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(By John Jenkins)


   Kiss An Angel, preparing for Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting, hit out impressively on her own at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was not much in the way of fast work as several horses entered for Waipukurau were to gallop tomorrow (Wednesday).

   Kiss An Angel was given two 400m sprints, running the first in an easy 25.6 before stretching out well over the second one in a quick 22.6.

   She is a Showcasing three-year-old filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable who finished fourth in a 1025m Taupo trial last month and will make her race debut in a three-year-old fillies maiden over 1200m at Waipukurau.

   Count Conti, another from the Lowry/Cullen stable entered for Waipukurau, worked with Rekohu Diva over 1000m in 1:4.6, the last 600 in 38.3. Count Conti was running on when sixth over 1400m last start and steps up to 1600m on Sunday.

   Ribamine and a Niagara three-year-old filly worked together over 1000m in 1:7.2, the last 600 in 38.6. They are both in Kate Hercock’s stable.

   Tekeela Charm was another who was given two 400m sprints, clocking 24.6 for the second one. She is a three-year-old filly by Charm Spirit in the Lowry/Cullen stable and could make her race debut at either Waipukurau on Sunday or Hawke’s Bay the following Wednesday.

   A Raise The Flag four-year-old gelding trained by Patrick Campbell ended his work with 400m in 26.2 while stablemate Kuasa Kuda was given an easy 600m in 46.

   Uncle Bro, who will line up in a Rating 5 race over 1600 at Waipukurau, worked over a round on his own. He went very slowly for the first 1000m before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 43.2.

   The Group 1 placed Xpression is back in the Lowry/Cullen stable after a stint with top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and underwent a couple of rounds of pacework. She is entered for the Rating 82 race over 1200m at Trentham this Saturday and may have one more start after that as she is in foal to top Australian sire Snitzel.

   Xpression has recorded three wins and five minor placings from only 14 starts and finished third in last season’s Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).


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