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Good performances by King Louis and No Change and a satisfactory hit out by Cafe Culture were the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were seven heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided good footing.

   Promising two-year-old King Louis contested one of the 750-metre heats. He began quickly to take an early lead but trackwork rider Zane Thomson had been instructed to try and get the horse to settle back and run on and he was last of the four runners rounding the home bend.

   King Louis ducked back to the inside in the straight and finished off strongly for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind stablemate Thelma.

   Trainer John Bary was pleased with the way King Louis performed, saying he wanted to teach the horse to relax a lot more and hold him up so that he could produce a finishing burst.

   He added that the horse will now probably have a trial at Otaki next Tuesday and resume racing in a $30,000 two-year-old race over 1200m at Trentham on March 17.

   King Louis finished second on debut in the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham back in October and then had two more starts for a fifth and a third.

   No Change indicated he could be in for another successful campaign when he won the last of the three 1000-metre heats. The Shinko King gelding finished a head in front of Pincanto, with Cafe Culture only three-quarters of a length back in third place and just in front of Londaro.

   No Change hasn’t raced since October of last year but trainer Paul Nelson said the horse wasn’t spelled for too long and he certainly looks fit.

   Trainer Margaret Larsen was pleased with the run by Cafe Culture in what was the horse’s first serious hit out since tendon injuries to both front legs halted his racing career almost two years ago. She is hoping to get the horse back to the races at the end of this month.



Heat 1, 750m: Ferlax 2yr-old filly (T Morgan) 1, Per Incanto 2yr-old gelding 2, End Of Story 3. Five starters. Margins: Long neck, neck. Time: 46.6s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Redwood 4yr-old mare (M Brown) 1, Super Easy-Today Not Tomorrow 2yr-old filly 2, Roc de Cambes 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.6s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Thelma (T Morgan) 1, King Louis 2, Niagara-Laced Up 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, 2 lengths. Time: 47.3s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Super Easy-Gold 2yr-old filly (J Bassett) 1, Align 3yr-old gelding 2, Niagara-Vettori 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, neck. Time: 50.2s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 5, 1000m: Champagne Bride (T Morgan) 1, Estefania 2, Echoes Of Heaven 2yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 1:01.7. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 1000m: Sinserity (H Durrant) 1, Riba Mine 2, Pins-Alleyway 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Long head, 7 lengths. Time: 60.9. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 7, 1000m: No Change (J Bassett) 1, Pincanto 2, Cafe Culture 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, ¾ length. Time: 1:01. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.

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