Te Rapa race rivals Cote de Beaune and Ragamuffin shaped up for their weekend engagements with strong work at Matamata on Tuesday morning.
Galloping on the plough, Cote de Beaune (Bosson) and Ragamuffin (Parmar) cut out a smart 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.2. The in-form Mark Walker-trained pair are scheduled to run in the three-year-old sprint on Saturday.
Race rival Aris Aris (B Grylls) also shaped up well when working with Glorified (C Grylls) over 1000m, putting on the pace from the start to return 1:01.8 and finishing off with 600m in 36.2. Bayarmaa (Farr), who is nominated for both Te Rapa and Hastings, went with Paris Ruby (Newman) over 1000m in 1:03.2 and 36.6, while recent trial winner Alchemia (Turner) did well in a solo hitout over the same distance in 1:03 and 36.3.
Hawke’s Bay Cup entry Aquaoir (Newman) was accompanied by Te Rapa candidate The Mighty Spar (Kamaruddin) over a solidly run 1200m in 1:17.2, with the last 1000m in 1:02.8 and 600m in 36.4. Paisley Park (Wratten), another entered for the Hastings feature, strode over 1200m in 1:21.5, 1:06.2 and 37. Amano (C Grylls), who is also entered for the Hawke’s Bay Cup, also worked solo over ground, recording 1:20.2, 1:05 and 37.3.
Others to work over ground included Bak Da Master (Roustoby) who covered his last 1200m in 1:19.4, 1:03.8 and 37.2, and Fast Willie (Kumagai) in 1:23.2, 1:05.7 and 37. Shepherd’s Delight (C Grylls) and Landry (Newman) cut out 1000m together in 1:03.4 and 36.2.
Hastings Listed sprint candidate Summer Monsoon (Bosson) had Te Rapa two-year-old entry Treaty Of Paris (Parmar) for company over a smart 1000m in 1:03.3 and 35.8. Burgundy Rose (Durrant) prepared for the Hastings sprint with Millefiori (Pillay) over the same ground in 1:03.2 and 35.9.
Dragon Queen (Yanagida) prepared for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes on the No. 1 sand, where she was well held over her last 1200m in 1:24.8, 1:09.2 and 39.2. She looks bright for her weekend assignment.
On the course proper, where the going was good 22 metres out, Champagne Princess (Naeemuddin) and Classic Beethoven (Dowling) did sound work in preparation for Te Rapa when cutting out 1000m in 1:04.4 and 37.8.
Over the same ground Sassy Merlot (Lammas) and Vee Rod (Sanson) recorded 1:06.8 and 37.2, while Wonderstruck (Sanson) and Praetorian (Lammas) took 1:07.2 and 37.9.
Back on the plough times recorded over 1000m included Navalha (Parmar) and Espionage (Bosson) 1:03.6 and 36.3, Eridor (Kamaruddin) 1:04.5 and 36.7, Corinne (Turner) 1:09.4 and 38.6, Prise de Fer (Amit) 1:07.2 and 38.5, Supreme Khan (Kamaruddin) and Sternland (Durrant) 1:04.2 and 37.4, and Brando (Bosson) 1:09 and 40.4. Destino (S Singh) and Channel Surfer (Fawcett) were timed over 800m in 53 and 38.2.