Ormsby) took 1:11.6 and 43 and Imagine (P Ormsby) 1:10.8 and 41.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 January 2014
29 Jan 2014

Chambord confirmed his readiness for Saturday’s Waikato Guineas with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 15 metres out on a dead course proper, Chambord (Cameron) and stablemate Wolfwhistle (Misbah) covered 1000m in 1:04.2, with the final 600m in a slick 35.5. Chambord, who struck bad luck yet again in the Levin Classic, will be under the spotlight in Saturday’s 2000-metre feature as he continues his Derby preparation. 

Two more from the Jason Bridgman stable being aimed at the Waikato Guineas, King Savinsky (Hercock) and Longbeach (C Grylls), were paired over 1200m in 1:17.6, with their last 1000m in 1:03.9 and 600m in 36.8.

Viadana (C Grylls), who is being aimed at Saturday week’s NRM Waikato Sprint, and Te Rapa first day candidate Always On My Mind (Dowling) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:01.9 and 600m in 36.4.

Te Rapa entrants Irish Encore (C Grylls) and Nous (Blair) did sound work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 35.9, while Fix (K Jones) and Five Hundred (P Turner) ran the same trip in 1:05.2 and 36.5. Fix looks improved for her recent fresh-up run and will start in Saturday’s R85 1400.

Seline (Cameron) and Stylee (Misbah) prepared for New Plymouth on Sunday with 1200m in 1:16.4, 1000m in 1:02.7 and 600m in 36.5. Over the same ground Zulu Boy (Hepi) and Savarhys (Roff) returned 1:19.8, 1:03.4 and 36.4, Precious Time (Hercock) and Osmunda (Cameron) 1:20.2, 1:05.4 and 36.6, The Hotz (C Ormsby) and Valdivia (Ormando) 1:16.9, 1:04.5 and 36.6, and Volcano (Leveque) and King’s Fortune (Dowling) 1:18.8, 1:05.2 and 38.

Te Rapa candidates Wannabe (Hutton) and Queens Rose (Sapsworth) were sound over 1200m in 1:16.2, 1000m in 1:02.9 and 600m in 36.5. The Last Word (C Ormsby) was timed over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 37, while Umizoomi (Coleman) took 1:09.3 and 38.2.

Last start winner Elroi (Myers) was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1200m in 1:28.9 and 44.3. He will trial next week on the way to the Avondale Guineas on February 15.

On the all-weather track Waikato Guineas runner Puccini (P McKay) went with Estrato (S McKay) over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37.

Wisecrack (K Jones) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:22.6, 1:07 and 38. Sea Gold (K Hillis) ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.3, while Bounding (K Jones) was well held over 800m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 45.8. Ididit (Sapsworth) rolled home for a final 600m in 42.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 January 2014
21 Jan 2014

Annie Higgins and Graphic looked ready for big efforts in Saturday’s Platinum Homes Wellington Cup when they galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working 15 metres out on a good course proper with raceday jockey Matt Cameron in the saddle, Annie Higgins was partnered by Quest (K Jones) over 2000m. The pair had hit full stride by the 1200m mark and were timed to run that distance in 1:15.2, the last 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 37.2.

Annie Higgins drew clear of her companion over the final stages, hitting the line strongly and giving every impression she can go one better than last year’s close second in the Trentham feature.

Graphic (C Ormsby) did his work on the plough, where he and maiden stablemate Buckwild (P Ormsby) strode into their task to cover 1200m in 1:18.8, picking up momentum all the way for a final 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in an impressive 35.5. Graphic has trained on well since his Dunstan Stayers’ Championship win on New Year’s Day and is a definite lightweight threat on Saturday. Buckwild will run on Friday at Rotorua, where he finished second at his last start.

Spellbinder (Cameron) turned in an impressive trial for Sunday’s Karaka 3YO Mile when she went solo over 1200m in 1:17.1, 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in 35.8. She has made excellent progress since her winning return earlier in the month.

Sir Darci (Cameron), another member of the Bridgman team heading for the Ellerslie three-year-old feature, also worked well when he and Ellerslie special maiden candidate Equanimity (Hercock) strode over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:02.6 and 35.6.

Brave Centaur (Dowling) prepared for Saturday’s Thorndon Mile with sound work over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 36.4. He looks bright and is capable of turning his last start form around. Race rival Capone (P Turner) wasn’t after time as he cruised over 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 37.8, while Forefront (Myers) was let off with 1200m in 1:30.7 and 600m in 45.2.

Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) turned in an impressive trial for Trentham when working with Let Me By (C Grylls) over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:02.6 and 36.2. Tiger Moss (O’Sullivan) was another Trentham final day entrant to work well when she and Quintastics (Donnelly) cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and 36, while Xalted (C Ormsby) and Le Choix (P Ormsby) ran the last 1000m of their work in 1:02.8 and 600m in 35.7.

Trentham runner Copacabana (C Grylls) and Rotorua entry Funhouse (Sapsworth) covered 1000m in 1:06.2 and 37.5, Miss Dell’era (O’Sullivan) ran the same distance in 1:07.8 and 39.4, Kaleidoscope (Blair) took 1:08.8 and 38.2, and Resume (B Grylls) and Pirie Piper (Holmquist) 1:05.6 and 37.9.

Total Response (C Ormsby) and Unknown Pleasure (P Ormsby) were sharp over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 35, while Little Miss Waitoki (R Jones) ran the same trip in 1:02.2 and 36.9, and Anyx (M Gibbs) and Victory Shall Be Mine (Chiong) returned 1:03.3 and 37.1.

Billie Jean King (Holmquist), who runs at Te Teko on Monday, got through 1200m in 1:19.4, 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37.6, while The Bunsta (Coleman) took 1:10.6 and 41.5 over 1000m and Fiftyshadesofgrey (K Jones) 1:06.2 and 38. Last start maiden graduate Longbeach (Cameron) looked bright as he continued his Waikato Guineas preparation with easy work over 1200m in 1:30.9 and 600m in 44.3.

Also over 1200m, King Savinsky (Cameron) took 1:25.6 and 41, China Tea (Blair) 1:22.2 and 38, Wannabe (Coleman) 1:25.6 and 40, Electric Fizz (Wright) 1:24.2 and 38.5 and Liberare (B Grylls) 1:24.5 and 41.4.

On the all-weather track Stoneleigh (K Hillis) prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:07.5 and 39. Xanadu (Coleman), who reappears at Thursday’s Paeroa trials, got through her work well over 1000m in 1:12.8 and 42.6.
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 14 January 2014
14 Jan 2014

Trentham feature race candidates Puccini and Estrato were in dashing form during a busy training session at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Puccini (P McKay) and Estrato (S McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:02.5, dashing home for a final 600m in 35.2. Puccini has trained on well from his Great Northern Guineas win three weeks ago and will be hard to beat again in Saturday’s Gr. 1 Ocean Park Levin Classic. Estrato also looks bright for his Trentham mission, the Anniversary Handicap.

Another likely Anniversary runner, Roc de Chine (Chiong), caught the eye with stablemate Our Essence (Sapsworth) as they covered 1200m in 1:16.2, with the last 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.5. Taaxman (Gillies) and Touch Of Ruby (Brown) were paired in smart work over 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 36.2. Taaxman will be entered for both Trentham and Saturday’s Pukekohe meeting, while Touch Of Ruby is confirmed for the northern venue.

Annie Higgins (Dowling) continued her Wellington Cup preparation with a well held 1200m in 1:22, the last 1000m in 1:06.5 and 600m in 38.5. Tiara (Hercock) worked well for her Pukekohe engagement over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:03.8 and 36.8. Last start winners Waitoki Flower (R Jones) and Volcano (Dowling) also worked in good style over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.4 and 36.8.

Umizoomi (O’Sullivan) and Foxy Belle (Blair) cut out 1000m in 1:02.3 and 600m in 36.2, while Travino (P McKay) and Culto La Vida (S McKay) returned a smart 1:01.2 and 35.2, and Copacabana (Sapsworth) and Living The Dream (C Grylls) took 1:02.6 and 36.9.

Hidden Secret (O’Sullivan) turned in a sound trial for Friday’s local meeting when partnering Pukekohe entry Tegwin (K Jones) over 1200m in 1:15.2, 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.4. Suspicious Minds (C Ormsby) and Kidwelly (P Ormsby) also worked well when covering the same distance in 1:17.2, 1:02.2 and 35.8, while Made My Point (Hepi) and Savarhys (Roff) returned 1:16.8, 1:01.6 and 36.2.

Local Friday runner Full Monty (Myers) and Pukekohe candidate Bachelor Keen (C Grylls) went together over 1200m in 1:18.3, 1:03.6 and 37.5. Iran Bean (McRae) ran the same trip in 1:22, 1:05.8 and 37.9, Choice One Jonesy (P Turner) and Seasons Boom (K McQuade) took 1:17.8, 1:03.6 and 37.8, and Zulu Boy (Hepi) and Deschabeel (Roff) 1:19.2, 1:03.5 and 36.6.

On the all-weather track Powerplaya (K Jones) and Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) drew attention to their weekend prospects with 1000m in 1:02.7 and 35.5. Al Pacino (S McKay) prepared for the Wakefield Challenge Stakes when working with Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.5.

Rough Copy (W Hillis) worked soundly over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 37, while Flying Siege (Sapsworth) and Tiara Concerto (Chiong) weren’t chasing time over 1000m in 1:08 and 38.3. Brandy (A Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:19.9, 1:03.4 and 36.5.

Xanadu (B Grylls), who is set to trial next week, was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1000m in 1:15.4 and 45.3, while stablemate Bounding (K Jones) rolled in from the 600m in 45.8.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Racquetor (Dowling) and Keep In Tune (R Jones) 1:17.5, 36.3; Square Circles (P Ormsby) 1:21.8, 37.7; Political Nightmare (C Grylls) 1:28.3, 42.5; Tiger Moss (Myers) 1:29.6, 44.8; Peacefuleasyfeelin (Swann) 1:30.5, 44.2; Sophisticate (A Jones) 1:26.3, 40.6; Seline (Hercock) 1:30.6, 44.7; Typhoon (Roff) 1:25.4, 40.6.

1000m plough: Riverenza (Myers) 1:06, 36.4; Goldie (Goodwin) 1:03.2, 36.5; Kindaleica (H McQuade) 1:08.2, 40.3; Mutt Williams (P Brosnan) 1:08.5, 39.6; Black Russian (Brown) 1:07, 38.4; Buffalo Boy (Holmquist) 1:08.6, 38.4; Power Of Attorney (Chiong) and Pipedreams (Sapsworth) 1:05.6, 37; Sneaky Feelings (Misbah) 1:04.5, 36.7; Flirty Gertey (Hercock) 1:13.2, 43.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 24 December 2013
24 Dec 2013

Viadana confirmed her fitness for the Zabeel Classic with a sound final gallop at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough Viadana (Dowling) worked over ground, gradually increasing the tempo to run her last 1200m in 1:26.9, 1000m in 1:09.7 and hitting the line after a final 600m in 37.8. The Lance Noble-trained mare is in good order for the step up to a middle-distance in the Ellerslie Boxing Day feature.

Bronte Lass (Hercock) prepared for Ellerslie on Saturday with a solid 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.8. Second day runners Waitoki Flower (S Wong) and Keep In Tune (R Jones) put on the pace over 1200m in 1:16.2, 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.5.

Total Response (C Ormsby), the winner of her last two starts ahead of Boxing Day, worked well over 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:06.2 and 38.3. Stoneleigh (K Hillis) and Culto La Vida (S McKay), runners at Rotorua on Friday, cut out a smart 1000m in 1:025 and 36.4, while Flying Fantasy (C Ormsby) returned 1:03.6 and 36.2.

Jason Bridgman’s Ellerslie three-year-old feature runners were all kept to three-quarter-pace, looking bright as they went through their paces. Eight Carat Classic runner Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) ran the last 1000m of her work in 1:06.6 and 600m in 37.5. Brave Centaur (Dowling), who runs next in the Rich Hill Mile on New Year’s Day, went evenly over 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.4.

Donny Brasco (P McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) went freely over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.2, while Malina (Dowling) and Packing Express (S Wong) ran the same distance in 1:04 and 37.2. Rotorua runners Miss Mossman (Roff) and Deschabeel (Hepi) also did good work over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 36.4.

Svavarsson (Hepi) and My Mestari (Roff) got through solid work for Rotorua over 1200m in 1:19.7, 1:04.1 and 37.5, while Persuasive (O’Sullivan) and Foxy Belle (K Jones) prepared for their Rotorua engagements with 1200m in 1:23.4 and 600m in 37.8.

Ellerslie first day runner Irish Encore (K Jones) wasn’t after time over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:09 and 38.2. Oompa (R Jones) and Yes (P Turner), unraced members of the Glenn Old team, looked the part in their work over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 35.9. Stablemate Our Famous Eve (Coleman), who looks well after a let-up, strode over 1200m in 1:24.9 and 40.3.

Hassle Free (Dowling) and King’s Fortune (S Wong) wasted no time over 1200m in 1:18,2, 1:03.8 and 36.9, while Bachelor Keen (Sapsworth) covered the same ground more sedately in 1:25.8 and 41.2. Rio Rose (Blair) was keen in her work over 1000m in 1:01.7 and 36.8.

Rotorua entry Sovereign Rose (Hercock) cut out 1200m in 1:26.6 and 41.5, while Super Thunder (Wright) took 1:21.2 and 39.4, Fiftyshadesofgrey (P Turner) 1:22.5 and 37.8, and Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan) 1:24.7 and 39. Immigration (Sapsworth) and Full Monty (Wratten) caught the eye over 1200m in 1:17.7 and 36.5.

Little Chief (M Brosnan) and Ronan (Roff) ran freely over 1000m to record 1:02.6 and 37.5, while High Tower (H McQuade) took 1:04.3 and 37.8, Beauty Show (R Jones) and Always On My Mind (Dowling) 1:02.8 and 37, and Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (Sapsworth) 1:06.7 and 38.7.

Cajero (Hazlett) rattled off slick sectionals over 800m in 49.4 and 600m in 35.8, while Estelle (P Ormsby) clocked 52.5 and 37.6.  Newmarket Handicap runner Whosyourmaster (Coleman) was kept to 1200m in 1:22.8 and 37.2, Needlly (S Wong) left 1000m behind in 1:13.6 and 39.3, and Opt (O’Sullivan) and Strike Back (Blair) covered 1200m in 1:23.9 and 37.8.

On the all-weather track Wisecrack (K Jones) continued his City Of Auckland Cup preparation as he stretched out over 1200m in 1:26.3 and 39.5. Stablemate Bounding (B Grylls), whose New Year’s Day assignment is the Railway Stakes, was travelling strongly at the end of 800m in 54.5 and 600m in 39.2.

Lucky Feather (Goodwin) and Sky Hi Baby (Holmquist), runners at Ellerslie on Saturday, covered 1000m in 1:08.4 and 38.2, and Direct Line (P Ormsby) took 1:04.6 and 36.2. Fix (K Jones) was well held over the same distance to record 1:13 and 39.8.

Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) got through 1200m in 1:21.7 and 39.2. Choice One Jonesy (H McQuade) ran the same trip in 1:25 and 40.8.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Revelator (P Ormsby) 1:25, 39.6; Belleza Irlandesa (K McQuade) 1:18.8, 37.2; Everlong (C Ormsby) 1:17.9, 36.2; Quest (K Jones) 1:29.8, 42.4.

1000m plough: Habitual Offender (C Ormsby) 1:09.7, 39.6; Secret Whisper (B Lang) 1:07.8, 37.2; Seagold (W Hillis) 1:07.2, 39.4; Nothing Trivial (K Hillis) 1:06.6, 39.9.

Matamata Trackwork Monday 23 December 2013
23 Dec 2013

Several Ellerslie Boxing Day candidates looked sharp when they got through their final serious work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Queens Rose (Sapsworth) was paired with Roc de Chine (Chiong) over a solid 1200m in 1:16.9, 1000m in 1:02.1 and finishing off with 600m in 36.3. Queens Rose will be the horse to beat in the Rating 85 1400 metres on the opening day of the Ellerslie carnival. Stablemate Roc de Chine has also trained on well from her last start win but faces a big rise in class for the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic.

Two more from the in-form Graham Richardson stable, Sequin (Chiong) and Living The Dream (Sapsworth), were sent over a smart 1000m in 1:03.3, with their final 600m in 36.6. Sequin has a wide draw to contend with in the Newmarket Handicap, while Living The Dream needs one further scratching to make the field for the R65 1200.

Forefront (Myers) wasn’t asked for a lot in his final Newmarket Handicap hitout, finishing off easy work with 600m in 37.5. He has thrived since his impressive Te Rapa win and will be favoured by the inside draw in Thursday’s feature sprint.

Stablemates Casual Fling (Ward) and Hotrod (Myers) worked over 1000m in 1:05.2 and ran home in a sharp 35.9. Peria Princess (Holmquist) ran the same trip in 1:04.4 and 37.6.

Matamata Trackwork Saturday 21 December 2013
23 Dec 2013

Members of Jason Bridgman’s powerful three-year-old string got through their work well at Matamata on Saturday morning as they prepared for Ellerslie Boxing Day features.

The majority of fast work took place on the plough, which was in good order, but intermittent fog hindered some sectional timing.

Eight Carat Stakes prospect Costa Viva (Hercock) and Great Northern Guineas runner Aspen (Cameron) had first use of the plough as they cut out 1200m in 1:15.2, with the last 1000m in 1:00.7 and 600m in an impressive 34.7. Chambord (Cameron) and All Decked Out (Hercock) rivals in the Great Northern Guineas, were also impressive over 1200m in 1:15.2, 1:00.5 and 35.2.

Later in the session Flirty Gertey (Hercock) prepared for the Eight Carat Classic in company with Sir Darci (Cameron) over 1200m in 1:18.8, the 1000m in 1:02.8 and quickening for the final 600m in 35.6. Le Choix was impressive when co-trainer Chad Ormsby took him over 1200m in company with Total Response (P Ormsby), cutting out the distance in 1:14.7, 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 34.8. Le Choix will be an interesting runner in the R85 1400 on Boxing Day.

Viadana confirmed her fitness for the Zabeel Classic as raceday rider Craig Grylls took her over ground in company with Dunstan Qualifier Beauty Perception (Leveque), running from the 1200m in 1:26.3, 1:02.5 and 36.4. Beauty Show (C Grylls) and Always On MY Mind (Wong) got through a smart 1200m in 1:14.7, 59.9 and 35.5, while Abidewithme (Hercock) and Alchemy’s Flight (Cameron) ran the same trip in 1:16.2, 1:01.3 and 35.6.

Great Northern Guineas candidate Puccini (P McKay) went with Culto La Vida (S McKay) over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.8. Race rival Habitual Offender (C Ormsby) left 1200m behind in 1:16.8, 1:02.6 and 35.3.

Miss Mossman (Roff) and Svavarsson (Hepi) prepared for Rotorua on Friday with 1000m in 1L02.3 and 35.3. Fifty Shades Of Grey (K Jones) took 1:20.2 for 1200m, with her last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 35.9. My Mestari (Hepi) and Savaryhs (Roff) recoded 1:03.2 and 36 over 1000m.

Needlly (Wong) and Hassle Free (Leveque) covered 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:04.2 and 37.1. Ellerslie juvenile runner Red Striker (J Collett) ran his last 600m in 37.8, while Flying Captain (Coetzee) was timed over 800m in 54.2 and 600m 37.9, and Juggernaut Rock (K Price) covered the same trip in a smart 47.9 and 35.3. Newmarket Handicap runner Whosyourmaster O’Sullivan) cut out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.6.

On the all-weather track, Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who drops back to 1200 metres in the Newmarket, was impressive cutting out 1000m in 1:01.5 and 600m in 35.8.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 19 December 2013
19 Dec 2013

Ellerslie Boxing Day prospect Queen’s Rose (C Grylls) and Railway Stakes entry Sequin (Sapsworth) worked over 1000m on the plough in a slick 1:01.6 and 35.2 for the final 600m.

Also on the plough, Peerage (Cameron) and Secret Whisper (Hercock) prepared for New Plymouth on Monday with a gallop over 1000m in 1:03.4 and finished in hand in 36.2.

Our Billie Jean worked the same distance in a leisurely 1:08 and 39.7, while Happy Guys (B Grylls) hitout for Te Rapa on Saturday in a time of 1:06.9 and 37.6. Stablemate Powerplaya (Coleman), also entered for Te Rapa, worked over 1200m on the all-weather in 1:17 and 42.

Payday (Hillis) also worked on the all-weather, where he clocked 1:17.3 and 36.3 over 1200m.

Back on the plough, Imagine (Coleman) prepared for Te Rapa with a final 600m in 37.5 and stablemate Total Response (C Ormsby) worked solo over 1200m in 1:15.8 and 36.4.

Pipedreams (Sapsworth) and Funhouse (Chiong) worked together over 1000m in an eye-catching 1:02.7 and 36.4. Wannabe (Coleman) looked fit and well ahead of her Te Rapa assignment as she easily strode over 1200m in 1:22.7 and 37.9.

From the in-form Fursdon stable, Silk Chardonnay (P Turner) looked spot-on for Awapuni on Saturday as she worked over 1200m in 1:21.3, 1:05.7 the 1000m and 38 the final 600m.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 17 December 2013
17 Dec 2013

Happy Guys and Powerplaya shaped up well for Te Rapa on the weekend with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Allowed use of the course proper, which was dead with the rail in the two-metre position, Happy Guys and Powerplaya were ridden by their respective raceday jockeys Michael Coleman and Bridget Grylls as they covered1200m in 1:15.7, with the last 1000m in 1:01.9 and 600m in 35.8.

The Kelso stablemates will be rivals in the open 1600m at Te Rapa, where Happy Guys is a course and distance winner. Powerplaya has made very good progress since his last start third in strong company.

On a good plough, Back In Black (McRae) prepared for Saturday’s Manawatu Cup with strong work over ground, timed for his last 1200m in 1:17.8, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37.9. His last start third in the Wanganui Cup suggests more than an outside chance in the Awapuni feature.

The Hotz (C Ormsby) and Graphic (P Ormsby) looked on target for their respective engagements at Te Rapa and Awapuni when covering 1200m in 1:16.2, 1:02 and 36.8, while Imagine (Coleman) and Madly Bentley (P Ormsby) prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:03.8 and 37.2. 

Several members of the Jason Bridgman team did smart work as they prepared for feature festive period racing. Great Northern Guineas candidate Chambord (Hercock) and Eight Carat Classic entry Costa Viva (Myers) had early use of the plough when cutting out 1200m in 1:17.8, quickening for a brilliant final 600m in 34.7.

In similar work Great Northern Guineas runners All Decked Out (Hercock) and Aspen (Myers) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:14.8, 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 35.2. Eight Carat Classic prospect Flirty Gertey (Hercock) was partnered by Abidewithme (Dee) over 1200m in 1:15.5, 1:01.2 and 36.

Made My Point (Roff) and Yin Yang Master (Hepi) were also responsible for solid work over ground as they prepared for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:14.5, 1:00.6 and 35.9. Toma Valea (P Ormsby) and Gardone (M Brosnan) ran the same distance in 1:17.8, 1:03.2 and 37.

Awapuni runner Enhance (Dee) was paired with O’Darci (Hercock) in smart work later in the session over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:01.4 and 35.4. Villars (Sapsworth) and Fast ’N’ Gorgeous (Chiong) covered 1200m in1:20.8, 1:04.6 and 36.7, while Miss Photogenic (Roff) and Svavarsson (Hepi) cut out 1000m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 36.5.

Beauty Show (Dowling), who has recovered from a hoof infection, was not chasing time over 1200m in 1:23.4, 1:07.7 and 39.9, nor was his stablemate Viadana (Dowling) as she continued her Zabeel Classic preparation with 1200m in 1:30.8, 1:13.3 and 41.8.

Sequin (Sapsworth), who in on target for the Newmarket Handicap on Boxing Day, was kept to 1200m in 1:29.6 and 600m in 42.6. Casual Fling (Ward) took 1:08.3 for 1000m and 37.6 for her last 600m. Trendy Wendy (S Wong) ran the same trip in 1:08 and 40.3, while Jersey Girl (W Hillis) returned 1:05.2 and 37.1.

Belleza Irlandesa (K McQuade) got through 1200m in 1:18.7, 1:03.8 and 38.5. Sir Darci (Hercock) and Stanica Star (Dee) covered the same ground in 1:18.3 and 37.6, while Super Thunder (Wright) took 1:20.3 and 38.9. Donny Brasco (P McKay) and Al Pacino (S McKay) sprinted in from the 800m in 49.6 and 600m in 35.8.

On the all-weather track, last start debut winner Irish Moon (Coleman) looked bright for his Te Rapa engagement when he cut out 1000m in 1:00.9 and 600m in 36. Fix (K Jones) continued her progress with 800m in 55.6 and 600m in 40.

Te Rapa entries Neutron Star (Sapsworth) and Magnify (Wratten) were timed over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 36.9. 

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 12 December 2013
13 Dec 2013

Smartly (Forbes) had a strong hit out today ahead of the Cal Isuzu Stakes at Saturday at Te Rapa. She was well in hand working from the 800m on the plough and was timed in 54.6 and 39.2 the final 600m, galloping out impressively past the line.

Agent Ziva (S Collett) prepared for the open 1400 at Te Rapa with a 1200m gallop on the plough in 1:23 and 39.5, while Wisecrack (K Jones) looked in good order for the Waikato Times Gold Cup as he galloped on the all-weather track over 1000m in 1:13 and 41 the final 600m.

Earlier on the plough, patchy fog prevented timing at the 600m mark as Revelator (C Grylls) covered 1000m comfortably in 1:08.4. Stanica Star (Hercock) and Stylee (Lang) went together over 1200m in 1:18.7. That’s How We Roll (P Ormsby) strode out the 1000m in 1:05.3 and stablemate Everlong (C Ormsby) did similar work in 1:06.2.

An unnamed Ifraaj colt (Dowling) was clocked in 1:06.3 from the 1000m and Where It Began (Forbes) was a shade faster over 1000m, stopping the clock at 1:05.6 while Abidewithme (Hercock) was well held over the same distance in 1:05.2. Puccini (P McKay) and Sam Mesi (S McKay) covered 800m in 49.

