Prise De Fer looked on song for Saturday’s Japan Trophy when he galloped at Matamata on Tuesday morning.

Working on the plough, Prise De Fer (Bosson) went with Leaderboard (Harris) over 1200m in 1:17.2, quickening from the 1000m in 1:02.8 and completing the hitout with 600m in 36.5. Prise De Fer is in very good order for the Tauranga feature, while Leaderboard gets his chance in the Masterton Cup at Tauherenikau on Sunday.

Rocket Spade (C Grylls) was paired with Cha Siu Bao (Yuto) over 1200m in 1:17.3, 1:03.1 and 36.9. The Derby winner looks bright and will run at Tauranga on Saturday ahead of his Australian Derby mission. Yearn (Tynan) prepared for the Japan Trophy with a smart 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.8, while race rival Imelda Mary (T Harris) did similar work, running 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:03.2 and 36.6.

I’m Buzz (C Grylls) got through good work ahead of New Plymouth on Friday, cutting out a well-held solo 1000m in 1:05.8 and 38.5. Legit (Yanagida), another entered for New Plymouth, caught the eye over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.2, while Tauranga candidates Remington (Roustoby) and Secret Amour (Bosson) ran the same trip in 1:03.5 and 36.3.

High Distinction (S Collett) and Rock Of Cashel (C Cole) prepared for the weekend with a smart 1000m in 1:02.4 and 36.2. Also over 1000m Intelligent Patch (Yanagida) and Patch Prince (Yuto) returned 1:02.8 and 36.9, Get Hitched (D Johnson) 1:03 and 36.5, Contribute (Newman) and Payon Time (McIntyre) 1:03.2 and 36.4, and Ocean Belle (D Johnson) and High Achiever (Durrant) 1:03.8 and 37.2.

Melody Belle (Harris) strolled over 1000m in 1:14.8 and 44.5, while Levante (S Collett) did similar work in 1:15.2 and 44.6. Both quality mares are in good shape.

On the No. 1 sand Tauranga candidates Les Crayeres (D Johnson) and Henry Hudson (Harris) cut out a tidy 1000m in 1:03.5 and 36.4. Over the same ground Wolfgang (S McKay) and Kodak (R Cole) returned 1:04 and 37.5, Waipapa (Harris) 1:04.2 and 37.6 and Sagunto (S McKay) 1:05.8 and 37.

On the dead course proper, where work took place right-handed with the markers out 22 metres, Tauranga entries Germanicus (McCall) and Sunburst (Fawcett) completed their work with a smart final 600m in 36.2. Two more for Tauranga, Zaza Gabor (Magee) and Salt Bay (Dellow), did similar work, running their last 6000m in 37.2.

Dennis Ryan