Pablo Esk, who is likely to resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting in a month’s time, was one of only a few horses to work at speed at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
There was a distinct lack of horses worked at the session, with trainers having entered several others for the Waipukurau jumpouts later in the day.
Pablo Esk worked in from the 800m peg at three-quarter pace and was let stride out over the last 600m in 37.1.
The Atlante four-year-old has not raced since finishing last of seven runners over 1400m at Hastings at the end of January when a veterinary examination revealed he was suffering from a virus. Before that he had won two races in a row.
Call Me Jack ran a solo 1000m in 1:06.9, running the first 400m easily in 28.8 before speeding up over the last 600 in 38.1. Trainer Time Symes is looking at running him in a Rating 65 race over 1600m at Wanganui on April 8.
Basawa, who looks to be coming up well again for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, was let off with 800m at three-quarter pace, running home the last 600 in 45.5s.
A Super Easy-Flare two-year-old filly and a Darci Brahma-Stepping Out three-year-old filly, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 800m in 54.3, the last 600 in 39.1 and final 400 in 25. They are both likely to have a run at the Foxton trials next Tuesday.
One Prize One Goal, another likely to resume at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 17, worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800m peg and was let quicken slightly over the last 600m in 40.4.
A Super Easy-Flare three-year-old gelding in the Lowry/Cullen stable ran a solo 600m easily in 44.2 while a Tivaci two-year-old gelding and one by Pierro, also in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran the last 6900m of their work in 42.8.
Who’s Alice was kept under a strong hold over 600m in 42.6.