Te Rapa-bound pair Treasure State and Escudo drew attention to their weekend prospects when they galloped at Matamata on Tuesday morning.
Working right-handed wide out on the heavy course proper, Treasure State (Yanagida) and Escudo (Kumagai) worked away quietly from the 1000m mark and were timed over their final 600m in 37.3, clearly the best sectional time of the session.
The O’Sullivan/Scott-trained pair both finished third in their most recent starts at Te Rapa last month, good enough form to suggest they’re genuine prospects back at the same venue on Saturday.
Stablemate Divine Duke (Yanagida) was given longer work, striding over 1200m in 1:29.2 with his last 600m in 41.2. Having won his previous two starts, he was scratched from Hastings in preference to running this weekend at Te Rapa when he will line up in Rating 74 grade.
Te Rapa entries Shebringsmerubies (Kamaruddin) and True Falls (Newman) were paired in sound work over ground, cutting out their last 1200m in 1:24.4 and 39.6. Aurora Dolce (Dellow) had a solid hitout over the same ground which she completed in 1:21.5, picking up Gorgeous Geisha (McCall) to run the final 600m in 38.8.
Richard Of Yorke (Harris) was allowed an easy hitout over 1200m in 1:31.2. The last-start hurdle winner reverts to the flat at Te Aroha on Sunday.
Te Rapa candidates Shoshone (D Johnson) and Diamond Delight (Winter) were paired in tidy work which they completed with 600m in 39.5, while Burgundy Rose (Parma) and Glen Frey (B Grylls) recorded 39.4. Burgundy Rose heads to Te Rapa, while Glen Frey is entered for Te Aroha on Sunday.
Te Rapa two-year-old candidate Jimmy Jandal (M Brosnan) was paired with Pacific Master (Fawcett) when finishing their work with 600m in 40.7. Two Madison (Yuto), who runs over 1600m at Te Rapa, completed her work with 600m in 39.