Strong workouts by No Rock No Pop and Overstayer were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
No Rock No Pop worked in from the 1200m peg on her own and steadily increased the speed. She was timed to run home from the 1000m in 1:02.1 and clocked 35.5s for the last 600 and 23.4s for the final 400m.
It was excellent work from the Rock ‘N’ Pop mare was a late scratching when she played up in the barrier at Hastings last start but has since had a barrier trial and will wear a barrier blanket when she lines up on her home track this Sunday.
Trainer Lee Somervell said he will enter the mare for both the Rating 74 race over 1600m and the same grade race over 1200m and decide on the day which race she will contest.
Overstayer also galloped on his own and worked in from the 1200m peg in 1:18.4, running the first 600m in an easy 41.3s before putting the speed on over the last 600 in 37.1. The big Zed gelding was found to be suffering from a cold after his last start failure at Hastings last month but is fully recovered now and will line up in the Rating 65 race over 1600m at Hastings on Sunday. Sam Weatherley has been booked to ride him.
Magic Incanto had trainer Fred Pratt aboard when sprinting keenly over the last 400m of her work but fog prevented a time being taken. Pratt said she will head to Te Rapa this Saturday for the Listed $60,000 Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m).
Mohaka worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000m peg and increased the speed slightly over the last 800m in 53.2 and final 600 in 41.3. The Nadeem mare has been served by Ocean Park and co-trainer Guy Lowry said they will find out late this week whether she is in-foal.
Lady Vadamos was another who ran a solo 1000m this morning and clocked 1:09.9. Unfortunately fog prevented any split times being taken. She is entered for the maiden three-year-old race over 1200m at Hastings on Sunday.
Matt Kain worked with an unraced three-year-old filly by Unusual Suspect and they sprinted home their last 400m in 25.8 while One Dream One Soul was timed to run 1200m in 1:28.5 and could line up in a maiden 1600m race at Hastings on Sunday.
The Stoney One was one of several horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable who were restricted to just three-quarter pace.