(By John Jenkins)
Pablo Esk, who is likely to resume racing at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on April 17, was one of only four horses timed during a very quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.
Several trainers had horses competing at today’s Foxton trials and the few that did work at the track were confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
Pablo Esk worked in from the 800m peg on his own in 52.9, running the first 200m in an easy 14.7s before quickening slightly over the last 600 in 38.2.
He hasn’t raced since finishing last of seven runners over 1400m at Hastings on January 28, when he was found to be suffering from a virus. He was turned out for a month’s spell and looks to have come back in good order, He is expected to resume in a Rating 74 race over 1400m at the Hawkes Bay Cup meeting.
No Rock No Pop, another who could return to racing at Hastings on April 17, worked in from the 1000m peg in 1:10.2, running the first 400m in 31 before coming home the last 600 in 39.2. She also looks to have done well during a spell.
Matt Cain was not hurried when running a solo 800m in 57.5, the last 600 in 42.3 and he is likely to start next in a Rating 65 race over 1400m at Awapuni on April 9.
Call Me Jack was also kept under a good hold when running 1000m in 1:11.2, the last 600 in 40.3. Trainer Tim Symes is waiting for the return of wet tracks before he lines the horse up again and that could be at either Wanganui or Awapuni early next month.