Born To Fight and Tiny Terror caught the eye at Matamata on Tuesday morning ahead of their Te Rapa weekend engagements.

Galloping 18 metres out on a heavy course proper, Born To Fight (R Elliot) and Tiny Terror (Lammas) were well matched over a solid 1000m in 1:06.5, with the final 600m in 37.5. It was very good work when factoring in that they galloped later in the session. The Ballymore Stables pair both raced without much luck at Te Rapa earlier in the month but will have taken plenty of benefit from the outing.

Codecracker (Lammas) and Henry Hudson (R Elliot) also shaped up well for Te Rapa when they cut out 1000m in 1:09.7 and 39.3, while another from the Kelso team heading to Te Rapa, Veine d’Or (Winter), was timed from the 800m in 53.4 and 38.6.

Te Akau’s weekend contingent included Romantic Lady (Durrant) and Burgundy Belle (Burdan), who looked the part in smart work over 1000m in 1:05, the final 800m in 51.4. Stablemates Vino Bella (A Jones) and Quattro Katie (de Oca) were timed over 800m in 53.5 and 39, while Richard of Yorke (Roustoby) and Al Haram (M Grylls) strode over 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:06.5 and 39.5.

Blind Spot (C Grylls) impressed when she led Jamieson’s Tipple (Ravi) at the end of 1000m in 1:09.5 and 39.6. Kathys Choice (Roustoby) and Spirit of Gold (Kamaruddin) ran the same trip in 1:08.7 and 39.2.

Te Rapa entries Our Alley Cat (S McKay) and Hola Senorita (S Collett) set off at a strong gallop before completing 1000m in 1:07, the final 600m in 39.4. Super Hoof (Fawcett) and Just One Kiss (Boyack) left 1200m behind in 1:25.2, 1:10.7 and 43.2.

On the sand Te Rapa entry React (Newman) was paired with Tumbarumba (Pinn) in smart work over 1000m in 1:04.6 and 600m in 36.8. Exquisita (Wratten) was timed over the same distance in 1:08.9 and 40.8, while Princess Kereru (Winter) was allowed easy work, the last 600m in 42.

Dennis Ryan