The Hombre, a possible runner in the $20,000 Carter's Ashhurst-Pohangina Cup at Manawatu on Saturday, strode out well at yesterday's Hastings track session.
Fast work was mainly confined to the plough (good), but trainer John Bary also galloped three horses wide out on the course proper, which provided dead footing after overnight rain.
The Hombre had English jockey David Nolan aboard when working over 1000m on the course proper in 1.4.5, the last 600 in an excellent 35.1. The gelding only managed ninth in the Telegraph Hcp last start and a post-race vet examination revealed a slow recovery rate.
Last-start winner Desi Girl and unlucky Trentham runner King Leonidas were others to work on the course proper and they also went 1000m, the last 800m in 49.6 and final 600 in 35.6.
Youtoofast sprinted keenly over 800m on the plough in 50.4, the last 600 in 36. She has been freshened since finishing fourth at Gisborne back in November and could resume in a maiden 1050m at Wairoa tomorrow week.
No Excuse Maggie, another who could resume at Wairoa, worked on her own over 1000m on the plough in 1.9.1, the last 600 in 40.2, and Tullumayo, in at Manawatu (mdn mile), was not hurried over 800m in 52.6.
A Mediator four-year-old mare in the Thompson-Brown stable started three lengths behind stablemate Abyssinian when they left the 1000m peg on the plough and finished in front. The 1000m took 1.6.4, the last 600 taking 37.7.
Flower Of Fashion worked over a round on the plough and was timed the last 1200m in 1.21.9, the final 600 in 37.6. She is a likely runner in the r65 2300m race at Manawatu on Saturday.
Jamaa clocked 51 for 800m on the plough, the last 600 in 37.8 while Bat Pad was kept to three-quarter pace over 1000m in 1.9.4, the last 600 in 42.2.
- Manawatu Standard