Promising unraced maidens, Fabrizio and Im A Gigolo, shaped well with wins at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday for the new training partnership of Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, which comes into effect from next Thursday.
Both are rising three-year-old sons of Sweet Lou (1:47), sire of this season’s top two-year-old filly, Sweet On Me, who won six and was once second in seven starts for $246,960.
Fabrizio, a gelding from Zagami, qualified when second in Ashburton trial in January, clocking 1:57.2 for the 1609m.
The half-brother to Punter’s Dream (1:57.7, Aust), Hundie (1:56.1, US) and Rock On (2:00), settled fourth for driver Matt Anderson in Wednesday’s trial and unwound well wide to beat stablemate She’s A Rebel (2f Bettor’s Delight-Highview Chasue), who finished stoutly from the trail for David Whittle.
She’s A Rebel also qualified at Ashburton on January 22, running fourth in 1:57.4 (1609m).
Fabrizio paced the mobile 2000m in 2:31.8 on a drying track, the leaders last 800m in 57.8s and 400m in 28.4s.
Im A Gigolo, a gelding from Bettor Romance (Bettor’s Delight-Jessie Grace, by Vance Hanover-Ollies Chance), settled third for Nathan Purdon behind other unraced stablemates, Glen Elgin Tara and Alta Endeavour.
He finished off with purpose to win by a length in 2:33.4 (mobile 2000m), the leaders last 800m in 57.6s and 400m in 27.8s.
Race-winners, Flame Lady and Rock On, also warmed up for the new term, with conditioning runs in the open mobile pace.
Front-running Snow Printz mixed his gait near the finish, causing a concertina effect to the chasing pack, with Flame Lady finishing third, and Rock On fifth, with not much between the five.
Snow Printz, trained by Brian Johnson and driven by Ben Hope, paced the mobile 2000m in 2:32.9, the last 800m in 59s and 400m in 28.2s.