Mark Purdon has no doubts Didjamakem Bolt will whip through the grades and admits the son of Tinted Cloud is like no other horse he has conditioned.
“It’s not often we have a lightly raced 5-year-old one-win horse with this much potential. Our good horses are usually developed from two, three, and four-year-olds.
“He’s a bit special alright. One of the most exciting horses in our stable. He gave them a start and beat them last week. I think he can win again on Friday (October 18) as well,” said Purdon who co-trains the brown gelding with Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston.
Although Didjamakem Bolt has drawn four on the second row in Friday’s $21,000 Searells Super Series Pace, he should be too smart for his 4-year-old and older opposition.
He galloped at the start, lost 10 metres last Friday and then gave the pace-maker a 40 metre head-start with two laps remaining.
Then with just over 1000m remaining Purdon asked the $1.30 favourite to loop the field. They then sat outside the pace-making Born In The USA. In the home straight Didjamakem Bolt was far too strong for his nine opponents.
Didjamakem Bolt won by 1-1/4 lengths and paced the 2600m stand in 3:19.5 (mile rate: 2:03.4) - with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58.6 and 29.1.
Purdon said Didjamakem Bolt had recovered well from a wind operation that he copped when racing in Queensland in June 2012.
He’s had two races at Addington in September and October since then and won them both.
“We have had to be very patient with him. That’s why he’s only had seven starts. His throat is 100 per cent now. I think he’s in for a big season,” Purdon said.
“The mobile will suit him on Friday,” he added.
Purdon and Rasmussen have three other contenders in the evening’s other highlight pacing event – the $21,000 Brymac Super Series for 3-year-olds and over.
Purdon rated and Raesawinner and Machs A Flyin as just slightly behind the best three and four-year-olds going around, but believed Someardensomewhere had the ability to match it with the best and go close on Friday night.
“He’s drawn well and is a very nice pacer and comes into this race very well being a maiden. He has the ability to win this race,” Purdon said.
The 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere resumed from his Ashburton win in June with a head second behind Tiger Tara at Addington on September 27.
He’s now won of his five starts and placed in three others.
Meanwhile, the other big race on Friday is the $21,000 Storer Motors Handicap for 4yo and older 1-3 win trotters.
The 20m backmarkers Astral Traveller and Tart N Tights look the best prospects, but Indiana Jones can’t be dismissed after two impressive runs this campaign.
The Steve McRae trained Indiana Jones won when favourite after a six month spell at Methven on September 29, and then got within half a neck of Tart N Tights at Addington last week..
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)