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.