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(By John Jenkins)


   Stablemates Unlaced and Bellesgirl, both preparing for Sunday’s Poverty Bay meeting, hit out strongly together in a gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

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

   Unlaced and Bellesgirl worked in from the 1000m peg, running the first 400m in an easy 29.1 before quickening over the final 600 in 37.7. Both horses were stretching out well at the finish.

   Unlaced was an impressive last start maiden winner over 1600m at Hastings and will contest a Rating 65 race over the same distance at Gisborne. Another good run there could see her go on to the Group 2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on February 26.

   Bellesgirl turned in an excellent debut run for second over 1200m at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and should prove hard to beat in a maiden 1400 at Gisborne. Lisa Allpress has been booked to ride both horses.

   Vannoss, who could start at either Gisborne or Wairoa next week, ran a solo 1000m in 1:05.4, the first 400 in 26.6 and final 600 in 38.8. He has been disappointing this time but has had a course of schooling to help sharpen him up.

   Polizzi had trainer Kate Hercock aboard when working over a round. She was timed to run home the last 1200m in 1:23.8, the last 600 in 39.4 while Me, preparing for Wairoa next week, underwent two easy 600-metre runs in 43.9 and 43.2.

   Pas de Geant and Flautino went together in two 600m runs, the first one in a leisurely 42.5 and the second one in a much quicker 37.3. It was good work from both horses.

   An Ekraar four-year-old mare ran an easy 800m on her own, coming home the last 600 in 43.4.

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