Awapuni Trackwork

Waverley runners Keep It Savvy and Just You, plus Lincoln Bay and Kamada Lincoln, all trained by Lisa Latta, worked in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning

16 August 2018
Brent Wall

Thursday - August 16th

By RON GURNEY

Waverley runners Keep It Savvy and Just You, plus Lincoln Bay and Kamada Lincoln, all trained by Lisa Latta, worked in fine fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass, on the plough (good) and on the sand.

Last-start winners Keep It Savvy (r72 1650m) and Just You (r72 1400m) used the No 1 grass and were timed 800m in a solid 52.6, the last 600 in 38.1, which was excellent work in the conditions. They are obviously holding their form, and more success is in store at short notice. Kotahi (r65 1200m) and Platinum Volos were kept to 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 40.4, and Al Munroe, in the maiden steeple at Wanganui, began from the mile peg, warming up to run 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 42.1. He looks a big chance on Sunday.

On the plough, Lincoln Bay and Kamada Lincoln were paired over 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.6, and Wanganui entrant Eugenie Joy (mdn 1200m) did particularly well to run it in 50.1 and 36.7 on her own. She looks a big improver. Ringo, off to Waverley for the open 1400m, had a light weight aboard over 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 36.8, and Glide Queen, who has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Castletown Stakes in June, clocked 51.4 and 36.9. Waikato entrant De Gaulle (r65 mile) and stablemate Regal Steps, in at Waverley (r65 1400m), drew plenty of attention with their 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 37.8. De Gaulle has strong claims at Te Rapa. Last-start Woodville maiden winner Obrigado appeared to be revelling in his work over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.1, while an O'Reilly gelding and stablemate Hank Moody required 52.1 and 38.2. Lincoln Melody (by Savabeel), unplaced in the NZ Oaks in March, and maiden Dashing Ruby (by So You Think) were on terms throughout 800m in 53.4, the last 600 in 38.2, and Bella Margarita went 53.5 and 39.4.

Jeff Lynds-trained Higher Power (by Power), who has not raced since the autumn, sprinted 600m in 39.5, and Belle Canto recorded 40.9. Itsagem, in at Waverley (r72 1400m), also worked alone, covering 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 40 even. Son Of Surf (r65 1200m), who worked boldly on Tuesday, and Prince Turbo were kept to 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 40.7, and Cheese Maker, in a new campaign for trainer Stephen Beatson, ran 1000m in 1.10.4 and 41 even. He resumes on Saturday (r72 1400m). Sweepstake and Ravenhill sprinted 600m together in 42.2, while their stablemates Mancini and a Per Incanto gelding posted 42.6. A Zed filly, who worked well on Tuesday, and a Roc De Cambes filly, both trained by Mark Oulaghan, ran 1000m in 1.19.1, the last 600 in 43.6.

On the sand, Suffign, who has not raced since February, sprinted 600m in 38.8.

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Top mare Heni and her stablemate Son Of Surf were in fine form at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the heavy No 1 grass and the plough (slushy)

14 August 2018
Brent Wall

Tuesday - August 14th

By RON GURNEY

Top mare Heni and her stablemate Son Of Surf were in fine form at Awapuni this morning. Fast work was on the heavy No 1 grass and the plough (slushy).

Heni and Waverley entrant Son Of Surf (r65 1200m) used the No 1 grass and stayed together throughout a solid 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.9. Heni has not raced since finishing fourth in the NZ Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha in April, but ran second to Sensible Princess in a Foxton trial (1000m) two weeks ago. Yin Dragon, with high-weight jockey Gary Walsh aboard, did good work on his own, cutting out 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.2. He could strike at any tick of the clock. Ringo, in at Waverley (open 1400m), and his maiden stablemate See Ya Later were paired over 1000m in 1.9.3, the last 600 in 40.4, and Sunday's Wanganui runner Al Munroe (mdn steeple) did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.10.7 and 42 even. Ryder Stakes winner Atenartin (Danielle Hirini) was not after time over 1000m in 1.18.5, the last 600 in 44 even, and Dal Kilchoan did not chase the clock either with his 1.16.8 and 45.9.

