Manawatu Racing Club

The Manawatu Racing Club conducted its first race meeting in Palmerston North on Boxing Day 1881. A few years later the Club purchased 100 acres of land at Awapuni for just four thousand pounds and the Club celebrated its first raceday at the new course on the 26th December 1903.

The very popular Boxing Day race meeting continues to be one of the highlights of the Manawatu Racing Club's year, with thousands of race goers packing the racecourse each season. While Boxing Day draws the biggest crowd to Awapuni, the major race meeting of the year is the Courtesy Ford sponsored Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes - a Group One two year old race run over 1400 metres in the autumn. This is now New Zealand's richest Group 1 two year old race, run for $225,000. 

The Manawatu Sires was first run in 1908 and is one of only two Group One juvenile races conducted in New Zealand. On this day the Manawatu Racing Club also conducts the time honoured, Group Two Awapuni Gold Cup, a 2000m WFA contest that was first staged in 1915. Over the years the Gold Cup has been won by some of New Zealand's very best gallopers including Desert Gold, Nightmarch, Kindergarten, Mainbrace, Redcraze, Show Gate, Grey Way, Balmerino, La Mer, Horlicks, The Phantom, Calm Harbour, Distinctly Secret and Sir Slick .

In more recent years the elevation of the 2000m Higgins Manawatu Classic (for 3yo's) to Group Three status and the creation of the Listed Fairdale/Goodwood Studs Flying Handicap (1400m) has seen four prestigious black type events run on this day. With total prizemoney of $595,000 the Manawatu Sires meeting is one of New Zealand's richest autumn race meetings.

The Manawatu Racing Club also offers similar total stakes for its Premier Manawatu Cup meeting in December. The feature event is the Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup, which was first run in 1892. This Group Three event continues to attract very competitive fields. The Group Two Kamada Park Challenge Stakes (1400m WFA) is also run on this day. 

The Manawatu Racing Club is the "senior" partner as such amongst the RACE Group of Clubs that race at Awapuni, staging 9 of the 18 race meetings conducted here. The Club will conduct two Premier and six feature meetings during the season.

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Marton Jockey Club


One of the most memorable racedays in the Marton Jockey Club’s proud history took place in 1935 when Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, who was the son of the reigning monarch King George V attended the Club’s New Year’s day race meeting at Marton.

It was reported that over 10,000 patrons attended the Marton races that day and when the military band struck up Land of Hope and Glory and the National anthem everyone oncourse burst into song. Not only did his Royal Highness Prince Henry attend the races that day, at the invitation of his host Sir Thomas Duncan, arrangements were made for the Duke to ride a horse called Black Man in the one mile and 137 yard Ladies’ Bracelet race for amateur riders which carried a stake of 50 pounds plus a trophy. Black Man and the Duke of Gloucester led clearly in the early stages, but the favourite began to wilt as the field turned for home under his big weight of 13 stone 2 pounds and they faded to finish fourth. 

Later that day the Duke presented the Marton Cup trophy won by the very good mare Cuddle to her Hasting owner-trainer C J Stowe. After her win in the 1935 Marton Cup, Cuddle went on to be one of New Zealand’s very best staying mares, winning two Auckland Cups, the New Zealand Cup and Doncaster Handicap in Australia. Wellington Racing Club’s Cuddle Stakes is still run in recognition of her prowess.

The Duke was obviously impressed with the hospitality he received from the Marton Jockey Club and later presented a trophy to be known as the Duke of Gloucester Cup, for competition amongst amateur riders. The Duke of Gloucester Trophy is still competed for annually in New Zealand. Amongst the many names to have won the Duke of Gloucester Cup is that of the past Marton Jockey Club President Douglas McK Duncan, who was also President of Rangitikei Hunt Club and past Chairman of the RACE Board. Douglas Duncan’s grandfather Ken rode against the Duke of Gloucester back in 1935.

