(By John Jenkins)
Impressive wins by Mohaka and Callsign Mav were among the highlights at today’s Hastings jumpouts.
There were seven heats held up against the inside rail on the course proper, where the footing was slow.
Mohaka took out the second of two 1000m heats and, although she did not record a fast time, the way she won indicated she is coming up well again in a fresh campaign. The Nadeem filly settled back a distant last in the early stages before finishing strongly, hugging the inside rail, to win by 2-3/4 lengths in a time of 1:02.1.
Mohaka has not raced since finishing second in the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on April 13 and is unlikely to resume racing for at least another month.
Callsign Mav was easily the fastest winner out of the four 750m heats, clocking 46.5s when getting up in the last few strides to head off Penny Royal by a long neck.
Callsign Mav is a two-year-old by Atlante in the John Bary stable and could make his race debut at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on July 18.
Other good winners were a Playmaker three-year-old filly in one of the 750m heats and Jonny Russ, who took out the only heat over 1200m. Neither horse recorded a fast time but finished their heats off well.
Heat 1, 750m: Playmaker 3yr-old filly (M Brown) 1, My Melody Prince filly 2, Pas de Giant 3. Five starters. Margins: ½ length, 1-3/4 lengths. Time: 50.3. Winner trained by Sue Thomson & Mick Brown, Hastings.
Heat 2, 750m: Jakkalberry 3yr-old filly (K Murray) 1, Luana 2, Raise The Flag 3yr-oldgelding 3. Five starters. Margins: ½ length, 2 lengths. Time: 49.5. Winner trained by Fred Pratt, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Callsign Mav (H Durrant) 1, Penny Royal 2, Pinotage 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 46.5. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.
Heat 4, 750m: Nom de Jeu 2yr-old filly (Z Thomson) 1, I’m Not Joking 2, Nom du Jeu 4yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 51.4.
Heat 5, 1000m: Ribamine (K Hercock) 1, Magic Incanto 2, Rock ‘n’ Pop-Mink 3yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 4 lengths. Time: 1:01.3. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Hastings.
Heat 6, 1000m: Mohaka (H Durrant) 1, Eastern Warrior 2, Raise The Phantom 3. Four starters. Margins: 2-3/4 lengths, 4 lengths. Time: 1:02.1. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.
Heat 7, 1200m: Jonny Russ (H Durrant) 1, No Need 2, Teapot 3. Four starters. Margins: ¾ length, 1 length. Time: 1:22.4. Winner trained by Anita Gardner, Hastings.