Amarula and Valante signalled their weekend prospects with a smart gallop at Matamata this morning.
Galloping on the all-weather track, Amarula (P McKay) and Valante (S McKay) had pace on from the start of their 1000-metre hitout to cover the distance in 1:03.8 and cut out their final 600m section in 36.5. Amarula has been freshened since his Listed win at Hastings in April and looks forward for the open sprint at Ruakaka on Saturday, while Valante, runner-up in his last two starts, will go to either Ruakaka or Te Awamutu on Sunday.
Two more McKay runners for Ruakaka, Barcelo (Danis) and Lucky’s Revenge (S McKay), were steady in the early stages of their hitout before recording 1:05.5 over 1000m, and quickened from the 600m in an impressive 35.9.
On an unseasonably good plough, Hello M’Lady (K McQuade) and Mizen Peak (A Jones) worked in impressive style over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 35.9. Mizen Peak is a Fastnet Rock filly with Glenn Old scheduled to have her first start at Te Awamutu. What We Do (Miles), another for Te Awamutu, caught the eye when running in from the 600m in 35.8.
Pacquiao (C Grylls) was unextended as he got through his weekend preparation over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37, while Truman (Wratten) had plenty left after covering the same distance in 1:07.6 and 37.2.
Reprieved (A Jones) and a Patapan filly (Cole) travelled up well over 1000m in 1:06.1 and the last 600m in 36.5. So True (Grant) was keen in the early stages of her work over 1000m in 1:03.9 and 38.6, while Master Poet (M Brosnan) took 1:08.4 and 39.2 and Normandy (Lammas) was let off with 1000m in 1:10.5 and 39.6.
Former Hong Kong galloper Kitaya (Dowling) stretched out over the last 1000m of his work in 1:14.6 and 42.4 and the O’Reilly-Arletty gelding (Clements) ran the same trip in 1:09.6 and 41.3.
On the course proper, which was slow 18 metres out, Fortune Patch (S Weatherley) came up with a smart solo gallop over 1000m in 1:08.7 and 40. He is in good order for Te Awamutu on Sunday.
Three two-year-olds from the Richardson/Parker stable, En Soie (Tynan), the Niagara-Boxapins gelding (Fraser-Hayes), and a Swiss Ace filly (C Grylls), were matched up over 800m in 56.5 and 600m in 41.1.