Superturf looked ready to win his fourth race in succession at Hastings tomorrow judging by his solid final gallop at Awapuni yesterday morning.
A majority of fast work took place on the plough (heavy), where Superturf had raceday jockey Masa Tanaka aboard over 1000m in 1.5.9.
He came the final 800m in 51.3, the last 600 in 38.2, and tackles tomorrow's r80 mile.
Ping Pong (r70 1400m) drew attention to prospects at Hastings with 800m in 51, the last 600 in 38, while Klose (special conditions 1200m) and Pichola took 51.9 and 38.4.
Hatuma, who is coming to hand well, ran 800m in 51.4, the last 600 in 38.4, while an unraced Savabeel and a Postponed, both trained by Lisa Latta, required 52.7 and 38.2.
Cost Of Freedom and Waiana Gold were paired over 800m in 52.9, the last 600 in 38.8, and Borrack, working alone with Robert Hannam in the saddle, recorded the same times.
Happy Harry did a nice 800m in 53.5, the last 600 in 38.9, while a High Chaparral filly and a Zabeel gelding, two more from the Adrian Bull stable, completed the same task in 54.2 and 39.9. Tradleia posted 54.7 and 39.6.
Key Whiz did a quiet round before stretching out over 1000m in 1.7.7, the last 600 in 39.6, and Just A Shout went 1000m in 1.10, the last 600 in 39.7.
Manonamission, off to Hastings for the open mile, covered 800m in 54.1, the last 600 in 40.7, while Phantom Storm and a Shinko King filly took 57.3 and 40.2.
Tri Now (by Howbaddouwantit), trained Greg Lambert, and a Spartacus maiden with Robert Grant went together over 800m in 58.3, the last 600 in 40.8.
Former top Australian filly Our Joan Of Arc, who worked in great style on Tuesday, was kept to 800m in 59, the last 600 in 41. She contests the r90 1200m tomorrow in her first start for new trainer Mike Breslin.
Lethal Lady was timed 800m in 55, the last 600 in 41.4, while Jacaila and a My Halo stablemate sprinted 600m in 41.6. Cordova Bay, on his own, took 41.1.
On the No 1 grass, Go Danny and Tap 'N' Gap went evens early over 800m in 52, sprinting the last 600 in 37.8. Their stablemates Just A Whisper and Skyhawk went solidly throughout the same task and recorded 50.8 and 38.1.
Justanexcuse, who is in the r90 1200m at Hastings, had Kelly Myers aboard over 800m in 54, the last 600 in 39.3, while Black Lambo and Excess went 1000m in 1.9, the last 600 in 41.
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