Today the Marton Jockey Club committee is still very well known for their warm hospitality on raceday. The Marton Jockey Club has conducted their race meetings at Awapuni since 1980, despite considerable opposition at the time from a vocal group of the Club’s members who opposed the move. Marton has the four racedays at Awapuni with the biggest day being there Premier day in January with the $55,000 Listed Gallagher Group Marton Cup. Another feature day for the Club is in September with the $70,000          Group Three Bohringer Ingelheim Metric Mile.

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Rangitikei Racing Club

The Rangitikei Racing Club is one of New Zealand’s oldest “Racing” Clubs and this proud Club held its 150th anniversary celebration in 2007.

Racing was a popular pastime in the Rangitikei district from the early 1850’s and in 1859 James Bull Snr opened a store and later a hotel there – which is how the township of Bulls got its name. His son Jim Bull Jnr. bred and raced many good horses, specialising in jumpers. Jim’s sons Lindsay and Leighton were first class amateur horsemen in their day, with Leighton becoming a committeeman of the Marton Jockey Club. The family tradition has in turn been carried on by Leighton’s son Jim Bull, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career in racing administration highlighted by his time as the President of the New Zealand Racing Conference. Jim Bull continued the family association with the Rangitikei Racing Club and is the sponsor of the Rangitikei Gold Cup – a race that not only carries the James Bull name, but an event that Jim Bull himself won on three successive occasions in the mid 1980’s with his very good galloper Magnitude. Since his passing, his daughter Ali McLean has kept the tradition going with James Bull Holdings still sponsoring the Rangitikei Gold Cup today.

The Rangitikei Racing Club established the Bulls racecourse around 1878 and raced there until 1969 when the Club shifted its activities to Awapuni. A few years ago the Rangitikei Racing Club decided to sell the old racecourse to local trainer Stewart Mitchell who has since sold the course to Raymond Connors. The Bulls track is now a  private training centre for Raymond and other trainers in the district.

Today the Rangitikei Racing Club conducts two race meetings each season at Awapuni, with the Rangitikei Gold Cup, which was first run in 1875, held at the Club’s May feature meeting. A few years back the Rangitikei Racing Club faced an uncertain future, with the cost of maintaining their Bulls training track and contributing to the cost of developing the facilities at Awapuni proving to be a burden on the Club’s limited finances. The sale of their racecourse and the development of the RACE concept has strengthened the Rangitikei Racing Club’s position.  The Club was rewarded with another Saturday date in 2013 held in November.

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Feilding Jockey Club

Horse racing has been part of Feilding's history from its very earliest days. 

In 1871 Sir William Feilding arrived in New Zealand and together with Mr Arthur Halcombe purchased 106,000 acres of land for just 15 shillings an acre. They established the Manchester Block, as it was then known, with Mr Frank Lethbridge becoming one of the more substantial land owners.

Barely five years after the settlers arrived Frank Lethbridge had carved a racecourse out of the fertile land, which became known as Lethbridge's Run. Frank Lethbridge was the Feilding Jockey Club's first President and also served as the judge. In the early days there were three clubs racing on Lethbridge's Run. However in 1880 the Feilding Jockey Club took over the Hunt Racing Club and Steeplechase Club. Frank Lethbridge continued as President of the Feilding Jockey Club until 1911.

In 1890 the Feilding Jockey Club shifted from Lethbridge's Run to set-up a new racecourse, where the Club raced for just over 100 years until 1999 when the decision was made to sell the racecourse to the Manawatu District Council and transfer the Club's racing operations to Awapuni. The Feilding Jockey Club land is now part of Manfield Park.

Feilding Jockey Club's vision to realise their assets and invest the proceeds from the sale of the racecourse to underwrite the Club's racing activities at Awapuni has been hailed by industry leaders as one of the best decisions made by a New Zealand Racing Club in recent years.

