He was attacked for the lead twice, handed up twice and then the third time he went around to the lead he never got passed. The horse in question was the soon-to-be-exported God Send who won tonight's $15,000 1-2 win Pace at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park tonight (Friday September 3).
Recently (late August) transferred from the Wayne Anstis stable in Hamilton to Mark Purdon and Grant Payne in Pukekohe, God Send proved his $1.30 win price was spot on with a tough 2-1/2 length victory. He and Purdon paced the 2200m mobile in 2:46.3 (mile rate: 2:01.6) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 59.1 and 29.5 seconds.
The Bettor's Delight - Hurricane Dancer colt, sadly for New Zealand harness racing, will be exported to the Pizzuto family in New South Wales in November - just after tackling the Group One Sires Stakes Final for 3yos on New Zealand Cup Day - November 9 at Addington Raceway.
He was sold for a hefty six figure sum in a package deal with stablemate God Knows. That 6-year-old son ofand Tuapeka Dancer was exported to Australia on Monday (September 30).
God Knows, won six of his 47 starts and $37,684 is a nice pacer, but he doesn't possess the talent that God Send has.
That was clearly evident tonight after working hard three times in the race, the gifted bay still went to the line un-touched. That win was God Send's fifth win in 13 starts. He's also placed five times for almost $40,000 in stakes - not bad for a colt that only started racing in January this year.
Another impressive winner tonight was the Tony Herlihy trained and driven Statesman, who went from first to last at the 1500m and from that point never relented.
Second favourite ($4) behind the equally talented The Hayne Train (who left his run too late to finish third), Statesman remained unbeaten in two starts when winning his maiden pace in 2:46 for the mobile 2200m mobile.
Trained and driven beautifully by Tony Herlihy, the 3-year-oldcolt had half a length to spare over Lord Spartacus and Todd Mitchell. Mile rate: 2:01.4. Last 800m: 58.6 and last 400m: 29.1.
ALEXANDRA PARK HIGHLIGHTS:
Top Junior Driver: Zac Butcher and Joshua Dickie 1 win each.
Top Driver: 10 races and 10 winning drivers.
Top Trainer: 10 races and 10 winning trainers.
Top Sire: 10 races and 10 winning sires.
Results from the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting held at Alexandra Park Raceway in Auckland tonight (Friday September 2) were:
Race 1: The Todd Mitchell trained and driven HEZA HOLMES ().
Race 2: The Tony Herlihy trained and driven STATESMAN ().
Race 3: The Mark Purdon and Grant Payne trained GOD SEND (Bettor's Delight) Mark Purdon.
Race 4: The Stephen Doody trained RIVER FIELD () Peter Ferguson.
Race 5: The Ian Small trained TARA SAHARA () Philip Butcher.
Race 6: The Derek Balle and Owen Gillies trained CHAS LUNEY () Zac Butcher.
Race 7: The Doug Gale trained PROTOCOL () Frank Cooney.
Race 8: The Peter Scaife trained GEORGE SKIPPER () David Butcher.
Race 9: The John Dickie trained ELLEVFIFTYSEVEN () Joshua Dickie.
Race 10: The Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson trained UNDERWOOD ROAD () Brent Mangos.
Duane RANGER (editor)