After waking up at 5am to do her daily exercises which consist of 100 sit-ups and 80 press-ups, harness racing superwoman, Natalie Rasmussen, hoppled the whole team at Rolleston before flying to Auckland to steer Linda Lovegrace to an all-of-the-way win in the $130,000 Group One Caduceus Club Classic.
“She is a lovely filly with a lot of speed and a heap of bottom to her,” said Rasmussen, who was very confident going into tonight’s race.
“She was crook when she finished third in the Young Guns and probably shouldn’t have even started. Her effort to finish third was huge, so I knew she could turn the tables on Democrat Party tonight,” she added.
After burning out early, Linda Lovegrace enjoyed a nice run in front before unleashing a supersonic last 400 metres to win by 1 & ¾ lenghts over Katy Perry, who enjoyed a nice run in the trail.
Joannes A Delight and Democrat Party, who locked wheels and lost considerable ground down the back straight, were both good finishing in third and fourth respectively.
Linda Lovegrace, who is a daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight, will now eye the $150,000 Sires Stakes next Friday.
She is owned by the ‘The Good sports Syndicate’ and was bred by Woodlands Stud.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Tasman, Mark Purdon made up for his unlucky fourth in the fillies APG Final with Supersonic Miss by winning the $322,000 colts final in emphatic fashion with Follow The Stars.
The freakishly good two-year-old, who was now won six from six, crushed his rivals by 13.6 metres despite racing parked for the majority of the journey, backing up Mark Purdon’s statement that he is the best horse he has ever purchased from the Australian Pacing Gold Sale.
Follow The Stars, who paced a blistering mile rate of 1:54.1, will now return home to prepare for the Harness Jewels.
By Mitchell Robertson