A quick 600-metre sprint by Kaluanui and a solid workout by a Mongolian Falcon two-year-old gelding were the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Kaluanui had apprentice Lily Sutherland aboard when sprinting a solo 600m in 35.6 and looked to be travelling strongly at the finish. The Sacred Falls mare, formerly trained by John Bary, is now in Vicki Wilson’s stable.
A Mongolian Falcon two-year-old gelding trained by Vicki Wilson clocked 50.8 for 800m and also sprinted home the last 600 in 35.6. He is not a big horse but certainly gets over the ground well.
Tin Pan Alley and an Unusual Suspect three-year-old filly worked together over 600m in 35.9. Tin Pan Alley has not raced since finishing a good second on debut over 1200m at Hastings in February.
The Stoney One was restricted to just three-quarter pace when working in from the 800m peg, running the last 600 in 43.8 while Piper’s Fling was hard held over 600m in 41. She is a very well bred filly, being by Savabeel out of the Group 1 winner Irish Fling, and scored a five length win in a recent trial over 1000m at Foxton. She could make her race debut in a three-year-old maiden over 1230m at Rotorua on Friday of next week.
A Keeper three-year-old and one by Dial A Prayer, both trained by Fred Pratt, ran 600m together in 37.4.
Impressive last start winner Podium was one of several horses from the Lowry/Cullen stable restricted to just two rounds of pacework. She and stablemate Wewillrock had an exhibition gallop between races at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting where they were timed to run a strong 1000m on the course proper in 1:02.1, the last 600 in 34.4.
Wewillrock hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Group 3 Almanzor Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 22 and will line up fresh in the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday week.