Later in the morning Toma Valea (M Brosnan) went with Moneymakeshersmile (Roff) over 1000m in 1:04.6. Circus (Goodwin) went 800m in 56 and 41 the final 600m, while Soul Sista (C Ormsby) galloped 1000m in 1:04.5 and 50.5 for the 800m. 

Show No Emotion (K Myers) worked with Peerage (Hercock) over 1200m and stopped the clock at 1:18.5, finishing the last 600m in 37.2. Last start winner High Viz (Coleman) galloped a smart 1200m in 1:23.1 and 38.7 for the final 600m. Also from the Bridgman stable, an unnamed Viking Ruler – More Than Adequate filly galloped with an unnamed Raise the Flag gelding, covering 600m in 38.9.

On the all-weather track Neutron Star (C Grylls) and Tiara Concerto (Sapsworth) took time honours with a slick 1000m in 1:01.6 and the final 600m in 35.2. Stablemates Power of Attourney (Sapsworth) and Magnify (Chiong) worked 1000m in 1:06.7. Bounding (K Jones) worked over 800m at three-quarter-pace, clocking 1:01 and 45.1 for the last 600m.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 10 December 2013
10 Dec 2013

On a busy course proper at Matamata this morning, where the markers were out 25 metres and the going dead, Annie Higgins (Dowling) galloped with Everlong (C Ormsby) as she prepared for Saturday’s Waikato Times Gold Cup.

Everlong set off a couple of lengths in front and Annie Higgins worked up to be on terms on the line in a time of 1:21.5 for the 1200m and 38.5 the final 600m. The defending Waikato Times Gold Cup title-holder, Annie Higgins has trained on well from her Counties Cup win.

Bronte Lass (Cameron) galloped with King Savinsky (Hercock) in preparation for Te Rapa, covering 1200m in 1:21.5 and 38. In similar work, Liberare (C Ormsby) started a 1200m gallop two lengths clear of The Fire Inside (Coleman), both stopping the clock at 1:23.5, 1:05 for the 1000m and 39.8 the final 600m.

Also from the in-form Moroney-Ormsby stable, Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) went in company with She’s Samashing (P Ormsby), galloping 1200m in 1:22.8 and finished the final 600m comfortably in 39.3.

Tiger Moss (Blair) and Irish Encore (Donnelly) covered 1000m in 1:05 and 38.3, while Touch of Ruby (Brown) prepared for Tauranga on Friday in company with Taaxman (R Jones), striding out nicely in 1:04 and 38.5.

Wisecrack (Jones) worked solo in preparation for Hastings on Thursday, striding out nicely over his last 1000m in 1:05.4 and 37.8.

Forefront (K Myers) was strong galloping his last 600m in 38.8 and Only A Rose (Coleman) did similar work in 38.7. Ronan (Brosnan) galloped 1200m in 1:23.8 and 40.1 and stablemate Little Chief (Roff) covered the same ground in 1:22.5 and 40.3.

Hassle Free (Dowling) and Little Miss Waitoki (Wong) matched strides over 1200m in 1:21.8 and the final 600m in 38.6. My Mestari (Roff) accompanied Savarhys over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.7.

Hidden Secret (Jones) went solo to cover 1000m in 1:10.1 and 39.8. Agent Ziva (A Jones) did similar work in 1:09.6 and 39.8. Makarska (Coleman) had the edge over stablemate Quest (K Jones) as they ran their final 600m in 39.8.

Wairaka (Chiong) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) were evenly matched over 1200m in 1:20 and 39.1 for the final 600m. Jubilate (Sapsworth) and Roc de Chine (C Grylls) covered the same distance in 1:18.5 and 38.7, while Copacabana (C Grylls) and Living The Dream (Sapsworth) were a shade quicker covering 1000m in 1:05.4 and 38.6.

I’ll’ava’alf (A Jones) covered 1200m with Sworntoperfection (K Myers) in 1:22 and 38.9. Immigration (Chiong) and Anyx (Sapsworth) went 1000m in 1:06.8 and 38.5 in hand. High Tower (C Grylls) looked fit dashing 1000m in 1:04.1 and 38.3.

On the all-weather track Madam Kirk (Goodwin) looked ready for her Tauranga assignment on Friday when covering 800m in 50 and running home the final 600m in 36.8. Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) and Powerplaya (Coleman) worked 1200m in 1:15.2 and 36.5.

Kickbuttowski (S McKay) and Culto La Vida (P McKay) went the same distance in 1:17.1 and came home the final 600m in 37.5 while Sinister Man (Wratten) and Full Monty (Sapsworth) stopped the clock at 1:19 and 36.4 for the 1200m. Night Wager and Call Me Maybe covered 1000m in 1:07.5 and 37.3.

Alvesta (P McKay) and Estrato (S McKay) took time honours on the sand, clocking 800m in 49 and the final 600m in 36.3. Rio Rose (R Jones) covered the same ground in 51 and 36.5. Roll With Pulse (Ormsby) and Passing Parade (McNab) were solid over 1000m in 1:02.7 and 36.6.

Also on the sand, Merrily (Hercock) and Tiara (Cameron) prepared for Tauranga Friday with a 1200m gallop in 1:21.5 and the final 600m in 37.6. Stablemates Osmunda (Cameron) and Ruthless Lady (Hercock) did similar work in 1:21.2 and 38.5.

Brandy (A Jones) and Bahrella (Conder) covered the same distance in a steady 1:31 and 40.5. Hinuera (Brosnan) worked in hand to cover 1000m in 1:05.6.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 3 December 2013
03 Dec 2013

Captain Cook Stakes candidates Brave Centaur and Viadana got the tick of approval for Saturday’s big race when they galloped at Matamata this morning.

Working solo on a good plough, Brave Centaur (Dowling) set off at an even gallop to record 1:20.2 for 1200m, with his last 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.6. The Lance Noble-trained gelding, who looks very bright, was under a strong hold at the line.

Stablemate Viadana (Dowling) was partnered by Waitoki Flower (R Jones) in a similar task, cutting out 1200m in 1:19.8, 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 38.5. Viadana has come through her last start second in pleasing condition and should offer decent opposition for the quality field she meets at Trentham.

Ellerslie weekend candidates Persuasive (Coleman) and Kaleidoscope (Blair) caught the eye in their work over 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.7. Persuasive has trained on well from her last start win, while Kaleidoscope didn’t have much luck in her most recent outing.

Undisclosed (P McKay) looked in good order for Saturday’s Concorde Handicap when he and Kick Buttowski (S McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.5. Our Essence (Sapsworth), who runs at the Ellerslie twilight meeting next Wednesday, got through her work well over 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.1 and 37.2.

Impressive last start winner Pikachu (J Collett) worked stylishly over the same ground in 1:20.8, 1:04.6 and 36.3, while Pride And Passion (Hercock) returned 1:21.3, 1:04.9 and 36.9. Silk Chardonnay (P Turner) ran smart time of 1:16.6, 1:02.8 and 37.8.

Milan Miss (Cameron) and Cajero (Hercock), likely runners at Waipukurau on Sunday, got through sound work over 1200m in 1:18.4, with the last 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.3. Beauty Perception (Leveque), a weekend entry for Ellerslie, strode over 1200m in 1:21.1, 1:06.6 and 39.5. King’s Fortune (S Wong) travelled up well at the end of his work over 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 36.4.

NZ 2000 Guineas runner-up Chambord (Hercock) was allowed to run his last 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 40.5. Lifeline Express (Forbes) rolled into his work well over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 40.7. The unraced Zabeel colt, who beat Chambord in a Te Teko spring trial, has come in for strong support on the early fixed odds New Zealand Derby market. Trainers Paul and Kris Shailer have his debut planned for the Matamata meeting on December 18.

Strike Back (Coleman) and Political Nitemare (Blair), unraced Derby entries from the O’Sullivan-Scott stable, shaped up over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 37.7. Where It Began (C Ormsby) flattened out well over the final stages of his work over 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:10 and 39.4. Hot Rod (Forbes) ran the same trip in 1:23.7, 1:08.5 and 39.2, while Exabelle (Hercock) returned 1:20.7, 1:05.3 and 36.8.

Money Maker (M Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:08.5 and 39.4, while Little Chief (Roff) clocked 1:04.5 and 37.2, Choice One Jonesy (H McQuade) took 1:05.8 and 39.5, Taaxman (Gillies) 1:09.2 and 41.4, and Forefront (Forbes) 1:10.5 and 41.4. Stella’s Honour (C Ormsby) and Valdivia (P Ormsby) were timed over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 38.6

Cristal Heights (Leveque) and Keep In Tune (S Wong) put the pace on in the early stages on the way to running 1200m in 1:17.4, 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 38.3. Annie Higgins (Dowling) was not after time over 1200m in 1:28.8 and 42. She has come through her Counties Cup win in good order and is on target for the Waikato Times Gold Cup on Saturday week.

Long Beach (Cameron) strode through 1200m in 1:22.8, with his last 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 37.6. Tiger Moss (P Turner) ran over the same ground in 1:20.2, 1:06.4 and 39.7, Le Bon Fin (Holmquist) took 1:22, 1:07.6 and 39.8, and Ira Bean (McRae) was kept to 1:29.2, 1:12 and 41.2.

Wisecrack (K Jones) caught the eye on the all-weather track, where he ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.2. Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) was keen to go faster over the final stages of 100m in 1:11.3 and 41.2. Fix (K Jones) looked bright in her first piece of striding work since returning from fetlock chip surgery.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 November 2013
26 Nov 2013

The Hotz and Revelator prepared for Ellerslie on the weekend with smart work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, The Hotz (C Ormsby) and Revelator (P Ormsby) strode over ground and were timed from the 1200m in 1:19.8, with their last 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 36.2. The Moroney-Ormsby pair were strong at the line and after good fresh-up efforts look ready for their middle-distance assignments on Saturday.

New Zealand 2000 Guineas placegetter Gobi Ranger (P Turner) looked bright when he was paired with News of the World (Swann) over 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 36.6. Gobi Ranger is an entry for both the Wellington Stakes at Otaki on Friday and the Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO at Ellerslie on Saturday, with the decision on a start dependent on the weather.

Alvesta (P McKay) and Antonio Lombardo (J McKay) prepared for Ellerslie with a smart 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Alvesta runs in the main sprint, while his stablemate will step up to 1600m in the Eagle Technology Stakes. Race rivals Joey Massino (P McKay) and Estrato (S McKay) galloped on the all-weather track, where they cut out 1000m in 1:02.9 and 36.8.

Back on the plough, Ellerslie feature three-year-old entries Ruthless lady (Hercock) and King Savinsky (Cameron) worked away to run 1200m in 1:19.6, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 36.2. Ellerslie candidates Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan) and Opt (C Grylls) left 1000m behind in 1:02.8 and 36.5, while Volksbelle (K Myers) and Hot Rod (Ward) put on the pace to return 1:01.8 and 35.2.

Fast Fiction (Hercock) and Speeding (Cameron) also worked in style over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.2. Otaki candidate Madam Kirk (Goodwin) ran the same trip in 1:01.7 and 36.2.

Ellerslie entries Happy Guys (C Grylls) and Makarska (Coleman) were paired in sound work over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.3. Inis Rose (Leveque) and Racquetor (Dowling) strode over 1200m in 1:19, with their last 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.4. Aspen (Cameron) and Flirty Girl (Hercock) looked bright after a recent freshen-up when cutting out 1200m in 1:18.2, 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 35.2.

Recent impressive winner Beauty Show (C Grylls) covered 1200m in 1:16.8, 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.3. Viadana (Dowling) was kept to 1200m in 1:29.6 and 42.3, while fellow Captain Cook Stakes prospect Brave Centaur (Dowling) returned 1:19.8 and 37.8.

Yin Yang Master (Allen) began steadily before completing 1200m in 1:25.8, 1:08.6 and 39.4. Over the same ground Prospero (Cameron) and Stylee (Cameron) took 1:20.6, 1:05.2 and 36.7, Tiger Moss (Coleman) 1:23.8, 1:07.6 and 39.2, Marcelle (R Jones) and Calm Bay (Leveque) 1:18.5, 1:03.7 and 36.8, Flying Fantasy (P Ormsby) and Graphic (C Grylls) 1:23, 1:05 and 36.4, and Lily Belle (Burton) 1:15.2, 1:02 and 37.7.

Imagine (B Grylls) and an unnamed Zabeel gelding (Coleman) began steadily to cover 1000m in 1:05.6, finishing off with 600m in 36.9. Stablemates The Last Shower (C Ormsby) and Total Response (P Ormsby) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:16.7, 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 35.6, while Peerage (Hercock) and Jewels Gift (Cameron) also did smart work over 1200m in 1:17.7, 1:02.1 and 35.

La Vitesse (Weatherley) wasted no time over 1200m in 1:15.8, 1:02.2 and 35.8, Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) cut out 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.7, and Beauty Glow (Leveque) and Touch Ahead (Dowling) covered 1200m in 1:20.6, 1:06 and 38.7.

Agent Ziva (P Turner), who runs at Ellerslie, was restrained early over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 36.2. Malina (S Wong) and Mirage (R Jones) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:15.5, 1000m in 1:013 and 600m in 35.8. Ellerslie runners Le’Vantos (Forbes) and I’ll’ava’alf (A Jones) went evenly over 1200m in 1:22.2, 1:06.9 and 39.5.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Habitual Offender (Samuelsson) 1:29.2, 41.5; Sateka (Holmquist) 1:14.8, 37.2; Little Chief (M Brosnan) 1:20.2, 39.4; Villars (Sapsworth) 1:29.8 44.3.

1200m all-weather: Lucky To Be Cool (C Grylls) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) 1:14.4, 35.7; Wisecrack (K Jones) 1:31.3, 45.4.

1000m plough: Angel’s Share (O’Sullivan) 1:06.8, 37.5; Goldie (Holmquist) and Peria Princess (Goodwin) 1:10.6, 41.2.

1000m all-weather: Zaragoza (P McKay), Jimmy Hoffa (J McKay) and Kick Buttowski (S McKay) 1:06.5, 38.2.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 21 November 2013
22 Nov 2013

Counties Cup contenders Annie Higgins, Back in Black, and Thrive all had hitouts this morning ahead of Saturday’s feature.

Annie Higgins (Dowling) strode out nicely on the plough over 1200m in 1:25 and 40.1 the final 600m, while Thrive (Hercock) did similar work in a time of 1:22.8 and 37.6. Back in Black (McCrae) was comfortable over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 39.

Pussy O’Reilly (K Jones) represents Matamata in the Auckland Breeder’s Stakes at Counties and looked in great order for the race as she galloped 1200m on the all-weather track in 1:24 and cruised home the final 600m in 36.1.

Stablemate Zankuro (B Grylls) had his final hitout for the open 1600m event, working 1000m in 1:09.5 and 39.5 in hand.

Counties Bowl entrant Sequin (Sapsworth) was well held on the plough, working solo in 41 over 600m.

Flaming (Hercock) and Xquisite (C Ormsby) both worked well in company on the plough ahead of the Murdoch Newell Stakes for two-year-olds. Flaming was timed in 37.8 her final 600m while Xquisite had the better of her stablemates in stylish work.

Vincent Street (Wells) was timed in 37.5 his final 600m ahead of the rating 85 1400m at Counties. Back on the all-weather, Quest (K Jones) went 1000m in 1:09.5 and 40.2 the final 600m to prepare for the same event.

Also on the plough, I’lláv’ahalf (Conder) ran her last 600m in 37.5 while stablemate Agent Ziva (A Jones) worked 1000m in 1:08 and 39. Also from the Fursdon team, Only a Rose (Jones) was strong over 1000m in 1:03.1 and 36.8 the final 600m.

Unknown Pleasures (P Ormsby) galloped 1200m in 1:18.4 and 38, The Nott (Gibbs) worked over the same ground in a time of 1:24 and 41.7. Rio Rose (Blair) worked 1200m in 1:21.5 and 37.2 as did Roanin (M Brosnan) in a time of 1:19.3 and 37.5. Opt (K Myers) and Hot Cha (Coleman) were paired over 1000m and stopped the clock in 1:03 and 36.5. Stoneleigh (K Hillis) went 1:05 and 36.5 over the 1000m.

On the all-weather track Zaragoza (P McKay) and Alvesta (J McKay) were strong their last 600m, galloping in 36.8 while stablemates Canterino (S McKay) and Kickbuttowski (J McKay) stopped the clock at 37.5 for their final 600m.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 November 2013
19 Nov 2013

DHL Counties Cup entries Annie Higgins, Thrive, Wisecrack and Back In Black all shaped up well when getting through their work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Annie Higgins (Dowling) was partnered by Natsinga (Leveque) in a solid gallop over ground, timed to run their last 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 37.4. Annie Higgins has had a good build-up to her first summer cup target and will be at peak fitness for Saturday’s Pukekohe feature.

Thrive (K Myers) looked well when hitting out boldly over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 36.7. Any rain would boost her Counties Cup prospects.

Wisecrack (K Jones) did his work on the all-weather track, where he rolled into the second round and ran his last 1200m in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 37.1. He has made good progress in his recent racing. Back In Black (McRae) was not after time in striding work, timed from the 1200m in 1:23.2, 1:08.3 and 38.6.

Also on the all-weather track, Auckland Breeders’ Stakes candidate Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) shaped up well in company with Zankuro (K Jones), cutting out 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.4. Zankuro runs in the open 1600 at Pukekohe.

Promising juvenile Douro (C Grylls) looked the part in his work with an Align gelding (M Gibbs), running in from the 800m in 48.5 and 600m in 36.2. Douro runs in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe. Quest (K Jones) got through 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:05.4 and 38.2, while Irish Moon (Coleman) took 1:08.4 and 39.3 over 1000m.  

Back on the plough, Sequin (Coleman), who has reverted to her original name after racing last season as Huffer, was partnered in brilliant work by fellow Pukekohe entry Living The Dream (Cheung) over 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.7. 

Rose Of Virginia (Dowling) and Needlly (C Grylls) prepared for Pukekohe with a slick 1200m in 1:15.3, 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36.3. Awapuni weekend entry Hardcore Rock (Hercock) and Longbeach (Cameron) were paired in attractive work over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:02.8 and 36.2.

Queen’s Rose (Sapsworth) and Arnold (Wratten) prepared for Pukekohe over 1200m in a smart 1:16.7, 1:02 and 36.5, while Taaxman (R Jones) and Stoneleigh (K Hillis) cut out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 37.2. Sophia’s Dream (O’Sullivan) was in good form as she prepared for Pukekohe with 1000m in 1:00.4 and 35.8.

Suspicious Mind (Samuelsson) and Unknown Pleasure (C Ormsby) began steadily over 1000 and ran the trip in 1:06.2, quickening for a final 600m in 36.2. Over the same ground Irish Encore (C Grylls) clocked 1:04.8 and 36.9 in preparation for Thursday’s local meeting, Ella Grace (Burton) and Yes (Swann) 1:01.8 and 36.5, Only A Rose (A Jones) 1:05.2 and 37, and Ekraarstatic (Brown) 1:05.7 and 38.3.

Everlong (C Ormsby) shaped up for Matamata with 1200m in 1:21.4, 1:05 and 36.4, while Always On My Mind (S Wong) returned 1:21.8, 1:06.2 and 39, Vitali (C Grylls) 1:20.4, 1:05.2 and 37, Giardini (O’Sullivan) 1:21.2, 1:05.8 and 37.8, and Umizoomi (Donnelly) 1:19.7, 1:03.5 and 36.2.

Mulan Miss (K Myers) and Exabelle (Dee) were in good form over 1200m in 1:19.7, 1:04.5 and 36.7. Liberare (P Ormsby) covered the same ground in 1:19.4, 1:04.2 and 37, Yin Yang Master (Allen) 1:21, 1:05.2 and 37.4, Lookatmepins (S Wong) 1:20.7, 1:05 and 37.2, and Prospero (Cameron) 1:23.4, 1:08.2 and 39.4.

Other plough gallops: 1200m: Xalted (P Ormsby) 1:23, 1:08.6, 40.9; Opt (Coleman) and Hidden Secret (Blair) 1:24.7, 1:07.5, 36.7; Made My Point (Roff) 1:26.2, 1:10.4, 41.5; Tegwin (K Jones) 1:24.4, 1:08.2, 40.5; Tiger Moss (O’Sullivan) 1:26.4, 1:09.6, 39.7; Savarhys (R Jones) 1:19.9, 1:04.4, 37; Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) and Alice Web Ellis (Cheung) 1:23.4, 1:07.2, 41; Ronan (M Brosnan) 1:18.8, 1:02.4, 37; King’s Fortune (Leveque) and Can’t Hassle Me (S Wong) 1:22.7, 1:07.5, 40; Miss Directional (C Grylls) 1:22.7, 1:07.5, 39.4.

1000m: My Mestari (Forbes) 1:07.3, 40.4; Secret Jewel (J Collett) 1:05.2, 38.5; Mr Mendelssohn (H McQuade) and Choice One Jonesy (K McQuade) 1:08.9, 39.5.

800m: Billie Jean King (Goodwin) and Peria Princess (Holmquist) 54.8, 39.9.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 14 November 2013
14 Nov 2013

The majority of gallops this morning were for horses preparing for the Matamata meeting next Thursday.

The plough had the most traffic, with time honours going to Merrily (Dee) and Tiara (Hercock) who galloped 1200m in 1:17.7 and the final 600m in 35.3. Touch of Ruby (K Hillis) and Babilloni (Brown) prepared for their home meeting with a 1000m gallop in 1:03.4 and 36.6. High Viz (Coleman) went solo over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 39 while stable mate Agent Ziva did similar work in 1:08.8 and 40 and Elusive Flirt (Jones) strolled over 1000m in 1:12 and 44.

Madame Kirk (Goodwin) prepared for Tauranga Saturday with an easy gallop over 1000m in 1:15 and 40. Go Paddy (McCrae) looked strong galloping 1000m in 1:08 and 39.2 with stable mate Tronic Rose (McCrae) well held over 800m in 53 and 39.3. Both are likely to head to Matamata with Counties a possibility for Go Paddy.

The O’Sullivan/Scott team look particularly well and had several to gallop a week out from the home meeting. Hidden Secret (Donnelly) was timed over 1000m in 1:06.3 and 38.4 the final 600m. Whiskey Bolero (Donelly) worked over 1200m in 1:27 and 42.3 with Tiger Moss (L O’Sullivan) and Vitali (Turner) galloping separately over 1200m in 1:25 and 38.5 and 1:23 and 38.7 respectively.

On the all-weather Payday (W Hillis) strode out well, clocking 1000m in 1:07 and 38.9. Happy Guys (Coleman) was a tick off three-quarter pace working 1200m in 1:24 and 43 the final 600m. Irish Moon (B Grylls) did similar work over 1000m, timed in 1:16 and 43.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 November 2013
12 Nov 2013

New Zealand Cup lightweight Juggernaut Rock shaped in the style of a possible upsetter when he got through his final serious work at Matamata this morning.

Ridden by co-owner Kelly Hall on the sand, Juggernaut Rock strode over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:19.3, picking up the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.5. The Jason Price-trained gelding has trained on well from his last start win over 2400 metres and gives every indication that he will lap up the 3200 metres of Saturday’s Riccarton feature, for which a jockey has yet to be confirmed.

Fellow New Zealand Cup candidate Canterino did his work on the all-weather track, where co-trainer Peter McKay let him stride over two rounds, running his last 1200m evenly in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 39.4. He looks bright and will be ridden on Saturday by Leith Innes.

Also on the all-weather track, Powerplaya (Coleman) worked well in company with Happy Guys (K Jones) as their pair primed up for Tauranga on Saturday, cutting out a solid 1200m in 1:14.2, 1000m in 1:00.9 and 600m in 36.

She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) prepared for Tauranga with a smart 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 35.5, while stablemate Calypso (C Ormsby) did similar work in 1:04.2 and 36.6. Arnold (Wratten) and The Knott (Gibbs) were paired over 1200m in 1:16.5, 1:04 and 38.2. Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) and Letmeby (Cheung) recorded 1:19.4, 1:05.4 and 37.2.

Back In Black (McRae), preparing for next week’s Counties Cup, was always comfortable over 1200m in 1:22.4, 1:07.1 and 38.3. Elusive Flirt (A Jones) left 1000m behind in 1:07 and 39.3, Square Circles (C Grylls) took 1:08.5 and 40.2, Pachenko (A Jones) 1:07.5 and 38.5, and Sateka (Goodwin) 1:04.8 and 39.

On the course proper, which was good 25m out, Villars (Sapsworth) drew attention to her Tauranga prospects when she shaded Tauranga Stakes entry Villifye (C Grylls) at the end of 1200m in 1:18.7, 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 38.8. With placings at all four starts to date, Villars is set to break maiden grade this weekend.

Last start winner Agent Ziva (C Grylls) shaped up for the R85 1200 at Tauranga with 1200m in 1:18.9, 1:03.8 and 38, while stablemate Sunbeam (Coleman) returned 1:20.2, 1:04 and 38.9.

Back on the sand, New Zealand 1000 Guineas candidate Miss Mossman was ridden by raceday jockey Kelly Myers when partnering Made My Point (Roff) over 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:04.9 and 36.4.

Twist Of Fate (C Grylls) did sound work for Tauranga over 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.3. Hidden Secret (P Turner) and Centre Stage (C Grylls) left 1200m behind in 1:20.6, with the last 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600 in 37.

Over the same ground Wairaka (Cheung) and Our Essence (Sapsworth) took 1:20.4, 1:05.5 and 38.8, Vitali (P Turner) 1:26.3, 1:10.6 and 41.5, Rose Of Virginia (Wong) 1:21.4, 1:06.2 and 38.8, Beauty Perception (Leveque) and Inis Rose (R Jones) 1:20.1, 1:06.5 and 39.2, and Chazelle (J Collett) 1:21.8, 1:06.6 and 38.8.

Pikachu (J Collett) and Beauty Show (C Grylls) did good work together over 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.1. Douro (Wratten) also shaped up well over 800m in 49.5 and 600m in 36.2.

