Crossword nearing peak form
Crossword, who is back in the Oulaghan stable after a stint up north, galloped boldly at Awapuni yesterday morning.
A majority of fast work took place on the course proper (dead) and some good times were recorded.
Crossword was the last horse to use the course proper, but was still able to reel off 1000m in 1.3.9, coming the final 800m in 48.8, the last 600 in 36.7. It was impressive work.
She has been with John Sargent at Matamata recently after starting her career with Oulaghan.
Nicmajac, in at Otaki on Friday, and Sita, off to Waverley on Sunday, lost no kudos when they worked together over 800m in 48.6, the last 600 in 36, and Sitara caught the eye when galloping over the same distance in 49.6, the last 600 in 36.3.
A Keeninsky gelding and stablemate Go Haylee were timed 800m in 51.2, the last 600 in a nice 36.9, while Chandani and a Royal Gem gelding, two more from the Searle stable, ended with 600m in 37.
Lord Custom had stable apprentice Mathew Ward in the saddle over 800m in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.8, with Brackenwood and Platinum Street (by Rock Of Gibraltar) finishing their gallop with 600m in 37.1.
Rayzn Dust had Waverley entrant Phoenix Tycoon alongside over 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 37.3, while Tigerman (Waverley) and Reuben Thorn ended with 600m in 37.5. Colonel Danske (Otaki) and Valeria (Waverley) clocked 37.9.
Saturday's New Zealand Stakes runner Vosne Romanee and Vronskii (Otaki) went together over a solid 1200m in 1.19.1, coming the final 800m in 51, the last 600 in 38.4, while Otaki runner Coatofmanycolours (by Coats Choice) and Whatitistowant (by Gold Centre) ran 800m in 51.1, the last 600 in 38.
Saturday's Diamond Stakes entrants at Ellerslie Fort Lincoln, ridden by Jonathan Riddell, and Distill (Robert Hannam) worked the reverse way over 1000m, the last 600 in 38. They looked superb.
Informant (Otaki) and Sir Kaspaa matched strides throughout 800m in 51.5, the last 600 in 38.5, with their stablemate Nonotnow (by Black Minnaloushe), who finished fifth on debut, taking 53.2 and 38.9.
A Scaredee Cat maiden and one by Towkay, both with Matthew Eales, covered 800m in 54.7, the last 600 in 38, and dual meeting nominee Aldebaran Star ended with 600m in 38.8, while Jungle Recipe and Maximum Gold clocked 38.9.
Royal Blunder (Otaki) cruised over 1000m in 1.7.5, coming the final 800m in 52.4, the last 600 in 39.2, and South Road also went 1000m, being timed the final 800m in 52.6 and last 600 in 39.6.
Madam Butterfly and Fready Cougar were not chasing the clock over 800m in 55.9, the last 600 in 39.3, and their stablemates, Mission Post (Otaki) and Tangolini, (Waverley), who worked in bad light, ended with 600m in 39.
Nathan's Run was sent 1000m, but was timed from the 800m in 52.6, the last 600 in 40, while Jacaila and an O'Reilly mare stablemate covered 800m in 57.8, the last 600 in 40.5.
Henry Daniel ran 1000m, but left the final 800m behind in 55.5, the last 600 in 41.3, and Finito covered 1000m in 1.10.1 and 41.7.