Fog again got in the way of timing at Matamata this morning as a number of high profile horses had their work stepped up and others with more immediate engagements went through their paces.
Gingernuts, Perfect Fit, Volpe Veloce and Summer Passage were amongst those with major spring targets who looked bright as they went about their work. Leading two-year-old Summer Passage (Rastrick), who will trial next week at Te Teko ahead of his Melbourne campaign, worked early in the session on the sand where he was well held over 1000m in 1:15.6 and 44.2. The Snitzel colt is coming to hand well for trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.
All course proper took place right-handed at daylight, but by then the fog had come right in. New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts, who has bulked up impressively since the autumn, got a thumbs-up from rider Dan Miller after his hitout, while Michael Coleman was also happy with Perfect Fit’s work. She looks very bright after being spelled in late summer and returning to training before winter set in.
Volpe Veloce (Fraser-Hayes) worked over a round of the course proper and gave the impression she is well on target to resume in the open sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday week, which will serve as her lead-up to the Tarzino Trophy on the first day at Hastings.
Last-start winner Trueman (Lammas) was paired with Silverdale (McNab) in preparation for Saturday’s Taumarunui Cup meeting at Rotorua. Trueman looks particularly bright, while Silverdale, whose intended race at Ruakaka failed to attract sufficient entries, is coming to hand well.
Others to work on the course proper included Lady Pinot, Letmeby, Beauty’s Rose and Flying Master.
Some work was able to be timed earlier, including a bold hitout by Clarify (S McKay), who covered 1000m on the all-weather track in 1:04.5 and 36.4.
The majority of those to work on the sand were well held, including Keep On Coming (Coleman) over 1000m in 1:13.5 and 43.6, and Kitaya (Dowling), who ran the same distance boldly in 1:10.2, with no sectional split possible.
Underthemoonlight (K McQuade), who is being aimed the Foxbridge Plate, was timed over 800m in 52.8, while Griffin (Lammas) recorded 57.2 and 450 for his final 600m, and Mistrahma (Tynan) took 56.2 and 41.4.
Fortaleza (Rastrick) worked over ground with her last 1200m in 1:31.2 and 600m in 44.8. One Madison (Coleman) was kept to 1000m in 1:15.2 and 44.2, while Soul Sista (R Jones) finished her work impressively with 600m in 37.9.