In 1999 the Feilding Jockey Club had struggled to conduct three low-key midweek race meetings at their course. The Feilding Cup that year was run for just $8,000. Today the $50,000 Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup is a Listed Open Handicap race with the Club offering $170,000 prizemoney on this day, which is more than they paid out for their three meetings in the 1998/99 season. 

Feilding currently runs three meetings at Awapuni, with the RACE Board allocating them the Manawatu Racing Clubs popular ANZAC day feature meeting, which has provided the Feilding Jockey Club with a second black type feature raceday. The Club is in a very strong financial position and is a major contributor to the RACE concept.

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Shared Secrets and Sir Nate, both likely candidates for Group 2 races at Ellerslie on Saturday, worked very satisfactorily in separate gallops during a quiet session at Awapuni this morning.

12 February 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 12 By RON GURNEY Shared Secrets and Sir Nate, both likely candidates for Group 2 races at Ellerslie on Saturday, worked very satisfactorily in separate gallops during a quiet session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Shared Secrets was the only horse to use the course proper and, working the reverse way (right-handed), covered 1200m in 1.23 even, the last 600 in 38.9. The Nadeem mare was back in winning form last start in the Summer Cup (r82 2400m) at Trentham, and trainer Mark Oulaghan intended to nominate her for the $100,000 Avondale Cup over the same distance this week. On the plough, Sir Nate worked the reverse way as well and had stablemate Platinum Invador alongside all the way over 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 35.9. Sir Nate heads north for the $100,000 Avondale Guineas (2100m). Form maiden Don't Know Jakk, trained by Mark Oulaghan, showed he was holding his form strongly with a solid 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 37.4, while Red Red Robin and an Ego-Sunshine Park maiden clocked 1.9 even and 37.4. Quatromosa and Viva La Platinum matched strides over 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38.8, followed soon after by Shelly's Lass, unplaced on debut, and last-start Hokitika maiden winner Car Pie in 52.7 and 38.5. Atenartin, who won the Ryder Stakes at Awapuni in July, and maiden stablemate Derecho were paired over a steady 800m in 54.5, the last 600 in 40.2. Atenartin has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Wanganui Guineas in early September.
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Rising star three-year-old Lincoln Falls will wear blinkers for the first time when he contests the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) on Saturday.

07 February 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, February 7 By RON GURNEY Rising star three-year-old Lincoln Falls will wear blinkers for the first time when he contests the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) on Saturday. The Dundeel colt trialled in them at Awapuni this morning and did not disappoint in his final gallop before Te Rapa. Lincoln Falls worked alone on the plough (good) and reeled off 1000m in 1.4.3, increasing the tempo as he went, to come home the final 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 35.6. He was not disgraced finishing fifth in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) last start, just under a length and a half from the winner, and will appreciate the step up to 2000 metres. Anne Herbert-trained duo of Blue On Black and Wings were paired over 1000m in 1.6.6, the last 600 in 37.6, while Hypatia and Rockabye clocked 1.7.7 and 38.1. Authentic Paddy, who suffered a cardiac arrhythmia in the Thorndon Mile last start, breezed over 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 38.7, and Sweepstake, unplaced in the Telegraph Hcp, took 52.5 and 38.2. Last-start Trentham winner Shared Secrets (Summer Cup) covered 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 39.7, while Car Pie and a Howbaddouwantit filly sprinted 600m together in 39.7.
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Lisa Latta-trained stablemates Platinum Wild Card and The Rippa really caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning.