On the plough, Waverley entrant Miss Interpreted (r65 1400m) drew plenty of attention when taking the time honours with 1000m in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 36.7. She's coming right. De Gaulle, who was unplaced when resuming, clocked 1.5.8 and 37.1.  An Alamosa mare and a Road To Rock mare, both trained by Mike Breslin, ran 800m in 53.3, the last 600 in 37.6, and a Guillotine gelding with Peter Didham recorded 51.6 and 38.8. Lincoln Bay and Fictitious went together over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.4, while Wanganui runner Eugenie Joy (mdn 1200m), trained by Lucy Tanner, and Valour (Matthew Eales) came up with 52.4 and 38 even. Platinum Rapper and That's Amore left 800m behind in 53 even, the last 600 in 38.7, while a Zed filly trained by Mark Oulaghan did well to record 1.5.5 for 1000m, the last 600 in 39.5. So It Was, in at Wanganui (r65 2060m), and Hank Moody went good even work over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.8, and Regal Steps, off to Waverley (r65 1400m), ended 1000m with 600 in 39.2. Belle Canto and Windsor matched strides throughout 800m in 54.9, the last 600 in 41 even, and Red Red Robin ended with 600m in 41.7. Helvetica ran 800m in a casual 58.2, the last 600 in 43.2, and two Per Incanto geldings trained by Mike Breslin sprinted 600m together in 43.3.

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Last-start winner Just You and veteran mare Itsagem highlighted their fitness levels with a very pleasing trial at Awapuni this morning

07 August 2018
Brent Wall

Tuesday - August 7th

By RON GURNEY

Last-start winner Just You and veteran mare Itsagem highlighted their fitness levels with a very pleasing trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), with just three horses using the heavy No 1 grass.

Just You and Itsagem used the plough and cut out 800m in 52.7, the last 600 in a tidy 36.3. Just You scored an overdue victory a few weeks ago with Chris Johnson in the saddle and more success is looming. Red Red Robin, who has not raced since May, covered 800m in 50.5, the last 600 in 37.5, while Thursday's Woodville entrant Roc 'N' It (r65 mile) and Sierra (by Iffraaj), unplaced on debut last month, clocked 53.3 and 38.2. Miss Interpreted, in at Woodville (r65 mile), worked alone over 1000m in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39 even, and this mare has made good progress since resuming at Trentham recently. Cog Knish (mdn 2100m), who can be forgiven very testing conditions at Trentham last start, had trainer Ashley Meadows aboard over 1000m in 1.8.7, the last 600 in 39.5. She is ready to win. A Jakkalberry three-year-old and a Super Easy three-year-old, both trained by Mark Oulaghan, sprinted 600m in 39.9, and Bella Margarita ended 800m with 600 in 40.7. Lubaya, a last-start winner in April, and Just Fabulous, also back from a short break, sprinted 600m in 41.1, and unraced three-year-old Jakkalyte (by Jakkalberry), trained by Mark Oulaghan, went 1000m in 1.15.5, the last 600 in 42.5. Windsor (44.9) and So It Was (46.3) were kept to quiet work over 600m respectively.

On the No 1 grass, Son Of Surf and See Ya Later were paired over 800m, the last 600 in 39.4, and Al Munroe began from the winning post (1400m) to be timed his final 1000m in 1.12.1 and 42.7. Veracious, off to Woodville (r65 mile), had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 800m in 57.1, the last 600 in 43.1. She won over 1600 metres on a heavy 10 at Woodville last October and deserves respect on Thursday.

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Lightly-raced four-year-old Lincoln's Secret and stablemate Sierra took the honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning

02 August 2018
Brent Wall

Thursday - August 2nd

By RON GURNEY

Lightly-raced four-year-old Lincoln's Secret and stablemate Sierra took the honours during a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good), but fog prevented the timing of some gallops.

Lincoln's Secret (by Excelebration), who cleared maidens in the autumn, and Sierra (by Iffraaj), who was unplaced on debut last month, were paired over 1000m in 1.10.4, gathering speed to run home the last 600 in 39 even. Platinum Edition, who has been disappointing in recent starts, and a Dundeel three-year-old colt were sent 800m, but could only be timed the last 600 (39.7) because of fog. The Dundeel colt was a $200,000 purchase at last year's Ready To Run Sale and won a Foxton trial (850m) in March. Veracious, unplaced at Te Rapa last start, had trainer Deborah Parry aboard over 800m, the last 600 in 39.6, and Bella Margarita, with her trainer Lucy Tanner in the saddle, ran 1000m in 1.16.4, the last 600 in 40.2.

