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.