Volpe Veloce, Supera and Our Abbadean all worked pleasingly at Matamata this morning ahead of the final Group One race of the season, the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.
After overnight rain most fast work took place on the course proper, where the going was slow 10 metres out.
Supera and Our Abbadean were ridden by their respective raceday riders Michael Coleman and Craig Grylls when paired over 1200m in 1:18.6, with the last 1000m in 1:04.8 and 600m in 38.2. It was sound work by both mares.
Volpe Veloce (Grylls) as usual worked solo, striding out well over her last 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.3 and 38.2. She has trained on well from her last-start Tauranga win.
Veine D’Or (Coleman) looked ready for a bold fresh-up run at Te Aroha when working over 1000m, steady to begin with but finishing off attractively with 1000m in 1:09.9 and a final 600m in 36.8.
Lady Painton (Newman) and Master Painton (Ravi) got through sound work ahead of Awapuni on Friday, cutting out 1200m in 1:21, 1:04.2 and 37. Sunburst (Lammas), a rival for Lady Painton in the Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes, went with Vermont (McCall) over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.4 and 38.
Ginger King (Lammas) and Donna Imelda (Donoghue) caught the eye over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 37.7, while Incantesimo (Hashizume) and Pacquiao (Parma) prepared for Te Aroha with 1200m in 1:19.3, 1:06 and 39.8.
Rock Idol (Hutchings) and Bojangles (Diego) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:03.3 and 37, Roll The Gold (Newman) and Temple Tiger (McCall) were also impressive over the same distance in 1:04.5 and 36.8, while Kainui Rose (Grylls) and Azabeat (Lambert), working late in the session, recorded 1:06.9 and 38.8.
Ensoie (Parma) and Letmeby (Hashizume) prepared for Sunday’s Pukekohe meeting with 1200m in 1:20.3, 1:06.5 and 38.8. Over the same ground Mongolianconqueror (Bosson) and Remington (Hutchings) took 1:20.2, 1:04.5 and 37.2, Voler Pour Moi (Yanagida) 1:25.3 and 40.2, Fabulous Flight (Hutchings) 1:19.7 and 37.2, and Spring Heat (Loon) 1:30.5 and 45.2.
Over 1000m Pacific Coast (Hutchings) and She’s Not Bad (Diego) clocked 1:06.5 and 38.4, Shez Leica (Diego) and Johnny Redmond (Grylls) 1:05.4 and 37.6, and Chadsdale (Newman) 1:04.8 and 37.5.
On the sand Up And Gone (Fawcett) and Enduring Love (A Jones) cut out 1000m in 1:06.8 and 37.6, while Shellez Ace (K McQuade) and Midnite Invasion (H McQuade) returned 1:07.4 and 36.4, and The Mitigator (P McKay) and a Shamexpress gelding (S McKay) 1:09.8 and 38.6.
On the all-weather track Short Fuse (Hashizume) was keen over 1000m in 1:01 and 37.2. Woodsman (Gillies), who resumes at Te Aroha, got through his work well over 1000m in 1:04 and 38.2.