If Adore Me was racing the previous 2600 metre NZ mares record holder from a standing start, Kate’s First, she would have beaten her by an astonishing 14 lengths.
That was the discovery that Canterbury commentator Mark McNamara made after Adore Me’s breathtaking win over Border Control in the C5 & faster discretionary pace at Addington tonight.
After starting from the 40 metre back mark, co-trainer-driver Mark Purdon set Adore Me alight heading into the stables bend with a lap to go and quickly moved her up to the parked position. She then breezed on by in home stretch to win by 1 length over stablemate Border Control in a sensational time of 3-08.7, which set a mares record from both a stand and mobile.
But it doesn’t stop there either, as Adore Me’s time also bettered the all-comers standing start record and was just 0.2 of a second outside of the all-comers mobile record, held jointly by Desperate Comment and Highview Tommy.
The superstar mare will now contest next Saturday’s $100,000 Easter Cup where she will seek revenge on last month’s Auckland Cup winner, Terror To Love.
Purdon also claimed victory in the Group One New Zealand Trotting Derby with King Denny, while training and life-partner, Natalie Rasmussen, steered Alta Orlando to success in the Group Two Welcome Stakes. Rasmussen was also victorious in the penultimate event aboard Raesawinner, giving the stable four winners on the card.
“King Denny has really stepped up this time in and had impressed dad (Mark Purdon) immensely with his work during the week,” said Nathan Purdon.
King Denny paid odds of $9.10, while Alta Orlando upset his more favoured stablemates when winning at a price of $16.20; however neither win surprised the All Stars camp.
Alta Orlando gave Purdon and co-owner Neil Pilcher back-to-back wins in the Welcome Stakes, while Thoroughbred Hall of Famer Jim Gibbs MNZM, who also shares in the ownership of runner-up Hug The Wind, nailed the quinella.
“We were expecting a big run from Alta Orlando last week but he botched up the start,” advised Purdon. “But he has always given us the impression of a very nice horse and has done everything ever asked of him,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, in shades of his Dominion Handicap win, Master Lavros dived up the inside to claim victory in the Group One NZ Trotting Championship in a New Zealand record time of 3-13.1.
By Mitchell Robertson