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   A good solo gallop by Londaro on the course proper was the highlight at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Most fast work was confined to the plough, which provided good footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a dead-4.

   Londaro was the only horse worked on the course proper and galloped up against the inside rail, which was out 4 metres from the true position.

   The big chestnut bowled over 1000 metres in 1:3.9, running the first 400 in 28.7 before quickening appreciably over the last 600 in 35.2. He was working well at the finish and has obviously trained on well since winning over 1600 metres at Hastings on April 14.

   Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen have been tossing up whether to start Londaro in a Rating 75 1400-metre race at this Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting or reserve him for a Rating 75 1600 at Te Rapa the following Saturday.

   “I think we will run him here on Saturday,” Guy Lowry said.

   “He will be dropping back to 1400 metres, which is not ideal, but it is on his home track and he does go well here.”

   Scandalo, another last start winner, was the other horse who showed out in trackwork this morning when he sprinted 600 metres on the plough in 37.1. He has also trained on the right way since his victory in a Rating 85 race at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting and will line up in the Open 1400 on Saturday, with Chris Johnson booked to ride him.

   Vino Blanco looked to be marginally in front of stablemate Pakapunch at the end of their 1000-metre gallop on the plough in 1:3.9, the last 600 in 37.5 and they will both line up in the Rating 65 1200 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Performante finished ahead of a Pins-Alleyway three-year-old filly at the en d of an easy 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 38.1. Performante is a two-year-old by Super Easy in the Lowry/Cullen stable who was unsuited by a slow track at Hastings last start. He is likely to contest the two-year-old race over 1200 metres at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   A Per Incanto two-year-old gelding and one by Not A Single Doubt worked together over 800 metres in 52.1, the last 600 in 36.6 while a Castledale three-year-old gelding finished in front of one by Zacinto at the end of 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the last 600 in 37.3.

   A Playmaker three-year-old filly looked to be travelling better than Whakatu Express at the end of 600 metres in 40.8.

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Hastings-trained Londaro shows potential 19 Apr 2018

   Hastings-trained Londaro had to be good to win the opening event over 1600m at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   After being caught three-wide in the early stages, in a muddling run race, jockey Samantha Collett let the big four-year-old roll forward in the middle stages to sit outside the leader Pincanto until the home turn.

   The big striding Londaro bounded to the front early in the home straight but, when Collett went to pull the whip 200 metres from the finish, it fell out of her hand and she then had to rely on just riding the horse hands and heels over the final stages.

   Londaro quickly shook off Pincanto but then had to withstand a late charge from the Robert Hannam ridden Johnny Lincoln and the two horses hit the line locked together.

   Neither jockey knew who had got in the deciding stride but the photo-finish print had Londaro’s nose fractionally in front.

   Londaro was recording his second win after also his maiden victory was also recorded on his home track in October last year.

   He is prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and owned by Waikato couple Bruce and Maureen Harvey, who paid $200,000 for the horse at the 2015 Karaka yearling sales.

   “He had to do a fair bit of work today after being trapped wide going forward,” said Lowry.

   “He stuck on really well. He is a long-striding horse so I’m not too sure if the slow tracks will suit him in the future.

   “She (Collett) did a good job putting him in the race and luckily he held on.”

   The victory marked a milestone for Samantha Collett as she reached the 100-win mark for the season, the first time in her career.

   “I’ve got a lot of people to thank but it’s not the end of the season yet,” said Collett as she acknowledged her achievement after the race.

   “It’s been a labour of love, not just in this season, but to get to the milestone is really great.”

   Collett admitted her original plan had not been to adopt the pacemaking role on her charge.

   “When I did the form before the race I had thought about settling in mid-field, one off the fence,” she said.

   “There wasn’t much speed on and when the pace steadied I thought I just had to roll forward.

   “He’s a big, strong horse and his run last start was better than it looked. Full credit to him as he fought like a tiger.”

   Lowry said he and Cullen now have two options for Londaro’s next start.

   “He will either run in a Rating 85 1600 at Hastings on April 28 or in a Rating 75 race over 1600 at Te Rapa a week later,” Lowry said.

   Londaro is out of the Flying Spur mare Spurcent, who was the winner of three races in Australia including the Listed Gimcrack Stakes in Sydney. She is a half-sister to Glorious Days, who won eight races in Hong Kong including the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile.


Excellent run by Campbell team

   There would be no more deserving winner of a Hawke’s Bay thoroughbred owners’ prize than Hastings trainer Patrick Campbell.

   The highly successful trainer prepares only a small team of horses and shares in the ownership of most of them.

   He owns Scandalo, who won a $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1400m at Hastings last Saturday and also shares in the ownership of Hunta Pence and Lady Guinness, who have also performed with plenty of merit in recent weeks.

