The scary thing about King Denny’s win in the Northern Trotting Derby at Alexandra Park tonight is the fact that the talented three-year-old trotter was down on his best.
“He was a bit rocky in patches tonight and I don’t think he was quite 100%, but we got the win and we now have three or so weeks to get some more chiropractor work done on him and get him spot on for the Harness Jewels,” said co-trainer-driver, Mark Purdon.
Purdon said that King Denny, who was also successful in the NZ Trotting Derby, was once again suited to the longer 2700 metre journey.
“You have to nurse him a bit early so the longer races give him time to relax and get into a nice rhythm,” said Purdon. “We were able to get a few lenghts closer to the leaders due to there being a few mistake makers, so we were always in striking distance,” he added.
From there King Denny finished powerfully to win by one length over One Over Da Moon, who produced an astonishing run to finish second after galloping early only to be disqualified for breaking stide for in excess of 150 metres.
Mum’s Pride, who performed creditably in his first race in age group company, was promoted to second, while last week’s winner Twentyten held on for third.
Tonight’s win was Purdon’s third in the Northern Trotting Derby after having previously won the feature three-year-old event with Dependable and Escapee.
“It’s a race you always target and it’s wonderful to win the race for Merv and Meg Butterworth as they are such fantastic owners.”
By Mitchell Robertson