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Hastings Trackwork 5 Dec 2017

   Keilib, preparing for the 3200-metre race at Trentham on Saturday, strode out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Keilib worked in from the 1000-metre peg in 1:6.3, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 28.6 before quickening over the last 600 in 37.7. He will be racing out of his grade in Saturday’s Rating 85 race but trainer Paul Nelson is keen to try him over the 3200-metre distance after the horse’s two recent minor placings at 2100m and has booked top jockey Chris Johnson to ride him.

   Nelson will have runners at both North Island venues this Saturday as Peso will head north for the Rating 75 Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier over 2200 metres, with apprentice Sam Weatherley booked to ride him.

   This morning Peso also worked in from the 1000-metre peg but didn’t start bowling along until about the 800 and was timed to run from there in 54.9, the first 200 in 17.5. He then quickened nicely over the last 600 in 37.4.

   The Colombia six-year-old has been impressive in winning his last two starts, the most recent being a 4-3/4 length victory over 2100 metres at Tauranga.

   Savvy Dreams was kept under a good hold when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:9.7, the last 600 in 40.3. She looks to be coming up well in another preparation and was placed over 1000 metres at last month’s Foxton trials. She could resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Thursday week.

   Gates To Rio started well behind stablemate Kaipawe when they left the 1000-metere peg but had got on terms at the finish and clocked 1:4.9, the last 600 in 36.1. Gates To Rio was a last start sixth in a 1200-metre maiden at Hastings on November 12.

   Tavijazz was kept to just three-quarter pace when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:13.9, the last 600 in 43.5.

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