Livamol Classic contenders were the centre of attention at Matamata on Tuesday morning, when leading candidates Melody Belle and Avantage took time honours.
Melody Belle (T Harris) and Avantage (Bosson) were paired in solid work on the course proper, where the going was dead 15 metres out. The Jamie Richards-trained mares cut out 1200m in 1:17.8, with the last 1000m in 1:02.5 and 600m in 36.7.
The high class duo are in capital order to continue their rivalry in the final leg of the Hawke’s Bay Group One triple crown.
Race rival Supera had raceday rider Craig Grylls in the saddle for her solo gallop over 1200m in 1:19.8, 1:05.6 and 37.8. The Kelso-trained mare looks well and is definitely one that will appreciate the step up to a middle-distance.
Prise de Fer was ridden by his big race rider Opie Bosson as he strode over the last 1200m of his hitout, unpressured to return 1:24.5, 1:09.5 and 40.3. Waverley mare Glory Days (Turner), who has been temporarily stabled with Stephen Autridge and Kris Shailer, went with Master Painton (Kareem) over 1200m in 1:19.9, 1:05.2 and 37.3.
Tiptronic (Wratten) continued his Livamol preparation in company with Ellerslie weekend entry Suliman (S Singh), cutting out the last 1200m in 1:18.4, 1:04.2 and 38.1. This was good time given rain that had set in was pushing the track into the slow range.
Last-start Hastings winner Livin’ On A Prayer (Miles) prepared for the Livamol with Watch This Space (Danis) over 1200m in 1:19, 1:04.5 and 38.2. Stablemate Imelda Mary (Garwood) did similar work, recording 1:19.3, 1:05.2 and 38.7. The Wayne Hillis-trained mare is due to be flown to Melbourne ahead of next week’s Moonee Valley meeting.
Challa (Bosson) worked impressively over 1000m in company with Rhapsody In Blue (T Harris), recording 1:04.5 and 36.9. Rukuhia (Newman) appeared to appreciate the easing ground as he and Je Suis d’Or (Newman) ran in from the 800m in 51.7 and 38.
On The Rocks (Dellow) and Za Za Gabor (McCall), rivals in the open 1600 at Ellerslie on Saturday, cut out 1200m in 1:22.1, 1:05.8 and 38.6. Great Northern Hurdle candidate Tommyra (R Cole) looked fit as he got through solid work over 2400m, finishing off with a final 1200m in 1:24 and 40.2.
Sheezallmine (Newman) prepared for Ellerslie in company with Castain (Miller) over 1000m in 1:07.8 and 38.6. Jakkalbomb (Pinn) and Wild West (Leighton) ran the same trip in 1:05.8 and 37.4, while Hastings entry Showboat (Leighton) was allowed an easy 1000m in 1:11.4 and 41.6.
Le Sablier (S Weatherley) did tidy work ahead of Ellerslie with 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:04.7 and 37.3, Livvy Lass (McCall) strode over the same ground in 1:22.5, 1:06.5 and 38.4, Richard of Yorke (Roustoby) returned 1:21.5, 1:06.8 and 38.9, and Two Madison (Yuto) 1:27.9, 1:13.8 and 44.
Princess Rihana (Hepi) was timed from the 800m in 52.1 and 37.8, while Escudo (Yanagida) strolled over 1000m in 1:12.7 and 41.
On the No. 2 sand Sheez Leica (K Price) left 1000m behind in 1:04.4 and 38.5, Salt Bay (Dellow) breezed the same distance in 1:09.6 and 39.5, and Prince Canto (Clements) clocked 1:10.9 and 40.8.
Moonstruck (Turner) and The Actress (C Grylls) were timed from the 800m in 56.5 and 40. Tokorangi (Reid) and Dragon Queen (McCall) had plenty in reserve at the end of 1000m in 1:15.2 and 39.8.
On the No. 1 sand talented mare Levante (S Collett) was allowed to quicken in her work over 1000m in 1:16.9 and 44.5. She will continue her preparation with an exhibition gallop at next week’s local meeting.