Mr Mendelssohn (P Turner) quickened in his work with 1000m in 1:08.2 and 600m in 39.8. Foxy Belle (Blair) covered the same ground in 1:03.8 and 37.9, while Schrodingers Cat (Brown) took 1:08.2 and 40.5, Augusta National (Wong) 1:08.4 and 40.9, Precious Time (Dee) 1:14.3 and 44.2, Copacabana (Wratten) 1:13.8 and 43.6, and Ten Belles (Allen) 1:13.3 and 40.4.

On Monday leading New Zealand 1000 Guineas candidates Bounding and Spellbinder signed off their preparations with impressive work. Hot favourite Bounding (K Jones) worked on the all-weather track, where she and Pussy O’Reilly (J Collett) cut out a slick 1200m in 1:13.7, with the last 1000m in 60.5 and the 600m in 35.8.

Spellbinder worked right-handed on the course proper, where the going was dead 23 metres out. Ridden by Kate Hercock, she was partnered by an unnamed Guillotine filly (Miller) over 1200m in 1:19.5, quickening for a final 600m in 36.3.

Traveller (K Jones), who will accompany Bounding to Riccarton, worked on the all-weather track, striding from the 1200m in 1:16.5, 1000m in 1:02.5 and finishing off with 600m in 36.5. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 5 November 2013
05 Nov 2013

Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas candidate Puccini indicated he might be more than an outside chance in Saturday’s Riccarton classic when he worked in dashing style at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Puccini (P McKay) was partnered by Coupland’s Mile entry Estrato (S McKay) over1000m in 1:02.4, finishing off with a brilliant final 600m in 35.8. It was very good work by the McKay stablemates as they prepared for the New Zealand Cup carnival.

New Zealand 2000 Guineas outsider Deschabeel (Roff) went with Rotorua Friday candidate My Mestari (Forbes) cut out 1200m in 1:19.2, with their last 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37. Sir Elmo (A Jones) prepared for Saturday’s Metropolitan Trophy at Riccarton with solid work alongside I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) over 1200m in 1:17, 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 38.2.

Tiger Moss (C Grylls) and Irish Encore (Blair) worked well in preparation for Te Rapa on Saturday, cutting out 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.2. Cristal Heights (Dowling) and Volcano (S Wong), two more for Te Rapa, left 1200m behind in 1:17.3, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37.8.

Calm Bay (R Jones) and Marcelle (Dowling), who run at Avondale next Monday, covered the same ground in 1:18, 1:03.2 and 36.4. Others to work well over ground included Royal Rhythm (Dee) and Show No Emotion (Hercock), who recorded 1:20.8, 1:03.8 and 36.4, Inis Rose (S Wong) and Racquetor (Leveque) 1:16.4, 1:02.2 and 36.2, Our Essence (C Grylls) 1:17.7, 1:03.4 and 36.5, and Savarhys (R Jones) and Yin Yang Master (Coleman) 1:15.2, 1:01.4 and 35.8.

Recent fresh-up winner Viadana (C Grylls) looked bright when allowed to stroll over 1200m in 1:21.4, with her last 600m in 39.4. Our Famous Eve (P Turner) continued her Coupland’s Mile preparation with an easy 1200m in 1:21.8 and 600m in 38.

Bachelor Keen (Sapsworth) and Wairaka (Chiong) didn’t chase time as they covered 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:05.4 and 37.2, while Peerage (Dee) and Clos de Tart (Hercock) impressed as they cut out the same distance in 1:17.4, 1:02.7 and 36.6.

Hot Char (Coleman) showed dash over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.8, Rio Rose (Blair) took 1:02.4 and 36.2, and Toma Valea (Roff) and Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) clocked 1:01.8 and 36.6. Te Rapa feature sprint entry Undisclosed (P McKay) was partnered by the unraced Vettel (J McKay) over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 36.8.

On the all-weather track New Zealand 1000 Guineas favourite Bounding (K Jones) appeared to be thriving as she cruised through the last 1000m of easy work in 1:16.2 and 45.4.

Time honours went to Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Newyork Bakerboy (J McKay) as they left 1000m behind in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Irish Moon (Coleman) and Pachenko (A Jones) also wasted no time over 1000m in 1:02 and 36.3.

Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls), who has improved with her fresh-up run, was kept to 1000m in 1:08.4 and 600m in 41.2, while stablemate Powerplaya (B Grylls) took 1:13 and 39.8.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Walsburgs Flight (Chiong) 1:17.2, 37.2; Needlly (S Wong) and Waitoki Flower (Dowling) 1:18, 37.5; Fiftyshadesofgrey (P Turner) 1:21.9, 37; Wannabe (Donnelly) 1:26.8, 37.2; Getaway (B Grylls) 1:24.4, 37.9.

1000m plough: Madam Kirk (Goodwin) 1:06.6, 37.8; Square Circles (P Ormsby) 1:03.8, 37.8; Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) 1:07.5, 37.8; Sky Music (Hercock) and Seline (Dee) 1:07, 36.4; Lucky To Be Cool (Sapsworth) and Roc de Chine (Chiong) 1:04.9, 38.6; Passing Parade (Coleman) 1:07.2, 38.5.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 31 October 2013
31 Oct 2013

Arnold worked impressively at Matamata this morning in a final hitout for the open sprint at Tauranga.

On a good plough, Arnold (Wratten) cut out 1200m in 1:19.6 and rattled home the final 600m in 35.3. The Graham Richardson-trained gelding is in good order for this weekend engagement.

Race rivals Zankuro and Antonio Lombardo had their final preparations on the all-weather track. Zankuro (P Turner) worked easily over 1000m in 1:09.4 and 39.6, while Antonio Lombardo (J McKay) was accompanied by Puccini (P McKay) as he ran home a strong final 600m in 37.1.

Also on the all-weather, Kick Buttowski (S McKay) did stylish work for Tauranga as he cut out his last 600m in 36.3 and galloped on strongly after the line.

Others fine-tuning for Tauranga included Fairy Cake (C Ormsby), who was well held over 800m in 55 and 39, and Crystalight (Sapsworth), who galloped solo over 1200m in 1:21.6 and 37.7.

On the plough, Little Chief (Roff) began his work with his head on his chest, cutting out 1000m in 1:06.8 and 41 the final 600m. Whisky Bolero (Donnelly) was timed over 1200m in 1:23 and 37.9, with stablemates Sophie’s Dream (Blair) and Whosyourmaster (P Turner) each doing similar work solo in 1:22.5 and 37.8 and 1:22.8 and 37.9 respectively. Hot Cha (Donnelly) was strong over 1000m in 1:05 and 37.6, as was Tegwin (R Jones) in 1:04 and 37.3.

Nothing Trivial (K Hillis) once again worked well, stopping the clock at 36.8 for his final 600m. Jimmy Hoffa (S McKay) was well held over 1000m with Zaragoza (P McKay) as they clocked 1:06 and 36.9.

Aspen (Cameron) and Secret Whisper (Miller) strode over 1200m in 1:19.2 and 37. Pachenko (P Turner) galloped professionally over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 37, while Brandy (A Jones) did similar work in 1:05.5 for the 1000m and the final 600m in 37.

Peerage (Hercock) worked solo over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 39. Stablemates Rapid Gain (Hercock) and Fast Fiction (Dee) galloped comfortably over 1000m in 1:07 and finished in 38.5.

Canthassleme (Dowling) and a three-year-old Keeper-Zenatta filly (Wong) strode out nicely over 1000m in 1:05.2 and 37.4.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 October 2013
29 Oct 2013

Natsinga turned in a sound trial for Tauranga on Saturday when he partnered Annie Higgins in impressive work at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Natsinga (S Wong) and Annie Higgins (Dowling) strode over the last 1200m of their work in 1:17.1, with the final 1000m taking 1:03.3 and 600m 36.8. Natsinga’s form this preparation has been consistent apart from a last start failure on heavy ground and he could bounce back on the weekend, while Annie Higgins will be an interesting runner in the weight-for-age feature at Ellerslie next Tuesday.

Cool Cruising shaped as a likely improver when trainer Darryn Weatherley took her over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 36.8, travelling strongly to the finish as if she could have gone faster. It’s been a while since she showed her best but that could change in the R75 1400 at Tauranga.

Made My Point (Roff) and Magic Shaft (Allen) were in good form as they prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Others to run time over 1000m included Ella Grace (Burton) and Peria Princess (Holmquist) in 1:01.4 and 38.2, and Flossy The Cat (R Turner) and Svavarsson (Hepi) in 1:04.4 and 36.2.

Covered ’N Bay (H McQuade) got through good work over 1200m in 1:17.6 and 1000m in 1:03.6, but due to fog no final sectional was possible. Tauranga entry Keep In Tune (Dowling) and Needlly (S Wong), who runs at Ellerslie, ran the same distance in 1:17.4 and 1:02.8, while Jewel’s Gift (Dee) and Osmunda (Hercock) returned 1:20.6 and 1:05 and Crystalight (Sapsworth) 1:22.3 and 1:06.6.

Living The Dream (Sapsworth) and Arnold (Wratten) worked evenly over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37.5. Exquisite (C Ormsby) and Reaching Out (C Grylls) covered the same ground in 1:07.9 and 37.6, while Goldie (Goodwin) took 1:07.8 and 41.5.

Bachelor Keen (M Gibbs) strode over 1200m in 1:21.6, with his last 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 39. Over the same distance Toma Valea (M Brosnan) took 1:19.4, Secret Whisper (Hercock) and Clos de Tart (Dee) 1:21.2, 1:05.9 and 39, Persuasive (Coleman) 1:24.5 and 39.2, Fairy Cake (C Grylls) 1:26.1, 1:08.3 and 38.8, and Flying Fantasy (Coleman) 1:26.9 and 1:10.5.

On the all-weather track, Tauranga entry Ravello (S McKay) was partnered by Alvesta (P McKay) over a smart 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.8.

Ira Bean (McRae) ran the same distance in 1:06.2 and 37.6, while Makarska (Coleman) was timed over 800m in 55.4 and 600m in 40.5. 

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 24 October 2013
24 Oct 2013

Bounding and Pussy O’Reilly were again impressive as they continued their preparations for weekend racing at Matamata this morning.

Working on the all-weather track, Bounding (K Jones) and Pussy O’Reilly (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1:03.7, quickening for a final 600m in 35.5. Bounding just shaded her stablemate on the line and both look in top order for their respective assignments at Te Rapa and Ellerslie.

Spellbinder (Hercock) had her final hitout for the Sarten Memorial on a dead course proper 15m out, working over 1200m with Sovereign Rose (Miller) in 1:18 and a the final 600m in a smart 35.9.

On the all-weather track Happy Guys (K Jones) and Wisecrack (Coleman) cut out 1200m in 1:18.5 and came home the final 600m in 36.5. Another from the in-form Kelso team, Traveller (K Jones), worked his last 600m comfortably in 37.

On the plough Zeldara (Hunt) and Pikachu (J Collett) worked stylishly in a time of 49.5 for 800m and 36.8 for their final 600m. High Viz (Coleman) and Muscat Hills (A Jones) did similar work, finishing in 36.8.

Ellerslie entrants Prospero (Hercock) and Sunset Pass (Dee) cut out 800m in 51.6 and 37.5. High Tower (H McQuade) strode out nicely over 1200m in 1:19 and 37.6 for the last 600m as did stablemate Covered ‘N Bay (H McQuade) in 1:17 and 38.3.

Full Monty (Wratten) and Made to Measure (R Jones) did similar work over 1200m 1:20 and 600m in 37.7. Night of Passion (M Brosnan) and Ronan (Roff) worked in company over 1000m in 1:06.3 and 37.8, while stablemates Toma Valea (M Brosnan) doing 1000m striding work in 1:09.3 and 40.3 and Typhoon (Roff) in 1:07 and 39.7.

Soul Sista (Ormsby) also did easy work, covering 1000m in 1:12.6 and 600m in 41.6. Pachenko (A Jones) galloped professionally over 1000m in 1:08.4 and 38, while Sir Elmo covered 1200m in 1:26.7, 1000m in 1:06.7 and the final 600m in 41.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 October 2013
22 Oct 2013

Bounding and Pussy O’Reilly took times honours on the course proper at Matamata this morning.

Working 14 metres out on dead footing, Bounding (Du Plessis) and Pussy O’Reilly (Coleman) were evenly matched over 1200m in 1:18.4, coming home in 1:03.2 for the 1000m and 36.4 the final 600m. Bounding looks in top order heading into the competitive Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa on Monday.

Another headed for the three-year-old feature, Fantastic Honour (K Myers), galloped smartly in hand over 1000m in 1:11 and 39.5, while Traveller (Du Plessis) worked in company with last start winner Sir Elmo (Coleman), stopping the clock at 1:16.4 for the 1200m and 38 the final 600m. Traveller will head to Te Rapa on Monday while Sir Elmo will start at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Wisecrack (K Jones) and Happy Guys (Coleman) worked together on the all-weather track in preparation for Te Rapa, recording 1:17 for 1200m and 36.4 for the last 600m. Stablemate Quest (Du Plessis) clocked 1:19 and 37.2 over the same distance.

Joey Massino (S McKay) and Puccini (P McKay) also prepared for Te Rapa with a stylish 1200m gallop in 1:18 and 600m in 37. From the same stable, Estrato (S McKay) worked in company with Alvesta (P McKay) and Starguru (J McKay) in a time of 1:03 for 1000m and 36.7 for the final 600m. Alvesta trailed his stablemates and picked them up in the run home to show the best work on the line. Estrato will head to either Ellerslie or Te Rapa, depending on which venue will have the better track conditions.

Lucky Feather (Goodwin) and Billie Jean King were strong over 1000m with a smart time of 1:01.5 and 35.5.

On the plough Danica Guy’s La Tourneau (Turner) did career-best work in company with Merrily (Richards), galloping strongly over 1000m in 1:03 and finishing off with 600m in 35.7. The mare will head to either Waipa or Ellerslie this week, depending on the state of the tracks, while a start for Merrily has yet to be decided.

Belorussiya (Grylls) prepared for Waipa on Friday with a strong 1000m gallop in 1:10 and 39.5. Preparing for Ellerslie, Kaleidescope (O’Sullivan) and Tiger Moss (Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 36.

Stablemates Angel’s Share (O’Sullivan) and Sophia’s Dream (Blair) did similar work in times of 1:04 and 37 and 1:05 and 38, respectively. Angel’s Share will line up at Te Rapa on Monday.

Lady Le Fay (K Myers) worked her last 600m in 37.5, while Volksbelle (Ward) was strong over 1000m in 1:01.5 and 35.9.

Sunset Pass (Hercock) and Prospero (Cameron) worked over ground on the plough to prepare for staying assignments at Ellerslie, clocking last 1200m in 1:19.4 and 37.2.

Sinister Man (Wratten) and Rivertaine Coup (Grylls) worked well in hand over 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.7, while stablemates Pipedreams (Sapsworth) and Dynamite Girl (Chong) returned 1:04 and 37.8. Also from the Richardson stable, Sultry Assassin (Chong) and Villars (Sapsworth) worked 1200m together in 1:21.5 and 37.6 for the final 600m.

Armadio Estrada (W Hillis) strode out easily over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 36.2 while Nothing Trivial (K Hillis) covered the same ground in 1:03.5 and 36. Rhythms of Nature (Tate) was not after time in a tidy gallop over 1000m in 1:10 and 40.

From the Jim Collett team, Aladdin (J Collett) looked professional galloping 1000m in 1:06.2 and 37, while Shazeel (J Collett), more of a staying type, recorded 1:07 and 38.4 over the same distance.

Sun Beam (A Jones) was in hand working 1000m in 1:08 and 40.3, as were Goldie (Goodwin) and Peria Princess (R Jones), who clocked 1:08.3 and 40. Golden Castle (McGruer) and Stoneleigh (Brown) did similar work covering 800m in 55 and 40.1 for the final 600m.

Matamata Trackwork Thursday 17 October 2013
17 Oct 2013

Hardcore Rock and Longbeach worked in good style at Matamata this morning, where the course proper was in the slow range, bordering on heavy, with the markers out 20 metres.

Hardcore Rock (Cameron) and Longbeach (Miller) handled the going well, cutting out 1000m in 1:08 and the final 600m in 38.7. Stablemates O’Darci (Cameron) and Sovereign Rose (Miller) did similar work in 1:08 and 39.5 in preparation for Hastings next week.

Wellington Guineas candidates King’s Rock (Miller) and All Decked Out (Cameron) strode out nicely over 1000m in 1:09.7 and 39.2 for the last 600m. Peerage (Cameron) and The Musician (Miller) covered the same distance in 1:08.9 and 39.8.

Newyork Bakerboy (P McKay) and an unnamed Econsul gelding (Hercock) galloped 800m in 53.2 and came home the final 600m in 39.7.

On the all-weather track Silverdale (Jones) looked well in preparation for Rotorua as he galloped 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 40.2.

Donnie Brasco (P McKay), who lines up in the three year old event at Rotorua, was strong having his final 600-metre hitout in 37. Makarska (Coleman), looking well after her debut for second, did striding work over 600m in 40, while stablemate Bounding (K Jones) was never out of first gear as she worked over 1200m in 1:14.5 and 600m in 42.6.

Aladdin (J Collett) galloped stylishly on the sand over 1000m in 1:06.7 and 38 while stablemate Flash Forward (Collett) also worked solo clocking 55 for the 800m.

Vitali (Jones) prepared for Rotorua over 1000m in 1:15.2 and 39.2, while Sophia’s Dream (Grylls) clocked 1.06 over 1000m. Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) worked 1000m in 1.09 and 41, while I’ll’ava’alf (Conder) was paired with Tequila At Midnite (A Jones) over 1000m in 1.07.3 and 39.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 15 October 2013
16 Oct 2013

Irish Encore prepared for her Rotorua weekend engagement with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 22 metres out on a slow course proper, Irish Encore (O’Sullivan) was travelling sweetly at the end of 1000m with Wannabe (Blair) in 1:04.8 and 600m in 38.6. Irish Encore was withdrawn from last weekend’s local meeting due to the slow footing and is in good order for when the right opportunity arrives, hopefully this Saturday.

Whisky Bolero (Donnelly), another O’Sullivan-Scott entrant for Rotorua, tracked his stablemates to record 1:04.6 and 38.2 in what was also sound work. Zankuro (Dee) prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 39.6. He could be a fast improver from his recent first-up run for the Kelsos.

Orinto (Cameron) turned in a good trial for Rotorua when she and Sunset Pass (Dee) strode over 1200m in 1:21.6, with their final 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 39.2. Over the same ground Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) returned 1:21.8, 1:08 and 41.2, while Traveller was not after time as he recorded 1:28.3, 1:13.2 and 42.8. 

Lilly Belle (R Jones) and Elle Grace (Burton) left 1000m behind in 1:06.4 and 39.6. Gobi Ranger (P Turner) continued his New Zealand 2000 Guineas preparation with a leisurely 1000m in 1:15.2 and 43.2.

Percentage (C Grylls) and a Flying Spur gelding (Wratten), two-year-olds in the Graham Richardson stable, ran in from the 600m mark in 40.8. A juvenile pair in the Danica Guy team by Iffraaj (K Hillis) and Fast ’N’ Famous (P Turner) were timed over 800m in 55.2 and 600m in 40.3.

On the sand, which was firm, Silverdale (R Jones) and Twist Of Fate (Brown) worked in style over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.4. Silverdale runs at Rotorua on Saturday, while his stablemate is entered for Tauranga on Friday.

Toma Valea (M Brosnan) and Cleo (Roff) were also impressive as they prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600 in 36.8, while High Tower (H McQuade) recorded 1:04.4 and 37.5, Donny Brasco (P McKay) and Estrato (S McKay) took 1:04.5 and 36.2, and Waitoki Flower (C Grylls) 1:02.4 and 36.6.

Cristal Heights (Dowling) and Keep In Tune (S Wong) were paired in sound work over 1200m in 1:19.4 and 600m in 37.2. Everlong (Samuelsson) ran the same trip in 1:19.6 and 36.7, Deschabeel (Coleman) returned 1:19.7 and 37, and Lord Shiva (C Grylls) and My Mestari (R Jones) 1:17.6 and 37.8.

Calypso (C Grylls) and Passing Parade (Grant) left 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 37.2, while Super Mover (Forbes) and Veeareobro (R Jones) took 1:04.6 and 36.6, In Flight (Dowling) and King’s Fortune (S Wong) 1:09.2 and 41.3, That’s How We Roll (C Ormsby) 1:07.6 and 37.2, Ronan (M Brosnan) 1:04.7 and 37.3, Cool Cruising (Weatherley) 1:05.5 and 37.6, and Revelator (Grant) 1:05.8 and 37.8.

Happy Guys (Coleman) was allowed an easy time over 1200m in 1:29.5 and 42.9. His stablemate Bounding (K Jones) did likewise over 1000m in 1:16.8 and 44.9, Abidewithme (Cameron) took 1:14.3 and 43.7, and Packing Express (R Jones) 1:11.3 and 40.6.

On the all-weather track Madam Kirk (Goodwin) hit out freely in preparation for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.4. She has trained on well from her bold fresh-up effort.

Smartly (Wells) and Enforza (K Hillis) were also in good form as they cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.7. Vitali (P Turner) strode over 1200m in 1:22.3, 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 39.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 8 October 2013
08 Oct 2013

Our Famous Eve and Annie Higgins prepared for Saturday’s Team Wealleans Matamata Cup with an impressive gallop in company at Matamata this morning.

Working 20 metres out on a dead course proper, Our Famous Eve (P Turner) and Annie Higgins (R Jones) had pace on throughout 1200m, cutting out the distance in 1:16.5 with the last 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 37.5.

Our Famous Eve will be at peak for her weekend assignment after a bold first-up effort in the Windsor Park Plate, while although Annie Higgins goes into the 1600-metre event with just a trial outing behind her, it wouldn’t surprise to see her run prominently.

Possible Matamata Cup contendors Villifye (C Grylls) and Arnold (Sapsworth) also worked well over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.4. Trainer Graham Richardson has yet to decide between his local meeting and Hawera for the pair.

Two stable members confirmed for the Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes at Hawera, Ididit (C Grylls) and Queens Rose (Sapsworth), worked in good style over 1200m in 1:18.5, with the last 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.6.

Viadana (Dowling), who kicks off her season in the Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes, was partnered by Matamata candidate Augusta National (S Wong) over 1200m in 1:18.2, 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37.4. Matamata runner Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) went with Roc De Chine (C Grylls) over 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 37.5.

Matamata maiden entry Enforza (W Hillis) worked against the course proper rail, cutting out 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.

On the all-weather track class racemare Xanadu looked bright for her pending Melbourne campaign when her regular jockey Michael Coleman let her roll over 1200m in a smart 1:15.2. Due to fog that came down midway through the session the only sectional time possible was 1000m in 59.9, but the work confirmed that Xanadu has trained on well from her Windsor Park Plate victory.

Stablemate Powerplaya (Coleman) was also in dashing form as he prepared for Saturday’s local meeting with 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in 35.8. Hawera candidate Sworntoperfection (R Myers) was timed over 1200m in 1:16.2 and 1000m in 1:02.5.

The plough was back in use and with its lack of depth fast times were common. Taaxman (T Gillies), who has been denied two recent runs due to cancellations, signalled his weekend prospects when he and Sunbeam (A Jones) cut out 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in 35.

Matamata sprint rivals Irish Encore (C Grylls) and Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan) were also impressive in their work over 1000m in 1:01.2 and 35.8, while Yin Yang Master (Hepi) and Made My Point (C Grylls) cut out 1200m in 1:15.2 and 1000m in 1:00.5.

Over the same ground Sateka (Goodwin) returned 1:17.2 and 1:02.7, Peacefuleasyfeelin (P Turner) 1:21.8 and 1:06.5, Prospero (Dee) 1:19.9, and Workmans (O’Sullivan) 1:20.8. Hot Char (O’Sullivan) and Cast King (R Jones) were slick over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.8, while Justin In Time (Coleman) and Tegwin (K Jones) took 1:04.8.

Forefront (K Myers), who will try for his fourth straight win at Hawera, was not after time as he breezed through 1200m in 1:22.8, 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 38.2. Leica Queen (K Price) looked in good shape for the local meeting when she reeled off her last 800m in 51.5 and 600 in 36.2.

Pearl Lustre (Blair) left 1000m behind in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.4. Liberare (C Ormsby) was restricted to 1200m in 1:27.5 and 600m in 40.8, while King’s Fortune (S Wong) ran 1000m in 1:08.4 and 38.8. Costa Viva (K Myers) strolled over 1000m in 1:14.2 and 44.5, and was followed by Precious Time (R Myers) in 1:13.8 and 44.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 1 October 2013
01 Oct 2013

Fascination Street sealed an entry for Saturday’s DHL Hawke’s Bay Guineas with an impressive workout at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22m out on a heavy course proper, Fascination Street (Coleman) was travelling strongly alongside Miss Mossman at the end of 1000m in 1:06.6, with fog making the only sectional possible the last 800m in 52.3.

Fascination Street has come through her fresh-up third in the Gold Trail Stakes in pleasing order and after a discussion between Coleman, co-trainer Hayden Allen and syndicate manager Adrian Clark, an entry for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas was confirmed. Stablemate Miss Mossman will start at Te Rapa on Friday.

Copacabana (Sapsworth), a runner at Te Rapa, and Hastings candidate Living The Dream (Chiong) were paired over 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600m in 39.3, while Te Rapa entrants Clos de Tart (Dee) and Orinto (Cameron) ran the same distance in 1:07.9 and 39.5. Taoist Master (Forbes) prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:07.2 and 800m in 52.8.

Bachelor Keen (Sapsworth) and Alice Web Ellis (Chiong) left 1000 behind in 1:09 and 40.4, while Secret Whisper (Dee) and Imperial Miss (Cameron) left 1200m behind in 1:22, with their last 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600m in 39.4.

Among those that could not be timed due to fog but appeared to work well were Exabelle, Dubai Shuffle, Calypso, Passing Parade, Vincent Street and Nothing Trivial.

On the all-weather track Donnie Brasco (P McKay) drew attention to his Hawke’s Bay Guineas prospect when he and Te Rapa candidate Estrato (S McKay) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.8.

Two more from the McKay stable, Antonio Lombardo (J McKay) and Joey Massino (D Johnson), were timed over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 800m in 51.2.