 

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Manhattan Street and Master Platinum enhanced their claims for Riccarton this weekend when they worked in great fashion at Awapuni this morning

31 July 2018
Brent Wall

Tuesday - July 31st

By RON GURNEY

Manhattan Street and Master Platinum enhanced their claims for Riccarton this weekend when they worked in great fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work during another light session took place on the plough (good), with just a handful using the heavy No 1 grass.

Manhattan Street, who was entered for the r72 1400m on Saturday, and Master Platinum (r65 1200m) galloped on the plough and recorded a very tidy 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.3. A Niagara maiden and a Thewayyouare maiden, both trained by Ashley Meadows, covered 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 36.6, and last-start Te Rapa winner Salamanca, in the open 1200m at Riccarton, completed 800m in 50.1 and 37.4. Mighty Solomon and a Cecconi filly were timed 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 38.5, and Windsor sprinted 600m in an easy 39 even. Miss Interpreted had her trainer Stephen Mercer aboard over 800m in 55.5 and 41.4. Hank Moody and un-raced Cape Blanco gelding Capsico sprinted 600m in 42.2, as did a Pins gelding and a Road To Rock filly. All four are trained by Roydon Bergerson. A Per Incanto gelding and a Tavistock filly, both trained by Mike Breslin, warmed up from the 800m to run home 600 in 42.8.

On the No 1 grass, Winter Cup prospect Platinum Command had Itsagem for a partner over 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 39.9, and Counter Attack ran 1000m in 1.12.7, the last 600 in 42.1. Upper Cut (Koral Steeple) did a round (1400m) before increasing the tempo slightly to complete his final 1200m in 1.19.9, the last 600 in 43.9. He is preparing for a third successive Grand National Steeplechase victory on Saturday week.

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Onawing and Makoura Lodge have done some serious work at Awapuni this week, enough to warrant them respect at the Levin meeting at Awapuni on Saturday

27 July 2018
Brent Wall

Thursday - July 26th

By RON GURNEY

Onawing and Makoura Lodge have done some serious work at Awapuni this week, enough to warrant them respect at the Levin meeting at Awapuni on Saturday. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the outside of the heavy No 1 grass.

Onawing (r75 2100m) and Makoura Lodge (mdn 1400m), both trained by Jeff Lynds, used the plough and were at a good clip together over 1000m in 1.5.6, the last 600 in 38.1. Onawing won at Trentham in June (2200m) followed by an unplaced performance at Tauranga (r75) and another unplaced run in the open Parliamentary Hcp at Trentham. She looks ready to re-enter the winners' circle. A Thewayyouare-Eva Kelly rising three-year-old gelding trained by Mark Oulaghan did nice work over 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.9, and he dead-heated for first in a Foxton trial (1000m) last month. An Alamosa-Dawn Ghost gelding trained by Peter Didham and a Guillotine gelding trained by Leon Mudgway, both rising three-year-olds, went 1000m together in 1.8.2, the last 600 in 39.6. Winning two-year-olds Platinum Mam'selle (by Fighting Sun) and Lincoln's Secret (by Excelebration), both trained by Lisa Latta, were timed 800m in 56.1, the last 600 in 39.2. A Rip Van Winkle filly and a Fully Fledged gelding, two more from that stable, clocked 57.5 and 39.8. Two Jakkalberry two-year-olds trained by Mark Oulaghan covered 800m in 56 even, the last 600 in 40.1, while a Niagara gelding and a Thewayyouare gelding, both with Ashley Meadows, took 56.2 and 40.3. A Super Easy gelding and a Jakkalberry filly, two more with Mark Oulaghan, ran 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 41.2, and Saturday's acceptor Eugenie Joy (mdn 3yo 1200m), who worked solidly on Tuesday, was kept to 1000m in 1.12.9 and 42.9. So It Was (r65 1550m), to be ridden by Lisa Allpress, was not after time over 800m in 60.5, the last 600 in 44.6, and she commands respect in a small field.

On the No 1 grass, Yin Dragon (r75 1200m), who looks ready to strike, took the time honours again with his 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 40.1. His race rival King Cougar, resuming after a short break, had stablemate Mancini for a partner over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 41.2, while Platinum Command and Roc 'N' It went 1000m in 1.12 even, the last 600 in 41.1. Keep It Savvy, who will have blinkers added to gear for the r65 1550m, went with Master Platinum over 800m in 56.2, the last 600 in 42 even, and last-start steeplechase winner Des De Jeu (r75 2100m) did 1000m in 1.13.9 and 44.3. Last-start winner Atenartin, one of the favourites for Saturday's (Listed) Ryder Stakes, had a Raise The Flag three-year-old alongside over a quiet 800m in 60.9, the last 600 in 45.6. Atenartin did impressive work (plough) on Tuesday.

