Class racemare Avantage highlighted her Foxbridge Plate prospects with an impressive hitout at Matamata on Tuesday morning.

Course proper gallops took place right-handed, where the going was slow 22 metres out. Avantage (Bosson) was paired with Savvy Yong Blonk (T Harris), cantering away from the winning post and picking up momentum to cut out the final 600m in 37.3 and the final 200m in a smart 11.8.

Avantage, who won the second of her preparatory trials at Taupo three weeks ago, is in excellent order to pick up where she left off last autumn when she lines up in Saturday’s weight-for-age sprint.

Stablemates and race rivals Scott Base (T Harris) and Prise de Fer (Bosson) did similar work, recording 37.4 for their last 600m and 12.8 for the final section. Need I Say More (Bosson) and Yourpoint (T Harris), who open their spring campaigns in Saturday’s Northland Breeders’ Stakes, were timed over their last 600m in 38.4. Both Jamie Richards-trained three-year-olds have shown up well in recent trials.

Lily d’Or (Lammas) and Jakkalberry (Burdan) prepared for Te Rapa with 600m in 38.2, while in similar tasks Tweedledee (Yoto) took 38.9, Tiny Terror (Lammas) and Petrachor (Daley) 41.2, Romantic Lady (Burdan) 38.5, and Top Brass (Burdan) and In A Twinkling (Bosson) 38.4.

Over ground Wanganui entry Jakama Crystal (Burdan) went with Luminous (T Harris), cutting out their last 1200m in 1:22.5 and finishing off strongly with a final 600m in 37.6. Divine Duke (Yoto) and Voler Pour Moi (Yanagida) also left 1200m behind in 1:21.8, the last 600m in 38.4.

Paisley Park (K Singh) and Vichy (S Singh) went at an even rate over 1200m in 1:22.2 and 40.3, while Ali Baba (Dellow) who runs on the flat at Te Rapa, took 1:21 and 39.8, and Shezamod Shezamod (Mahindra) and Cuba (P Singh) 1:26.5 and 40.6.

On the No. 2 sand the Autridge/Shailer pair Communique and Karalino shaped up well in solo gallops ahead of their Te Rapa assignments. Communique (C Grylls) took 1:03 and 36.3 for her 1000m hitout, while Karalino (C Grylls) ran the same trip in 1:03.2 and 36.5.

Yearn (Tynan) put her usual enthusiasm into her work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.4. She was due to have a trial at Te Teko on Thursday. Supera (Winter), another heading to Te Teko, was kept to 1000m in 1:10.3 and 40.2, while stablemate Codecracker (Winter) took 1:15.8 and 44.

Hard Out (R Cole) strode over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.3 and 38. Moana (C Ormsby) and Najah (S Weatherley) were timed over 800m in 51.2 and 36.8.

Dennis Ryan