05 February 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, February 5 By RON GURNEY Lisa Latta-trained stablemates Platinum Wild Card and The Rippa really caught the eye in training at Awapuni this morning. The majority of fast work took place on the plough (good), with two single gallops recorded on the course proper (old top bend), which was dead. Platinum Wild Card and The Rippa used the plough and were paired over 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.4, which was very pleasing work. Platinum Wild Card led all the way over 1600 metres at Wanganui two starts ago and almost pulled off another victory with similar tactics at Trentham last start (1400m), only to be caught right on the post. He certainly appears to be holding that form and will start one of the favourites for the r65 1550m at the Manawatu meeting on Friday. The Rippa's form on paper has been fair since scoring fresh up in October, and he looks ready to re-enter the winners' circle this week. Wafer, who finished last of nine in the Group 3 Trentham Stakes (2100m) last start, worked alone over 800m in 49.4, the last 600 in 36.3. She is better than that, and can make amends in the r72 1400m on Friday. Lincoln Fury and a Sweet Orange gelding skipped over 800m in 50 seconds even, the last 600 in 37.3, while Lincoln Hills (r65 1400m), who last raced in early December, and Waikato Guineas hopeful Lincoln Falls came up with 51.6 and 38.3. Manawatu entrant Du'Blues (r82 1550m) and Duplicity covered 1000m in a nice 1.3.7, the last 600 in 38.5, while a few minutes earlier Jessiegee (r82 1550m) and Ravenhill (r65 2100m) went the same distance in 1.4.9 and 38.2. Kamanda Lincoln and Lincoln's Secret matched strides over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 38.6, and their stablemates Akela Belle (r72 2100m) and Lincoln Sky (Waikato) ran 800m in 51.9, the last 600 in 38.5. My Calendar Girl, who finished third after a big mid-race lead last start (Wanganui), worked on her own over 800m in 53.7, the last 600 in 38.5. She races on her home track on Friday (mdn 1400m). A Roc de Cambes maiden and a Shamoline Warrior maiden, both trained by Roydon Bergerson, sprinted 600m in 39.7, and Lyano (r65 2100m) worked post-to-post (1400m), being timed the final 1000m in 1.11.1, the last 600 in 41.4. Matthew Eales-trained trial place-getter Showshanelle (by Showcasing) was kept to 800m in 56.7, the last 600 in 42.2, while a Super Easy gelding with Mark Oulaghan took 57.7 and 42 even. On the course proper, Blue On Black stretched out boldly over 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 36 even, and a short time later his stablemate Wings left 800m behind in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.5. They are trained by Anne Herbert.
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Beefeater and Original Gangster again showed they are at the top of their game for the Taranaki meeting on Saturday with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning.

31 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 31 By RON GURNEY Beefeater and Original Gangster again showed they are at the top of their game for the Taranaki meeting on Saturday with a bold final trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), though fog prevented the timing of several trials. Beefeater (Taranaki Cup) and Original Gangster (r65 2000m) galloped in solid fashion together on Tuesday and have followed that up with more pleasing work. They gathered speed from the 1200m peg to run the final 1000m in 1.5.1, the last 600 in 37.6, and both horses look leading prospects on Saturday. Beefeater won the Taranaki Cup last year, and Original Gangster will appreciate the step in distance in his first attempt past 1600m. A Guillotine gelding trained by Leon Mudgway and a Sweet Orange gelding trained by Lisa Latta were paired over 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 37.9, and Veloce went alone in 52 even and 37.4. Heni and Ravenhill matched strides over 1000m in 1.6.8, the last 600 in 38.6, while an Alamosa filly and a Road To Rock filly, two more from the Breslin stable, ran 800m in 51.9 and 38.5. Weare Rocking and an Alamosa mare left 800m behind in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.7, while a Per Incanto gelding and a Rubiz colt, also from the Breslin barn, took 53 even and 38.1. Casino El Jay and a Sacred Falls maiden covered 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 38.3, while their stablemates Young Squire (by Alamosa), placed third on debut at Otaki last Monday week, and Shelly's Lass (by Niagara), unplaced the same day, ran 53.1 and 39.2. An Ego-Sunshine Park maiden trained by David Hayes was timed 1000m in 1.7.6, the last 600 in 39.3.
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Mike Breslin-trained stablemates Wafer and Jessiegee highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning.

