By John Jenkins
Strong workouts by the John Bary-trained pair of Makeba and Enuffisenuff were among the
highlights at this morning’s Hastings trackwork session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing and was conducive to fast times.
A penetrometer reading of the course proper was taken during the session and came up as a slow-8.
With fine weather forecast for the next few days it is hoped the racing surface will improve to dead
for Saturday’s first day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
Makeba looked to be travelling keenly on the inside of Lord Kirkwood at the end of 1000 metres on
the plough in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 37.7. Makeba was last of four runners when resuming over 1000
metres at Taupo but that was on a heavy-10 track and she should show a marked improvement once
she strikes better footing.
Lord Kirkwood only went down in the last stride when second in his debut over 1200 metres at
Waverley earlier this month.
Enuffisenuff worked on her own over 1200 metres and looked to be stretching out nicely at the
finish when clocking 1:17.2, the last 600 in 37.1. She looks to have improved a lot since her fresh up
run at Hastings earlier this month, where she was also unsuited by a heavy track.
No Excuse Maggie, a possible contender for Saturday’s Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes
(1400m) at the Hawke’s Bay meeting, ran a solo 1200 metres in 1:16, running the first 600 metres in
40 and then sprinting home the last 600 in 36. She looks to have trained on well since her last start
win over 1400 metres at Otaki.
‘Er Indoors and Shezgorgeous turned in one of the quickest gallops of the morning when sprinting
800 metres in 49, the last 600 in 35.7. Shezgorgeous is a likely starter in the Rating 85 1200 at
Hastings on Saturday, along with her stablemate Starguru.
This morning Starguru worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37.2. She rarely
excels on the training track but shows plenty of speed on race day.
Pearls and a Gold Centre four-year-old gelding worked together over 1000 metres in 1:3.1, the last
600 in 35.6 which represented a very good gallop by the pair. Pearls was running on well for seventh
over 1400 metres at Te Rapa last start and could step up to 1600 metres at Hastings this Saturday.
The Knight ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:3.2, the last 600 in 37 while his stablemate Bondi Tram
clocked 1:19.5 for 1200 metres, the last 600 in 37.4. They are both members of the John Bary team.
Just As Well finished ahead of stablemate Midnight Paddle at the end of 1200 metres in 1:17.2, the
last 600 in a quick 35.7 while Huarewe sped over 600 metres on his own in 35.
Bally Heights, preparing for the restricted open hurdle race at Hawera on Thursday, worked over a
round and was timed to run his last 1200 metres in 1:23.8, the last 600 in 39 while his stablemate No
Credit clocked 43.1 and 39.5 for two runs over 600 metres.
Sunseka worked on her own over 1000 metres in 1:5.3, the last 600 in 38 while San Pedro ran over
the same ground in 1:6.2, the last 600 in 37.6.
Sanriba, one of two horses Waipukurau trainer Peter Evans had at the session, clocked 50.9 for a
sharp 800-metre gallop, the last 600 in 36 while his stablemate Astro Lad ran 800 metres in 51.2, the
last 600 in 37.5.
Second Hope clocked 1:9.3 for 1000 metres, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 38.4 while a
Danroad-Visionary three-year-old gelding ran over the same ground in 1:9.6, the last 600 in 40.2.
A Perfectly Ready three-year-old gelding trained by David Hayes worked over 800 metres, coming
home the last 600 in 37.7 while a Castelli three-year-old filly and an Electronic Zone three-year-old
filly ran an easy 600 metres in 40.3.
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