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(By John Jenkins)


   Riva Capri, still on target for the Group 1 $300,000 New Zealand 1000 Guineas on November 16, was given a quiet workout at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Riva Capri worked with stablemate So Gold and they were kept to just three-quarter pace over 1000m, coming home the last 600 in 44.2.

   Riva Capri has not raced since finishing fourth in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on October 5 but co-trainer Guy Lowry said it is still all systems go for the Riccarton feature with the horse, providing the track down there does not become too firm.

   “She is a filly that needs some easing in the track but the plan at this stage is for her to go down,” Lowry said.

   He added that another three-year-old filly from the stable, Can I Get An Amen, is also being considered for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas following her game second in a 1400m maiden race at Motukarara on Sunday.

   “Being a maiden she might not get into the Guineas but if she doesn’t, there is a $30,000 maiden race at Riccarton that she can line up in,” Lowry said.

   Overstayer recorded one of the best gallops at this morning’s trackwork session. He gave stablemate War Of Words a five length head start when they left the 1200m peg and was in front at the finish. War Of Words was clocked to run the 1200m in 1:20, the last 600 in 37 so Overstayer’s last 600 must have been at least a second faster.

   Raucous was another who turned in a good time when he ran a solo 1000m in 1:05, the last 600 in a quick 36.8. He is a big six-year-old by Nom de Jeu in the Kate Hercock stable who had to overcome a slow track when sixth over 1600m at Tauherenikau last start.

   Alpine Charm and Red Sunday worked together over 1000m in 1:09.7, the last 600 in 38.6 while Rippin ran a solo 1000m in 1:05.4, the last 600 in 37.5. Alpine Charm is a three-year-old half-sister to Adventador, by in-form sire Ocean Park.

   Miss Tui worked with Matt Kain over 1000m in 1:09.6, the last 600 in 39.3 while a Niagara three-year-old filly from the Lowry/Cullen stable clocked 38.5 for a 600-metre gallop.

   Rekohu Diva and Miley worked together over 1000m in 1:05.3, the last 600 in 36.9 while San Riba and a Niagara three-year-old ran 1000m in 1:14.7, the last 600 in 40.

   Real Beach worked in from the 800m peg at three-quarter pace, quickening slightly over the last 600 in 41.7. She looks to have done very well during a winter spell.

   An Iffraaj-Erbe three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable was not hurried when running a solo 800m in 55.8, the last 600 in 40.6 while a Savabeel-Simply You three-year-old gelding and a Ferlax three-year-old filly from the same stable clocked 40.1 for the last 600m of their work.

   Star Elipse and a Charm Spirit three-year-old filly from the Lowry/Cullen stable were timed to run 1000m in 1:10.2 while Belfast Babe and a Niagara full-sister to Allacciato were timed to run 800m in 55.5, the last 600 in 40.4.

   All In Grace and a Darci Brahma two-year-old gelding clocked 43.6 for their first serious run along.

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