On the sand, Juggernaut Rock (Cameron) and Canterino (D Johnson) prepared for their Hastings staying assignments with smart work over ground, completing their last 1200m in 1:17 and 1000m in 1:02.4. No further sectionals were possible due to fog.

Brave Centaur (Dowling) got through a solid gallop in preparation for the Hastings feature sprint, cutting out 1200m in 1:22.8 and the final 600m in 38.5. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan), another heading to Hastings, was partnered by Kakahu Nell (Roff) over 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 37.8. Kakahu Nell runs at Te Awamutu on Sunday.

Hawke’s Bay entry Travino (P McKay) went with Undisclosed (D Johnson) over 1000m in 1:04.3 and 800m in 51. Silverdale (D Johnson) prepared for Hastings with Babilloni (C Grylls) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.8. Imminence (P Turner) and High Viz (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1:04.4, quickening for a final 600m 36.9. Cleo (M Brosnan) and Typhoon (Roff) ran the same distance in 1:03.7 and 36.8.

Chazelle (J Collett) did striding work over 1200m in 1:27.4, 1000m in 1:10.8 and 600m in 41.2. Viadana (Dowling) looked bright in her work over 1200m in 1:29.2 and 1000m in 1:13, while stablemate Annie Higgins (Dowling) did a similar task with 1200m in 1:27.6 and 600m in 39.2.

Others to work over ground included Our Essence (Wilson) with 1200m in 1:25.3 and 600m in 41.9, Volcano (S Wong) and Beauty Perception (Leveque) 1:21.6 and 40.4, True Light (Clements) 1:29.6 and 43.6, and Total Response (C Grylls) 1:29.2 and 40.

Bellorussiya (K Hillis) cut out 1000m in 1:04.8 and 36.6, Ronan (Roff) and Gardone (M Brosnan) took 1:06.3 and 38.2, while Sinister Man (Sapsworth) and Firostefani (Wilson) took 1:07.2 and 39.

Matamata Trackwork, Tuesday 24 September 2013
24 Sep 2013

Forefront and Casual Fling underlined their fitness for weekend assignments when they galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working against the course proper rail in the nine-metre position on a track in the upper range of slow, Forefront (Ward) and Casual Fling (B Grylls) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:02.9, with the final 600m in 37.5. Forefront, who has been on hold waiting for improved track conditions, will attempt to complete an unbeaten hat-trick in the Rating 75 sprint at Ellerslie, track conditions allowing.

Casual Fling, who had no luck when resuming at Taupo, starts in the corresponding race at New Plymouth, where she will be ridden by Hayden Tinsley.

Members of the in-form Bridgman team preparing for feature Ellerslie three-year-old features worked right-handed on the course proper, where the markers were at 25 metres. Bonecrusher Stakes candidate King’s Rock (Miller) was partnered by King Savinsky (Cameron) over 1200m in 1:23.2, with their last 600m in 39.4.

Soliloquy Stakes runners Spellbinder (Cameron) and Ruthless Lady (Miller) worked away steadily from the winning post and were timed to run their final 600m in 39.3. Gobi Ranger (P Turner) and Deebee Don (Forbes) did similar work, with their last 600m in 40.5.

All other course proper work took place left-handed at 25 metres, where Te Aroha Friday entries Osmunda (Cameron) and Jewels Gift (Dee) did well over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 39.5. Villifye (C Grylls), who will resume at Ellerslie provided the ground is reasonable, covered the same ground in 1:09.1 and 40.2, while Made My Point (Forbes) and Snowline (Hepi) returned 1:07.2 and 40.4.

Natsinga (R Jones) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:22.7, 1000m in 1:08.6 and 600m in 40.8. He runs in the open stayers’ event at Ellerslie. Little Matey (B Lang) and recent trial winner Pythia (M Gibbs) ran the same distance in 1:23.6, 1:08.6 and 39.9.

Calypso (C Ormsby) was travelling strongly at the end of 1000m in 1:12.2 and 600m in 40.4, while Deschabeel (Coleman) and Energizer (Forbes) were paired in strong work over 1000m in 1:11.4 and 40.8.

On the sand, Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan) and Tiger Moss (C Grylls) flagged their Ellerslie prospects with a smart 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.9. Stablemates Hush Hush (C Grylls) and Centre Stage (O’Sullivan) prepared for Te Aroha with 1000m in 1:03.1 and 37.5, while Persuasive (Blair) returned 1:03 and 36.9.

True Light (S Wong) and Inis Rose (Leveque) prepared for Te Aroha with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 37.6, while Schrodingers Cat (R Jones) returned 1:05 and 37.5. Prologue (P McKay) and Travino (C Grylls) were easing at the end of a solid 1200m in 1:17.2 and 600m in 38.9.

Musket Hill (Conder) and High Viz (A Jones) left 1000m behind in 1:08.7 and 600m in 38.2. Over the same ground All Decked Out (Cameron) continued his Hawke’s Bay Guineas preparation with an easy 1:14.6 and 44.3. Brave Centaur (Dowling), another headed to the final day at Hastings, ran the same trip in 1:11.6 and 42.5.

Goosebumps (Hazlett) prepared for Sunday’s National Jumps Day at Te Rapa with strong work over two rounds, timed for his last 1200m in 1:23.5 and 600m in 41.3. He has thrived since his last start Paeroa win.

Kilderry (S Wong) and Matauri Bay (Dowling) went hard in the early stages of their work before completing 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 38.8. Savarhys (Roff) left 100m behind in 1:07.2 and 39.8, while Ying Yan Master (B Grylls) took 1:06.4 and 38.2, and Thats How We Roll (C Ormsby) 1:12.6 and 42.8.

Beauty Perception (Dowling) and Rose Of Virginia (S Wong) strode over 1200m in 1:23.5 and 600m in 39.5. La Hoya (Forbes) ran the same trip in 1:24 and 40.2.

On the all-weather track Zankuro (B Grylls), who is set to have his first start from the Kelso stable at Ellerslie on the weekend, was not extended over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 39.4.

Mulan Miss (Miller) covered the same ground in 1:07.6 and 37.6 and Taoist Master (Forbes) took 1:08.2 and 38.8, while Pussy O’Reilly (Coleman) was timed over her last 600m in 39.2.

Matamata Trackwork, Tuesday 17 September 2013
17 Sep 2013

Gold Trail Stakes candidates Bounding, Costa Viva and Fantastic Honour worked in dashing style at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s Hastings fillies’ feature.

Galloping 22 metres out on the course proper which was on the cusp of dead and slow, Costa Viva (Cameron) was strong at the line as she took time honours in company with Sir Darci (Stack), recording 1:05 for 1000m and 37.4 for the final 600m. Costa Viva, a filly by Encosta de Lago, has trained on well from her debut win at Ruakaka late last month. Sir Darci may be a starter at Gisborne on Sunday.

Rivals Bounding (Du Plessis) and Fantastic Honour (Myers) were no less impressive as they cut out 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 37.3, also hitting the line well. As the two highest rated three-year-old fillies in commission, their clash on Saturday will be very interesting.

Neutron Star (Sapsworth) prepared for the Gold Trail Stakes with possible Pukekohe weekend runner Ididit (C Grylls) over 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 38.2.

Windsor Park Plate entry Xanadu (Coleman) worked solo over 1200m, running the distance in 1:19.3, her final 1000m in 1:04.8 and finishing off with 600m in 37.9. She enjoyed the improved footing and would be doubtful if track conditions worsened for the weekend.

Our Famous Eve (C Grylls) and Capone (P Turner), two more for the Windsor Park Plate, were paired over 1200m in 1:21.1, 1000m in 1:06.1 and 600m in 38.2. Our Famous Eve is forward for her season opener.

Happy Guys (P Turner) prepared for the Westbury Stud Karaka Classic at Pukekohe on Saturday when working with Illuminating (Myers) over 1200m in 1:23.6, 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 38.9. Hastings candidates Traveller (Du Plessis) and Glitzabeel (B Grylls) were even over 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:06.3 and 600m in 39.8.

Trepidation (Myers) tracked Cody Cat (Weatherley) through the early stages of 1000m before joining up at the 600m, clocking 1:08.9 for the distance and 39.4 for the final section. Viana (Cameron), who will head to Riccarton for the weekend, was paired by Gisborne Sunday entry Exabelle (Dee) over 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 39.4.

Master Guru (M Brosnan) completed 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 38.2, while Longbeach (Cameron) and Peerage (Dee) took 1:06.4 and 39.2, and Annie Higgins (Dowling) 1:10.2 and 42.6. Hastings runner Magic Shaft (Forbes) left 1000m behind in 1:08.8 and 39.3.

Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) and Our Essence (C Grylls) strode over 1200m in 1:1.7, 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 39.4. Over the same ground Bronte Lass (Miller) and Abidewithme (Stack) took 1:25, 1:08.8 and 39.3, and Stanica Star (Stack) and Persia (Miller) 1:26.3, 1:08.9 and 39.5. Sworntoperfection (Ward) and Vibrant Moss (Myers) were timed over 800m in 55 and 60m in 39.8.

On the all-weather track Augusta National (Wong) and Always On My Mind (Dowling) caught the eye when they cut out 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 37.1. Over the same distance Sam Mesi (J McKay) and Zaragoza (P McKay) returned 1:03.7 and 36.6, while Newyork Baker Boy (Forbes) and Almansa (B Grylls) ran 800m in 51.8 and 37.6.

Hastings entry Canterino (P McKay) covered 1200m in 1:16.2, the last 1000m with Taaxman (Gillies) in a smart 1:02.8 and 600m in 37.3.

On the sand Fastfoot (Forbes) left 1000m behind in 1:07.2, quickening for a final 600m in 37.7. Over the same ground Beauty Show (Dowling) and In Flight (Leveque) clocked 1:06.4 and 39, Savarhys (Roff) 1:08.5 and 40.5, Babilloni (C Grylls) 1:07.8 and 37.9, Armadio Estrada (W Hillis) 1:06.4 and 39.4, Chazelle (J Collett) 1:07 and 39.5, Smartly (Wells) 1:05.4 and 38.6, and Have No Mercy (K Hillis) 1:10.6 and 40.4.

Dancing Attendance (Betty) was working strongly at the end of 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in a smart 36.4. Villifye (Sapsworth), who is close to resuming, ran her 1000m in 1:07.9 and 600m in 39.2. Taoist Master (Roff) worked well over 1200m in 1:26.4, 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 40.3.

Goosebumps (Hazlett), preparing for National Jumps Day on Sunday week, finished striding work with 1200m in 1:31.4 and 600m in 45.2. 

Matamata Trackwork on Tuesday 10 September 2013
10 Sep 2013

Talented galloper Forefront looked ready for a return to racing this weekend when he galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working 18 metres out on a dead course proper, Forefront (Myers) tracked his stablemate Sworntoperfection (Ward) over 1000 metres to complete the distance in 1:08.5 and his final 600m in a respectable 37.4. Sworntoperfection was timed over the same ground in 1:10.8 and 39.2, with the pair finishing on terms.

The Paul and Kris Shailer-trained Forefront won both his starts as a three-year-old last season and after a recent trial looks in good order to try for a hat-trick in the R75 sprint at Awapuni on Saturday. Sworntoperfection, the winner of two from a handful of starts, will also resume at Awapuni, with the R65 1400 her target.

Imperial Miss (Cameron) and Gunsmoke (Dee) prepared for Ruakaka on Saturday with a sound gallop over 1200m in 1:18.9, the last 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 37.7. Awapuni runner Tiger Moss (O’Sullivan) was partnered by Whiskey Bolero (R Jones) over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.8. 

On the all-weather track Antonio Lombardo (B Grylls) and Donny Brasco (P McKay) drew attention to their Ruakaka prospects with a slick 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 36.2. Starguru (J McKay) and Ravello (P McKay), two more with likely Ruakaka engagements, did similar work with 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.6.

Poppas Delight (W Hillis) left 1000m behind in 1:02.8 and 36.7, while stablemate Pretty Good Excuse (K Hillis) ran the same distance in 1:02.6 and 36.9. Go Paddy (McRae), who will return to Hastings next week, was allowed to stride over the last 1200m of his work in 1:27.2, with his last 1000m in 1:11 and 600m in 40.2. He has come through his Hastings first day win in pleasing order.

Bounding (K Jones) also looked bright after her first-up Taupo win when she was well held over 1000m in 1:08.1 and 600m in 38.8. She is making good progress towards the Gold Trail Stakes on Saturday week.

Lifeline Express (Myers) completed 1000m in 1:10.3 and 600m in 37.6, Altai Rose (P Turner) ran the same distance in 1:09.2 and 40.4, while Quest (K Jones) was restricted to 1:15.2 and 43.2. Fille du Roi (Myers) was timed from the 800m in 53.2 and the 600 in 38.2. Pussy O’Reilly (B Grylls) covered the same ground in 57.2 and 42.5.

On the sand, Schrodingers Cat (K Hillis) and Ekraarstatic (Abel), likely candidates for Avondale next Monday, were not chasing time but still worked soundly over 1000m in 1:09.3, with their last 600m in 40.4. Total Response (C Ormsby) ran the same trip in 1:08.7 and 38.6, while stablemate The Lions Rule (Waddell) returned 1:06.2 and 37.6.

Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) strode over 1200m in 1:24.9, 1000m in 1:09.5 and 600m in 40.8. Xalted (Waddell) did similar work in 1:24.5, 1:08.7 and 39.5.

Our Essence (Wilson) took 1:09.5 for 1000m and 41.4 for her last 600m. Queen’s Rose (Chiong) and Rivertaine Coup (C Grylls) were kept to 1:14 and 43.8 over 1000m, while Twist Of Fate (R Jones) took 1:15.2 and 44. Just Polly (C Ormsby) and Ocean Wise (Waddell) ran in from the 800m in 52.8, with their final 600m in 37.2.

Matamata Trackwork on Tuesday 3 September 2013
03 Sep 2013

Fantastic Honour signalled her readiness for a return to racing at Wanganui this weekend with a bold gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 18 metres out on a slow course proper with raceday rider Kelly Myers in the saddle, Fantastic Honour began several lengths behind stablemate Casual Fling (Ward) and was timed to run 1000m in 1:05.2, with the final 600m in 37.5.

The big grey filly, who has not raced since finishing second in the Karaka Million seven months ago, closed strongly over the final stages to finish alongside her companion in what was a very impressive piece of work. After a slow, steady build-up, co-trainers Paul and Kris Shailer are satisfied that Fantastic Honour is ready to kick off her spring campaign in the Fordell O’Leary Fillies’ Stakes at Wanganui, with the proviso that the track provides reasonable footing.

Sir Elmo (Coleman) and Traveller (K Jones) turned in solid work for the Rating 75 stayers’ event at Ellerslie on Saturday when working over ground, with their last 1200m in 1:20, 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38. Arnold (C Grylls) and Alice Web Ellis (Myers) were in good form over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 37.8.

Beauty Humour (S Wong) prepared for Te Aroha on Friday with solid work over 1200m in 1:18.2, the last 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 37.5. Witz End (J Collett) also put plenty of zest into his work over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:04.5 and 38.9, while Fast Foot (Forbes) ran the same trip in 1:20.4, 1:06 and 38.2.

Hot Cha (Sliz) and Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan), starters at Taupo next Monday, cut out 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 37.8. Thrive (Miller), looking bright after a short let-up, strode over 1200m in 1:21.3, with her last 1000m in 1:06.5 and 600m in 38.4. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) left her 1200m behind in 1:22.8, 1:07.5 and 40.8.

Te Aroha entry Pearl Lustre (O’Sullivan) took 1:05.5 for 1000m, with the final 600m in 37.6. Over the same distance Taupo prospects Hardcore Rock (Cameron) and Sir Darci (Dee) returned 1:06.3 and 38.7, and Lego Figure (Chiong) and Trade Time (C Grylls) took 1:06.8 and 40.

On the sand, Smartly (Coleman) and The Muffin Man (Ulucinar) caught the eye with slick work over 1200m in 1:16.8, 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 35.4.

O’Darci (Cameron) and Peerage (Dee) did tidy work over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 37.7, while Taoist Master (Hepi) and Savarhys (Roff) ran the same trip in 1:06.5 and 38.6. Danrose (M Brosnan) left 1200m behind in 1:17.7, with her last 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 37.

So Elite (Hepi) and Super Mover (Roff) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 37.5, while A Touch Of Ruby (K Hillis) clocked 1:05.2 and 38.2, Desert Express (Swann) and La Hoya (Hepi) 1:07.5 and 38, and Calypso (B Grylls) 1:10.5 and 41.

Sunset Pass (Miller) strode over 1200m in 1:23.2, 1000m in 1:08.3 and 39.6. Carmody (O’Sullivan) covered the same ground in 1:23.8, 1:08 and 40.6, while Vitali (Turner) ran the last 1000m of his work in 1:12.2 and 600m in 42.

Easter Handicap winner Viadana (Dowling) stretched out well over 1000m in 1:12.2 and 600m in 42. Trainer Lance Noble intends running her in a trial later in the month, with the Rich Hill Taranaki Stakes at Hawera in early October her likely first start. Stablemate Annie Higgins (Dowling) was timed over 1200m in 1:28.9 and 600m in 42.5. She will also have a trial as a lead-up to resuming in the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup on October 12.

Speedy mare Trepidation (K Myers) starred on the all-weather track, where she left 1000m in 1:04.2, dashing in from the 600m in 35.2. She will be entered for Ellerslie on Saturday but a start is dependent on track conditions.

Payday (Ulucinar) and Le’Vantos (Wells) also caught the eye in preparation for the weekend as they cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.5. Viana (Cameron) and Exabelle (Dee) ran the same distance in 1:04.6 and 36.5, Pipedreams (Sapsworth) and Dynamite Girl (Wilson) took 1:04.6 and 38, King Savinsky (Dee) and Longbeach (Cameron) 1:05 and 38.2, Irish Heartbeat (Goodwin) 1:07.5 and 38.5, and Almansa (J McKay) and Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) 1:08.2 and 37.8.

Happy Guys (Coleman), who runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, was partnered by Wisecrack (K Jones) over a sound 1200m in 1:16.8 and 600m in 38.5. Coco Chanel (B Grylls) and Ash (K Jones) ran in from the 800m in 52.8 and 600m in 38.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013

Perfect Start and The Muffin Man impressed at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s New Plymouth meeting.

Working 25 metres out on a slow course proper, Perfect Start (W Hillis) and The Muffin Man (Ulucinar) strode over 1200m 1:20, maintaining an even rate to complete the last 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 40.2.

The Wayne Hillis-trained pair have winning form at New Plymouth, where Perfect Start will contest the ITM Interprovincial Challenge and her stablemate the open stayers’ event.

Another heading to New Plymouth, last start winner Cast King (R Jones), hit the line strongly alongside Kaleidoscope (Coleman) at the end of 1000m in 1:07.5 and 600m in 39.2, while Arnold (Wratten), who runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, shaded Dubai Shuffle (Wilson) after 1000m in 1:07.8 and 39.8.

Ellerslie open 1600 entrant Atom Cat (Sapsworth) was partnered by Dublin (Chiong) over 1200m in 1:22.8, 1000m in 1:08.8 and 600m in 39.7. One Above (Smith), another likely runner in the Interprovincial Challenge, went with Auspicious (Archer) over 1200m in 1:24.3, with the final 1000m in 1:09.3 and 600m in 40.2.

Brave Centaur (R Jones) worked in dashing style over 1200m in 1:18.6, 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 39.4. He is coming to hand well for Lance Noble but is only borderline to get a start in the Makfi Challenge Stages.

Our Famous Eve (P Turner) also attracted attention in her work over 1200m in 1:25.6, 1:10.8 and 41.8. The Glenn Old-trained mare will return to the next set of trials on Tuesday leading into the Windsor Park Plate on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

Taoist Master (Forbes) was working well over the final stages of 1000m with Savarhys (Hepi) in 1:07.1 and 600m in 39.3. Stablemates Magic Shaft (Forbes) and Yin Yang Master (Hepi) ran the same trip in 1:07.6 and 39.4.

Witz End (J Collett) cut out 1200m in 1:22.5, 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 40.7. He is in solid order as he prepares for spring racing.

On the sand, which deepened as the session progressed, Maeve Davone (Hepi) caught the eye in preparation for New Plymouth with 1200m in 1:22.7, 1000m in 1:07 and the final 600m in a smart 36.6.

Revenge (Hepi) and Jack Romanov (Forbes), two others from the Sargent-Allen stable with weekend engagements, covered 1000m in 1:06.2 and 38.4. Over the same ground Soul Sister (Waddell) and Destroyer (C Ormsby) returned 1:10.9 and 40.2, Our Essence (Wilson) took 1:10.8 and 41.3, Always On My Mind (Clements) 1:12.2 and 41.5, and Hot Char (Coleman) 1:15.4 and 44.2.

Recent debut winner Mr Mendelssohn (P Turner), a possible runner at New Plymouth, went with Kindaleica (H McQuade) over 1200m in 1:19.7, with the last 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 38.9.

Danrose (Brosnan) covered the same ground in 1:17.6, 1:03.1 and 37.6, while Juggernaut Rock (J Price) and Lac La Ronge (K Price) returned 1:22.4, 1:06.1 and 39.8.

Fantastic Honour (McNab) was well contained over 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 40.4. She is making pleasing progress and will be back at Te Teko for another trial next week. Midnite Rendezvous (K McQuade) ran 1000m in 1:11.2 and 41.2, and stablemate Kaap’s Princess (H McQuade) followed in 1:10.5 and 41.3.

On the all-weather track Taaxman (T Gillies) prepared for a fresh-up run at Ellerslie when partnering Black Russian (R Jones) over a smart 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 37.2.

Kate (W Hillis) also worked in style over 1000m in 1:06 and 36.5, while Sam Mesi (P McKay) and Antonio Lombardo (J McKay) were timed over 800m in 56.2 and 600m in 40.5. Zankuro (K Jones), who is now in the Kelso stable, ran the same distance in 54.8 and 40.5.

Hez Cool (T Gillies) left 1000m behind in 1:08.6 and 600m in 40.5 and Pipedreams (Sapsworth) was kept to 1000m in 1:13.2 and 42.8. Wisecrack (K Jones) had an easy time over 1200m in 1:30.3, striding home from the 600m in 40.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 13 August 2013
13 Aug 2013

Class racemare Xanadu confirmed her fitness for Saturday’s Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate with a rousing gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 22 metres on a slow course proper with regular rider Michael Coleman in the saddle, Xanadu cut out 1000m in 1:07.4 and bounded to the finish with a final 600m section in 37.4. Even allowing that she had first use of the track it was very impressive work by the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare, who is in forward condition for the Te Rapa feature.

Copacabana (Sapsworth) prepared for Te Rapa when working with Taupo Monday candidate Roc De Chine (Chiong) over 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 39.5. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) also impressed in her work for Te Rapa, leading Kakahu Nell (Roff) to the end of 1200m in 1:23.9, with the last 1000m in 1:09 and 600m in 42.2.

Goyescas (Miller) and Rapid Gain (Stack), two members of Jason Bridgman’s strong Taupo contingent, strode over 1200m in 1:24.6, 1000m in 1:09.3 and 600m in 39.5. Stablemates Fast Fiction (Stack) and Dreamer Miller) left 1000m behind in 1:11.3 and 600m in 40.2. Te Rapa entrant Gospel (C Ormsby) worked solo over 1200m in 1:24.5, with his last 1000m in 1:09.3 and 600m in 39.7.

On the all-weather track several members of the McKay team caught the eye as their spring preparations were stepped up. Puccini (P McKay) and Joey Massino (S McKay) were paired in a slick gallop over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.2, while Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Kick Buttowski (S McKay) did similar work in 1:02.8 and 36.7.

Wisecrack (K Jones), who is making good progress in the early stages of his new preparation, covered the last 1200m of his work in 1:19.6, 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.5. Rosenellis (Blair) ran the same distance in 1:23.3, 1:08.8 and 40.2, while Powerplaya (Coleman) and a Guillotine filly (K Jones) were held to 1000m in 1:13 and 40.6.

Payday (W Hillis), Levantos (K Hillis) and a Volksraad gelding (Ulucinar) went together over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 38. Te Aroha visitor One Above (Smith) strode over 1200m in 1:23.2, 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 39.

Ravello (J McKay) and Antonia Lombardo (P McKay) were timed over 800m in 56.6 and 600m in 40.2, while Villifye (Sapsworth) ran in from the 600m in 41.3.

On the sand Excuse Me Madam (Brown) caught the eye as she prepared for Te Rapa, cutting out 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in a smart 36.6. Stablemate Vitali (Brown) ran the same trip in 1:24.4, 1:06.8 and 38.4.

La Tourneau (Forbes), who is now with Danica Guy, was paired with a Fast ’N’ Famous filly over 1000m in 1:08.7 and 600m in 37.5. Tiger Moss (P Turner) looked bright in her 1000m in 1:10.9 and 38.9, while Volcano (Dowling) ran the same distance in 1:09.6 and 41.8 and Beauty Humour (S Wong) took 1:08.4 and 39.2.

All Decked Out (Miller) and O’Darci (Stack) were timed over 800m in 56.4 and 600m in 40.8. The promising pair will start next at the Te Teko trials in two weeks’ time. Taoist Master (Roff) ran his 800m in 50.7, getting home well over the last 600m in 36.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 6 August 2013
06 Aug 2013

Pukekohe entries Le Bon Fin and Lilly Belle galloped impressively at Matamata this morning in preparation for their weekend engagements.

Working on the all-weather track, Le Bon Fin (Goodwin) and Lilly Belle (Burton) strode away from the 1200-metre mark to run that distance in 1:15.7, maintaining a solid clip over the final 1000m in 1:01.9 and 600m in 36.3. Le Bon Fin is on the verge of another win after putting together a string of minor placings, while judging by her latest work Lilly Belle could well bounce back to form.

Class racemare Xanadu (Coleman) shaped up pleasingly when allowed to bowl over 1000m on the all-weather track, clocking 1:08.8 and 39.2 for her final 600. She will gallop between races at Te Aroha on Friday as she builds towards her season return in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on Saturday week.

Stablemate Traveller (K Jones) prepared for next Monday’s local meeting with 1200m in 1:27, the last 1000m in 1:09.3 and 600m in 39.5. Pukekohe runner Boy (Goodwin) was in good form over the same distance in 1:20.2, 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.8, while Irish Heartbeat (B Grylls) cut out 1000m in 1:08.2 and 40.