29 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 29 By RON GURNEY Mike Breslin-trained stablemates Wafer and Jessiegee highlighted a quiet gallop session at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the plough (good) and on the middle of the course proper (old top bend), which was dead. Wafer and Jessiegee used the plough and did not disappoint, with the pair locked together throughout 1000m in 1.1.1, the last 600 in 36.3. Wafer found the track conditions (good) too firm at Wellington (Trentham Stakes) last start, but is ready to bounce back from that disappointing run, and take out the r72 mile at New Plymouth on Saturday. Jessiegee was second the same day at Wellington (r72 mile) after reaching the front 100 metres from the finish, only to be run down in the shadows of the post. He was entered for the Taranaki Cup (1800m). Authentic Charm (by Per Incanto), the half-sister to Authentic Paddy, worked with a Tavistock gelding over 800m in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.9, and Authentic Charm may be ready to earn her first cheque. Beefeater, who will attempt to defend his title in the Taranaki Cup, and Original Gangster (r65 2000m) left 1000m behind in 1.7.4, the last 600 in 37.8, while Rockabye, unplaced in his two starts so far, and Ravenhill covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 37 even. Lava Rock and a Dalghar gelding were not after time over 800m in 55 even, the last 600 in 39.9, and Sweepstake and Prosecco were kept to 56.1 and 41.2. On the course proper, former northerners Wings and Blue On Black, both winners for trainer Anne Herbert at Ruakaka in September, warmed up from the 1000m (1.7.3) to run home the last 600 in 36.8. Herbert is now based at Awapuni.
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Alamosa filly Quatromosa looked a huge improver for the Otaki meeting on Monday judging by her fine track trial at Awapuni this morning.

17 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 17 By RON GURNEY Alamosa filly Quatromosa looked a huge improver for the Otaki meeting on Monday judging by her fine track trial at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Quatromosa was paired with stablemate Lincoln's Secret over 1000m in 1.4.5, the last 600 in 36.6. Three races under the belt have not produced any significant form so far, but she has been a work in progress and is ready to pay a dividend at least. Princess Amelie, who is heading to Karaka Million night next week, worked the reverse way (right-handed) with stablemate Lincoln's Gal and reeled off 1000m in 1.5.9, the last 600 in 36.2. Princess Amelie won a trial early last month then finished third over 1200 metres at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Shared Secrets warmed up from the 1000m to run her final 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 36.9, while Otaki runner Lincoln Fury and a Tavistock gelding took 50.2 and 37.9. Lincoln Fury (by All Too Hard) ran a much improved second placing at Wanganui last start with the blinkers on for the first time. Wellington entrant Higher Power (Desert Gold Stakes) drew attention to her chances with a very sound 1000m with Heavenly Echo in 1.4.1, the last 600 in 37.3. Otaki runners Master Lincoln (Mastercraftsman) and Port Lincoln (by Alamosa) covered 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37 even, and Don't Know Jakk (Otaki) worked alone, finishing with 600m in 37.7. He can go one better than his last-start second at Tauherenikau. Rockabye, unplaced on debut at Tauherenikau, and Casino El Jay, were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.5.5, the last 600 in 38.3, while Colorado Miss and Tiro came up with 1.6.6 and 38.4. All four go to Otaki on Monday. Telegraph Handicap lightweight Sweepstake had Saturday's race rider Rosie Myers aboard over 1000m in 1.7.3, the last 600 in 38.9, and she has run into form at the right time. Viva La Platinum (Otaki) and a Sweet Orange maiden went together over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.1, and Lincoln Raider, in at Wellington (r82 mile), galloped alone in 51.5 and 38.2. Passing Glance and Alesha Lincoln, both heading to Otaki, matched strides over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.2, followed soon after by Miss Doherty and Sophia Magia in 52 even and 38.6. An Alamosa two-year-old trained by Peter Didham and a Roc de Cambes gelding with Lisa Latta ran 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 38.2, while Weare Rocking and Hypatia clocked 52.3 and 38.6. Otaki entrant Floral Art, now with Peter Didham, left 800m behind in 53.4, the last 600 in 38 even, while a Rip Van Winkle two-year-old and an Alamosa three-year-old, both from that barn, sprinted 600m in 39.3. A Per Incanto gelding and an Alamosa gelding, both trained by Mike Breslin, warmed up from the 800m (56.9) to run home the last 600 in 39.5. Authentic Paddy, in Saturday's Thorndon Mile, had Robert Hannam in the saddle over an even 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 40.2, thus was not extended at any part. He looks in terrific order. Blue On Black (by Camelot), a winner at Ruakaka in September, was not after time over 800m in 56.5, the last 600 in 40.5. He is trained by Anne Herbert, who is now based at Awapuni. Wellington Cup hopeful Duplicity was kept to a quiet round before increasing the tempo slightly on the second circuit to run 1000m in 1.10.1, the last 600 in 40.6. Amorata, in at Otaki, cruised over 1000m in 1.16.9, the last 600 in 40.5, while Lincoln Sky (Otaki) and a Super Easy maiden stablemate did 800m in 56.2 and 41.3. Rosetta sprinted 600m in 41.1, while her stablemates Here Comes Trouble (by Darci Brahma), who was a trial winner in October, and a Pins three-year-old gelding went together in 41.2. Wellington runner Fibonacci (r65 1200m) covered 600m in 42 even, while Anne Herbert-trained Wings (by Rock 'n' Pop), a maiden winner in the spring, clocked 42.3.
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Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle stole the show with an eye-catching semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning.

