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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.