Among those allowed three-quarter-pace work on the all-weather track were Destroyer (C Grylls), who returned 1:15.4 and 40.2, and Powerplaya (B Grylls), whose 1000m took 1:15.4 with fog preventing any sectional time.

On the sand, Leica Queen (K Price) worked well over 1000m in preparation for next Monday, recording 1:07.4 and 38.4. In similar work Umizoomi (O’Sullivan) recorded 1:09.9 and 40.2, while Ellie’O (Coleman) took 1:09.9 and 39.6. Over the same ground Volcano (Dowling) was kept to 1:14.2 and 41.5.

Fog that descended midway through the session prevented timing of any gallops on the course proper, but among those who appeared to work well were smart filly Bounding, who is close to resuming, My Blossom Lady, who runs at Te Aroha on Friday, and Matamata candidate Mosh Pit.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16 July 2013
16 Jul 2013

Twist Of Fate and Just Juliet drew attention to their weekend prospects when they galloped boldly together at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good sand, Twist Of Fate (R Jones) was travelling well alongside Just Juliet (K Hillis) at the end of a smart 1000m in 1:04.3 and a final 600m in 36.8.

The Stephen Autridge-trained Twist Of Fate appears to have made good progress since his maiden win at his third start late last month and will step up in grade at Ruakaka on Saturday. Stablemate Just Juliet needs to improve on what she has shown to date and gets another chance on her home track on Friday.

Umizoomi (R Jones) and Hidden Secrets (Blair) looked sharp for Ruakaka when cutting out 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 36.9. Rosenellis (Blair) shaped up well for the local meeting as she strode through the last 1200m of her work in 1:22, the final 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in a tidy 37.6. She didn’t have much luck when fifth at her last start and may be helped by any improvement in track conditions.

Master Guru (M Brosnan), another racing on Friday, was timed over the last 1000m of his work in 1:09.4 and 6000m in 39.2. He is another that would appreciate better ground than he has raced on lately. Sophisticate (A Jones) rounded off her work well after covering 1200m in 1:22.5, 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 38.7.

Carmody (Grylls) prepared for Matamata with 1200m in 1:23 and 600m in 37.8, while Ruakaka entry Cask King (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.1.

On the all-weather track Traveller (K Price) and Beauty Ahead (Dowling) prepared for their respective Ruakaka and Matamata engagements with a solid 1200m in 1:16.4, 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.3.

Traveller, who shaped up very promisingly earlier in the season, has looked sharp in recent trials and will be an interesting runner fresh-up over 1600 metres on the weekend. Beauty Ahead starts in the three-year-old maiden 1600 on Friday, for which his connections have paid a stakes top-up.

Queen Boudicca (R Jones) was well contained in the early stages of her work before reeling off a final 600m in 38.2.

High profile members of the Ken and Bev Kelso team got through attractive work as they continued their preparations for spring racing. Xanadu (Coleman) looked very bright as she finished off striding work with 800m in 52.5 and 600m in 38.4. She will follow a similar early routine to last year, with her first scheduled start the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa in mid-August, a fortnight before the Makfi Challenge Stakes.

Fix (K Jones) also appeared to enjoy her work over 800m in 53.2 and 600m in 38.3, while Bounding (K Jones) was kept to 59.8 and 43.4 over the same distance. All three quality females are coming to hand well.

From the same stable Happy Guys (K Jones) rolled into his work, covering his last 1000m in 1:15.2 and 600m in 41.2, while Wisecrack (K Jones) also pleased when he strode over the last 1000m of his work in 1:08.4 and 600m in 38.4.

The only gallop recorded on the course proper, where the going was slow 25 metres out, was Kayleen (Richards), who was not after time over 800m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 44.6. She disappointed at her last start but looked promising beforehand and could easily bounce back on Friday.

Back on the sand, other work included Kirramosa (Hepi) and My Mestari (Roff) together over 600m in 37.8, Rivertaine Coup (Grylls) and Dubai Shuffle (Sapsworth) 38.5, and Rapid Gain (Stack) and Alert (Richards) 57.4 and 42.6.

Sneaky Feelings (Richards), who returns to the scene of her maiden win on Friday, was restricted to 1200m in 1:30.6 and 600m in 46.2, while Arnold (Wratten) was also let off with light work over 1200m in 1:28.5 and 600m in 42.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 June 2013
18 Jun 2013

Sound work at Matamata this morning by a number of stable members suggested that Graham Richardson is in for a rewarding day at this weekend’s Tauranga meeting.

Gallops took place 28 metres out on a very heavy course proper, where Our Essence (Sapsworth) looked ready for a repeat of her last start win when she and Peregrine (Tanaka) strode over 1200m in 1:26, with their last 1000m in 1:11.6 and 600m in 42.3. Our Essence appears to have thrived since her Ellerslie win and will step back up to a middle-distance on Saturday, while Peregrine is set to run at Te Teko next week.

Stablemate Madetomeasure (Grylls) drew attention to his Tauranga maiden prospects when he shaded Arnold (Wratten) at the end of 1200m in 1:26.2, 1000m in 1:11.5 and 600m in 42.6. Even allowing that he had a weight advantage, it was still impressive work by Madetomeasure, who has looked promising in two starts to date. Arnold has taken little time to get back to winning form and should find conditions to his liking at Tauranga.

Kashin Girl (Sapsworth) shaped as a ready improver for Tauranga when she ploughed through the ground with My Blossom Lady (Tanaka), cutting out the last 1000m in 1:10.6 and 600m in 41.5. Lilly Belle (R Jones), a recent addition to the Phil Stevens team, managed the ground well to lead Sophisticate (A Jones) at the end of 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 41.8.

Snowline (Forbes) and Dugan (Smith) had first use of the track when they covered 1000m in 1:10.5 and 40.8. Smart juvenile Dugan is being aimed at the Ryder Stakes at Otaki late next month. Tauranga entries Roll With Pulse (Grant) and Gospel (Waddell) were not after time when getting through 1200m in 1:30.1, 1:13.4 and 42.3.

Tauranga candidates Smartly (Wells) and Perfect Start (Ulcinar) were in dashing form on the sand, where they cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:02.9 and 600m in 35.9. Stablemate Art Beat (Wells) worked more steadily in preparation for the Kiwifruit Cup, covering 1200m in 1:21.4, 1000m in 1:06.4 and 600m in 37.8.

Schrodingers Cat (Grylls) looked the part over 1000m in 1:06.4 and 600m in 37.5, while Elle O (R Turner) returned 1:07.2 and 37.8. At the same distance Green Easy (Wratten) and a filly by His Royal Highness (Tanaka) took 1:04.9 and 38.5, Major Rio (Wells) 1:06.6 and 38.5, Centavada (Retter) and Kilmorack (P Turner) 1:07.8 and 36.8, and The Raconteur (J Price) and Leica Queen (K Price) 1:06.4 and 38.2.

St Elmo (A Jones) worked soundly over 1200m in 1:28.4, 1000m in 1:11.7 and 600m in 41, while Android (Sapsworth) clocked 1:26.2, 1:10.8 and 41 and Annameika (Grylls) 1:26.6, 1:09.8 and 39.2. Umizoomi (P Turner) was not chasing the clock over 1000m in 1:13.2 and 42.8, nor was Babylonia (S Autridge) in 1:12.8 and 43.1.

On the all-weather track Le Bon Fin (R Jones) wasted no time in his work over ground, running 1200m in 1:14.2, 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 37.6. Sateka (Goodwin) was more contained over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:05.1 and 37.8, while Boy (Goodwin) took 1:20.2, 1:06.9 and 38.5.  

Tequila At Midnight (A Jones) and Lucky Ruby (Brett) cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:06.8 and 600m in 40.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 11 June 2013
11 Jun 2013

She’s Insatiable and Let’s Be A Star shaped up for Ellerslie on the weekend with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 25 metres out on a heavy course proper, She’s Insatiable (Forbes) and Let’s Be A Star (Grylls) were strong at the end of 1200 in 1:26.4, 1000m in 1:09 and the final 600m in 39.6, respectable time in testing conditions.

Let’s Be A Star was narrowly beaten in her last start at Ellerslie on June 1, the same day that fellow John Sargent-trained mare She’s Insatiable ran a useful race in her first start out of maiden grade.

Atom Cat (Sapsworth) looked improved when he and fellow Ellerslie entrant Living the Dream (Grylls) cut out 1200m in 1:25.1, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:07.7 and 600m in 40. Possible Ellerslie runner Thrive (Miller) got through similar work well, with her 1200m taking 1:24.5,1:09.4 and 40.1.

Royal Command (K Shailer) and Chanel Number Five (Ward) left 1000m behind in 1:11.7 and 600m in 41.8. Chanel Number Five is a recent two-year-old trial winner and along with her Shailer-trained stablemate will make her debut at Hawera on Monday.

Fog affected the timing of many earlier gallops on the sand, but amongst those to impress were the Hillis pair Art Beat and Smartly.

Art Beat (K Hillis) was untroubled to run 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37.2. She will step up to a middle-distance in the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga on Saturday week. Smartly (K Hillis), who runs the same day in the 1400-metre Tauranga Classic, cut out her 1000m in 1:03 and 36.2.

Master Guru (M Brosnan) and Clio (Roff) were working well at the end of 1200m in 1:21.9, with the only sectional time possible the last 1000m in 1:05.8. Cool Cruising (Weatherley) prepared for Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:21.3 and 1000m in 1:06.6, while Maeve Davone (Forbes) took 1:24.7 and 1:09.5.

Sedgwick (O’Sullivan) cut out 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 38.6 and The Muffin Man (S Wong) ran the same distance in 1:05.2 and 37.8. Carmody (Grylls) and Hidden Secret (O’Sullivan) strode over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1000m in 1:09.2 and 600m in 39.

Over 1200m Pearl Lustre (P Turner) returned 1:26.4 and 40.2, Umi Zumi (O’Sullivan) 1:26.8 and 40.4, and I’m Isaac (Sliz) 1:29.5 and 43.4. Strictly Limited (Sliz) and Maa Chuck (A Jones) were kept to 1000m in 1:14.4 and 42.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 June 2013
04 Jun 2013

The Hotz and Crown Of Thorns drew attention to their weekend prospects with a smart gallop in company at Matamata this morning.

Working 25 metres out on a soft course proper, The Hotz (Grant) set off to run 1200m in 1:25.6, picking up Crown Of Thorns (Waddell) for the last 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 40.5. The Moroney-Ormsby-trained pair hit the line strongly. The Hotz has trained on well from his last start maiden win and will step up to Rating 65 grade at Te Rapa, while Crown Of Thorns will run in the open 1400.

Likely rival Spare A Fortune (P Turner) was partnered by Te Rapa two-year-old entry I Gotta Hunch (Ulcinar) over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1000m in 1:08.1 and the final 600m in a respectable 39.4. Beauty Show (R Jones) and Beauty Ahead) prepared for Te Rapa over 1200m, going keenly in the early stages to run the full distance 1:19.3, 1000m in 1:06.1 and the last 600m in 40.3.

Workmans (Blair) got through his work well over 1000m in 1:07.9 and 600m in 39.8, while Cold Snap (Miller) was not pressured to cover the same distance in 1:10.2 and 40.4. A Soldier’s Song (Goodwin), who resumes from a long break at Te Rapa, worked against the rail in the five-metre position, where he cut out a smart 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.4.

Stablemates from the Toby Autridge-Cyril Goodwin also heading to Te Rapa did solid work on the all-weather track, where Boy (Goodwin) left 1000m behind in 1:03.2 and 36.4, and Le Bon Fin (R Jones) and Sky Hi Baby (Goodwin) returned 1:02.5 and 37.

Te Rapa entries The Raconteur (J Price) and Leica Queen (Grylls) were accompanied by a Don Eduardo gelding (P Turner) over 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 37.8.

On the sand, last start winner Paterson Road (Rodd) and recent two-year-old trial winner Ogilvie (Grylls) tuned up for Te Rapa with tidy work over 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.4.

Schrodingers Cat (R Jones) wasn’t after time when striding over 1000m in 1:09.4 and 600m in 39.5. He appears to have thrived since breaking through for his maiden win. Centavada (Retter) and Kilmorack (P Turner) rounded off their 1000m in 1:10.2 and 600m in 38.2.

Over the same ground Kansas (Sapsworth) and Storm Bro (Chiong) clocked 1:06.4 and 38.6, Clio (Roff) and Femme Du Lune (M Brosnan) 1:04.2 and 36.5, and Choice One Jonesy (H McQuade) 1:07.5 and 38.3.

Agent Ziva (A Jones) was strong in her work over 1000m, recording 1:05.6 and 36.4 in preparation for Te Rapa. Vitali (Brown) strode over 1200m in 1:24.5, with his last 600m in 40.2, Xalted (Waddell) ran the same trip in 1:28.4 and 41.2, Sedgwick (O’Sullivan) took 1:27.8 and 43, and Imagine (Waddell) 1:25.8 and 40.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 28 May 2013 ››
28 May 2013Art Beat shaped up for feature Queen’s Birthday weekend racing with a solid gallop at Matamata this morning. Galloping 22 metres out on a heavy courser proper with co-trainer Wayne Hillis in the saddle, Art Beat strode over the last 1200m of h
Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 21 May 2013
21 May 2013

Pearl Lustre and Essential prepared for their return to racing with a smart gallop in company at Matamata this morning.

Working 18m out on a heavy course proper, Pearl Lustre (Blair) and Essential (Allen) set off at a solid clip from the 1000-metre mark to run that distance in 1:04.7 and completed the final 600m in 38.5. Both appear to be in forward condition to kick off new campaigns at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Danrose (M Brosnan) drew attention to her Ellerslie prospects when leading stablemate Toma Valea (Roff) to the end of 1000m in 1:06.2, with the final 600m in 38.6.

Two more for Ellerslie, Peregrine (Sapsworth) and Jubilate (Tanaka), worked over ground to complete 1200m in 1:21.8, with the last 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 39.2. Over the same distance Natsinga (Dowling) and Jahanara (R Jones) travelled up well in 1:20.8, 1:07.8 and 40.2.

Surpass (K Jones) was not after time as he strode over the last 1200m of his work in 1:30.1, quickening a shade from the 600m in 42.6. The Savabeel gelding has come solid with impressive wins at his last two starts and will be chasing a hat-trick when he heads to Trentham for the weekend where his assignment is the Rating 75 2200 metres.

On the sand, where the going was slow, Clareen (R Jones) looked the part in her work over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 37.9. Another to catch the eye was Kaap’s Princess (H McQuade), who cut out the same distance in 1:04.4 and 38.6.

Armadio Estrato (K Hillis) and Seagold (Ulcinar) were quick off the mark as they ran 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 38.2, while Cool Cruising (Weatherley) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.6.

Also over ground, Little Matey (M Gibbs) and Imagunakepa (A Jones) put the speed on early to record 1:18.9, 1:05.7 and 40.2. Kashin Girl (Sapsworth) was not chasing time over the same ground in 1:26.6, 1:11.4 and 42.

Suggest Gold (J Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:07.6 and 37.8, while Keep Rocking (Roff) took 1:07.4 and 37.5. Traveller (K Jones) was let off with striding work, his last 1000m in 1:15.2 and 600m in 43.5. The promising stayer is making good progress, with a trial planned shortly.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 7 May 2013
07 May 2013

A large contingent of mares bound for Saturday’s Listed Rotorua Stakes were the centre of attention at Matamata this morning.

With work 25 metres out on a heavy course proper, gauging individual work was not easy, but the Graham Richardson-trained duo of Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) and Ididit (Chiong) certainly caught the eye. After setting off from the 1200-metre mark at a solid clip, they completed the distance in 1:21.9, with the last 1000m in 1:08.1 and the final 600m in 39.9. Late in the session it was smart work for the 1400-metre Rotorua feature.

Stablemate and race rival Huffer (Sapsworth) also looked the part when she and last start maiden winner Living The Dream (Chiong) did similar work, recording 1:21.6, 1:08.2 and 40.9. Huffer has trained on well from her recent Te Rapa win.

Ten Belles (Coleman), who will be chasing a hat-trick at Rotorua, went solo over 1200m in 1:20.5, with the last 1000m in 1:06.4 and 600m in 40.6. Art Beat (W Hillis) worked over ground, cutting out 1200m in 1:21.2 and after picking up Smartly (K Hillis), clocked 1:07.3 and 40.6 for the final sections. A return to her favourite heavy track conditions is all that Art Beat needs to reproduce her best.

Thrive (Cameron), yet another for the Rotorua Stakes, went with Agent Ziva (P Turner) over 1200m. The pair were keen in the early stages, with the full distance taking 1:20.2, the last 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 40.7. Thrive looks in good order for the weekend, while Agent Ziva will be one to watch in the R75 grade at Rotorua.

Ready Steady (O’Sullivan) was kept to three-quarter-pace over 1000m in 1:15.6 and 600m in 44.2 as she prepared for the Rotorua Stakes. Before her weekend assignment she will be offered in the racehorse section of the Karaka Mixed Bloodstock Sale on Thursday.

Excuse Me Madam (P Turner) looked in good order for Rotorua when she cut out 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 38.7, smart time in the conditions. Over the same ground Gospel (C Ormsby) and Short Tale (Grant) clocked 1:07.8 and 38.8 as they prepared for Saturday’s New Plymouth meeting. With the same weekend assignment ahead of them, She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) and Crown Of Thorns (Grant) covered 1200m in 1:23.9, 1000m in 1:07.7 and 600m in 39.6.

Milan Miss (Cameron) and Clos De Tart (Stack) prepared for Rotorua with 1200m in 1:25.9, 1000m in 1:09.7 and 600m in 39.8. Surpass (Leveque), who cleared maiden grade in runaway style recently, worked well by himself over the same ground in 1:22.2, 1:08.8 and 40.6, while Sunset Pass (Miller) and Prospero (J McKay) returned 1:25.5, 1:09.9 and 40.7.

Fastfoot (Allen) and She’s Insatiable (Campbell) left 1000m behind in 1:08.9 and 600m in 40.7. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) strode over 1200m in 1:22.8, with her last 1000m in 1:08 and 600m in 40.6. Over the same ground Perfect Start (W Hillis) and Nothing Trivial (K Hillis) took 1:22.8, 1:07.6 and 40.8, Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) was timed over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 41.

On the sand Leica Storm (P Turner) had pace on with 1200m in 1:18.2, 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 38.5. Kashin Girl (Sapsworth) and Alice Webb Ellis (Chiong) were not extended over 1000m in 1:11.5 and 600m in 39.8.

On the all-weather track Ira Bean (McRae) hit out strongly over the last 1200m of his work in 1:25.3, with the final 1000m in 1:09.7 and 600m in 39.1. Fujisawa (C Ormsby) and Market leader (Armando) took 1:12.2 for 1000m and 38.5 for their final 600m.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 30 April 2013
30 Apr 2013

Riedel prepared for Te Rapa this weekend with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning, when heavy fog restricted timing during much of the session.

Working on a good sand, Riedel (Miller) and an unnamed Zabeel filly (Demir) travelled strongly throughout 1200m in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:03.6 and the final 600m in 36.8. It was especially good work by Riedel, who has trained on well from a bold first-up second. The Jason Bridgman-rained three-year-old lines up in the Rating 65 1600 at Te Rapa.

Short Tale (Coleman) also looked sharp for Te Rapa when cutting out 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.3. Stablemates The Hotz (Waddell) and Thats How We Roll (C Ormsby) shaped up for Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:25.4, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:08.7 and 600m in 37.3.

Giovana Bella (C Ormsby) worked evenly over 1200m in 1:22.5 and 600m in 39.5, while Adalia (Dye) was kept to three-quarter-pace over the same ground in 1:30.6 and 44.2. Spitting Image (Coleman) was timed over 100m in 1:10.6 and 600m in 40.2.

High Praise (A Jones) left 1200m behind in 1:21.6, with the only sectional possible the final 1000m in 1:06.2. Form runner Quest (K Jones), who will run at Te Rapa only if the track is reasonable, could only be timed over 1200m in 1:25.2, but was travelling well when she emerged from the fog. 

On the all-weather track, last start winner Footprint (Allen) reeled off his last 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36.8.

No gallops on the course proper could be timed, but those noted working well over the final stages included Te Rapa entries Little Pepper, Class King, Workmans, Vitali, Imperial Miss, Silent Whisper, Jahanara and Always On My Mind. Miss Mossman, who heads to Riccarton, also appeared to be travelling well at the end of her gallop with Zulu King.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 16 April 2013
16 Apr 2013

Huffer underlined her fitness for Hastings on Saturday with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 16 metres out on the course proper, which cut out after heavy overnight rain, Huffer (Sapsworth) did well late in the session to cover 1000m with Dynamite Girl (Chiong) in 1:06.4 and 600m in 38.3. Huffer has been freshened and looks very bright for her autumn campaign, beginning with the open sprint at Hastings.

Ready Steady (P Turner) drew attention to her weekend prospects at Tauranga when she cut out 1000m in 1:05.9, the final 600m in 37.6. She managed the conditions well and could be an improver from her recent fresh-up fifth.

Hawke’s Bay Cup candidate Better Together (Gillies) and Tauranga entry Revelator (Waddell) got through 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 40.6. Ten Belles (Campbell), who runs in the open 1400 at Tauranga, worked well with first use of the track over 1000m in 1:07.9 and 600m in 38.4.

Payday (W Hillis) and Perfect Start (K Hillis) prepared for Hastings with 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 38.7. Oraka Prince (J Collett), who runs at Dargaville on Friday, appeared at home in the ground when he ran 1200m in 1:20.4, with his last 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38.5.

Class mare Xanadu (K Jones) was kept up to the mark for her pending Sydney trip with striding work over 1200m in 1:32.8 and 600m in 47.2 She appears to have come through her big Te Aroha win in bright order.

Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) and Ididit (Chiong) got through sound work together over 1200m in 1:21.5, with the last 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 38.7. Over the same ground Pachenko (P Turner) returned 1:22.2, 1:07.9 and 39.4, Nicole Amy (M Brosnan) took 1:19.5, 1:06 and 40.2, and Mapmaker (Ward) 1:31.5 and 42.9. Domestic Goddess (Waddell) was not extended over 1000m in 1:10.6 and 600m in 39.7.

On the all-weather track Le Bon Fin (R Jones) caught the eye with a solid 1200m in 1:14.8, 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.2. Goldie (R Jones) and Lady Ruby (Goodwin) cut out 1000m in 1:03.6, the final 600m in 37.4.

Te Aroha visitors Mums Apparition (Archer) and Uncle Sugar (Smith) began steadily to cover 1000m in 1:06.8 and finished off with 600m in 36.8, with Mums Apparition showing out at the line. Arnold (Wratten) was restricted to three-quarter-pace over 800m in 1:00.4 and 600m in 44.5.

On the sand, which was loose, Society Rose (P Turner) and Cool Genie (Retter) were timed from the 800m in 56.2, with their final 600m in 39.8. He’s Myn (J Brosnan) and Ballypiper (P Brosnan) returned 1:15.3 for 1000m, quickening from the 600m in 39.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 9 April 2013
10 Apr 2013

Several candidates for the final Group One race of the domestic season, Saturday’s Manco Easter Handicap, looked the part when they got through solid work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 28 metres out on a dead course proper, Viadana (Dowling) impressed when she led Art Beat (K Hillis) to the end of 1200m in 1:18.1, with the last 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 37.8. Viadana has trained on well from her close second in the Japan Trophy and can take a lead role in this weekend’s Ellerslie feature. A decision has yet to be made whether Art Beat, who has taken a lot of benefit from her recent first-up outing, will run in the Easter Handicap.  

Japan Trophy winner Our Famous Eve (P Turner) also turned in an eye-catching Easter trial, shading race rival Capone (Hercock) after 1200m in 1:18, 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 37.8. If anything, the Glenn Old-trained mare has improved with her Tauranga race.   

Happy Guys had his Easter Handicap jockey Michael Coleman on board when he worked solo, recording 1:23.5 for 1200m, 1:08.2 for the last 1000m and 39.6 for the final section. The former Hong Kong galloper hit the line full of running and looks much improved after his bold fresh-up fourth in the Japan Trophy.  

Brave Centaur (Dowling) was another Easter candidate not chasing time but still impressed as he got through 1200m in 1:23.9, 1000m in 1:08.3 and 600 in 40.4. He looks very bright as he seeks his fifth consecutive win on Saturday. Yet another Easter candidate, Choice Bro (Allen), began steadily in his assignment before completing 1200m in 1:20.4, with the last 1000m in 1:05 and the final 600m in a very respectable 37.8.  

Whosyourmaster (O’Sullivan), an entry for Ellerslie as well as Friday’s Awapuni meeting, impressed when he shaded Awapuni candidate Exabelle (Cameron) at the end of smart work over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.2. Jubilate (Coleman) and Queen’s Rose (Sapsworth) worked soundly over 1200m in 1:23.2, quickening for a final 100m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 38.6.

 Mapmaker (Ward) and Surging Wave (Allen) had pace on throughout 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 38.4, The Lion’s Rule (C Ormsby) and She’s Samashing (Waddell) ran the same trip in 1:06.8 and 38.4, Volcano (R Jones) and Needlly (Dye) took 1:07.4 and 38.7, and Urban Angel (Miller) 1:09.2 and 38.5.

 Quest (K Jones), a scratching from Te Aroha due to track conditions, prepared for Ellerslie over 1200m in 1:22.2, 1000m in 1:07.7 and 600m in 39.6. Spitting Image (Waddell) and Arise (Coleman) left 1000m behind in 1:07.3 and 600m in 38.5. Beauty Show (Leveque) and Jahanara (S Wong) shaped up well over 800m in 50.1 and 600m in 37.7.

 On the sand, where times were generally moderate, Tactician (P turner) prepared for Awapuni on Friday with 1000m in 1:06.8 and 600m in 37. Android (Sapsworth) and Ididit (Tanaka) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:08.3 and 600m in 40.2, while Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) cut out 1200m in 1:19.9, 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 39.