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Talented two-year-old Atenartin showed he was on song for the Levin Racing Club's Ryder Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday with a very pleasing trial this morning

24 July 2018
Stephen Berryman

Tuesday - July 24th

By RON GURNEY

Talented two-year-old Atenartin showed he was on song for the Levin Racing Club's Ryder Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday with a very pleasing trial this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the heavy No 1 grass.

Atenartin used the plough and had Lucy Tanner-trained maiden Eugenie Joy (by Dalghar) for a partner over a smart 1000m in 1.2.7, the last 600 in 37.7. Atenartin's all-the-way success over the Ryder Stakes distance (1200m) at Awapuni last start holds him in good stead for Saturday's $50,000 Listed feature. Eugenie Joy resumes in the maiden 3yo 1200m. The Great Guru (r65 1550m) and Master Platinum were paired over 800m in 50.2, the last 600 in 36.8, while King Cougar (r75 1200m) and a Road To Rock filly stablemate left 1000m behind in 1.3.3, the last 600 in 37.8. Onawing (r75 2100m) began from the 1600m and picked up stablemate Makoura Lodge (mdn 1400m) at the 1200m to run home their final 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 37.3. It was solid work. Cornerstone (r65 1550m) galloped alone over 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.8, and Miss Interpreted, in at Trentham on Thursday (r65 1000m) covered 1000m in 1.12.5, the last 600 in 40.5. The blinkers come off. Windsor was not after time over 600m in 43.1.

On the No 1 grass, Levin runner Yin Dragon (r75 1200m) came up trumps again with a very satisfactory 1000m in 1.9.9, running home the last 600 in a strong 38.1. Keep It Savvy (r65 1550m) and Roc 'N' It matched strides over 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 40.2, and Platinum Command was almost identical with 53.6 and 40.3. Des De Jeu (r75 2100m) was timed 1000m in 1.15 even, the last 600 in 44.6, and Upper Cut, in on Thursday (r65 2100m), required 1.16.7 and 45.2. Counter Attack, also racing Thursday (mdn steeple)  came to the end of 1000m in 1.19 even, the last 600 in 47.1, while Sierra (by Iffraaj), unplaced on debut early this month, and Platinum Edition, in on Saturday (r75 2100m), went together in 1.19 even and 47.8.

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Ringo and Salamanca, who will go in separate directions this Saturday, completed their final gallop together in pleasing fashion at Awapuni this morning

19 July 2018
Stephen Berryman
Thursday - July 19th
By RON GURNEY
 
Ringo and Salamanca, who will go in separate directions this Saturday, completed their final gallop together in pleasing fashion at Awapuni this morning. Fast work during a light session was held on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).
 
Ringo and Salamanca used the No 1 grass and cruised over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 39.2. Both horses are racing well and deserve a winning run for their honesty. Johnathan Parkes rides Ringo in the Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth, and Sam Spratt picks up the ride on Salamanca at Te Rapa (open 1200m). Lincoln Melody and a Smart Missile gelding stablemate ran 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 39.5, and Taranaki entrant Dal Kilchoan (special conditions 1800m) was not after time over 1000m in 1.14.4, the last 600 in 43 even. He looks in terrific order as he goes for three wins in succession on Saturday. Top jumper Upper Cut worked over 1200m, being timed from the 1000m in 1.16.9, the last 600 in 45.2. He is coming up well in a fresh campaign. 
 
On the plough, class mare Heni, who has not raced since finishing fourth in the NZ Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha in early April, reeled off 800m in 47.7, the last 600 in 35 even. She looks certain to add to her tally of 11 career wins at short notice. Her stablemates Mancini and Prince Turbo, making solid progress in fresh campaigns, sprinted 600m in 35.9, while Eugenie Joy (by Dalghar) and a Per Incanto two-year-old gelding, both trained by Lucy Tanner, went 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 38.6. Miss Interpreted covered 1000m in a quiet 1.13.3, the last 600 in 42.5, and Taranaki entrant Son Of Surf (3yo 1400m) was let off with 1.14.4 and 42.4. Two two-year-olds by Jakkalberry trained by Mark Oulaghan did a quiet round (1400m) before speeding up on the second circuit to run 800m in 58.1, the last 600 in 42.3. Counter Attack and a Zed filly did similar work, finishing with 600m in 44.1.
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Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning

17 July 2018
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - July 17th
By RON GURNEY
 
Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning.Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).
 
