Tevere indicated her readiness for Te Rapa this weekend when she hit out boldly on the course proper at Matamata on Tuesday morning.

Galloping 22 metres out on the good course proper, Tevere (Lammas) worked as well as ever over 1000m in 1:03.8 and finishing off full of running with 600m in 36.8. The Moroney/Gerard-trained mare has freshened up well from a below-par last-start effort and looks well placed in Saturday’s open sprint.

Te Rapa open 1600m rivals Germanicus (Yanagida) and On The Rocks (Lammas) also looked capable of improvement when they were paired in slid work over 1200m in 1:19.9, with the last 1000m in 1:05 and 600m in 37.8.

Most other work took place on the plough, where Oxygen (Kumagai) hit out freely over 1200m in 1:16.2, maintaining a strong gallop over the final 1000m in 1:01.8 and 600m in 36.2. Oxygen certainly looks well and needs only to produce the same form on raceday to get amongst the action.

Te Rapa entry Supreme Khan (Kamaruddin) got through his work well in company with Leaderboard (Parmar), cutting out their last 1000m in 1:04.5 and 600m in 36.5. Over the same ground Diosa Luna (Farr) and Paris Ruby (Newman) returned 1:04.5 and 37.5, while Elettrica (B Grylls) prepared for Te Rapa with 1000m in 1:06.5 and 38.

Canny Man (Kumagai) was another to underline his Te Rapa prospects when working over 1000m in 1:03.6 and 37. Te Rapa open 1600 entry Red Hussar (Wratten) worked solo over 1200m in 1:20.4, 1:05.2 and 38.5.

Rose Crescent (Winter) and That’s More Like It (Newman) left 1000m behind in 1:05.6 and 38.5, while Le Sablier (Tynan) was well held over the same ground in 1:05.5 and 37.4. Shocking Penny (Leighton) looked better than her recent form suggests when dashing over 1000m in 1:01.8 and 36.9.

Sassari (Sanson) and an unnamed Rich Enuff gelding (Leighton) were paired over 1000m in 1:04.6 and 37.5. Also over 1000m, Bahia Emerald (S Singh) and Zaffiro Belle (Kareem) recorded 1:07.3 and 38.9, Ant Eater (Kesner) and Kantra (K Price) 1:07.2 and 38.4, and In Charge (Prastiyou) and a Shocking gelding (Lammas) 1:05.9 and 37.8.

Aurora Dolce (Yanagida) strode over 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:08 and 38.5, while Rhodesia (Prastiyou) and Praetorian (Yanagida) were timed from the 800m in 56.7 and 41.8.

On the No. 1 sand Te Rapa entry Dyzee (Winter) was partnered by Amaterasu (Kamaruddin) over a solid 1000m in 1:02.6 and 36.2. Mini Moet (A Jones) and Secret Key (Leighton) were well held over the same ground in 1:08 and 39.3, while Shoshone (Leighton) ran in from the 800m in 52.2 and 38.4.

Dennis Ryan