15 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 15 By RON GURNEY Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle stole the show with an eye-catching semi-final trial at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (dead) and on the plough (good). Father Lenihan and Platinum Mam'selle used the course proper and reeledd off 1000m together 1.2.5, the last 600 in 36.6, with both horses keen to do more. Father Lenihan, in at Trentham on Saturday (r82 1600m), was a last-start winner at his home track on Marton Cup day, making it three wins from 12 races so far. He has been to Trentham twice previously for a third and fourth placing and looks ready to go one better on the champagne turf. Platinum Mam'selle (3yo 1200m) is no stranger to Trentham either, and was successful at the Wellington Cup carnival last year. She has had three races in a new campaign and is poised to strike winning form again. Telegraph Handicap runner Sweepstake and stablemate Prosecco (r72 1400m) were paired over 1000m in 1.5.7, the last 600 in 36.5, and Sweepstake is a definite combo bet for the $250,000 Group 1 feature. Lincoln Raider (r82 mile) and Sir Nate were on terms throughout 800m in 48.9, the last 600 in 36.4, while Authentic Paddy (Thorndon Mile) and Miss Oahu (r65 1200m) covered 1000m in 1.6.1, coming the final 800m in 49.5, the last 600 in 36.1. On the plough, Lovetokeephim, who has been freshened, and maiden Veloce went together over a nice 1000m in 1.3.8, the last 600 in 37.1. Veloce steps up to 1600 metres at Otaki on Monday and his last-start is best forgotten. Wellington Cup hopeful Duplicity galloped with Mark Oulaghan-trained Dal Kilchoan, beginning with a quiet round (1400m) before gathering speed on the second circuit to run 1200m in 1.22.6. The pair came in from the 1000m in 1.6.8, with the final 800m taking 52.7, the last 600 in 38.9. Duplicity has great credentials going into Saturday's $250,000 Group 3 feature. Fibonacci (r65 1200m) was timed 800m in 53.2, the last 600 in 38.8, while Miss Doherty and Sophia Magia ended with 600m in 38.1. Amorata (r72 2200m) did two rounds, sprinting the last 600m each time, the second of which took 38.3. Red Red Robin left 1000m behind in 1.8.9, the last 600 in 39.9, while Fictitious and last-start winner Stunning ended with 600m in 39.3. Colorado Miss and Tiro were not after time over 1000m in 1.12.8, the last 600 in 43.1, and Don't Know Jakk, second at Tauherenikau last start, was kept to 1.14.9 and 43 even. Un-raced three-year-old filly Wotarocker (Road To Rock-Turfstar) went 600m in 43.4. She is with Mike Breslin.
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It's been a long time between drinks for Makfi gelding Lincoln Bay, but the signs are there that he may be close to winning form again.