Yin Dragon used the No 1 grass and, working alone, reeled off 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.8. The rising nine-year-old has had three races in a new campaign and could strike top form at any time.Thursday's Hawke's Bay runners Lincoln Hills (r65 1200m) and Etoile D'Amour were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even. A Foxton trial winner last month, Etoile D'Amour was unplaced on debut, but looks a huge improver.Lincoln Bay (r65 1650m) and Platinum Edition covered 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.7, while King Cougar and Son Of Surf came up with 53.5 and 40 even. Itsagem and Manhattan Street posted 53.6 and 40.2.Kotahi and Platinum Volos put the pace on early over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 41.1. Last-start two-year-old winner Atenartin, trained by Matthew Eales, and a Raise The Flag filly with David Hayes went 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.3, and Veracious, in at Hawke's Bay (r65 1650m), was kept to 59.1 and 42.7.Top jumper Upper Cut, who is rising 12, worked over 1200m, being timed his final 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.6.
 
On the plough, an Iffraaj filly and a Pentire gelding, both with Lisa Latta, skipped over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6, while That's Funny and Garment matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.6.Cog Knish did nice work on her own when running 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Roc 'N' It clocked 1.6.6 and 38.2. Obrigado, in at Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), left 800m behind in 51.5 and 38.2.Hawke's Bay entrant Rouge (mdn 3yo 1200m) had former northerner Simply Divine alongside over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.4. Simply Divine is now with Lydia Pickford and placed in a Waverley trial a few weeks ago.Monsieur was timed 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.5, and Veloce, off to Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), sprinted 600m in 39.8. A maiden by Niagara and one by Thewayyouare, both with Ashley Meadows, ran 800m in 54.2 and 40.2.So It Was was kept to 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 41.7, and her stablemate Belle Canto, in on Thursday (r65 1200m), ran a quiet 800m in 59.9, the last 600 in 44.4.
 
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Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning

17 July 2018
Stephen Berryman
Tuesday - July 17th
By RON GURNEY
 
Yin Dragon continues to work solidly and was responsible for another good time at Awapuni this morning.
Fast work took place on the heavy No 1 grass and on the plough (good).
 
Yin Dragon used the No 1 grass and, working alone, reeled off 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.8. The rising nine-year-old has had three races in a new campaign and could strike top form at any time.
Thursday's Hawke's Bay runners Lincoln Hills (r65 1200m) and Etoile D'Amour were paired over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 39 even. A Foxton trial winner last month, Etoile D'Amour was unplaced on debut, but looks a huge improver.Lincoln Bay (r65 1650m) and Platinum Edition covered 800m in 54.8, the last 600 in 39.7, while King Cougar and Son Of Surf came up with 53.5 and 40 even. Itsagem and Manhattan Street posted 53.6 and 40.2.Kotahi and Platinum Volos put the pace on early over 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 41.1. Last-start two-year-old winner Atenartin, trained by Matthew Eales, and a Raise The Flag filly with David Hayes went 800m in 58 even, the last 600 in 42.3, and Veracious, in at Hawke's Bay (r65 1650m), was kept to 59.1 and 42.7.
Top jumper Upper Cut, who is rising 12, worked over 1200m, being timed his final 1000m in 1.13.1, the last 600 in 43.6.
 
On the plough, an Iffraaj filly and a Pentire gelding, both with Lisa Latta, skipped over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 36.6, while That's Funny and Garment matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 37.6.
Cog Knish did nice work on her own when running 1000m in 1.3.5, the last 600 in 38.4, and Roc 'N' It clocked 1.6.6 and 38.2. Obrigado, in at Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), left 800m behind in 51.5 and 38.2.
Hawke's Bay entrant Rouge (mdn 3yo 1200m) had former northerner Simply Divine alongside over 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 38.4. Simply Divine is now with Lydia Pickford and placed in a Waverley trial a few weeks ago.Monsieur was timed 1000m in 1.8.1, the last 600 in 39.5, and Veloce, off to Hawke's Bay (mdn 1650m), sprinted 600m in 39.8. A maiden by Niagara and one by Thewayyouare, both with Ashley Meadows, ran 800m in 54.2 and 40.2.So It Was was kept to 1000m in 1.13.6, the last 600 in 41.7, and her stablemate Belle Canto, in on Thursday (r65 1200m), ran a quiet 800m in 59.9, the last 600 in 44.4.
 
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