Gingernuts looked right on target for Sunday’s rescheduled Livamol Classic when he got through his work in pleasing style at Matamata this morning.
Already the odds-on favourite for the Hastings feature, Gingernuts only enhanced his prospects as Opie Bosson put him through his paces in company with race rival Chance To Dance (McNab). They swung into their work from the 1200-metre mark on the plough, covering that distance in 1:19.9 and upping the tempo for a final 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 37.8.
After a raceday exhibition gallop on the weekend when Gingernuts was little short of stunning as he led Chance To Dance in fast time, the pair were on terms throughout this morning’s work and finished with plenty in reserve.
Splurge (Bosson), another from the Autridge/Richards team, impressed in his solo work over 1000m in 1:04.9 and 36.7. He is in forward condition for the feature sprint at Rotorua on Saturday.
Vanilla Moon (S Weatherley) did good work ahead of Rotorua when cutting out 1000m in 1:03.9 and 37.1, while Te Rapa Monday candidate Hot In High Heels (S Turner) went at a good rate over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.1 and 38.6.
Wide Awake (Leveque) and Pure Savalina (Lammas), respective entries for Rotorua and Friday’s Tauranga meeting, left 1000m behind in 1:03.7 and 37. Over the same ground Rotorua runner Ocean Emperor (Reka) and Roll The Gold (Fawcett) returned a smart 1:03.6 and 36.8, Beauty’s Rose (S Weatherley) and Hello Sailor (Yatake) 1:03.8 and 36.4, and Vinevale (Lammas) and Princes Davone (Burdan) 1:04.9 and 37.5.
Hastings entry Snapshot (Dowling) was kept up to his work over 1000m in 1:01.9 and 36.7, while Don’t Blame The Music (Lammas) and Mongolian Conqueror (Bosson) took 1:05 and 37.6, and Spree (Coleman) 1:06.5 and 38.2.
On the all-weather track Watch This Space (S Weatherley) underlined his fitness for the return to Hastings as he reeled off 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.5.
Irish Moon (Coleman) drew attention to his Rotorua sprint prospects as he and Princess Kereru (S Weatherley) cut out 1000m in 1:01.6 and 35.4. Hastings entries Amarula (S McKay) and Danger Dee (R Jones) were also in good form over the same ground in 1:00.8 and 35.6.
Wildflower (Gorham) prepared for her Rotorua engagement with sound work over ground, running her last 1200m in 1:18 and the final 600m in 36.5. Elettra (Wratten) was never at top ahead of Rotorua when leaving 1000m behind in 1:05.2 and 38.8. Etoile (Lammas) ran her 1000m in 1:10.8 and 39.8.
On the course proper, which was dead 20 metres out, last-start Hastings winner Yearn (Leveque) looked ready for more of the same when running 1000m on 1:06 and 600m in 37.2.
Tauranga entries Dragon Duke (Tynan) and Bizzwinkle (R Jones) worked well over the same distance in 1:04.6 and 37.4, while As You Will (S McKay) and Salt Bay (R Jones) were timed over 800m in 50.8 and 37.
Back on the plough, Heroic Valour (McNab) and Chambord (Bosson) covered their last 800m in 53.5 and 38 ahead of a trial outing on Thursday.
Katie Perry (J Collett) was well held over 1000m in 1:12.6 and 41.8, while Tattle (Coleman) took 1:09.2 and 37.6, Panella (Grant) 1:10.7 and 40.5, and Chill (Dowling) 1:13.5 and 43.8.
Melody Belle (Bosson) and Tatters (Tan) looked bright as they stretched out over 800m in 53.6 and 39.5.