A good solo gallop by Heartstopper was the highlight in a reasonably quiet track session at Hastings this morning.
Fast work was carried out on the plough, which provided deep footing after more than 100 millimetres of rain had fallen on it since the weekend.
Heartstopper worked in from the 800m peg in 54.6, with his last 600 in 40.2s being the fastest of the morning. The Niagara four-year-old only managed eighth on debut over 1600m at Hastings at the end of last month but looks to have improved since that run and finished a close second in a 1200m Foxton trial back in May.
Mini Kay, entered for the maiden 1600m race at Otaki on Friday, worked over 1000m in 1:14, running for the first 400m in a leisurely 31.3 before increasing the speed slightly over the last 600 in 42.7.
A Super Easy-Flare three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800m peg and was timed to run the last 600 in 44.1s. He was a trial winner over 1200m at Otaki recently.
One Dream One Soul, the younger full-sister to One Prize On Goal, was let off with an easy 600m in 45.6 while her stablemate Lightning Miss ran over the same ground in 42.5.
A Savabeel-Elanora two-year-old filly ran an easy 600m in 44.3 while a Savabeel-Misspro O’Reilly three-year-old gelding underwent a similar assignment in 45.5.
Bon Bay Anook, who raced at Cambridge last week, ended his work with 600m in 45.4 while an Alamosa three-year-old was in front of an Alamosa two-year-old at the end of 600m in 44.2. They are both in Fred Pratt’s stable.