Hay Tiger and Germanicus shaped up well for Te Rapa this weekend when they galloped impressively at Matamata on Tuesday.
The course proper 18 metres out was dead after overnight rain. Hay Tiger (Fawcett) and Germanicus (Leighton) were well matched over a solid 1000m in 1:03.6, finishing off with a final 600m in 36.5. Both horses won their most recent starts at Te Rapa, with Hay Tiger set to run in the open 1600 and Germanicus in the R72 1600.
Te Rapa entry Rangitata (P Turner) went with Zouluminous (Roustoby) over a soundly run 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:07 and 38, while Stilton (Wratten) and Exquisita (T Johnson) prepared for Te Rapa over the same ground in 1:21.24, 1:06.2 and 38.4.
Crystal Bellini (McNab) and Enrichment (Bosson), who are engaged respectively at Otaki on Friday and Awapuni on Saturday, caught the eye over 1000m in 1:05.4 and 37. Zaza Gabor (Grylls) was strong at the end of 1200m in 1:20.8, 1:5.6 and 37.3.
Possible Te Rapa starters Glenhope (Grylls) and Tiny Terror (Lammas) worked well over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 37.6, while Awapuni two-year-old entry Escudo (Grylls) was paired with Te Akau Caliburn (T Harris) over 800m in 52 and 37.2.
Lily D’Or (Lammas) and Sunburst (Leighton) worked together ahead of possible Te Rapa starts, cutting out 1200m in 1:22.8, 1:06.9 and 38.6. Like A Boss (M Brosnan) went solo over the same distance in 1:21.4, 1:06.5 and 40.
Charles Road (Yoto) looked bright in his work ahead of the Zabeel Classic, with the last 1000m taking 1:05.7 and 38.6. Stablemate Spring Heat (Yanagida), who may run in the Hallmark Stud Handicap at Ellerslie on Boxing Day ahead of the Sistema Railway on New Year’s Day, finished off well over 1000m in 1:08.8 and 37.9. Your Point (T Harris) and Miss Hepburn (Kamaruddin) were timed over their final 600m in 38.5.
Johnny Canuck (Wratten) and the Shamexpress-Villars filly (Khan) worked against the rail in the 3.5-metre position, where they set off steadily to run 1000m in 1:05.5 and reeled off an impressive final 600m in 34.4.