Even a break down on the way to the races couldn’t stop leading trainers’ Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen from dominating another Premier nights racing at Addington.
“It wasn’t an ideal start to the night but things quickly came right,” laughed Natalie Rasmussen. “Luckily, Majestic Horse Floats were able to get all of our horses there on time,” she added.
The All Stars team was then successful in five of the twelve races, with Adore Me’s victory in the $100,000 Group One Easter Cup the clear highlight.
Driven superbly by stand in driver Blair Orange, the champion mare began well from her ten metre handicap and soon after looped the field to take up the front running position. She then enjoyed a nice run in the van before kicking strongly in the home straight to easily hold off a long sustained run from last year’s Easter Cup winner, Terror To Love.
The All Stars’ Arden Rooney, who was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, finished a further nose away in third.
“Tactics were always going to be crucial in a small horse field and after she began so well I decided to make the most of her ten metre advantage over Terror,” said driver Blair Orange. “She travelled right up on the bridle the whole way and never seemed in doubt.
“She is definitely right up there with Auckland Reactor as the best horse I have driven,” he added.
Adore Me, who is affectionately known as Ruby around the stables, became the first four-year-old mare ever to win the Easter Cup when winning the two mile feature in a mares record time of 3-59.9.
Amazingly, it is the second record Adore Me has set in the space of a week after obliterating the 2600 metre standing start record last Friday.
The Taylor Mile, where she will again be driven by Blair Orange, and the New Zealand Messenger in Auckland are now her upcoming targets.
The other All Stars winners at Addington were Full Speed Ahead (Blair Orange), Arya, (Colin De Filippi) Rocknroll Arden (Blair Orange), and Tokohoka (Natalie Rasmussen), while Mark Purdon was successful aboard Supersonic Miss in the APG Semi Final in Sydney, giving the barn six winners for the night.
By Mitchell Robertson