 Snow Line (Woollams) and Deecruz (Roff) did well over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 37.6, while Our Essence (Chiong) and Huffer (Sapsworth) did similar work to record 1:04.4 and 37.7. Over the same ground Moneymakehersmile (Roff) and Peteali Rose (M Brosnan) returned 1:07.1 and 38.3, Giovana Bella (Grant) took 1:09 and 39.6, Oraka Prince (J Collett) and Secret Dew (S Collett) 1:09.9 and 40.2, Excuse Me Madam (Rastrick) 1:09.2 and 40.8, Miss Indy (Wright) and Generous Type (J Brosnan) 1:12.3 and 41.9, and Imperial Miss (Cameron) 1:13.6 and 43.2.

 Over 1200m The Hotz (Waddell) recorded 1:22.6, with the last 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 37.8, Sunset Pass (Miller) took 1:29.2, 1:13.7 and 40, and True Light (Dowling) 1:27.2, 1:11.8 and 42.8.

 On the all-weather track, Smartly (Chiong) and Le’Vantos (McNab) prepared for Ellerslie with a solid 1200m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.6. Out West (Leveque) and Beauty Ahead (S Wong) were not extended over the same distance in 1:06.3 and 38.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 02 April 2013
02 Apr 2013

Stablemates Xanadu and Quest underlined their fitness for Te Aroha on Saturday with impressive work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 20 metres out on a dead course proper, Xanadu (Coleman) strode into her work from the 1200-metre mark, running that distance in 1:20.6 and quickening for a final 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.2. 

The Bev and Ken Kelso-trained mare was disappointing in her most recent start but looks ready for another big effort in the Gr. 1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.  

Form runner Quest (K Jones) also looked the part in her solo work when she covered 1200m in 1:21.2, 1000m in 1:06.3 and 600m in 38.3. The Volksraad mare has put together two smart wins in midweek company and will chase a hat-trick in Saturday’s R75 2200-metre event. 

Whosyourmaster (Blair) drew attention to his Te Aroha prospects when he led Kaptain Kirkup (C Ormsby) at the end of 1200m in 1:22.2, 1000m in 1:05.4 and the final 60m in an impressive 36.9. Goyescas (Miller) was also in good form over 1000m in 1:06 and 600m in 36.7, while Breeders’ Stakes entry Dancing Attendance (Sapsworth) hit the line strongly at the end of 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 37.5.  

Ten Belles (Campbell), another for Te Aroha, travelled up well over 800m in 50.8 and 600m in 37.8, Thrive (Demir) and Prospero (Tuysuz) ran the same distance in 51.2 and 37.6, and Osmunda (Brett) and a Volksraad filly (Miller) returned 56.2 and 40.6.  

Brave Centaur (Dowling) continued his Easter Handicap preparation when he trailed stablemate Augusta National (S Wong) in the early stages of 1200m in 1:17.5 and 1000m in 1:05.3, working up to finish alongside after a final 600m in 39.8.

 Our Famous Eve (P Turner), another headed to the Easter, was well held over the last 1000m of her work in 1:10.9 and 600m in 41.8. She has done well since her big win at Tauranga. 

Te Aroha candidates Yin Yang Master (Baker) and Revolutionary (Allen) were paired over 1200m in 1:20.9, 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 39, while Casual Fling (Ward) finished her work off well after 800m in 52.6 and 600m in 38.2. Villifye (Sapsworth), who resumes at Te Aroha, covered 1200m in 1:23.8, 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 38.4. 

Allanah (Sasada) was well held over 1000m in 1:09.6 and 600m in 38.8. Sinnfonia (Coleman), another set to resume at Te Aroha, got through 1200m in 1:22.5, 1000m in 1:07.1 and 600m in 38.9. Anyx (Chiong) was kept to 1200m in 1:26.4, with the last 1000m in 1:12 and 600m in 42.6.  

On the sand Te Aroha three-year-old sprint candidate Silverdale (Abel) worked well over 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38.6, while Cool Cruising (Weatherley) ran the same trip in 1:06.9 and 37.2. 

Art Beat (K Hillis) looked bright when leaving 1000m behind in 1:06.9, with the last 600m in 37.2. An Easter Handicap start is being considered after her bold fresh-up run at Tauranga. Confirmed Easter runner Happy Guys (K Jones) was allowed striding work over 1000m in 1:17 and 600m in 45.2. The former Hong Kong galloper has come through his first-up fourth in pleasing order.  

Out West (Dowling) was kept to 1:11.8 and 40.6 over 1000m, while Cody Cat (Weatherley) returned 1:13.6 and 41.7 over the same distance. 

On the all-weather track Te Aroha entry Nothing Trivial (W Hillis) was partnered by Le’Vantos (K Hillis) over 1000m in 1:07.2 and 600m in 38.6. Olivia Ann (Burton) covered the same ground in 1:11.8 and 38.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 March 2013
19 Mar 2013

Viadana looked ready for a bold effort at Tauranga on Saturday when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

Working 18 metres out on a dead course proper, Viadana (R Jones) was partnered by Evancho (S Wong) over 1000m in 1:03.3, with the final 600m in 37.2. Viadana does not need to improve a lot on her last start sixth in the Westbury Classic to be a factor in Saturday’s Windsor Park Japan Trophy. Evancho is scheduled to run at her home track meeting next Monday.

Our Famous Eve (Coleman) and Game For Fame (K Jones) prepared for Tauranga with smart work over 1200m in 1:17.9, 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 37.8. Needlly (Dye) and Innes Rose(S Wong) had first use of the track when they cut out 1000m in 1:07.4, quickening for a final 600m in 37.3.

Ididit (Sapsworth) and Mosh Pit (Tanaka) did well later in the session to cover 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38.2. Burgundy (Brett) relished the conditions when he cut out 1000m in 1:04, hitting the line after an eye-catching final 600m in 36.4. He has tidied up with his trial at Cambridge last week and is on target for Awapuni next week.

Former Hong Kong galloper Happy Guys (Coleman), who is back with Ken and Bev Kelso, prepared for the Japan Trophy with 1200m in 1:22.8, 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 38.7. The Keeper gelding, who won five races in Hong Kong, is in good order after two trial outings.

Secret Whisper (Miller) and Kindred (Dye), who will run at the local meeting on Monday, were paired in an even gallop over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 38.2. Over the same ground, Tauranga entrant Revelator (C Ormsby) returned 1:21.6, 1:06.6 and 37.9, Better Together (Hepi) and Revolutionary (Baker) took 1:18.6, 1:04.6 and 39.5, Yin Yang Master (Allen) 1:19.5, 1:05.7 and 39, and Red On Black (Demir) and No Nonsense (Tuysuz) 1:19.4, 1:06 and 38.9.

Witz End (J Collett) ran a tidy 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 38.2, while Exabelle (Brett) and Enchanter (Tuysuz) were not extended over the same ground in 1:11.3 and 39.8. Choice Bro (Woollams) was allowed to roll in from the 600m in 39.2. After a brave effort in the New Zealand derby, he will now be aimed at the Manco Easter Handicap.

On the sand Taaxman (Gillies) and Art Beat (K Hillis) caught the eye with a smart 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.8. Taaxman is set to run at Tauranga, where a change in luck is all he needs for a return to form, while Art Beat is coming to hand well as connections wait for tracks to ease.

Silverdale (S Autridge) prepared for Tauranga when he and Hurricane Fashion (Wong) strode over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 37.4. Elysium (Dye) and Mirage (S Wong) did well over the same distance in 1:04.8 and 37.3, as did Payday (K Hillis) and Vincent Street (W Hillis) in 1:03.8 and 37.6.

Water Nymph (Retter) and Catalan Gold (J Brosnan) left 1000 behind in 1:09.2 and 600m in 37.2, while Quest (K Jones) was timed over 1000m in 1:16.5 and 600m in 45.2. She has come through her impressive home track win last week in good order and is likely to run at Te Rapa on Wednesday week.

On the all-weather track One Above (S Smith) and Billie Jean King (Archer), visitors from Lisa Anderson’s Te Aroha team, prepared for Tauranga with 1000m in 1:08.7 and 600m in 37.1.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 March 2013
12 Mar 2013

Abidewithme and Emerald Queen confirmed their fitness for Saturday’s Wellfield New Zealand Oaks when they galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

Working 10 metres out on a dead course proper, Abidewithme (Cameron) and Emerald Queen (A Jones) set off from the 1600-metre mark and had the pace on from the 1200, running that distance in 1:14.5 with the last 1000m in 1:01.1 and 600m in 35.2. Even allowing that they were put under some pressure by their riders over the final stages, it was excellent work by both fillies and ensured they will strip fit for the Trentham classic.

The Shane Kennedy-Anna Furlong-trained Emerald Queen has been stabled with Karen Fursdon during her North Island campaign and will be ridden on Saturday by Jamie Bullard, who was also on board in her last start Lowland Stakes second. Jason Bridgman expects improvement from Abidewithme after she was unplaced in the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. With stable rider Mathew Cameron under suspension, Michael Walker will ride the Redoute’s Choice filly.

Kaptain Kirkup (Coleman) wore blinkers in his work over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37. The blinkers will also be added to his gear in the Lightning Handicap at Trentham on the weekend. The only others to work on the course proper were Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Almansa (J McKay), who left 1000m behind in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.3.

On a good plough, Brave Centaur (Dowling) and Augusta National (Dye) prepared for Te Rapa on Saturday with a solid 1200m in 1:15.6, 1000m in 1:00.9 and 600m in 35.2. Alvesta (Coleman) also drew attention to his Te Rapa prospects with 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 36.8.

Stablemate Undisclosed (Coleman) impressed in his work over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 35.8. Agent Ziva (A Jones) was another likely Te Rapa candidate to work well, cutting out the last 1000m of her work in 1:03.7 and 600m in 35.4.

Juggernaut Rock (K Price) prepared for the New Zealand St Leger with smart solo work over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:02.7 and 600m in 36.2. He is in solid order. Better Together (Roff) and Virginia Wade (Roff) covered the same ground in 1:17.6, 1:02.8 and 36.4, while Volcano (Dye) and Evancho (Dowling) took 1:18.3, 1:03.4 and 36.3.

Others to work over ground included Pindalu (Burton), who returned 1:24.4, 1:09.2 and 40.3, Mrs Neat (Samuelsson) 1:27.2, 1:10.8 and 40.5, and Subrideo (Coleman) 1:27.5, 1:10.3 and 39.6.

Kindred (Brett) was not after time over 1000m in 1:12.8 and 42.2, while Revolutionary (Roff) and So Elite (Hepi) covered 800m in 49 and 35.8, and Imagine (C Ormsby) took 54.2 and 38.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 March 2013
12 Mar 2013

Abidewithme and Emerald Queen confirmed their fitness for Saturday’s Wellfield New Zealand Oaks when they galloped impressively at Matamata this morning.

 

Working 10 metres out on a dead course proper, Abidewithme (Cameron) and Emerald Queen (A Jones) set off from the 1600-metre mark and had the pace on from the 1200, running that distance in 1:14.5 with the last 1000m in 1:01.1 and 600m in 35.2. Even allowing that they were put under some pressure by their riders over the final stages, it was excellent work by both fillies and ensured they will strip fit for the Trentham classic.

 

The Shane Kennedy-Anna Furlong-trained Emerald Queen has been stabled with Karen Fursdon during her North Island campaign and will be ridden on Saturday by Jamie Bullard, who was also on board in her last start Lowland Stakes second. Jason Bridgman expects improvement from Abidewithme after she was unplaced in the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. With stable rider Mathew Cameron under suspension, Michael Walker will ride the Redoute’s Choice filly.

 

Kaptain Kirkup (Coleman) wore blinkers in his work over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 37. The blinkers will also be added to his gear in the Lightning Handicap at Trentham on the weekend. The only others to work on the course proper were Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Almansa (J McKay), who left 1000m behind in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.3.

 

On a good plough, Brave Centaur (Dowling) and Augusta National (Dye) prepared for Te Rapa on Saturday with a solid 1200m in 1:15.6, 1000m in 1:00.9 and 600m in 35.2. Alvesta (Coleman) also drew attention to his Te Rapa prospects with 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 36.8.

 

Stablemate Undisclosed (Coleman) impressed in his work over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 35.8. Agent Ziva (A Jones) was another likely Te Rapa candidate to work well, cutting out the last 1000m of her work in 1:03.7 and 600m in 35.4.

 

Juggernaut Rock (K Price) prepared for the New Zealand St Leger with smart solo work over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:02.7 and 600m in 36.2. He is in solid order. Better Together (Roff) and Virginia Wade (Roff) covered the same ground in 1:17.6, 1:02.8 and 36.4, while Volcano (Dye) and Evancho (Dowling) took 1:18.3, 1:03.4 and 36.3.

 

Others to work over ground included Pindalu (Burton), who returned 1:24.4, 1:09.2 and 40.3, Mrs Neat (Samuelsson) 1:27.2, 1:10.8 and 40.5, and Subrideo (Coleman) 1:27.5, 1:10.3 and 39.6.

 

Kindred (Brett) was not after time over 1000m in 1:12.8 and 42.2, while Revolutionary (Roff) and So Elite (Hepi) covered 800m in 49 and 35.8, and Imagine (C Ormsby) took 54.2 and 38.7.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 5 March 2013
05 Mar 2013

Al Strada looked sharp for Saturday’s Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes when he turned in a smart trial at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough with raceday jockey Reese Jones on the saddle, Al Strada and Juggernaut Rock (K Hall) rolled into their work from the 800m to run that distance in 49.3, quickening for a final 600m in 35.4. Al Strada has made excellent progress since his impressive home track stakes win and will be an interesting runner in Saturday’s juvenile feature. Juggernaut Rock is being aimed towards the New Zealand St Leger at Trentham on Saturday week.

Ready Steady (O’Sullivan) was in good form as she prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 35.7. In similar work Ellerslie candidates Ying Yang Master (Roff) and Cat Woman (Hepi) returned 1:04.4 and 35.6.

Impressive last start winner Silverdale was never extended as his trainer Stephen Autridge took him over 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 39.2. With Vinnie Colgan under suspension for the final day of the Ellerslie carnival, Silverdale will be ridden by Hayden Tinsley in the Mr Tiz Trophy.

Annie Higgins (Dowling) completed her Auckland Cup preparation on the all-weather track where she strolled over two rounds, quickening over the final 600m in 37.1. She is very bright for tomorrow’s big assignment.

Also on the all-weather track, Supercharged (Coleman) covered the last 1000m of his work in 1:06.7 and 600m in 38, while Joey Massino (P McKay) ran the same distance in 1:07 and 38.1.

Back on the plough, Calypso (Coleman) and The Lions Rule (C Ormsby) were paired on solid work over 1200m 1:19.7, 1000m in 1:03.7 and 600m in 35.2. Over the same ground Quest (K Jones) looked comfortable returning 1:22, 1:06.7 and 38.2, Haere Mai (W Hillis) took 1:21.2, 1:06.5 and 38.6, Madly Bentley (Samuelsson) 1:22.8, 1:07.6 and 40.5, and Pindalu (Burton) 1:23.7, 1:08.5 and 40.9.

Abidewithme (Cameron) continued her preparation for next week’s New Zealand Oaks when she and Galshaan (Miller) got through 1200m in 1:16.4, 1:02.4 and 36.2. Stablemate Gunsmoke (Miller) put on the pace from the 1000m mark to run that distance in 1:00.4 and his last 600m in 34.6.

Burgundy (Cameron) was working well alongside Secret Whisper (Brett) at the end of a smart 1000m in 1:00.6 and 600m in 35.6. Burgundy will run in a trial next week as a lead-up to the Awapuni meeting at the end of the month.

Arose (Samuelsson) and Gospel (C Ormsby) cut out 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.8, while Mirage (Leveque) and Elysium (Dye) took 1:07.8 and 38.9, Savarhys (Roff) 1:06.6 and 38.5, Mara Jay (Grylls) 1:07.9 and 39.4, and Spitting Image (Grant) and The Hotz (Samuelsson) 1:07.3 and 36.6.

Always On My Mind (S Wong) and Augusta National (Dye) left 1000 behind in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.9, King’s Rock (Cameron) and Wolf Whistle (Brett) took 1:05.1 and 36.2, Silk Chardonnay (Sliz) 1:08.5 and 41.2, and Innes Rose (Dowling) and Rose Of Virginia (S Wong) 1:11.8 and 42.3. Quintessential (Woollams) put the pace on from the 800m in 49.4, with the final 600m in 35.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 26 February 2013
26 Feb 2013

TV3 New Zealand Derby candidates Kidwelly, Choice Bro and Alert turned in pleasing work at Matamata this morning as they prepared for Saturday’s Ellerslie classic.

On a dead course proper Kidwelly, with raceday rider Michael Coleman in the saddle, was partnered by La Vitesse (Weatherley) in solid work over ground, timed from the 1200m in 1:15.3 with the last 1000m in 1:01.7 and 600m in 35.5.

Kidwelly, who will take solid placed form into the New Zealand Derby, satisfied Coleman and co-trainer Chad Ormsby with her final serious work. La Vitesse runs this weekend in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings and will be ridden by Rosie Myers.

Choice Bro (Roff) did his Derby prospects no harm when he worked with Jimato (Hepi) over ground on a good plough, cutting 1200m out in 1:16.8, 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in a smart 35.8. The John Sargent-trained colt has made good progress since finishing fourth in his first middle-distance attempt in the Avondale Guineas. Jimato will join her stablemate La Vitesse in the Lowland Stakes.

Jason Bridgman’s Derby hope Alert was ridden by raceday jockey Matt Cameron in his work on the plough with Galshaan (Miller), giving his partner a start of several lengths before finishing on terms at the of the end of 1200m in 1:16.7, 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.1. As a son of Zabeel, Alert cannot be discounted in Saturday’s 2400-metre feature.

Emerald Queen (Sliz) prepared for the Lowland Stakes with 1200m in 1:22.3, 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 39.6, looking comfortable throughout. Taaxman (R Jones) and Vincent Street (Grylls) drew attention to their weekend prospects when they cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.6, good time later in the session. 

Xanadu (K Jones) continued her preparation for next Wednesday’s Westbury Classic with 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:05.5 and the final 600m in an impressive 36.8. Race rival Viadana (Dowling) went with Ellerslie first day entrant Needlly (Dye) over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 36.5.

Single Minded (Grylls) continued his Auckland Cup preparation with 1200m in 1:24.1 and 600m in 40.5. Natsinga (Leveque) and Evancho (Dowling) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:18.3, 1000m in 1:04.1 and 600m in 37.8, Leave Pass (O’Sullivan) took 1:22.3, 1:06.5 and 38.2, Rose Of Virginia (S Wong) was well held in 1:27.8 and 40.6, and The Lions Rule (C Ormsby) returned 1:31.2 and 44.8.

Ellerslie second day runner Irish Encore (O’Sullivan) was not extended over 1000m in 1:06.5, picking up Mara Jay (Stack) to run the final 600m in 38.5. Kindred (Brett) was also unextended over 1000m in 1:09.8 and 39.8, while stablemate Stylee (Baker), who likewise runs at Awapuni on Thursday, took 1:08.6 and 39.2.

Undisclosed (P McKay) and Joey Massino (J McKay) had no trouble running 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.4. Over the same distance Exabelle (Cameron) and Quintette (Brett) did well to run 1:04.6 and 36.7, while Valdera (W Hillis) and Payday (K Hillis) returned 1:07 and 36.8 and Haere Mai (Wells) 1:06.2 and 39.6.

King’s Rock (Miller) and Hardcore Rock (Cameron) were timed over 800m in 52.2 and 600m in 37.2, Workman’s (O’Sullivan) took 1:11.5 for 1000m and 41.9 for 600m, and Ready Steady (Grylls) followed in 12:12.5 and 43.4.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 19 February 2013
19 Feb 2013

Unbeaten filly Bounding confirmed her fitness for Saturday’s J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes with a brilliant gallop in company with race rival Role Model at Matamata this morning.

Working against the rail of a dead course proper with their respective raceday riders Vinnie Colgan and Danielle Johnson on board, Bounding and Role Model worked away from the 1000-metre mark to run that distance in 1:04.2. They lifted the tempo for a final 800m in 47.5 and 600m in 34.9, with Bounding looking particularly strong at the line. It was excellent work by both fillies.

Bounding, the winner of her only two starts in October and November, has pleased trainers Ken and Bev Kelso with her recent progress, while Role Model has also made good progress for John Sargent since her impressive debut win earlier this month.

Al Strada (R Jones) and Puccini (Coleman), entrants for the colts and geldings’ Reid & Harrison Slipper on the weekend, were well matched in a solid 1000m in 1:01.2, 800m in 48.2 and 600m in 35.8.

All other work took place on a good plough, where Glamour galloper Ocean Park (Hercock) had his normal workmate Dashing Thunder (Sweeney) for company as he prepared for Saturday’s Haunui Farm Group One Classic at Otaki with 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.8. As usual the Cox Plate winner did only as much as he had to but pulled up well from the gallop and is ready to run a big race in his first start for nearly four months.

Race rival Better Than Ever (Brett) was in good form when cutting out 1200m in 1:14.9, 1000m in 1:00.6 and 600m in 35.5. He has trained on well from his bold run in the Waikato Draught Sprint.

Local meeting candidates Kasumi (Hepi) and Virginia Wade (J Wong) were paired in a brilliant gallop over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 34.2. Volcano (Dowling) and Witz End (S Collett) ran the same trip in 1:01 and 35.4, while Exabelle (Brett) and Single Act (Cameron) clocked 1:03 and 35.9.

Huffer (Coleman), who runs in the open sprint on Saturday, looked bright in her work over 1000m in 1:02.7 and 600m in 35.7, while race rival Brave Centaur (Dowling) took 1:01.6 and 35.7. Three-year-old sprint candidate Rio Rose (P Turner) recorded 1:01.5 and 35.8.

Annie Higgins (Colgan) and Cristal Heights (Coleman) did sound stayers’ work over1200m 1:17.5, 1000 in 1:03 and 600m in 36.5. Annie Higgins will round off her Auckland Cup preparation in Saturday’s Kaimai Stakes. Weekend rival Better Together (T Gillies) and Essential (I Brown) wasted no time over the same distance in 1:14.6, 1:01.8 and 36.2.

Mrs Neat (Grant) and Kaptain Kirkup (C Ormsby) prepared for Matamata with 1200m in 1:20.4, 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 36.7. Tactician (P Turner) left 1000m behind in 1:01.8 and 36.3, while Wannabe (Dye) and Da Shindig (O’Sullivan) also worked well when recording 1:01.6 and 36.3.

Veteran galloper Sir Slick (S Collett) and O’Reilly Express (Dye), who are now trained by Floyd Mullineaux, worked over 1200m in 1:18.4, 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 37.2.

Quintessential (D Johnson) and Ying Yang Master (Hepi) prepared for the weekend with 1000m in 1:06.9, quickening readily for a final 600m in 35. Liberare (C Ormsby) worked well solo over 1200m in 1:16.4, 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.6, while Dancing Attendance (Sapsworth) took 1:04.6 for 1000m and 36.8 for her final 600m.

Fix (K Jones), a late entry and now equal second favourite for the TV3 New Zealand Derby, was allowed steady work over 1200m in 1:22.7 and 600m in 39. Stablemate Xanadu (K Jones) was kept to 1200m in 1:29.5 and 600m in 43.2. Revelator (C Ormsby) was another unextended in his work over 1200m in 1:25.9 and 39.2.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Sedgwick (P Turner) 1:21.6, 36.3; Interlude (Burton) 1:27.3, 38.3; Quest (Colgan) 1:24.4, 39.2; Life’s In A Spin (P Turner) 1:20.6, 39.

1000m plough: Our Famous Eve (Coleman) 1:07.7, 38.2; Jimmy Hoffa (P McKay) and Almansa (J McKay) 1:09.4, 39.8; Secret Whisper (Miller) 1:08.9, 40.5; Imperial Miss (Cameron) 1:11.8, 41; Snowline (Woollams) 1:07.4, 37.2; Milkwood (R Jones) 1:06, 37.6; Sharp ’N’ Fast (Grylls) 1:05.2, 37.4; Sultry Assassin (Sapsworth) 1:12.3, 41.4.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 12 February 2013
12 Feb 2013

Choice Bro and Canterino turned in good trials for the Avondale Guineas at Matamata this morning when fog hindered the timing of some work.

On a good plough Choice Bro (Roff) and Essential (J Wong) had pace on from the start of their 1200-metre assignment, running the distance in 1:14.5, 1000m in 1:01.2 and the final 600m in 37.2. Choice Bro has trained on well since his Karaka 3YO Mile win and will be an interesting runner in his first middle-distance test at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Race rival Canterino had his raceday jockey Mark Du Plessis on board when he and Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup entrant Estrato (J McKay) strode over 1200m in 1:20.9, with their last 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 38.1. Both McKay stable members have solid form to back their weekend prospects.

Single Minded (Grylls) prepared for the Cardinal Logistics Avondale Cup when getting through striding work over 1200m in 1:20.3, 1000m in 1:05.4 and 800m in 50.6. Xalted (C Ormsby) who will be on the borderline of a start in the same race, caught the eye in his work over 1200m in 1:17.9 and 1000m in 1:02.5.

Unbeaten filly Bounding (Colgan) continued her preparation for next week’s J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes when she shaded Dreamer (Cameron) at the end of 1000m in 1:04.2 and 600m in 36.2. Dreamer, runner-up in both her starts to date, runs in the Taranaki Classic on Saturday.

Recent debut winner Role Model (Hepi), another heading to the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, reeled off 800m in company with Ying Yang Master (J Wong) in 46.5, with fog unfortunately preventing a 600m sectional. Ellerslie entrants Undisclosed (P McKay) and Quintero (J McKay) did solid work over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.4.

Confederate (Grylls) was sound in his work over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 37. Over the same ground La Vitesse (R Turner) recorded 1:21.7 and 1:05.8, Quest (K Jones) took 1:22.4 and 1:05.4, Haere Mai (Grylls) 1:23, 1:07.6 and 38.2, Typhoon (Roff) 1:22.8, 1:07.6 and 39.7, High Praise (Sliz) 1:23.8, 1:08.9 and 40.9, and Evancho (Dowling) 1:28.6 and 1:12.2.

