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.