Le Sablier looked right on target for her New Plymouth Interprovincial Championship mission when she galloped impressively at Matamata on Tuesday morning.
Working 20 metres out on the heavy course proper with raceday rider Erin Leighton in the saddle, Le Sablier had the measure of Dragon Storm (S Weatherley) over the final stages of 1200m in 1:25.8, the last 1000m in 1:11 and 600m in 41.2.
On the strength of her bold last-start fourth on the same track in the Opunake Cup, the Karen Fursdon-trained mare rates a leading prospect in Saturday’s 1600m feature. She has obviously thrived since.
Race rival Teen Titan (R Cole) worked solo over ground, timed from the 1200m in 1:27.6, 1:12.7 and 41.8. He had excuses for his below-par effort at Rotorua and would not surprise if he was to make amends on Saturday.
Class mare Probabeel (T Harris) left a good impressive ahead of her flight to Melbourne as she and Northland Breeders’ Stakes candidate Palamos (Bosson) covered 1000m in 1:08.6 and 39. It was very good work in the conditions and augurs well for the Jamie Richards-trained pair’s upcoming assignments.
Thebeastfortheeast (Fawcett) and Pacific Master (Sanson) got through their work well over 1000m in 1:10.5 and 600m in 39.8. Over the same distance Germanicus (D Johnson) and Golden Kiwi (Sanson) returned 1:09.3 and 41.4, while Katie Perrie (M Jones) was never at top in her 1000m hitout, recording 1:12 and 42.2.
Sino Heights (Joyce) and Sly Baljo (P Brosnan) prepared for their jumps assignments at Rotorua on Sunday with striding work over ground, the last 1200m in 1:30.2, 1:14.2 and 43.
On the No. 1 sand Communique (C Grylls) and Atomic Kitten (B Grylls) prepared for their respective Ruakaka and New Plymouth engagements with a sound 1000m in 1:04 and 36.8.
Rose Crescent (Winter) and Ardour (Farr) completed 1000m in 1:06.4 and 37.2, while Iffraajinator (Tynan) was timed over the same ground in 1:09.6 and 39.5.
Les Crayeres (D Johnson) and Lementis (Winter) had their work stepped up when running 1000m in 1:11.4 and 38.2. Ocean Chief (Fawcett) was well contained over 1000m in 1:15.2 and 42.8, while Shoshone (Winter) did similar work and was timed from the 600m in 44.2.
On the No. 2 sand Red Hussar (S Singh) was allowed an easy time over 1000m in 1:11.9, quickening over the last 600m in 41.4.