Can't Keeper Down is well and truly on the comeback trail for Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta.
The five-year-old mare scored a strong victory in an open heat over 1200 metres at the Whanganui trials last Thursday.
The runner-up to Jungle Rocket in the New Zealand Oaks at Trentham last year, Can't Keeper down resumed recently in the Masterton Cup at Tauherenikau, where she beat only one of her five rivals.
However, she was given a strong workout at Whanganui in the hands of Jonathan Riddell and impressed in the manner she rounded out the 1200 metres.
Her time of 1.12.83, did not match the times of her lesser-performed rivals, but she was able to finish the last 600 metres a lot strong than the other heats. Can't Keeper Down ran her last 600m in 34.8, quite smart given the fast track on the day.
In an earlier heat last Thursday, quality mare Tai Chi Queen won a tough battle to head off Dawson Falls in the open trial over 1000 metres.
Lisa Latta also won with maiden Informant (by Stravinsky), while Waipukurau trainer Kelly Burne notched a double as well with unraced maidens Music N Me (by Bahhare) and a Pins-Cataari gelding.
Results from Thursday's Whanganui trials (track: Good 3):
2YO, 600m: Towkay-Abeneza J Riddell c 1, O'Reilly-Formosa Girl f 2, La Vie Onze 3. Hd, 2L. Time: 34.97. Trainer: F Finnegan, Woodville.
2YO, 800m: Lucky Unicorn-Xeeran c C Carmine 1, Our Alchemist 2, One Cool Cat-Giuliana f 3. 3L, 3/4L. Time: 47.5. Trainer: F Finnegan, Woodville.
MAIDEN 3YO, 800m: Strategic Image-Eastern Magic c R Hannam 1, Waive The Rules 2, Rains Ransom 3. 5L, nse. Time: 46.37. Trainer: R Patterson, New Plymouth.
OPEN, 1000m: Tai Chi Queen R Myers 1, Dawson Falls 2, Manet 3. Hd, 4L. Time: 58.85. Trainer: M Breslin, Awapuni.
MAIDEN 3YO, 1000m: Heat 1: Traditionally-Coddonna g R Myers 1, Marie's Boy 2, Tiptoes 3. 2L, 1/2hd. Time: 59.83. Trainer: G Laursen, Foxton. Heat 2: McLaren R Hannam 1, Yanamin Vital-Party Player c 2, Minnaleo 3. 2 1/2L, hd. Time: 58.2. Trainer H Weller, Foxton. Heat 3: Informant D Bradley 1, Don Eduardo-Rising High c 2, Shelved 3. Hd, 1/2L. Time: 60.22. Trainer: L Latta, Awapuni.
MAIDEN 4YO & UP, 1000m: Heat 1: Secret Service L Allpress 1, Miss Blackjack 2, Don't Mind Me 3. 1 1/4L, 2 1/2L. Time: 59.71. Trainer: W Marshment, Wanganui. Heat 2: Spiritofwhittlesea L Allpress 1, Jahafil-Vine Again 4h 2, Impression 3. 2 1/2L, nk. Time: 59.4. Trainer: S Crutchley, Wanganui.
MAIDEN 3YO, 1200m: Music N Me D Bradley 1, Towkay-Flush g 2, Slack The Diver 3. 1L, 1/2L. Time: 1.12.2. Trainer: K Burne, Waipukurau.
MAIDEN 4YO & UP, 1200m: Pins-Cataari 4 gelding D Bradley 1, Resilient 2, Fonzie 3. Lg hd, 1 1/2L. Time: 1.12.66. Trainer: Kelly Burne, Waipukurau.
OPEN, 1200m: Can't Keeper Down J Riddell 1, The Sting 2, My Cool Jo 3. 3/4L, 2 1/4L. Time: 1.12.83. Trainer: L Latta, Awapuni.
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