   Scandalo brought up his sixth win from only 21 starts when taking out the $30,000 Rating 85 race over 1400m at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting. Lady Guinness won the $30,000 Poverty Bay Cup (1600m) at Gisborne on February 18 while Hunta Pence took out a Rating 75 race over 2100m at Hastings on March 1 and recorded a game third in last Saturday’s Listed $75,000 Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m). 

   Campbell bought Scandalo in a private sale, from the South Island, back in December 2016 after the horse had recorded two thirds and three fourths from seven starts.

   Campbell produced the horse to win first up from his stable in a 1450m maiden race at Wairoa in February 2017 and he has since recorded four more wins as well as three seconds and three thirds.

   Scandalo was impressive when scoring by three-quarters of a length over 1400m at Hastings last Saturday. Campbell engaged Korean-born apprentice jockey Alex Shin for the horse to make use of his 4kg claim and the young rider rode the horse to perfection.

   Shin settled Scandalo third behind the pacemaking duo of Lucyinrio and Honneur Noir until the home turn before angling him out to make a challenge early in the home straight. They shot to the lead 300 metres from the finish and never looked like being headed after that, winning by three-quarters of a length from the fast finishing Disturbance, with race favourite Honneur Noir a nose back in third place.

   Scandalo’s win took his rating to 86 points, meaning Campbell will now have to concentrate on open sprint races with the five-year-old but, by the way the horse won last Saturday, there are more victories in store in the future.                                                                                                 

Bassett’s win heralds trip south

   Hastings apprentice jockey Jordan Bassett recorded a timely win aboard Estefania in the final event at last Friday’s Rotorua meeting at Arawa Park.

   The 27-year-old brought up the third win of her career on the eve of embarking on a three month stint in the South Island, where she will be on loan to the successful Riccarton father and son training partnership of Michael and Matthew Pitman.

   Bassett was originally attached to the Hastings stable of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen before a brief stint with Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers. She is now indentured to her partner, Richard McKenzie, who is the owner-trainer of Estefania.

   Bassett out-rode the vastly more experienced Danielle Johnson in the Maiden 1200m race at Rotorua. She bounced Estefania out quickly from the barrier and held her line when Johnson tried to cross her aboard Mediterranean Star and take the lead going into the first bend.

   Bassett then maintained control in front before kicking clear at the top of the home straight. Johnson got Mediterranean Star into top gear to come out after Estefania in the final stages but Bassett kept her mount balanced up and, with just a hands and heels ride, managed to stave off the challenge to win by a nose.

   Estefania was bred by Richard McKenzie, who is a Hastings veterinary surgeon. She is by Darci Brahma out of the Success Express mare Zino Belle, who won five races including the Listed Pegasus Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton and was also stakes placed on two other occasions.


Options for Group winner

   The connections of Hiflyer are mulling over their options.

   “He’s had a month’s work, three weeks on the water walker and a week with us,” trainer Peter Lock said. “I’m over the moon with him, he looks great.

   “He’s twice as big and strong now and ticking over well. We’ll get him fit and ready and then decide whether we go to Brisbane or Sydney or stay home.

   “He’ll be telling us what we do. He could even go back to the spelling paddock and then get him ready for the Triple Crown at Hastings.”

   The weight-for-age Group 1 triple crown at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival consists of the Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and the Livamol Classic (2040m).

   Hiflyer is a dual Group 3 winner and hasn’t raced since he ran third in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in January.


Singapore trip confirmed

   Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy has his sights set on a Singapore Group 1 feature after receiving confirmation that Ocean Emperor has gained a spot in the Kranji Mile (1600m) on May 26.

   Hennessy has a proven overseas track record having prepared Ocean Park for Group 1 wins in the Cox Plate (2040m), Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and the Underwood Stakes (1800m).

   A son of Zabeel and the Group 1 performer Tootsie, Ocean Emperor has won seven races including a defeat of subsequent Group 1 winner Miss Wilson and the seven-time elite race winner Kawi in the Group 2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m).

   At his most recent performance, the six-year-old downed multiple stakes placegetter Tiptronic and the Group 1 performer Travimyfriend in the Group 2 Japan/New Zealand International Trophy (1600m).


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Hastings Trackwork 19 Apr 2018


   There were very few horses worked at this morning’s Hastings track session with a several from the centre entered for today’s Woodville meeting and a large number having had a hit out at last Monday’s jumpouts.

   Londaro, a game winner in a Rating 65 race over 1600m at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, showed he has trained on well when undergoing two rounds of half-pace on the plough. The big Lope De Vega gelding could start next in a Rating 85 1600 at Hastings on April 28 or in a Rating 75 race over 1600m at Te Rapa a week later. He shows great potential.

   A Niagara-Shesalljazz two-year-old gelding in the Patrick Campbell stable was given a run along over 400 metres on the plough in 25.2 while an Ekraar two-year-old filly trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen also quickened slightly over the last 400 metres of her two rounds of pacework, clocking 29.1.


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