Volpe Veloce was the centre of attention during trackwork at Matamata this morning as she prepared for her return to racing at Te Rapa on the weekend.
Galloping right-handed on the course proper, where the going was slow with the markers at 18 metres, Volpe Veloce (McNab) set off at a steady rate to cover 1200m in 1:27.2 and quickened readily for a final 600m in 41.6. The Richardson/Parker-trained four-year-old, who was well held throughout the gallop, appears to be in good order for Saturday’s open sprint.
Keep On Coming (R Jones) was in good form ahead of Te Rapa as she cut out 1200m in 1:26.8 and her final 600m in 39.5. Kane (R Jones), another from the Moroney/Gerard team heading to Te Rapa, covered the same distance in 1:29.2 and 42.8.
Short Fuse (Tynan) and Ready To Rick (Rafi) completed their work with 600m in 40.8 as they prepared for Te Rapa, while Ocean Emperor (Miles) and Temple Tiger (Fawcett) looked forward when cutting out their last 600m together in 39.5.
On the sand Dubai Shuffle (Gorham) looked ready for his Te Rapa engagement as he strode over ground, the last 1200m boldly in 1:19.5, 1000m in 1:05.2 and the last 600m in 36.6.
Magic Poet (M Brosnan), another form runner with a Te Rapa engagement, worked strongly over 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:04.5 and 38.6, So True (Grant) worked soundly over the same distance in 1:17.8, 1:04.4 and 37.4. Monica Belle (M Brosnan) was another to shape up well when striding over 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:03.5 and 37.2.
Te Rapa entry Sherpa (Tait) caught the eye dashing over 800m in 38, while Hawera Thursday entry Dahl’s Delight (P Brosnan) left 1000m behind in 1:07.3 and 38.5. Gumboots (Boyack) ran his 1000m in 1:08.8 and 41.3, Woodsman (Gillies) and a Dalghar filly (A Jones) returned 1:06.5 and 38.4, Soul Sista (Clements) 1:08.1 and 39.5, and The Other Half (A Jones) 1:07.8 and 38.5.
Crackthegoodstuff (S Turner) cut out 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.2 and 37.9, while Letmeby (Gorham) was well held over the same trip in 1:30.5, 1:14.2 and 43.8.
Snapshot (Dowling) indicated he is coming to hand well for Danica Guy as he strode through the last 800m of his work in 54.6 and 39.2, Cote d’Or (Wratten) completed similar work in 57.2 and 40.7, and Charles Road (S Weatherley) was timed over his final 600m in 39.7.
Our King Sway (Dowling) and Ivy’s Dream (Madan) were kept to 1:13.5 and 42.5 over 1000m, while others doing three-quarter-pace work included Fortune Patch (Rastrick) in 1:16.8 and 44.5, and Sobralia (S Turner) 1:15.6 and 42.2.
Those to do steady work over 800m included Royal Success (Miller) in 1:00.8 and 45.2, Lucy Wyldstyle (Newman) 1:00.5 and 44.2, Irish Moon (Wratten) 1:01.9 and 45.2 and Lady Amadeus (Lammas) 1:03 and 47.2.