Day At The Track

Two year olds to the fore at Rangiora workouts

06:56 PM 28 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Motu Premier (left) and Major Ben at the end of their workout today
Motu Premier (left) and Major Ben at the end of their workout today

The harness racing workouts at Rangiora today (January 28th) featured 20 heats but most interest was centred around the six two year old heats.

There were plenty of well bred youngsters on display and some budding stars put their hands up today.

We thought we would comment on all the juveniles that impressed us in their heats and as has become common in the last few seasons, most of those were runners belonging to the All Stars Stable.

Chase The Dream - Straight to the front and gave nothing a look in in taking out his 2000 metres heat in 2:30.5, a mile rate of 2:01 with closing sectionals of 57.9 and 28.5

Seemed to do it with a fair bit in reserve and backed up his impressive trial win at Ashburton last week.

Obvious contender for feature races coming up in the next few weeks.

Waikiki Beach - Settled well back in the running,but made ground impressively late to run second to Chase The Dream, beaten two lengths.

Ran through the line and seems to have a fair bit of bottom to him.

One or two look better at the moment but he is the type to keep getting better with trials/racing.

Major Ben - Settled midfield on the inner before breezing from the 600 and was holding his stablemate Motu Premier the last 50 metres after giving him the drag home.

He cut the 2000 metres out in 2:29.5, the fastest time of the day, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 57.7 and 28.6.

It was another impressive display after his 1:57.6 mile at the Ashburton trials last week.

A big son of Art Major, Major Ben has all the attributes you look for in a top two year old and he looks to have a big future. 

Linton Shard - Nice run for third this week after a handy workout win last week and the Changeover half brother to Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793) and Pemberton Shard 1:55.8 ($187,997) continues to impress.

The addition of Dexter in the bike should make him competitive.

Motu Premier - Ran his stablemate Major Ben to a head but did have the drag home on his back.

Showed real improvement on his third at last weeks Ashburton trials and further improvement on today's effort will make him competitive where ever he starts.

Mastercraftsman - Having his first run away from home, the son of Bettors Delight was very impressive storming home late to grab Ice Crusher.

Cut out the 2000 metres in 2:30.9, a mile rate of 2:01.3 with closing sectionals of 58.1 and 29.3.

Will definitely improve of his first run which makes him a major player anywhere he goes.

Ice Crusher - Went good last week at the workouts but better again this week and has all the ringcraft to make a two year old.

Looks a touch off a few mentioned here but manners and ringcraft will take him a long way.

Dream About Me - The three quarter sister to champion mare Adore Me was very impressive finishing quickly late for the win.

She paced the 2000 metres in 2:33..2, a mile rate of 2:03.2 with closing sectionals of 58.6 and 28.3

This was her first run back after a couple of unplaced trial runs in November and there is a lot of upside in this filly.

Emeli Maguire - This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is a half sister to the brilliant Lizzie Maguire 1:55.1 ($477,366).

A winner and placed at her two previous trials last October/November, Emeli Maguire has come back  really well and looks a filly with a big future.

Northern Velocity - Didn't run time today but very impressive performance. Last at the 800 metres, she worked forward from there and was too strong in the straight.  

Has had plenty of practice to date and looks to have plenty of upside.

Arden's Choice - Again she didn't run time but very impressive closing 800 metres of 57.2 shows she is a two year old of real potential

A half sister to such standouts as Bettors Strike 1:55.7 ($890,201) Rocknroll Arden 1:54.8 ($172,154) and  Southwind Arden 1:58.4 ($150,127) means she has the breeding to match her ability.

Also has the ringcraft to go with her ability

Mackenzie - Big powerful filly who really made ground stylishly the last bit to push Arden's Choice.

Coming off the back of a very impressive win last week at Ashburton, Mackenzie looks like a filly that can do a lot of work and still finish off her races.

Mackenzie is by Rocknroll Heaven from the champion Australian racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343) so she lacks nothing in the breeding department.

The best Rocknroll Heavens to date have all been fillies so she ticks all the boxes.

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