Hall Of Fame and Shocking Luck looked right on target for Saturday’s Waikato Guineas when they galloped brilliantly together at Matamata this morning.
Working on the plough, Hall Of Fame (Bosson) and Shocking Luck (McNab) worked away from the 1200-metre mark at a solid tempo and built as they went to run the distance in 1:15.3, with the last 1000m in 1:01.3 and 600m in an impressive 35 seconds.
Hall Of Fame has done everything right since his Levin Classic win, while Shocking Luck takes proven middle-distance form into Saturday’s important Derby lead-up.
Cha Siu Bao (C Grylls) also underlined his readiness for the Te Rapa three-year-old feature when paired with Beaumarchais (Miller) over 1200m in 1:15.9, quickening for a final 1000m in 1:00.2 and 600m in an impressive 34.8.
Shez Swanky (P Turner) and Sasanof’s Hero (Newman) did sound work ahead of Te Rapa with 1200m in 1:15.6, 1:01 and 36.2. Over the same distance Mary Quant (C Grylls) returned 1:22.3, 1:07 and 37.1, while Vinevale (Bosson) and Hushed (McNab) took 1:18.4, 1:03.2 and 36, and Le Petite Rouge (S Collett) 1:25.6, 1:09.2 and 39.8.
Los Vargas (Tynan) was keen in the early stages over her gallop over 1000m, cutting out the distance in 1:02.4 and the final 600m in 37. Our Abbadean (McNab) and Tatters (Bosson) reeled off 1000m in 1:02.2 and 36.4, while Princess Davone (Bosson) and Tiffany’s Time (McNab) were well held to return 1:06.3 and 37.6.
Ali Baba (C Grylls) drew attention to his Te Rapa prospects with sound work over 1200m in 1:22, 1:05.5 and 37.1. Stablemate Savile Row (D Weatherley) was let off with striding work, his last 1200m in 1:28.8 and 42.3.
Promising three-year-old High Distinction (S Collett) rolled over 1000m in 1:12.3 and 40.6. He is set to trial next week. Sassy ’N’ Smart (Bosson) and Nucleonic (McNab) had it easy early in their hitout before running in from the 600m in 36.2.
Makarska (Wratten) was kept to an easy 1000m in 1:15.2 and 43.8, while Colour Plus (Wright) took 1:11.2 and 40.6.
On the all-weather track impressive last-start winner Elettra (Wratten) covered 1000m behind in 1:12.5 and 42.4 in preparation for the first day at Te Rapa.