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Last start winner Estefania, preparing for Saturday’s Otaki meeting, turned in one of the quickest 600m times at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Estefania worked early in the session and went half-pace for a round and a half before quickening over the last 600m in 37.5.

   Trainer Richard McKenzie said the Darci Brahma mare has trained on well since winning a Rating 65 grade race over 1600m at Otaki on July 27 and will steps up to a Rating 72 race over the same distance this Saturday. She seems to relish heavy tracks and is likely to strike favourable conditions again.

  Tuigirl, one of several horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable being prepared for next week’s Taupo meeting, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800m peg and quickened slightly over the last 600 in 39.9. She hasn’t raced since finishing well back over 2040m at Wanganui on June 1, when unsuited by a heavy-11 track.

   A Fastnet Rock four-year-old gelding and one by Nom de Jeu, both trained by James Bridge, worked together over 800m in 53, the last 600 in 37.6.

  One Prize One Goal, who is likely to resume from a spell on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival on August 31, was given an easy 800m workout in 54.8, the last 600 in 40.6 while his stablemate Stradivarius underwent similar work, clocking 53.5 and 39.1.

   Talenti and a Showcasing three-year-old filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, were restricted to not much more than three-quarter pace when running 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 41.2 while Atlanta Peach clocked 58.8 for an easy 800m, the last 600 in 43.5. She is likely to race next in a Rating 72 race over 1200m at Taupo on Wednesday of next week.

   Mohaka, another likely starter in the Rating 72 race over 1200m at Taupo, was restricted to just pacework while Uncle Bro ran the last 600m of his work in 44.8.

   Riva Capri and Ruie’s Crumpet worked together over 800m at three-quarter pace, the last 600 in 44.4. Riva Capri finished second on debut in a two-year-old 800m race at Hastings on July 18 and is likely to contest the $25,000 three-year-old fillies’ race over 1100m at Taupo next week.

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