Capone (K Hillis) prepared for the Taranaki Cup with 1000m in 1:08.4 and 800m in 52.6. Tequila At Midnight (Sliz) and Dixie Run (A Jones) looked promising when they left 1000m behind in 1:04 and 600m in 36.4. Over the same distance Crystalite (Tanaka) and Kansas (Sapsworth) took 1:06.7 and 38.4, Volcano (Dowling) and a Pins gelding (S Wong) 1:07.2 and 39, Pinstrippa (Dowling) and Malina (S Wong) 1:07.5 and 40, Taoist Master (Roff) 1:04.5, Olivia Anne (Burton) 1:04.2, Jardini (P Turner) 1:08.8, Gijima (Miller) 1:12.4.

Our River Dancer (Lammas) and the Darci Brahma-Diamond Deck colt (Cameron) were timed over their last 800m in 51.8.

On the all-weather track Taaxman (Gillies) and Starguru (P McKay) prepared for New Plymouth with 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 38.9. Joey Massino (Du Plessis) and Zaragoza (P McKay) worked strongly over 1000m in 1:03.5 but no sectional time could be taken.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 29 January 2013
29 Jan 2013

Kindred and It’s All On shaped up for Te Rapa on Saturday with smart work together at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Kindred (Brett) and It’s All On (Grylls) worked away steadily from the 1200m mark to run that distance in 1:20.2, and increased the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in a smart 35.3.

Cristal Heights (Dowling) turned in a sound trial for Te Rapa when she and Medici (Shirahama) strode over 1200m in 1:18.2. Fog prevented any sectional splits but both appeared to be travelling well at the line. Fog also hindered the timing of Kuwait (J Wong) and Made My Point (Hepi) as they cut out 1200m in good style in 1:16.8, with the last 1000m in 1:02.2.

Sam Mesi (P McKay) and Canterino (Coleman) prepared for the HS Dyke Waikato Guineas with 1200m in 1:17.3, 1000m in 1:02.9 and 600m in 38. Sam Mesi appears to have trained on well from his third in the Wellington Stakes, while Canterino also shaped up well for fifth in the Championship Stakes at Ellerslie.

The Sargent-trained two-year-old trial winner Role Model (Hepi) shaped up well when paired with Ying Yang Master (J Wong) over 800m in 51.5 and 600m in 35.8. Te Rapa candidate Rio Rose (Blair) left 1000m behind in 1:03.4 and 37.

Fix (Colgan) looked bright when allowed to stride over 1200m in 1:22.5, 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 38.5. She has done well since her big Ellerslie double and may have a gallop between races at Te Rapa as part of her build-up to the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic on Saturday week.

Stablemate Xanadu (Coleman) was also in good order as she cut out an easy 1000m in 1:11 and 600m in 41.8. The Telegraph Handicap runner-up runs next in the Waikato Draught Sprint. Race rival Better Than Ever (Lammas) continued his preparation with 1200m in 1:19.4, 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 38.2.

Quintessential (Woollams) looked sharp as she prepared for the big Te Rapa sprint with 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 35.5. She has returned from a let-up in good condition.

Wannabe (Turner) prepared for the weekend with 1200m in 1:18.8, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 36.9. Over the same ground Beautiful Brother (J Collett) took 1:21.2, 1:05.2 and 37.9, Estrato (P McKay) 1:17.8, 1:04 and 39, Coercion (Allen) and Virginia Wade (Campbell) 1:22.4, 1:06.3 and 37.3, and Abide With Me (Lammas) 1:29.8 and 45.4.

Have No Mercy (Grylls) did sound work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 36.8, while Always On My Mind (Dowling) recorded 1:11.2 and 43.2, The Last Shower (Grant) 1:10.6 and 39.2, and Milkwood (C Ormsby) 1:12.8, 38.3.

On the all-weather track Spare A Fortune (Hercock) and a Beautiful Crown colt (Yota) cut out 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 36.8. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 22 January 2013
22 Jan 2013

Trentham feature entries Annie Higgins, Dolmabache and Viadana and leading Karaka Million candidate Gobi Ranger all impressed in training at Matamata this morning.

Most work took place on the plough, which was conducive to fast times, but it was one of the comparatively slower gallops that left an impression. Wellington Cup runner Annie Higgins (Shirahama) and Thorndon Mile entry Viadana (Dowling) were well matched over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 37.3. The Lance Noble-trained pair head to Trentham off the back of unplaced New Year’s Day runs, but their condition cannot be faulted.    

Dolmabache (Ritchie) was accompanied by Navy Blue (J Bates) when running time over 1200m in 1:15.4, 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.4. Dolmabache is in solid order for the Wellington Cup, while Navy Blue will start in the R65 2300 at Trentham. 

Unbeaten colt Gobi Ranger (Hercock) looked set for a bold effort in the Karaka Million when he and Diva Down Under (Dye) cut out a slick 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.2. It was very good work by the pair, who though from different stables are by coincidence half-brother and sister. Gobi Dancer will be ridden by James McDonald in Sunday’s big Ellerslie race, while Diva Down Under could be one to watch in maiden company at Rotorua on Friday.

Al Strada (R Jones) and Juggernaut Rock (K Price) turned in a sound gallop over 1000m in 1:03 and 600m in 35.2. Al Strada is on the borderline of making the Karaka Million field, while his stablemate is an entry for the special conditions staying event at Ellerslie.

Ididit (Grylls) impressed in her work when shading Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) at the end of 1200m in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600 in 35.9. The Graham Richardson-trained pair are headed to Trentham, where Ididit holds an entry for the Thorndon Mile. 

Nothing Trivial (K Hillis) drew attention to his Ellerslie prospects when he and Vincent Street (W Hillis) were paired in a smart 1000 in 1:01.5 and 35.6. Over the same distance Trentham candidates Travino (P McKay) and Vincent Mangano (J McKay) also caught the eye clocking 1:00.8 and 35.4, while Ellerslie candidates La Vitesse (Coleman) and Duke Ellington (J Wong) returned 1:01.7 and 35.6.

Xalted (C Ormsby) was impressive as he prepared for Trentham’s Summer Cup when leading Upstream Lad (Samuelsson) at the end of 1200m in 1:18.2, 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.2. The Looker (Lammas) and Outshine (Cameron) also did well over ground, completing 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:03 and 36.6.

Our Famous Eve (Coleman) and Sedgwick (Dye) were in good form over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 600m in 35.2. Our Famous Eve has returned from a fruitless Australian trip and is now back with Glenn Old, looking to resume early next month.

Sans Souci (Miller) and Jealous Much (Dye) cut out 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.1, while Tiger Moss (Stack) took 1:03.8 and 36.1; Mutt Williams (Woollams) and Jimato (Walsh) 1:03.6 and 37.2; Miuccia Belle (Ritchie) and Saint Martins (Bates) 1:04.2 and 38; Sharp ‘N’ Fast (M Brosnan) 1:04.3 and 36.5.

Don Domingo (Sapsworth) cut out 1200m in 1:16.2, 1000m in 1:02.6 and 36.6, while Sir Elmo (A Jones) and Busted Love (Shirahama) recorded 1:21.4, 1:08.1 and 600m in 39.2. Others over 1200m included Confederate (Grylls), who took 1:21, 1:05.2 and 36.6; Midnight Rendezvous (H McQuade) 1:20.9, 1:05.2 and 38.4; Auspicious (Walsh) 1:20.6, 1:05.2 and 38.4; and Needlly (Shirahama) and Hollywood (Dowling) 1:20.8, 1:04 and 37.2.

Better Than Ever (Lammas), who is being reserved for the Waikato Draught Sprint, was allowed to stroll over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1000m in 1:08.5 and 600m in 41.2. Heat Blast (Waddell) and Huffer (Shirahama) prepared for Trentham with 1200m in 1:21.2, 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.8.

Carmody (Grylls) left 1200m behind in 1:22.5, quickening over the last 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.5, while Android (Ulcinar) returned 1:23.4, 1:07.8 and 38. Pforperfect (Samuelsson) covered 1000m in 1:07.5 and 600m in 36.9, Mr Nifty (Blair) ran the same trip in 1:10.2 and 39.8, Ready Steady (R Jones) took 1:08.2 and 40, and Inanoff (Sliz) took 1:11.2 and 42. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 8 January 2013
08 Jan 2013

Travino hinted at a return to winning form this weekend when he galloped impressively with Antonio Lombardo at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good plough, Travino (P McKay) and Antonio Lombardo (Coleman) cut out 1000m in 1:02.8 and their final 600m in 36.6. It was good work by both horses but Travino in particular looked strong at the line.

Co-trainer Peter McKay believes that the former leading two-year-old has turned the corner since being gelded recently and is in good order for Ellerslie on Saturday. Antonio Lombardo has made pleasing progress since his luckless run in the Railway Stakes and is being aimed at the Telegraph Handicap on Saturday week.

Smartly (Wells) and Nothing Trivial (Stack), members of the in-form Hillis stable, drew attention to their respective weekend prospects at Ellerslie and Awapuni with smart work over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 35.5.

Xanadu (Coleman) continued her preparation for the Telegraph Handicap with 1000m in a deceptive 1:02.2 and 600m in 36.1. Stablemate Magic Briar (Grylls), who is close to resuming, followed over the same ground in 1:02.7 and 36.4.

Medici (Dowling) turned in a sound trial for Awapuni when he and Busted Love (Shirahama) strode over 1200m in 1:19, 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 37.6. The Lance Noble-trained gelding has made good progress since his close second in the Manawatu Cup and will run on Saturday in either the Marton Cup or the Rating 85 2300-metre event.

Keep Reiming (O’Sullivan) and It’s All On (Dye) ran time when cutting out 1000m in 1:01.8 and 35.4. Keep Reiming goes to Tauranga on Friday and It’s All On to Paeroa on Thursday. Two more from the Andrew Scott team to attract attention were Wannabe (O’Sullivan) and Kaleidoscope (Grylls), who left 1000m behind in 1:02.8 and 36.6.

Beauty Apps (Dowling) and Cristal Heights (Shirahama) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:14.6, 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 36.4. Over the same distance Sophia’s Dream (Grylls) returned 1:17.2, 1:02.4 and 36.3, while Tuftane (Brown) and Skyfall (O’Sullivan) took 1:17.5, 1:02.2 and 36.1.

Apache Sky (M Brosnan) was another to work well over ground, taking 1:17.6 for 1200m and her sectionals in 1:01.6 and 36.2. Undisclosed (P McKay) was in good form as he prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 36.8.

Savabeel Fire (Sapsworth) and Living The Dream (Chiong) did well to leave 1200m behind in 1:17.5, 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.4. Traveller (K Jones) ran the same trip without being extended  in 1:21.4, 1:06 and 37.8; Sateka (Goodwin) took 1:21.8, 1:07.2 and 38.6; High Praise (Sliz) 1:24.8, 1:09.8, and 41.6; and Virginia Wade (Woollams) 1:21.4, 1:06.2 and 38.2.

On the all-weather track Joey Massino (Coleman) and Estrato (J McKay) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:03.9 and 35.8, while Have No Mercy (Stack) clocked 1:04.3 and 36.2 and Vincent Street (W Hillis) 1:05.2 and 36.6.

Witz End (S Collett) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:14.2, 1000m in 1:00.4 and 600m in 35.2. Pretty Good Excuse (K Hillis) was timed over 800m in 50.4 and 36.7, while Zaragoza (P McKay) and Puccini (Coleman) took 53.2 and 39.4. Stoneleigh (Stack) was kept to 1:11.4 for 1000m and 38.8 for the final 600m.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Peregrine (Sapsworth) 1:27.2, 40.8; Coercion (Hepi) and Kuwait (Roff) 1:20.3, 37.4; Sharp ’N’ Fast (M Brosnan) 1:21.2, 36.4; Viking Chief (Wratten) 1:30.2, 43.4.

1000m plough: Princess Nicole (S Collett) 1:06.9, 38.8; Crystallite (Tanaka) and Dublin (Sapsworth) 1:07.5, 37.4; Hollywood (Dowling) 1:12.8, 43; Madame Kirk (Godwin) 1:05.3, 37.6; Perchenko (A Jones) 1:07.8, 38.4.

800m plough: Game For Fame (Hercock) and Mercutio (Grylls) 48.3, 35.6; Soltatio (Brett) and Abidewithme (Lammas) 49.8, 36.7; Mapmaker (Ward) 56, 40.2.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 2 January 2013
03 Jan 2013

Secret Whisper shaped up for Thames on Saturday with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning

Working 12 metres out on a dead courser proper, Secret Whisper (Dye) maintained a solid rate over 1200m in 1:18.5, 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.6. The Jason Bridgman-trained gelding looks very bright and should be well placed in the R75 middle-distance at Thames.

Several Thames Cup entries got through their work well, with Don Domingo (Sapsworth) running a smart solo 1200m in 1:19.2, 1000m in 1:05.1 and 600m in 38.2. Stablemate Single Minded (Sapsworth) was paired with Anyx (K Wong) over the same ground in 1:23.5, 1:09.2 and 41.2, Cat Woman (Allen) returned 1:21.2, 1:06.4 and 37.8, while Natsinga (Shirahama) went with Keep Reiming (Turner) in 1:19.2, 1:05.4 and 38.1.

Giardini (Turner) and Diva Down Under (Barnabas) turned in attractive work for Rotorua next Monday when cutting out a smart 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.6. Sunset Pass (Dye) and No Nonsense (Brett) prepared for the same meeting with 1200m in 1:18.6, 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 38.8.

Choice Bro (Allen), who is making good progress after recovery from injury, left 1000m behind in 1:09.8, quickening from the 600m in 38.7. Over the same distance Fastfoot (J Wong) took 1:09.3 and 38.2.

Volksbelle (Ward) strode over 1200m in 1:19.98, with the last 1000m in 1:05.4 and 600m in 38.5. West Coast-bound Gijima (Toh) ran the same trip with Stylee (Brett) in 1:19.2, 1:04.6 and 37.5, while Jealous Much (Brown) and Miss West (Turner) took 1:24.2, 1:05.7 and 37.4.

Over 800m Fairy Cake (C Ormsby), a juvenile runner at Ruakaka on Thursday, was not pushed over 800m in 55.2 and 600m in 38.7. Tactician (K Price) ran the same distance in 56.4 and 40.

On the sand Carmody (Turner) prepared for Rotorua with 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 37.5. Others to work over the same ground included Jimato (Roff) in 1:07.8 and 38.2, How We Roll (C Ormsby)1:11.4 and 39.2, Duke Ellington (Roff) 1:13.5 and 40.4, and Quest (Leveque) 1:13.6 and 43.8.

On the all-weather track Perchenko (A Jones) cut out 1200m in 1:17.2, with the last 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 37. Traveller (K Jones) was kept to 1000m in 1:13 and 42.7, while Mercutio (K Jones) did similar work in 1:13.9 and 43.2.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 18 December 2012
18 Dec 2012

Xalted and Traveller underlined their Te Rapa weekend prospects with an impressive hitout at Matamata this morning.

Galloping on a good plough, Xalted (Coleman) and Traveller (K Jones) has pace on throughout 1200m, completing the distance in 1:14.5, the last 1000m in 1:00.3 and 600m in 35.4.

Xalted held a slight advantage over his workmate at the line, but it was solid work by both horses in preparation for the R75 Dunstan Series qualifier at Te Rapa on Saturday. Xalted has put together a consistent formline this preparation, while Traveller would have improved with his latest work after winning so impressively in his middle-distance debut a month ago.

Better Than Ever (Lammas) impressed as he prepared for the Higgins Challenge Stakes at Awapuni, cutting out a well held 1000m in 1:05.9 and 600m in 37.1. The former leading Singapore galloper won well at the Cambridge trials last week and will be an interesting runner in Saturday’s weight-for-age sprint, when his rivals are expected to include Mufhasa. 

Sinfonnia (Ormsby) turned in a satisfactory trial for Saturday’s Manawatu Cup when she worked solo over ground, being clocked over her last 1200m in 1:19.9, 1000m in 1:04 and quickening readily without being pushed for a final 600m in 36.6. Saturday’s Awapuni feature will be a big step up in grade for the Moroney-Ormsby-trained mare, but she is a very promising stayer.

Needlly (Dowling) and Keep Dreaming (O’Sullivan) turned in sound work for Te Rapa over 1200m in 1:16.1, 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Over the same ground Don Domingo (Sapsworth) returned 1:16.6, 1:02.8 and 36.2, while Seaflyte (W Hillis) took 1:23.8, 1:07 and 37.9.

Peaceful Easy Feeling (Turner) and Silent Whisper (Cameron) caught the eye with a slick 1200m in 1:1:14.8, 1000m in 1:00.5 and 600m in 35.5. Alvesta (Coleman) wasted no time over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 35.4, while Killa Question (Ward) ran the same trip in 1:00.6 and 36.1, Magic Shaft (J Wong) took 1:03.5 and 36.6, and Haere Mai (Grylls) and Taaxman (R Jones) 1:03.5 and 36.4.

Capone (Hercock), a likely runner at Te Rapa, was well held over 1000m in 1:12.3 and 40.2. Others not chasing time included Burgundy (Cameron) over 800m in 1:01.2 and 600m in 44.6, and Xanadu (K Jones), who was allowed to stretch out with 800m in 59.9 and 600m in 42.7. Both classy gallopers look very well.

Another doing quiet work was Magic Briar (Cook), who got through 800m in 60.8 and 600m in 44.1. She has been off the scene since the autumn with a splint bone fracture, but is making pleasing progress again for the Kelsos.

Sateka (Godwin) got through her work well in preparation for Te Rapa, cutting out 800m in 49.8 and 600m in 37.3. Jealous Much (Grylls) covered the same ground in 55.4 and 39.8, Beauty Apps (Dye) left 1000m behind in 1:04.9 and 37, while Diva Down Under (Coleman) took 1:12.2 and 40. 

Beautiful Brother (J Collett) got through 1200m in 1:17.4, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.3. Ellie’O (Weatherley) covered the same ground in 1:22.7, 1:06.9 and 39.2, while Pamukkale (Grylls) worked well over 1000m in 1:06.6 and 600m in 38.3.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 4 December 2012
04 Dec 2012

Mae Jinx and Heat Blast shaped as improvers for Ellerslie this weekend when paired in a brilliant gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good plough, Mae Jinx (Grant) and Heat Blast (Ormsby) cut out 1000m in 1:01.4 and dashed home for a final 600m in 34.5. Both members of the Moroney-Ormsby team have taken a lot of improvement from their recent fresh-up runs and head to Ellerslie this weekend, where Mae Jinx is entered for the Aussie Butcher Concorde Handicap and Heat Blast for a lower grade sprint.

Demophon (Wong), another being aimed at the Concorde, was partnered by promising maiden Jimato (Roff) in smart work over 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36. Vincent Mangano (P McKay) prepared for the Concorde on the all-weather track, where he and Joey Massino (Coleman) took 1:04.4 for 1000m, hitting the line strongly after a final 600m in 37.

The timing of many gallops was affected by fog. On the plough, Don Domingo (Sapsworth) hit out freely over 1200m in 1:15.6, with his last 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 37.2. He is nearing peak fitness and will step up to a middle-distance at Ellerslie.

Prospero (Cameron) and Urban Angel (Lammas) worked up well over 1200m in 1:16.8. No sectional times were possible but they appeared to finish their work in good style. Sophia’s Dream (O’Sullivan) emerged from the fog travelling well after 1000m in 1:04.4, while Assassin (Coleman) returned 1:06.7 for 1000m and 38.2 for the last 600m.

Schrodingers Cat (Stack) and a gelding by Any Given Sunday (K Hillis) were tidy in their work over 1000m in 1:06 and 600m in 36.2. Miss Indy (Wright) strode over 1200m in 1:26.5, 1000m in 1:10.3 and 600m in 40.6, Kaap’s Princess (H McQuade) returned 1:24.5, 1:08.5 and 39.6, and Wannabe (Coleman) was restricted to 1200m in 1:28.2 and 42.4.

Made My Point (Woollams) took 1:03.2 for 1000m and 37.2 for his last 600, while Bosphorus (Cameron) and a High Chaparral filly (Lammas) returned 1:04.5 and Don Diego (Hepi) 1:10.6 and 40.8.

Ribbony Rose (Lammas) was timed over 1200m in 1:22.4, while La Vitesse (Weatherly) and Ellie’O (Karle) covered 1200m in 1:21.3 and 1000m in 1:04.8, Fifty Shades Of Grey (Turner) took 1:09.4 for 1000m and Maeve Davone (Roff) and Kuwait (Wong) ran in from the 800m in 50.2 and 600m in 36.8.

The only horse to gallop on the course proper, which was good 28m out, was Moneyforjam (Lammas), who strode over 1200m in 1:21.2, with the last 1000m in 1:06.5 and 600m in 40.2. 

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 27 November 2012
27 Nov 2012

Viadana looked ready to continue her good form this weekend at Ellerslie when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.

On a good plough, Viadana (Dowling) was partnered by Cristal Heights (Shirahama) over 1200m in 1:17, with the last 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 37.1. While this wasn’t the fastest time of the session it was still impressive work that indicated another big effort from Viadana in the Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie. Stablemate Cristal Heights is also well primed for her special conditions assignment at Otaki on Friday.

Another for the Ellerslie feature, Undisclosed (P McKay), was also impressive as he and Quintero (J McKay) cut out the last 1000m of their work in 1:02.1 and 600m in 35.6. Whosyourmaster (Coleman) and Kaleidoscope (O’Sullivan) ran time as they prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in 35.1. Pearl Lustre (Barnabas), another member of the Andrew Scott heading to Ellerslie, was also slick over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.6.

Huffer, formerly the Graham Richardson-trained Sequin who runs for the new Social Racing syndicate at Ellerslie on Saturday, was ridden by raceday jockey Michael Coleman over a smart 1000m in 1:00.1 and 600m in 35.7. Better Together (Allen), a likely runner in Saturday’s Cambridge Lodge Wanganui Cup, was partnered by Volcano (Dowling) over 1200m in 1:16.2, the last 1000m in 1:02 and 600m in 36.2. Volcano is in good shape for Ellerslie. 

Irish Rebel (Lammas) prepared for Friday’s Levin Classic with steady work over 1200m in 1:23.7 and 600m in 42.2. Stablemate Burgundy (Dye) was likewise well contained in his pre-Levin Stakes work, running in from the 800m in 57.4 and the 600m in 42. He is forward after two smart trial outings.

Xalted (C Ormsby) looked the part for Ellerslie when working over ground, with his last 1200m in 1:18.3, 1000m in 1:03.1 and 600m in 36.4. Brave Centaur (Dowling) cut out 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.7, while Taaxman (R Jones) and Have No Mercy (K Hillis) were also in good form over 1000m in 1:00.8 and 35.5, and Alvesta (P McKay) clocked 1:01.2 and 35.8.

Armadio Estrada (W Hillis) looked bright in his work over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 36.8. Others to work over ground included Powerplaya (Coleman), who returned 1:21.2, 1:05.7 and 37.2, Let Me By (Sapsworth) and Viking Chief (Tanaka) 1:16.3, 1:02.3 and 36.4, Rosenellis (Burton) 1:24.5, 1:08.3 and 41, Cat Woman (Grylls) 1:15.4, 1:00.9 and 35.2, and Sadist (Colgan) 1:16.2, 1:01.7 and 35.9.

Mosh Pit (Grylls) and Boy Star (Tanaka) had pace on throughout 1200m in 1:15.6, with their last 1000m in 1:01.6 and 600m in 35.7. Queen Boudicca (Coleman), back in work after a long layoff, strode over 1000m in 1:08.5 and 600m in 38.2.

Otaki two-year-old entry Dreamer (Lammas) was allowed a quiet 800m in 58.9 and 600m in 43.7. Beautiful Brother (J Collett) left 1200m behind in 1:18.6, 1000m in 1:03.4 and 600m in 36.5. Post Xcellence (Grant) ran the same trip in 1:24.3, 1:08.4 and 39.2, while Arnold (Wratten) took 1:27.5 and 42.9.

Busted Love (Leveque) and Waitoki Flower (Shirahama) took 1:04.4 for 1000m and 38.5 for their last 600. Evancho (Shirahama) and the One Cool Cat-Bellevue Lass filly (Dowling) covered 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:03.2 and 37.7. Casual Fling (Ward) prepared for Otaki with a quiet 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 38.5.

On the all-weather track Canterino (Coleman) was timed over 1000m in 1:05.3 and 600m in 38.2, while Confederate (K Jones) was allowed 1200m in 1:30.6 and 600m in 42.5.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012

Savvy Dancer and Inanoff were two of several DHL Counties Cup candidates to impress in training at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on a dead course proper, Savvy Dancer and Inanoff were ridden by their respective co-trainers Chad Ormsby and Gemma Sliz when they worked over ground. They were timed over 1200m in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 37.7.

Counties Cup lightweight Inanoff was travelling slightly better at the line, but it was also more than adequate work from Savvy Dancer, who has trained on well from his Feilding Cup dead-heat.

Race rival Annie Higgins (Grylls) was partnered by Medici (Dowling) over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 39. Atom Cat (Sapsworth) prepared for the Pukekohe feature in company with Boy Star (Ulcinar) over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 38.3.

Nicole Amy (M Brosnan) did her Counties Cup chances no harm when cutting out 1200m in 1:19.5, with the last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 39.2. After two recent placings at 1600 metres she will be an interesting runner stepping up to a middle-distance on the weekend.

Champagne Girl (R Jones), who runs at the local meeting on Thursday, caught the eye in her work over 1000m in 1:07.8, finishing off with 600m in 38.4. Former leading Singapore galloper Better Than Ever (Lammas) hit out well in his build-up to a trial appearance, recording 1:06.8 for 1000m and 38.2 for 600m.

Pukekohe entries Ididit (Sapsworth) and Delaman (Chiong) left 1200m behind in 1:21.6, with the last 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 38.7.

The McKay-trained juveniles Zaragoza (P McKay) and Almansa (Coleman) were allowed the rail in the nine-metre position, where they reeled off 800m in 49.7 and 600m in 37.5. Zaragoza runs in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe, while Almansa goes to Te Rapa on Sunday.

