(By John Jenkins)

Estefania, who could start at either Otaki or Rotorua next week, worked well on her own in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

Fast work was confined to the plough which provided firm footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a slow-7.

Estefania worked easily over around and was timed to run the last 1000m in 1:8.5, the final 600 in 40.3. The Darci Brahma mare has recorded a second and a fourth from her last two starts and sees to cope well with heavy track conditions.

Trainer Richard McKenzie said he will either enter her for a Rating 65 race over 1600m at Otaki on July 27 or a Rating 72 race over 1560m at Rotorua the following day.

Penny Royal recorded the quickest time of the morning when she ran 800m in52.6, the last 600 in 38.9. She is in the early stages of a fresh campaign, after being placed over 1400m at Gisborne earlier this year and will have a jumpout at Hastings this Friday.

Rekohu Diva was kept to just three-quarter pace over 600m in 45 while War Of Words did similar work and recorded 45.2 for the last 600.

Sigourney Heights and an Ocean Park-Janspur two-year-old gelding, both in the Lee Somervell stable, were only allowed to stride out over the last 400m when running 600m in 44.5.

A Tartan Bearer three-year-old and a Howbadduwantit four-year-old ran an easy 600m together in 45.3.