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HASTINGS TRACKWORK 15 May 2018

   Londaro and War Of Words, two horses entered for Tauherenikau on Thursday, were both hitting out strongly when they galloped together at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of fast work, which was confined to the No.1 grass. The footing was slow after rain on the weekend and another five millimetres of rainfall overnight.

   Londaro and War Of Words worked in from the 800-metre peg but could not be timed due to a thick blanket of fog that covered the track at that stage. Both horses finished the gallop off well however and look on target for Thursday’s Wairarapa meeting, providing track conditions remain reasonably good there.

   Londaro will be stepping up to a middle distance for the first time in the Rating 75 race over 2050m and is coming off a good last start fourth in a Rating 85 grade race over 1600m at Hastings on April 24. War Of Words contests the Maiden Three-year-old 1400 and finished seventh on debut over 1200m at Waipukurau two weeks ago.

   The Puketapu Lad and Aqua House were two others who galloped together on the grass. They worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg before sprinting home the last 600 in 36.6.

   The Puketapu Lad has spoilt his chances by racing greenly in his two starts to date but worked in blinkers this morning and will also race in them at Tauherenikau on Thursday.

   Aqua House won a 1000-metre jumpout at Hastings last month and then turned in a good debut sixth over 1200m at Waipukurau. He will start next ion a Maiden 1400 at Hastings on Thursday of next week.

   A Showcasing two-year-old in Kate Hercock’s stable was the only other horse timed during the session and ran easy 600 metres on the grass in 42.2.

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