Le Sablier, Millefiori and So Gorgeous, form runners in the Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic, shaped up well during trackwork at Matamata on Tuesday morning.
Last-start Pukekohe winner Le Sablier (Tynan) worked on the No. 2 sand, where she gradually built up momentum to record 1:20.2 for 1200m, 1:04.6 for the last 1000m and 37 for the final 600m. The Karen Fursdon-trained mare has trained on well in preparation for Saturday’s fillies and mares’ feature.
Lower grade graduates Millefiori and So Gorgeous worked right-handed on the course proper, where the markers were out 18 metres and the going was just into the heavy range. Millefiori (Sumat) was paired with Asperitas (Kamaruddin) over 1200m in 1:26.2, picking up the tempo to complete the final 600m in a smart 37.6.
Millefiori returned to form at her last start and is in good order to chase black-type on the weekend, while her stablemate looks ready to one better than his last-start second when he runs at Rotorua on Sunday.
So Gorgeous (Lammas) and fellow Tauranga entry Cork (Prastiyou) also worked over 1200m, recording 1:26.4 for the full distance and cutting out the final 600m in 39.2. So Gorgeous is sitting on a hat-trick after impressive wins at her last two starts, while promising stayer Cork looks well ahead of a new campaign.
Tauranga entries Boomer (Roustoby) and Sagan (Kareem) cantered away from the winning post and picked up the tempo from the 1000m. They were recorded for the full 1200m in 1:25.4 and finished off in god style with 600m in 38.6. In similar work Rotorua entry Jakama Krystal (P Brosnan) recorded 1:26 and 41.2, while Keeps Occurring (Hillis) took 1:25 and 40.8, and Grease Lightning (A Jones) and Garados (P Brosnan) 1:25.6 and 40.2.
Catwalk Girl (Lammas) did well in solo work over 1200m, going keenly in the early stages to record 1:21.2 and finishing off with a final 600m in 40.4. Rotorua maiden entries Bubalina (Lammas) and Keep It Loose (Prastiyou) worked over 1200m in 1:22.9 and 39.4. Quartz Queen (Prastiyou) and Alpino (Lammas) were timed for their final 600m in 39.8.
On the No. 2 sand Primo Stella (Tynan) was in god form ahead of her Tauranga engagement, cutting out 1200m in 1:17.2, 1:03 and 36.2. Race rival Shocking Penny (Sanson) also worked well over ground, with her last 1200m in 1:18.2, 1:04.8 and 37.6.
Tauranga maiden stayers’ rivals Chancellor (Lammas) and Rhodesian (Prastiyou) strode over 1200m in 1:22.1, 1:05.9 and 37.8. Orleans Belle (Tynan) was untroubled in cutting out 1000m in 1:09.8 and 40, while Rotorua hurdle entry Mrs Twinkletoes (R Cole) ran the last 1000m of her work in 1:05.3 and 37.9.
Lord Polonius (M Brosnan) and Banks Road (Boyack) strode over 1200m in 1:19.5, 1:05.4 and 39.2. Bodacious (Olney) left 1000m behind in 1:10.2 and 40.8.