Arden Rooney wasn’t the only All Stars member to set a track yesterday – Debutant Gentle Western also did when recording 1-55.0 for the mile, despite the windy conditions.
Sent on a mission down the back straight by co-trainer Mark Purdon, Gentle Western powered to the front on the bend before narrowly withstanding a late challenge from Shezacheapy.
His time of 1-55.0 shaved 0.4 seconds off the previous three-year-old colts and gelding record which was set by Smiling Star at the corresponding meeting two years ago.
Gentle Western, a well bred son of Western Ideal, is owned by Natalie Rasmussen’s mother Cheryl, as well as Trevor Titcomb of Blakes A Fake fame, but ironically he was the only one of the four winners that she co-trained at the meeting that she didn’t drive herself.
Those who remember Mark Purdon nominating the three-year-old as his ‘horse to follow’ in the Harness Racing Weekly’s Around The Stables segment would have made the most of the $2.30 dividend.
Meanwhile, Willow and Secret’s Out, who were both winners for Purdon and Rasmussen on Sunday, will now head to a heat of the Sires Stakes at Forbury Park on Sunday.
By Mitchell Robertson