Supera and Tiptronic underlined their fitness for Saturday’s Gartshore Tauranga Stakes when they galloped at Matamata this morning.
On the course proper, where the going was dead 18 metres out, Supera had raceday rider Michael Coleman in the saddle when she worked solo over 1200m in 1:19.6, her last 1000m in 1:05.6 and the final 600 without being extended in 38.6.
The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare is close to peak fitness after taking a lot of benefit from her bold first-up run and will take some beating in the Tauranga weight-for-age 1600 metres.
Tiptronic (Lammas), who downed Supera narrowly at Ellerslie late last month, was paired with Rosa Fiore (Wratten) over 1200m and after going keenly in the opening half of the gallop returned 1:17.6, 1:04.1 and 39. Codecracker (Coleman) looked bright as she breezed through her work over 1200m in 1:24.2, 1:09.6 and 40. After her race was abandoned at Te Rapa on Saturday, she will back up at Tauranga this weekend.
Joe Cargo (Woodill), another for Tauranga, maintained an even pace as he strode through 1200m in 1:20, 1:05.9 and 39.8.
On the plough Wild seas, who may run at Waverley on Sunday, impressed as she got through 1000m in 1:04.3, finishing off the final section in 35.8. She’s Not Bad (A Jones) and Kingsguard (Burdan) also ran time over 1000m in 1:01.2 and 35.6, while Qiji Olympia (Roustoby) and Ocean Star (Burdan) returned 1:05.3 and 38.6.
Promising maiden Munster (J Collett) got through his work well over 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37.5. You’re Welcome (C Grylls) was well held over the same distance in 1:07.8 and 38.6, while Blizzing Away (P Brosnan) left 1200m behind in 1:22.4, 1:05.9 and 38.8.