Harlech looked the part ahead of his Trentham Group One assignment when he galloped stylishly at Matamata on Tuesday.

Galloping 12 metres out on the dead course proper, Harlech (McNab) had pace on from the start of his 1200m hitout, covering the distance in 1:15.4, with the last 1000m in 1:01.5 and the final 600m in 35.6. The Moroney/Gerard-trained colt is back to peak fitness after his bold fresh-up second at Ellerslie and will be a worthy favourite for Saturday’s Levin Classic.

Stablemate Masetto (Lammas) was also impressive in his main Trentham gallop, cutting out 1200m in 1:17.5, 1:03 and 35.8. After his bold second in the Waikato Cup, Masetto rates a leading prospect in the Trentham Stakes on the first day of the Wellington carnival.

Virtuoso Lad (Tynan) was another Trentham entry to catch the eye as he bowled over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 37.6, while Short Fuse (Wratten) prepared for Ellerslie on Sunday with 1000m in 1:04.9 and 37.8.

On the plough Ellerslie two-year-old candidate Cool Aza Beel (McNab) looked sharp in his work with Te Akau Caliburn (Burdan) over 1000m in 1000m in 1:05 and 36.2. Stablemate Bordeaux Le Rouge (Roustoby) and fellow Ellerslie entry Mr President (Kozaki) cut out the same distance in 1:04.8 and 36.5.

Tiptronic (Coleman) worked boldly with Stilton (Wratten) over 1200m in 1:16.6, 1:02.4 and 37.4. Tiptronic steps up to a middle-distance at Ellerslie.

She’s Not Bad (Kamaruddin) was paired with Ellerslie three-year-old sprint entry Romantic Lady (T Harris) over a smart 1000m in 1:06 and 36.5, while Communique (P Turner) and India (Grylls) did similar work ahead of Ellerslie, recording 1:06.2 and 36.1.

Penteverest (Winter) hit out freely over 1000m in 1:05.9 and 38.6, Catwalk Girl (Lammas) ran the same distance in 1:04.5 and 38.5, and Rocket Fuel (Wratten) took 1:04.6 and 37.4.

Te Akau Shark (Burdan) looked strong in easy work over 800m in 54.8 and 39.6, while Thorndon Mile entry Yearn (Tynan) covered the same ground in 55 and 41.2.

On the big sand Watch This Space (Danis), another with the Thorndon on his radar, was unextended over 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.6. Shoshone (Lammas) and Henry Hudson (Coleman), who both trial at Matamata next week, ran in from the 800m in 53.2 and 38, while Veine d’Or (Pinn) was well held over 1000m in 1:15.8 and 40.6.

Dennis Ryan