Landry and Extortion underlined their weekend prospects at Te Rapa with smart work at Matamata on Tuesday morning, where most gallops took place on the plough.

The Cody Cole-trained pair Landry (Donoghue) and Extortion (Newman) worked over 1200m, setting off steadily to cover the distance in 1:20.4 and quickening as they went with a final 1000m in 1:03.8 and 600m in 36.2. After a first and second from his last two starts, Landry is a leading prospect in Saturday’s R65 1600, while Extortion is also right in the mix for the maiden 1600.

Stablemates Polar Night (C Cole) and Aquaoir (Newman) also shaped up well over 1000m in 1:06.2, running home for a final section in 36.6. Polar Night has shown promise in a handful of starts and first starter Aquaoir is a likely sort of Ocean Park filly.

Awapuni two-year-old entries On The Bubbles (T Harris) and Savasilk (D Johnson) got through smart work over 800m in 49.6 and 36.2. The Te Akau pair have sound trial form. Livin On A Prayer (Miles) and Watch This Space (Danis) prepared for the open 1600 at Te Rapa with a solid hitout over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.8.

Mongolianconqueror (D Johnson) and Exitonic (T Harris), two more for Te Rapa, strode over 1200m in 1:18.8, 1:04 and 36.4, while stablemate You’re Welcome (Montes de Oca) had it easier over the same distance in 1:27.2, 1:10.2 and 40.9.

Catwalk Girl (Dellow) didn’t run time but still worked soundly ahead of Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:23.2, 1:06.8 and 39.8. Sagunto (R Cole), one of the McKay team for Awapuni, went solo over 1000m in 1:04.8 and 37.5. Blizzing Away (S Weatherley) hit out well over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 37.5.

Kurt (C Grylls) and Tra Cee Ann (Turner) prepared for next Wednesday’s local meeting with 800m in 54.6 and 600m in 38. Te Rapa candidate Maenad (S Singh) went with Ali Arc (Wratten) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.5, while Pipsqueak Rose (McCall) and Marmellos (Reid) returned 1:10.8 and 39.6 and Neon Moon (C Ormsby) 1:12.6 and 43.

Transformer (Wright) strode over 1200m in 1:19.2, 1:03.8 and 38.6. Our Alley Cat (Cox), who runs next at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, was allowed an easy 1000m in 1:10.3 and 40.2. Let’s Rock (R Cole) got through similar work in 1:11 and 41.8, while Tiptronic (Wratten) continued his preparation for the Zabeel Classic with a well-held 1200m in 1:30.8 and 43.2.

On the course proper, which was good 12 metres out, Te Rapa runners Le Sablier (S Weatherley) and Semprini (Danis) stretched out well over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.1 and 36.8. Te Rapa maiden entry Moana (C Ormsby) got through her work well over 1000m in 1:01.3 and 36.

On the No. 1 sand Virtuoso Lad (Tynan) looked bright in his work over 1000m in 1:6 and 37.2, while Amarula (P McKay) and Americo (S McKay) were timed over their final 600m in 36.8.

Dennis Ryan