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(By John Jenkins)

   Yossarian and Sheer Elegance, two horses from the Lee Somervell stable down the race at Waipukurau this Sunday, hit out strongly together at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Yossarian started a couple of lengths clear of Sheer Elegance when they left the 1000m peg but there was little between the two at the finish. They clocked 1:04.5 for the full distance, the last 600 in 37.2 and both horses were travelling well at the finish.

   Xpression was given two 400m sprints. She ran the first one easily before quickening over the second one in 23.3. The Showcasing mare has returned home after a stint with top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and will contest the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham this Saturday, providing the necessary paperwork is registered with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

   Red Sunday, preparing for a Maiden 1600 at Hastings next Wednesday, worked with Chalk over 1000m in 1:04.8, the last 600 in 37.5 and looked to be striding out well at the finish.

   Fabulous Fleet and Sigourney Heights, two others from the Somervell stable down to start at Waipukurau on Sunday, worked together over 1000m in 1:07.9, the last 600 in 39.2 while Atlanta Peach ran an easy 1000m in 1:15, the last 600 in 40.9. She is likely to contest the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday week before going out for a summer spell.

   My Tommy showed good zest when working on his own over 1000m in 1:05.7, the last 600 in 37.5. He has been back in work for six weeks and will have a jumpout at Hastings on Thursday of next week.

   Pas de Geant, another Somervell-trained runner at Waipukurau on Sunday, worked on his own over 1000m in 1:07, the last 600 in 38.2. He will make his race debut in the Maiden 1200.

   Matt Kain, preparing for next Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, clocked 1:14.7 for an easy 1000m, the last 600 in 42.3.

   A Niagara-Belfast Babe three-year-old filly and a Glass Harmonium three-year-old, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked in from the 1000m peg and were timed to run the last 800 in 57.1, the final 600 in 42.



(By John Jenkins)


   Kiss An Angel, preparing for Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting, hit out impressively on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was not much in the way of fast work as several horses entered for Waipukurau were to gallop tomorrow (Wednesday).

   Kiss An Angel was given two 400m sprints, running the first in an easy 25.6 before stretching out well over the second one in a quick 22.6.

   She is a Showcasing three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable who finished fourth in a 1025m Taupo trial last month and will make her race debut in a three-year-old fillies maiden over 1200m at Waipukurau.

   Count Conti, another from the Lowry/Cullen stable entered for Waipukurau, worked with Rekohu Diva over 1000m in 1:4.6, the last 600 in 38.3. Count Conti was running on when sixth over 1400m last start and steps up to 1600m on Sunday.

   Ribamine and a Niagara three-year-old filly worked together over 1000m in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 38.6. They are both in Kate Hercock’s stable.

   Tekeela Charm was another who was given two 400m sprints, clocking 24.6 for the second one. She is a three-year-old filly by Charm Spirit in the Lowry/Cullen stable and could make her race debut at either Waipukurau on Sunday or Hawke’s Bay the following Wednesday.

   A Raise The Flag four-year-old gelding trained by Patrick Campbell ended his work with 400m in 26.2 while stablemate Kuasa Kuda was given an easy 600m in 46.

   Uncle Bro, who will line up in a Rating 5 race over 1600 at Waipukurau, worked over a round on his own. He went very slowly for the first 1000m before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 43.2.

   The Group 1 placed Xpression is back in the Lowry/Cullen stable after a stint with top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and underwent a couple of rounds of pacework. She is entered for the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham this Saturday and may have one more start after that as she is in foal to top Australian sire Snitzel.

   Xpression has recorded three wins and five minor placings from only 14 starts and finished third in last season’s Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).


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