10 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 10 By RON GURNEY It's been a long time between drinks for Makfi gelding Lincoln Bay, but the signs are there that he may be close to winning form again. The six-year-old galloped boldly in training at Awapuni this morning and could be a surprise package in the r65 2100m at Trentham on Saturday, with apprentice jockey Madan Singh claiming 2kg. Fast work took place on the plough (good), where Lincoln Bay was paired with maiden stablemate Ajay Lincoln (by Sebring) over 800m in 49.8, the last 600 in 37.3. Lava Rock (by Rock 'n' Pop) had a Sweet Orange maiden for company over a 600m dash in 37.7. Lava Rock has not raced since finishing fourth on debut in September. Wellington entrant Henree Winkler (r82 1400m) covered 800m in 50.8, the last 600 in 38.7, while his stablemates Kamanda Lincoln (Trentham Stakes) and Fictitious (r72 mile) went together in 51.1 and 38 even. Though well held, Hank Moody (Trentham Stakes) was keen in his work over 1000m in 1.8.3, coming the final 800m in 53.9, the last 600 in 39.8. That's Amore and Lincoln Sky, both in Saturday's r65 1400m, were on terms throughout 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 39 even. Beefeater and Lubaya, race rivals in the Anniversary Handicap (1600m), were not after time, being kept to 1000m in 1.10.3, the final 800m in 55.5 and last 600 in 41 even. They worked impressively on the course proper on Tuesday. Hazelnut (by Road To Rock), trained by Roydon Bergerson, did three-quarter pace over 800m, the last 600 in 43.5. This four-year-old mare was placed in two trials during the spring.
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Roydon Bergerson-trained stablemates Lubaya and Beefeater, probable race rivals at Wellington on Saturday, galloped in great style at Awapuni this morning.

08 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Tuesday, January 8 By RON GURNEY Roydon Bergerson-trained stablemates Lubaya and Beefeater, probable race rivals at Wellington on Saturday, galloped in great style at Awapuni this morning. Fast work took place on the course proper (good) and on the plough (good). Lubaya and Beefeater (Anniversary Hcp) used the course proper and reeled off 1000m in 1.4.6, the last 600 in 35.9, looking quite capable of going quicker if allowed to. Lubaya entered the open grade frame with an impressive winning run in the Summer Cup (1600m) at her home track on Boxing Day, suggesting there is a lot more to come, something we knew was inevitable from last season. Beefeater won the Bulls Country Cup (1500m) in November, failed in the Wanganui Cup (2040m), then ran second to Lucyinrio (1300m) at Hastings on New Year's Day. He finished fourth in the Anniversary Hcp last year then went on to win the Taranaki Cup (1800m) at his next start. The only other horse to use the course proper this morning was Dal Kilchoan, who warmed up from the 1000m to run his final 800m in 54.4, the last 600 in 39.7. On the plough, Redwood four-year-old Chartwell and stablemate Sentimental Miss were paired over a very nice 800m in 48.4, the last 600 in 36.3. Chartwell put in an eye-catching run for fifth at Hastings (1600m) last start and has improved further judging by this latest solid trial, which augurs well for the maiden mile at Wanganui on Thursday. Wellington entrants Johnny Lincoln (r65 2100m) and Henree Winkler (r82 1400m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.4.6 and they completed the final 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 37.1. Hell Fire (mdn 1340m) and Lincoln Fury (mdn 3yo 1340m), both in at Wanganui, covered 1000m in 1.4.9, with the sectionals coming up in 50.2 and 37.9. Lincoln Fury (by All Too Hard) will wear blinkers. Eva Dawn, who resumes on Thursday (mdn 1200m), worked alone over 800m in 51 even, the last 600 in 37.9, while her stablemates Piccolo Toro and Alesha Lincoln, both in the maiden mile, went together in 51.1 and 37.8. Piccolo Toro (by Edenwold) was unplaced on debut in November, and the blinkers go on, while Alesha Lincoln (by Alamosa) was unplaced on debut at Otaki just before Christmas. Fictitious (Wellington) and Master Lincoln (Wanganui) matched strides over 800m in 49.9, the last 600 in 38.1, and Lovetokeephim, back in work with Kim Clapperton, ended with 600m in 38.2. Wanganui runner Lyano (r65 mile) was timed 1000m in 1.7.1, the last 600 in 39.2, while Wellington entrants Platinum Touch (2yo 1200m), third on debut, and Lincoln Sky (r65 1400m) were kept to 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 39.4. Weare Rocking (by Road To Rock), who has not raced since June, sprinted 600m in 39.8, and her stablemate Hypatia, in at Wanganui (mdn 2040m), went a quiet 800m in 55.6 and 40.7. Passing Glance (mdn 2040m) and Lincoln's Command clocked 56.5 and 41.6.
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Smart three-year-old Lincoln Falls took another step toward his Levin Classic goal at Trentham on Saturday week with a solid gallop at Awapuni this morning.

