Angelica was at home in the heavy conditions at Matamata on Tuesday as she prepared for Saturday’s Taumarunui meeting at Rotorua.

Working right-handed 18 metres out on the course proper, Angelica (Wratten) and Praetorian (McCall) worked away from the winning post to run 1200m, with Angelica leading her gallop mate to record 1:27.4 for the full distance and 41.8 for the final 600m.

The Richardson/Norvall-trained mare, whose three wins to date have all been on heavy tracks, looks very well ahead of her attempt at a hat-trick in Saturday’s Rating 74 1400.

Taumarunui Cup candidate Divine Duke (S Weatherley) got through his hitout over ground in his usual workmanlike manner, running the last 1200m in 1:26.8 and 600m in 41.2. He is fit and ready for Saturday’s staying test.

Stablemates and likely Rotorua sprint rivals Princess Rihana and Aero de Prince also impressed in their individual hitouts. Princess Rihana (Yuto) ran the quickest 600m sectional of the session, recording 38.4, while Aero de Paris (C Grylls) took 39.9.

Shoshone (S Collett), another for the Rotorua open sprint, also shaped well when completing her work with 600m in 39.6. Uncle Terry (Leighton) prepared for Rotorua with sound work over ground, his last 1200m in 1:29.2 and 41, while Amazing Az (R Cole) did similar work to record 1:27.4 and 42.2.

Richard Of Yorke (Roustoby) had a solid hitout ahead of his jumping assignment at Te Aroha on Sunday, rounded off with 1200m in 1:27.1 and 40.3. Farrenc (Barr) was allowed to stride the last 600m of her work in 39.5, while Showbeel (Newman) completed a similar task in 43.2 and Katie Perrie (M Jones) was also well held over the same ground in 46.5.

The pick of the work on the No. 1 sand came from Rotorua entry Thunder (Turner), who cut out 1200m in 1:20.2, 1000m in 1:05.4 and quickened impressively for a final 600m in 36.8. Likewise on the No. 2 sand, Midnite Invasion (H McQuade) shaped up for her return to Rotorua with an attractive 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:02 and 36.2.

Dennis Ryan