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.