Harlech looked on target for Saturday’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas when he got through his final serious work at Matamata this morning.
The last-start Sarten Memorial winner had his Guineas rider Cameron Lammas back in the saddle for a solo gallop on the course proper, where the going 18 metres out was dead. Harlech was timed from the 1200m in 1:18, with his last 1000m in 1:03.2 and the final 600m in 37.2.
The Moroney/Gerard-trained colt is in excellent condition ahead of tonight’s charter flight from Auckland to Christchurch and even though the Riccarton classic is dominated by star spring three-year-old Catalyst, he is well up to giving the favourite a run for his money.
On the plough Vichy (T Johnson) and Incantesimo (Wratten) prepared for Te Rapa on Saturday when paired over 1200m in 1:18.7, 1:03.5 and 37. Codecracker (Coleman), who steps up to a middle-distance at Te Rapa, was unextended over 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:05.6 and 37.8.
Khorabella (Hillis) caught the eye as she dashed over 1000m in 1:00.2 and 35.8, while Goboniego (S Collett) also ran smart time over 1000m in 1:02 and 36.2. Wild Seas (C Grylls) was another to work well over 1000m, returning 1:05 and 37.6.
Crafty Eva (C Cole) and Polar Night (C Grylls) went together over 1000m in 1:05.7, finishing off with a tidy final 600m in 36.6. Salt Bay (McCall) also hit the line well after 1000m in 1:07.4 and 37.2, while promising galloper Ginger Too (McNab) was well held over the same ground in 1:08.7 and 40.5.
Supera (Coleman), who runs next at Tauranga on Saturday week, looked bright in her work over 1000m in 1:06.2 and 39.2. Stablemate Princess Kereru (Lammas) also did pleasing work over the same ground in 1:08 and 39.2. In a change of plans she will bypass Te Rapa on the weekend in favour of a trial ahead of the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at the end of the month.
En Soie (Wratten) and Exquisita (T Johnson) left 1000m behind in 1:09.2 and 39.5, while over the same distance Autumn Wild (Yoto) took 1:09.2 and 39, and Royal Patch (C Grylls) 1:08.3 and 37.8. Mongolian Conqueror (Burdan) was restricted to 1:14.6 and 41.8.
On the No. 1 sand Penteverest (Coleman) and Limentis (Pinn) were paired in sound work over 1000m in 1:04.2 and 37.2. Riccarton-bound The Garrison (Kozaki) ran the same distance in smart 1:03.8 and 36.
Rock Music (Lammas) took 1:07.9 and 39.2 over 1000m, while Je Suis Tiger (Fawcett) was timed from the 800m in 52.8 and 38.5.