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Border Control to leave early for Australia

01:21 AM 11 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Border Control - will contest the $A50,000 Hondo Grattan on Saturday

Mark Purdon knows that racing and luck don’t always go together.

That is why he is sending his star four-year-old Border Control to Australia a week earlier than what was initially anticipated, giving him two chances to qualify for the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire on March 3.

“We originally planned on using the Paleface Adios to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire, but after thinking things through, we have decided that if anything went wrong and he didn’t qualify in Paleface Adios we would have regretted not coming sooner,” said Mark Purdon. “That is why he will now head to Australia this week in order to contest the $A50,000 Hondo Grattan on Saturday,” he added.

“If he wins he qualifies for the Chariots and if he doesn’t he will be able to start in the Paleface Adios the week later, effectively giving him two bites at the cherry.”

Purdon said that he was thrilled with how the One Mile New Zealand Record Holder had worked last week and that he was expecting some big efforts from him across the Tasman.

 By Mitchell Robertson                                                                                      




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