No Rock No Pop, preparing for Saturday’s Rotorua meeting, hit out nicely in a solo gallop at today’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing. Not many horses worked at speed with several from the area down to trial at Foxton later in the day and others planned to have faster work on Wednesday.
No Rock No Pop worked in from the 1000m peg in 1:12.9, running the first 400m in an easy 33.8 before coming home the last 600 in 39.1.
The Rock ‘N’ Pop filly was an unlucky last start third over 1200m at Hastings and trainer Lee Somervell will step her up to 1400m this weekend, either in a Rating 65 event or the three-year-old set weights and penalties race. Apprentice Ashvin Mudhoo will retain the ride.
My Tommy, who lines up in the maiden hurdle race at Wanganui today, worked over a round and was timed to run his last 1200m in 1:26.1, the final 600 in 41.5. He will be making his jumping debut but won a Waverley point-to-point over fences last month.
Magic Incanto, back in work with trainer Fred Pratt, recorded the quickest time of the morning when sprinting 600m in 37.8s. She looks to have come back from a spell in good order.
Serengeti worked early in the session and was timed to run a solo 1000m in 1:14.3, the last 600 in 42.4 while an Ekraar three-year-old gelding in Fred Pratt’s stable ended his work with 600m in 43s.
A Vespa two-year-old gelding and a Playmaker four-year-old gelding, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked together over 600m in 43.5.
Hunta Pence, preparing for Saturday’s Rotorua Cup, was let off with two rounds of pacework and was expected to do some fast work on Wednesday while the stablemates Can I Get An Amen and Basarwa, also entered for Rotorua, were others restricted to just two rounds of pacework.