Dark Destroyer and Karman Line underlined their prospects for Saturday’s Bonecrusher Stakes when paired in a smart gallop at Matamata on Tuesday morning.

The majority of fast work took place on the plough, where Dark Destroyer (S Weatherley) and Karman Line (Kumagai) cut out 1000m in 1:03.2, finishing off with an impressive final 600m in 35.6.

The three-year-old duo give Wexford Stables a strong hand in the Gr. 3 Bonecrusher Stakes, which has been transferred to Matamata with the Auckland region yet to emerge from lockdown. Dark Destroyer has freshened up well from his fifth placing in the 2000 Guineas, while Karman Line has also progressed well after being so impressive on debut three weeks ago.

Brando, Mai Tai and Harlech all worked well in preparation for this weekend’s Gr. 1 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham. Brando (Bosson) got into his task to cover 1000m in 1:04.2, finishing with a final 600m in 36.4, while stablemate Mai Tai (Durrant) was timed over 1200m in 1:17.8, 1:03.8 and 36.5. Jamie Richards’ remaining two Captain Cook runners, Savy Yong Blonk and Prise de Fer, both started at Monday’s local trial meeting.

Harlech (Lammas) did his work on the course proper, which was good 16 metres out. The Livamol Stakes runner-up was full of running at the end of 1200m in 1:21.6, 1:05.7 and 37.2. Dragon Biscuit (Lammas), another possible Trentham starter for Ballymore Stables, went with Matamata entry Sassy Merlot (S McKay) over 1200m in 1:20.5, 1:05.2 and 37.4.

Back on the plough, Bonecrusher Stakes entry Iffshecan (B Grylls) went with promising maiden Bayarmaa (Newman) over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.3. Stablemate Cadeau (Newman) pushed her case for the weekend with smart work over 1000m in 1:03.8 and 36.2, while feature sprint entry Summer Passage (Yanagida) recorded 1:04.7 and 37.2, and race rival Short Fuse (Wratten) took 1:03.9 and 36.4.

Le Sablier (Kamaruddin) and Primo Stella (Tynan) were paired in solid work over ground, cutting out 1200m in 1:15.8, 1:01.5 and 35.8. They will both line up over 2000m on Saturday. Thunder (P Turner) got through his work well over 1000m in 1:04.5 and 36.9, while Weona Tiger (Kumar) caught the eye dashing over 800m in 48.4 and 35.2.

Think Twice (Leighton) and Brian Lamont (Garwood) also looked the part over 1000m in 1:10.3 and 35.6. Think Twice, the winner of his only start to date, heads to Trentham for the Wakefield Challenge Stakes.

Matamata entries to do good work over 1000m included Exaltation (Bosson) and Felicienne (Durrant) in 1:04 and 36.7, Sonofabutcher (Reid) 1:03.2 and 36.4, Kirra Lad (S Weatherley) and Ess Vee Are (Dowling) 1:03.9 and 36.4, Highlighter (Yanagida) 1:03 and 36.2, and Legit (Yanagida) 1:05.7 and 37.1.

Aurora Dolce (Lammas) was hard on the bridle in her work, covering the final 1000m in 1:08.8 and 39.6. Nothinsweetaboutme (Leighton) and Imelda Mary (Garwood) covered the same ground in 1:04.9 and 37.8, Doha (Sanson) took 1:05.8 and 37.2, Aquaoir (Newman) 1:02.8 and 36.5, Isla Jay (Leighton) 1:03.4 and 36.8, Fast Willie (Yanagida) 1:04.5 and 36.2, Andromeda (Kumagai) 1:08.8 and 38.6, Poser (Wratten) 1:07.2 and 39.5, Paris Ruby (Yanagida) 1:09.6 and 40.2, Carolina Reaper (S Singh) 1:07.6 and 37.8, and Amaterasu (M Grylls) and Kantra (R Khan) 1:04.2 and 36.5.

Eagle Hunter (Cox) strode 1200m in 1:20.5, 1:05.2 and 38.4, while over 800m North Of Havana (Burdan) and Rabada (Wratten) returned 48.5 and 35.8.

Dennis Ryan