(By John Jenkins)
One Prize One Goal, who could race at either Te Rapa or Awapuni this Saturday, strode out well in a solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.
Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing.
One Prize One Goal worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000m peg, quickening over the last 600m. He clocked 1:8 for the full distance, the final 600 in 38.4.
The Ekraar gelding deserves to pick up a win after four seconds and a third from his last five starts. He only went down by a neck when second over 1400m at Hastings last start and is likely to be stepped up to 1600m this Saturday.
His stablemate Stradivarius, who could also line up this weekend, was let off with an easy 600m in 39. He has been a past winner on the Te Rapa track.
Last start winner Carillion, a likely starter in the Rating 72 race over 1200m at Awapuni on Saturday, was kept under a hold when running home the last 600m of her work in 38.4.
An Atlante two-year-old gelding trained by Stephen Carey sprinted 600m on his own in 37.8 while Scandalo was not hurried when running a solo 600m in 39. He looks in good order but trainer Patrick Campbell says the meeting programming makes it difficult to find a suitable race for the sprinter.
Matt Cain, who could start next at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Wednesday of next week, ran a solo 1000m in 1:10.9, the last 600 in 39.8 while Call Me Jack, entered for the highweight race over 1600m at Otaki on Thursday, ended his work with 600m in 42.3.
Polizzi worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1200m peg, clocking 1:26.3 for the full distance and 42.1 for the final 600.
Surpriseus and a Jakkalberry two-year-old filly worked in at three-quarter pace from the 1000m peg, speeding up slightly over the last 600 in 40.1 while Johnny Russ ended his work with 600m in 45.