Cote d’Or looked the part for Saturday’s Fiber Fresh Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning.
Working on the plough, Cote d’Or (D Weatherley) set off from the 1600-metre mark and built her momentum to cut out the last 1200m in 1:15.4, completing the final 1000m in 1:00.8 and 600m in 35.9. It was very good work by the Kelso-trained mare, who will take a strong formline to the Te Aroha fillies and mares’ feature.
Mahalo (Handley) caught the eye as she prepared for Te Aroha in a smart 1000m hitout in company with Lewis Road (Singh), clocking 1:01.5 and 35.2 for the final 600m. It was also good work by the promising maiden Lewis Road, who may line up at Pukekohe on Sunday.
Sleeping Beauty (Ravi) suggested a bold fresh-up run at Te Aroha when she got through 1000m in 1:01.6 and 36. The talented mare is forward after two recent trials. Stablemate Aero De Paris (Yanagida) is another ready to resume on the weekend as indicated by his work over 1000m in 1:01.5 and 36.2.
Za Za Gabor (Bayliss), who heads to Christchurch for Saturday’s NZB Airfreight Stakes, was paired with Captain Risky (Grob) in solid work on the course proper, where the ground was dead 20 metres out. After trailing her companion, Za Za Gabor worked to line impressively, cutting out the last 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:07.4 and 38.6.
Back on the plough, promising maiden Emerald Amour (S McKay) and Valante (Bayliss) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:02.4 and 35.6, while Amazing Banker (Yanagida) ran the same trip in 1:04.8 and 36.4, and Fortune Patch (S Weatherley) and Slow Hand (Bayliss) returned 1:03.3 and 36.1 as they prepared for Pukekohe.
Te Aroha entries Unfazed (Rusof) and Chadsdale (Burdan) did sound work over 1000m in 1:03 and 36.5. En Soie (Handley) and Stand Firm (Singh) strode over the last 1200m of their work in 1:17.8, 1:01.6 and 37.2, while Dubai Shuffle (Coleman) covered the same ground in 1:20.6, 1:03.8 and 37.
Bizzwinkle (Dowling) wasn’t after time as he strode over ground ahead of Te Aroha, returning 1:28.6 and 42.3 for his last 1200m. Others to work quietly included Tiptronic (Handley) over 1200m in 1:32.5 and 43.8, Avoca Willow (M Brosnan) over 1000m in 1:13 and 41.5, Fine Bouquet (Lammas) 1:14.6 and 44.2, and Wandering Eye (McNab) over 800m in 59.8 and 44.5.
On the all-weather track Pappa Ragazzo (Montana) didn’t waste any time over 1000m in 1:01 and 36.6, while Push Me (Roff) and the Shamoline Warrior-Kate filly (Danis) were unextended to record 1:09.6 and 40.4. Truman (Lammas) ran in from the 800m in 54.4 and 40.2, and Adis (Lammas) did similar work in 54 and 40.8.