Day At The Track

Somebeachsomewhere's son claims $322,000 Final

07:03 AM 27 Apr 2015 NZST
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Our Waikiki Beach
Our Waikiki Beach
Our Waikiki Beach

Australians haven’t seen the last of New Zealand’s latest harness racing star Our Waikiki Beach.

Following the freshman’s effortless Australian Pacing Gold victory at Menangle just moments ago, trainer Mark Purdon confirmed the son of Somebeachsomewhere will remain on the mainland during the next couple of months.

Instead of heading home for the Harness Jewels, Our Waikiki Beach will stay on this side of the Tasman for the New South Wales Breeders' Challenge.

“We are very happy with the way he has come along during this trip to Australia,” Purdon said. “With that in mind, he will stay with Belinda and Luke McCarthy for the Breeders' Challenge.

"He also has the Breeders' Crown later in the season."

Driven by Natalie Rasmussen, Our Waikiki Beach began swiftly to lead from barrier one, with the remainder of the $322,000 Group One a formality.

Never seriously challenged, the colt cruised to a soft 14-and-a-half metre win from Born To Rocknroll, with the quinella provided by Empire Stallions’ sires.

Kingofthestars was two-and-a-half metres away third.

“From the draw he was always going to be hard to beat, and once he led, the race was well in his keeping,” Purdon said. “I’m very impressed with the way he came away from them up the straight.”

With the final 800 metres run in 55.2 seconds, Our Waikiki Beach covered the mile in 1:54.3, extending his unbeaten record to five.

  • PAUL COURTS

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