Pukekohe entrant Allanah (Tanaka) and Kozachak (Chiong) were keen in the early stages of their work over 1200m in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 38.8. Over the same ground Augusta National (Shirahama) and Queen Of Clubs (Dowling) took 1:19.6, 1:05.8 and 39.2; Our Zara (Tanaka) and Sir Elmo (A Jones) 1:19.2, 1:05.2 and 38.6; Bosphorus (Cameron) and Saltatio (Dye) 1:22.8, 1:08.3 and 39.3; Miz Sinatra (Coleman) and Square Circle (C Ormsby) 1:20.6, 1:05.5 and 38.8.

Imported mare Mrs Neat (Coleman) shaped as a quick improver when working solo over 1200m in 1:19.4, 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 37.8. Goyescas (Dye), a runner at New Plymouth on Friday, ran the same trip in 1:24.8, 1:09.8 and 39.

Te Rapa candidates Coercion (Hepi) and Savarhys (Woollams) cut out 1000m in 1:08.2 and 37.9, while Copacabana (Grylls) clocked 1:05.2 and 38.5, Glad (Cameron) and The Looker (Lammas) 1:06.9 and 39.3, and Posh Tiger (Turner) and Sovolksy (Barnabas) 1:04.7 and 38.7.

Matamata runner Casting Stones (Dell) finished his work with 600m in 327.8, while others who did similar tasks included Keepa Lady (Burton) with 600m in 38.2, Twelve Kingdom (Gillies) 38.6 and Rosenellis (Burton) 41.9.

Early fog affected the timing of some gallops on the sand and all-weather tracks. On the sand, Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) and Kakahu Nell (Roff) covered 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 37.4.

Don Domingo (Sapsworth), who runs over 1600 metres at Pukekohe, strode over 1200m in 1:17.2, with his last 1000m in 1:02.8. Matamata runner Mr Nifty (Turner) took 1:21 for 1200m, with his last 600m in a smart 36.9.

Bronte Lass (Dye) and Hasta La Brahma (Cameron) left 1200m behind in 1:20.9 and 800m in 51.2. Over the same ground Leave Pass (O’Sullivan) and Fifty Shades Of Grey (Turner) recorded 1:24.3 and 52.2.

Beautiful Brother (J Collett) showed his paces over 1000m in 1:05.6 and 600m in 37.3. Matamata runner Justacrusin (Blair) covered 1200m in 1:23.7 and 1000m in 1:08.2, Rise And Fall (Shirahama) took 1:24.2 and 1:08.9, while Footprint (Dell) 1:26.5 and 40.7 for the last 600m.

Cougar Town (Sapsworth) and Miss Clawdy (Chiong) left 1200m behind in 1:25.5, with the last 1000m in 1:09.8 and 600m in 39.6. Wai Not (Coleman) was not after time over 1000m in 1:10.7 and 600m in 41, while Le Choix (C Ormsby) continued his Levin Classic preparation when strolling over 1000m in 1:17.7 and 600m in 45.3.

On the all-weather track Commodore (Dowling) and Heza Rebel (Leveque) ran the last 1200m of their work in 1:17.2, 1000m in 1:03.6 and 600m in 37. Let Me By (Sapsworth) and Viking Chief (Ulcinar) were timed over their last 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 37.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 13 November 2012
13 Nov 2012

Fix completed the serious part of her New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas preparation with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 15m out on a dead course proper with raceday rider Vinnie Colgan in the saddle, Fix was partnered by Confederate (K Jones) over 1200m, cutting out the distance in 1:17.2, with the last 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 37.4.

It was smart work by the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained filly, who hit the line strongly ahead of her stablemate. She was booked on a charter flight out of Auckland in the early hours of Wednesday morning, while Confederate, runner-up at his last start, will run at Tauranga on Saturday.

Silverdale (Grylls) and Schrodingers Cat (Stack) turned in good work for Tauranga over 1000m in 1:07.7, cutting out the final 600m in 37.8. Tauranga maiden candidate Champagne Girl (R Jones) caught the eye when shading Tuftane (Coleman) at the end of a smart 1200m in 1:16.6, 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.2.

Tauranga Stakes runner Better Together (Gillies) had pace on from the start of 1200m in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 38.4. Bosphorus (Cameron) and Secret Whisper (Lammas) were paired in solid work over the same ground in 1:18.5, 1:04.5 and 37.8.

Volcano (Dowling) and Needlly (Leveque) took 1:19.2 in their 1200m gallop, the last 1000m 1:05 and 600m in 38.4. Alert (Cameron) and Single Act (Lammas) did well later in the session to cut out 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:03.8 and 37.5, likewise Assassin (Grylls) and Miss Photogenic (J Wong) when they returned 1:17.9, 1:02.6 and 37.4.

Justagem (Woollams), Made My Point (J Wong) and Coercion (Hepi) went together over a smart 1000m in 1:02.6 and the final 600m in 37.4. The Looker (Miller) strode over 1200m in 1:25.4, 1000m in 1:08.9 and 600m in 38.9, Ellie O (Weatherley) followed in 1:22.7, 1:06.2 and 38.2, while Rapid Gain (Dye) and Bronte Lass (Miller) took 1:26, 1:10.2 and 40.1.

Virginia Wade (Verry) and Cat Woman (Allen) cut out 1000m in 1:05.8 and 600m in 37. Sovereign Rose (Dye) and Sans Souci (Toh) ran the same trip in 1:08.6 and 39.4.

Over 800m Casting Stones (Woollams) returned 52.2 and 36.9, while Madly Bentley (C Ormsby) took 56.8 and 40.8, and Bounding (K Jones) and an O’Reilly colt (C Ormsby) 55 and 39.8. Lonhro filly Bounding has come through her impressive Ellerslie debut win in good order and will run next in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe on Saturday week.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 6 November 2012
06 Nov 2012

Travino looked ready for a return to form this weekend when he galloped brilliantly at Matamata this morning.

On the all-weather track Travino (Coleman) proved too slick for Undisclosed (P McKay) over 1000m in 1:00.1, with a final 600m in 35.2. Even allowing for the favourable weight difference it was good work by Travino, who drops back in distance to the R75 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday. Undisclosed was not pushed by his co-trainer once Travino got the upper hand and remains on target for next week’s Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton.

Two more from the McKay stable heading to Te Rapa, Antonio Lombardo (J McKay) and Estrato (P McKay), also worked in good style when timed over their last 800m in 49 and 600m in 36.5.

On the plough Magic Shaft (Allen) was in good form for the New Zealand 2000 Guineas when working with Te Rapa candidate Better Together (Gillies) over 1200m in 1:14.7, with the last 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in 34.8. It was very good work by the Sargent pair, even allowing that they had early use of the plough which got deeper as the session progressed. Magic Shaft will have blinkers removed and a tongue-tie added when he takes on the unbeaten colt Sacred Falls in Saturday’s Riccarton classic.

Te Rapa runner Le Choix (Samuelsson) was in good form when working with She’s Samashing (C Ormsby) over 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 35.2, while Irish Encore (Barnabas) and Pearl Lustre (Turner) also caught the eye over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 35.7.

Planex (Sapsworth) worked soundly in preparation for the opening day at Riccarton when he strode over 1200m in 1:23.8, 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 38.6. The Lion’s Rule (C Ormsby), who shoots for a hat-trick at Te Rapa, had more pace on over the same ground in 1:18.2, 1:03.7 and 36.9.

Valencia (C Ormsby) and Girls On Film (Grant) worked up well for Friday’s local meeting over 1200m in 1:17.4, 1000m in 1:02.2 and 600m in 37.9.  Cristal Heights (Dowling) and Augusta National (Shirahama) were not chasing time as they covered 1200m in 1:19, 1:04.7 and 37.8, while Angel’s Share (Grylls) rounded off her work over the same ground when recording 1:19.9, 1:04.5 and 35.8.

Mae Jinx (C Ormsby), who resumes at Te Rapa on Saturday, went with Mirage (Leveque) over 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 35.9. New Zealand 1000 Guineas co-favourite Fix (K Jones) looked bright when swinging through 1000m in 1:11.3 and 41.9.

Te Rapa entry Brave Centaur (Leveque) was another to complete his work well over 1200m in 1:14.6, 1:00.8 and 35.5. Glitzabeel (M Brosnan) and Keep Rocking (Roff) did well over 1200m in 1:15.8, 1:01.2 and 36.4, while Pindalu (Burton) clocked 1:15.2, 1:00.9 and 36.2.

On the course proper, which was dead at the five-metre rail position, Taaxman (Gillies) shaded Universal (S Autridge) at the end of 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 37.2. Taaxman heads to Te Rapa on Saturday, while Universal stays home for Friday’s meeting.

The only other pair to work on the course proper were Life’s In a Spin (R Jones) and Our Zara (Sliz), who cut out 1200m in 1:16.7, 1000m in 1:03.5 and 600m in 37. Life’s In A Spin in particular worked well, indicating a bold fresh-up effort on Friday.

Back on the all-weather track, Agent Ziva (Wenn) drew attention to her Te Rapa prospects with a smart 1000m in 1:03 and 35.2. Last start winner Shezaruler (M Gibbs) covered the last 1200m of her work in 1:18.5, 1000m in 1:04.3 and 600m in 37.5.

Zulou (Ward) worked boldly over 1000m in 1:03.2, the final 600m in 36.8, while Lozada (P McKay) had pace on when returning 1:02.2 for 1000m and 37.2 for 600m. View From The Top (K Hillis) left 1000m behind in 1:03.7 and 38.4, Gallant (K Jones) took 1:11.5 and 42.2, while Witz End (J Collett) was timed over 800m in 49 and 600m in 36.5.

Other gallops: 1200m plough: Medici (Dowling) and Peregrine (Sapsworth) 1:17.8, 1:04.1, 37.2; Secret Whisper (Dye)  1:22.3, 1:05.8, 38; Vitali (Brown) 1:21.7, 1:07.2, 38.3; Sadist (Verry) 1:20.8, 1:05.1, 37.6; Jack Romanov (Gillies) 1:17.8, 1:03.1, 36.5; Beauty Harmony (Dowling) and Heza Rebel (Shirahama) 1:126.2, 1:02, 36.2; The Hotz (Coleman) 1:23, 1:06.8, 36.6; Justacrusin (Blair) 1:22.4, 1:06.8, 37.4.

1000m plough: Beautiful Brother (J Collett) 1:01.9, 36.2; Demophon (Doyle) 1:06.6, 37.8; Goyescas (Dye) 1:11.9, 40.8; Spitting Image (Grant) 1:12.2, 41; Kasumi (Doyle) 1:05.3, 36.2; Wannabe (Turner) and Equatorial Dancer (Grylls) 1:03.5 and 36.6; Clutha Lad (Dye) and Saltatio (Brett) 1:07.2, 38.8; Sateka (T Autridge) 1:07.5, 38.6; Mosh Pit (Sapsworth) and Burbero (Tanaka) 1:03.4, 36.2; Sunbeam (Coleman) 1:02.4, 36.3; Rosenellis (Burton) 1:10.4, 39.2; Little Chief (M Brosnan) 1:07.5, 39; Commodore (Dowling) and Elysium (Shirahama) 1:03.8, 38.5; Savarhys (Gillies) 1:03.6, 37.3; Donnie Brasco (P McKay) and Zaragoza (J McKay) 1:03, 36.4.  

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 30 October 2012
30 Oct 2012

Thrive and Prospero underlined their fitness for Saturday’s Feilding Cup meeting when they were paired in a solid gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working on a good plough, Thrive (Lammas) and Prospero (Cameron) had pace on passing the 1200-metre mark, running that distance in 1:15.9, 1000m in 1:02.1 and 600m in 36.4. Thrive, who has trained on well from her last fifth at Rotorua, starts in the Awapuni feature, while Prospero will be a fresh runner in the R65 1600.

Kasumi (Doyle) flagged her prospects in the open sprint at Te Awamutu on Saturday with 1000m in 1:05.4, winding up well for a final 600m in 35.6. Allanah (Tanaka), who runs at Ellerslie next Tuesday, went with Boystar (Grylls) over a smart 1000m in 1:01.4 and 600m in 36.4.

Rio Rose (Coleman) drew attention to her maiden prospects at Tauranga on Friday when cutting out 1000m in 1:02.4 and 600m in 36.5. Another for Tauranga, Catwomandu (Brett), did solid work with Champagne Girl (Barnabas), cutting out 1000m in 1:03.3 and 36.2, while The Raconteur (J Price) and Lucky Ruby (K Price) returned 1:06.7 and 39.5.

Little Akaloa (Colgan) and Kuwait (Doyle) prepared for Awapuni with 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:03.7 and 600m in 36.6. Whosyourmaster (Turner) was not after time over 1200m in 1:25.2, 1000m in 1:09 and 600m in 39.6.

On the course proper, where the ground was good 20m out, Savvy Dancer (C Ormsby) strode over 1200m in 1:22.7, with his last 1000m in 1:06.7 and 600m in 38.3. He will be entered for the Fielding Cup, with a lower grade option at Tauranga on Friday.

Our Zara (Sliz) prepared for Te Awamutu with a solid 1200m in 1:17.8, picking up imported mare Mrs Neat (C Ormsby) over the last 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 38.8. Miss Mossman (Woollams)) and Shangeri La (J Wong) were timed over 800m in 53.6 and 600m in 37.9.

On the all-weather track Tauranga entrant Poppa’s Delight (K Hillis) ran his last 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 37.4.

Back on the plough, Sedgwick (Coleman) caught the eye over 1000m in 1:00.5, the last 600m in 35.7. La Tourneau (Verry) and Coercion (Gillies) were in good form over the same distance in 1:02.6 and 35.8, while Madam Kirk (Goodwin) clocked 1:02.3 and 35.9.

Mae Jinx (Grant), who will resume at Te Rapa on Saturday week, enjoyed her work over 1000m in 1:02.8 and 36.4. Others timed over 1000m included Alvesta (P McKay) 1:02.4 and 36.5, Assassin (Coleman) 1:07.9 and 36.8, Sateka (Goodwin) 1:02.7 and 36.8, Essaouira (Shirahama) 1:08.2 and 41.2, Twelve Kingdoms (Hepi) and Made My Point (J Wong) 1:08.6 and 36.5, Pipedreams (Sapsworth) 1:09.5 and 41, and Schrödinger’s Cat (Stack) 1:11.2 and 41.3.

Pearl Lustre (Turner) and Tiger Moss (Brown) covered 1200m in 1:24.5, 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 39.6, while over the same ground Traveller (K Jones) returned 1:24.5, 1:08.8 and 40.6, Angel’s Share (Turner) 1:23.2, 1:06 and 36.8, Power Playa (Coleman) 1:22.8, 1:07.2 and 39, and Elysium (Shirahama) 1:25.8, 1:10 and 40.9.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 23 October 2012
23 Oct 2012

Trentham three-year-old candidates Silverdale and A Touch Of Ruby underlined their prospects with an impressive gallop at Matamata this morning.

Working 18 metres out on a slow course proper, Silverdale (Forbes) and A Touch Of Ruby (Grylls) completed 1000m in 1:07.3 and 600m in 38.6, indicating they are in good order for their respective engagements in Saturday’s Wellington Guineas and three-year-old fillies’ 1400-metre feature.

The Stephen Autridge-trained pair both finished third at their moist recent starts, Silverdale in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas and A Touch Of Ruby over 1200 metres on her home track last week.

The Lance Noble-trained Volcano (Dowling) and Meleka Belle (Shirahama) prepared for similar Trentham assignments with 1200m in 1:20.7, 1000m 1:07.1 and 600m in 40. Wellington Guineas candidate Volcano has trained on well from his last start maiden win, while his stablemate was a sound second at her last outing.

Taoist Master (Gillies) prepared for the Wellington Guineas with 1200m in 1:20.5, 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 39.4.

Hawke’s Bay Guineas runner-up Southern Lord kept to his usual routine when trainer Alan Tait let him reel off 800m on the sand, clocking 47.5 and 35.6 for the last 600m. His form around star three-year-old Sacred Falls points to a big chance in the Wellington Guineas.

Back on the course proper, Ellerslie weekend entrants Jubilate (Tanaka) and Tesouro (Turner) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 39. Augusta National (Shirahama) and Heza Rebel (Dowling) ran the same trip in 1:08.4 and 40.2, while Savvy Dancer (C Ormsby) and The Lions Rule (R Jones) did well when cocking 1:05.5 and 38.3.

Sadist (Colgan), who resumes at Ellerslie on Saturday,  covered 1000m in 1:07.6, the last 600m in 39.2. Burgundy (Cameron) left 1000m behind in 1:08.2 and 600m in 38.6 as he nears a return to the trials, while Trentham entry Casting Stones (Dell) took 1:09.7 and 39.2.

Ellerslie runners Beauty Harmony (Dowling) and Army Girl (Shirahama) strode over 1200m in 1:23.7, 1000m in 1:07.4 and 600m in 40.5. Catalonia (Cameron), the Jason Bridgman-trained Commands colty that has won his only two trials, breezed home over 600m in 46.8 as he prepared for his debut at Ellerslie on the weekend.

On the sand Sircross (Grylls) prepared for the Thompson Handicap at Trentham with sound work over 1200m in 1:19.9, 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in 36.8.

Undisclosed (Cameron) prepared for Ellerslie with 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 37.8, while Rose Of Falkirk (M Brosnan) ran 1:09.6 and 40.2.

Runners for Hastings on Thursday included Mutt Williams (Hepi), who covered 1000m in 1:07.5 and 37.4, Ghostinthemachine (Grant) 1:11.8 and 42.4, and De Cruz (Dell), who was timed over the last 600m in 41.4. 

Ellerslie runner Le Bon Fin (T Autridge) worked on the all-weather track, where he covered 1200m in 1:19.2 and 600m in 38.2.   

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 9 October 2012
09 Oct 2012

Whosyourmaster indicated a bold fresh-up run is on the cards on his home track this weekend when he worked in dashing style at Matamata this morning.

During a session when fog made timing of many gallops difficult, Whosyourmaster (Coleman) completed bold work on a slightly dead plough in company with Calcutta. After setting off at a steady rate from the 1200-metre mark, the Andrew Scott-trained pair cut out the full distance in 1:20.7, picking up the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:02.6 and 600m in 36.4.

Whosyourmaster, the runner-up to Burgundy in the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes in the autumn, was travelling comfortably at the end of the gallop and after a recent trial placing could play a lead role in Saturday’s R85 sprint. Calcutta resumes in the R75 1600.

Better Together (Doyle) prepared for her season opener in the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup with sound work over 1200m in 1:20.5, 1000m in 1:05.7 and 600m in a deceptive 36.7.

Matamata maiden entries Kaleidoscope (Turner) and Wannabe (Coleman) drew attention to their prospects with a smart 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in 36.2. Savarhys (Woollams) and Miss Photogenic (J Wong) also looked sharp in their work over 1000m in 1:05.5 and 600m in 36, while He’s Dan (Retter) cut out the same distance in 1:02.8 and 37.2.

A Touch of Ruby (Grylls) and Schrodingers Cat (Doyle) were other weekend candidates in good form over 1000m in 1:03.3 and 600m in 36.2. True Light (Leveque) and Augusta National (Dowling) got through sound work over 1200m in 1:20.4, with their last 1000m in 1:05.2 and 600m in 37.5.

On the course proper, which was dead 18m out, Precious Time (Cameron) shaped up as definite lightweight prospect for the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup when she led Adalia (Lammas) to the end of 1200m in 1:18.7 and 600m in 38.9. Precious Time has trained on well since her fresh-up third last month.

Allanah (Coleman) prepared for the weekend run when working with Burbero (Tanaka) over 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 38.4. Allanah won the final three starts of her last campaign, will be an interesting runner in Saturday’s main sprint. Stablemate Burbero, a trials placed O’Reilly gelding, will make his debut on Saturday.

Fog affetced the timing of other course proper gallops, among them Atom Cat, who shaped up well with Arnold as he prepared for his attempt at a repeat of his 2010 Matamata Cup win.

Likely rival Sircross (K Hillis) went with Shezaruler (R Jones) over 1200m in 1:17.8, Viadana (Shirahama) and Inis Rose (Dowling) clocked 1:17.6 over the same ground, while Belle Vida (Stack) took 1:21.9 and Olivia Anne (Burton) 1:25.5. Savvy Dancer (C Ormsby) left 1200 behind in 1:18.8, the last 1000m with Gospel (Grylls).

Crystal Heights (Dowling) and Beauty Harmony (Shirahama) were timed over 1000m in 1:05.5, while Gijima (Cameron) took 52.2 for 800m and 38.7 for the final 600m.

Others that appeared to work well on the course proper but could not be timed included Rotorua visitor Islington Bay, an entrant for the Matamata Cup, and Meleka Belle and Beauty Supremo.

Back on the plough, Natsinga (Dowling), who is back with Lance Noble, and Needlly (Leveque) covered 1200m in 1:22.6, 1000m in 1:06.9 and 600m in 37.5.

Virage (Dowling) and Rose Of Virginia (Leveque) worked over the same ground in 1:23.4, 1:07.7 and 39.8, Kaap’s Princess (H McQuade) took 1:26.8, 1:10.6 and 40.8, and Essaouira (Dowling) 1:24.2, 1:08.5 and 40. Demophon (Hepi) was not after time over 1000m in 1:06.6 and 37.8.

Matamata Trackwork Tuesday 2 October 2012
03 Oct 2012

Xanadu got the all-clear for a start in Saturday’s NZB Insurance Spring Classic when she galloped pleasingly at Matamata this morning.

 With raceday rider Michael Coleman in the saddle, Xanadu worked over ground on the course proper, where the going was slow 14 metres out. She was timed over 1200m in 1:19.2, with the last 1000m in 1:04.8 and the final 600m well held in 38.1.

 Xanadu, who was the $4 favourite for the Spring Classic when fixed odds betting closed yesterday, was confirmed as a definite starter in the Hastings feature by co-trainer Ken Kelso following the gallop.

 “After her run last week (in the Windsor Park Plate) we wondered whether backing her up in the Spring Classic would be the right thing to do, but she’s made very good progress in the last few days,” Kelso said. “Michael gave me a good report after her work this morning, so all’s well and she’s definitely running.”

 Race rivals Green Supreme, Villifye and Art Beat also got through solid work on the course proper this morning. Green Supreme (Sapsworth) was paired with Boy Star (Chiong) over 1200m in 1:21.9, 1000m in 1:07.6 and 600m in 38.8. Green Supreme has performed satisfactorily in the opening two legs at Hastings and will appreciate the step up to 2040 metres on Saturday.

 Graham Richardson’s other Spring Classic runner, Villifye (Sapsworth), managed the conditions well when working with Kashin Girl (Tanaka) over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:05.7 and the final 600m in a respectable 37.5 given their work took place later in the session.

 Late entry Art Beat (K Hillis) worked with Baby Guinness (Turner) over 1200m in 1:20.3, running quick sectionals through the middle stages to complete 1000m in 1:07 and 600m in 40.6. Baby Guinness will be entered for Te Rapa on Friday and Hastings, with the preference for which ever venue will provide the softer footing.

 Hawke’s Bay Guineas candidate Taoist Master (Allen) and Footprint (Gillies) had first use of the track when cutting out 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 38.4. Te Rapa entries Ghostinthemachine (Coleman) and Xalted (C Ormsby) did well later in the session over 1200m in 1:18.9, 1000m in 1:04.7 and 600m in 37.7.

 Brave Centaur (Doyle) indicated that he has trained on well from his last start win when he left 1000m behind in 1:05.4 and 600m in 37.9. He is likely to run at Te Rapa in preference to Hastings. Showing Off (Hercock) looked in good shape for Saturday’s Traderacks Stakes when she recorded 1:09.2 for 1000m, finishing off with a hard held final 600m in 39.4.

 Castings Stones (Verry) ran a good trial for Hastings over 1000m in 1:04 and 600m in 36.9. Urban Angel (Dye) and Prospero (Miller) covered 1200m in 1:20.6, 1000m in 1:06.4 and 600m in 39. Irish Rebel (Lammas) and Unicorn Express (Cameron) did well over the same distance in 1:17.4, 1:03.8 and 37.9.

 Angel’s Share (Turner) and Phar Lass (Grylls) were timed over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 600m in 37.8, while Excuse Me Madam (Brown) took 54.8 for 800m and 39.2 for her final 600. Valencia’s Image (Waddell) ran the same trip in 53.2 and 39.8, Confederate (K Jones) took 52.7 and 38.7, while Edensor (Hercock) travelled up well over 600m in 39.6.

 Nicole Amy (P Ormsby) turned in another handy piece of work over 1200m in 1:18, 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 38.2. Polarity (Cameron) and Gijima (Dye) left 1000m behind in 1:05.7 and 600m in 39.2. Sydney-bound Shanghai Court (Woollams) went with a Postponed gelding (J Wong) over a smart 800m in 49.6 and 600m in 37.6.

 On the sand Travino (P McKay) looked on song for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas when he and Te Rapa sprint candidate Undisclosed (Waddell) cut out 1000m in a brilliant 1:01.2 and 600m in 35.4. Both horses have taken a lot of benefit from their fresh-up runs at Ruakaka.

 Silverdale (S Autridge), another for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas, went with Te Rapa entry A Touch Of Ruby (Grylls) over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 600m in 36.5. Hastings second day winner I’ll’ava’alf (Sliz) was not after time over his last 1000m in 1:11.5 and 600m in 41.8.

 Southern Lord (Tait) dashed over 800m in 49.5 and 600m in 35.6, Keep Rocking (M Brosnan) took 1:12.2 and 40.5 over 1000m, and Calcutta (Turner) strolled through 1200m in 1:30.2 and 600m in 43.2.

 On the all-weather track Antonio Lombardo (P McKay) and Estrato (J McKay) prepared for Hastings with a sound 1000m in 1:03.2 and 600m in 36.8.

 Jersey Girl (K Hillis) ran the same trip in 1:06.7 and 38.2, while Green Wings (Sapsworth) returned 1:07.5 and 39.6. Viadana (Dowling), who looks well as she prepares to resume at the local meeting on Saturday week, was not after time over 1000m in 1:10 and 600m in 40.2.

 Our Zara (Sliz) did similar work in 1:10.3 and 40.8, Copacabana (Sapsworth) took 1:10.8 and 41.8, and Don Domingo (Sapsworth) was well contained over 1200m in 1:30.2 and 600m in 43.9.

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