03 January 2019
Deanna Carr
AWAPUNI TRACKWORK Thursday, January 3 By RON GURNEY Smart three-year-old Lincoln Falls took another step toward his Levin Classic goal at Trentham on Saturday week with a solid gallop at Awapuni this morning. All fast work took place on the plough (good), where Lincoln Falls stretched out boldly over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.2. He could easily have gone a lot quicker if required to. Lincoln Falls was a Trentham winner (3yo 1400m) two starts ago, then a very satisfactory fourth in the Uncle Remus Stakes at Ellerslie (1400m) on Boxing Day in his first attempt right-handed. Time honours this morning went to his stablemates Lincoln's Secret and Chartwell, who cut out 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.8. They race at Otaki on Monday. Lincoln's Secret (r65 2100m) has disappointed in two races this campaign, despite strong track gallops, while Chartwell showed significant improvement at Hastings last start. Sweepstake and Sunday's Greymouth entrant Car Pie (mdn 1100m), both trained by Mike Breslin, were on terms over 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 37.4. Car Pie, unplaced in her two runs on heavy tracks during the winter, will be ridden by stable apprentice Danielle Hirini, whose mounts include four for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers. New Zealand Derby nominee Sir Nate, who races at Marton on Saturday (3yo 1400m), warmed up from the 1000m (1.9.3) to run home his final 800m in 51.8, the last 600 in 38.2. He has not raced since finishing third in the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. Bella Margarita (r65 1550m) had trainer Lucy Tanner aboard over 800m in 51.6, the last 600 in 38.2, and Wafer came up with 52.2 and 38.9. Lincoln Star (r72 2100m), first and second in two starts at the Manawatu Christmas meeting, and Otaki runner Lincoln Melody (r72 f&m 1600m) were paired over 800m in 52.1, the last 600 in 38.1. Jessiegee, in on Saturday (r72 2100m), and Ravenhill, who heads to Otaki (r65 2100m), did a quiet round and a half before galloping 800m in 53.8, the last 600 in 38.3. Ravenhill will race without blinkers. Eva Dawn, resuming at Otaki (mdn 1200m), covered 800m, the last 600 in 39.8, and Manawatu entrant The Rippa (r72 1400m) ended with an easy 40.1. Platinum Spirit (by Charm Spirit), who debuts at Otaki (mdn 2yo 800m), and Hell Fire were not after time over 800m in 53.1, the last 600 in 40.4. Platinum Spirit won a jump-out at Levin (850m) last month. Last-start winner Du'blues cruised over 1000m in 1.11.4, the last 600 in 41.4, and Valour, off to Otaki (r65 1400m), sprinted up the straight twice.
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