Day At The Track

Cheerful holds on in Trotting Oaks

12:15 AM 24 Mar 2019 NZDT
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A masterly piece of big race judgement from Mark Purdon ensured Cheerful gave Braeden and Caroline Whitelock their second win of the night in the NZ Trotting Oaks.

The Whitelocks, best known for their pacing breeding skills bought Cheerful as a yearling. She is from Superbowlcheerleader that Mark trained later in her career and won features from the stable. But everything went wrong for Cheerful in the running and only the skills of Mark got her home by a tight margin in a huge finish.

Cheerful worked across from a wide draw but taking the front from a hard pulling rival took some of her resources and there was no immediate letup. Then Swiss Miss swept past her and went some lengths clear with 500m to go which suggested the little filly might struggle to fill a place.

“I watched it go because I had already done quite a lot with my filly during the race and it wasn’t practical to fight off another one” Mark said,

Instead he cuddled her resources and worked back into contention as Swiss Miss faded and then outfinished a game Overzealous who had enjoyed a saloon passage courtesy of Jim Curtin.

It was a top performance but not enough to persuade Mark to take on the males in the Trotting Derby.

“No I don’t think she is quite ready for that. We will stick to the filly races in the meantime

 

Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables

http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

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