Day At The Track

Kiwi star's APG 'gift'

11:03 AM 23 Apr 2015 NZST
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Our Waikiki Beach

New Zealand’s latest exciting harness racing star Our Waikiki Beach appears to have been ‘gifted’ Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

Not only has the unbeaten youngster drawn perfectly in barrier one, his main danger – Goodtime Sammy – has been scratched.

Goodtime Sammy is yet to experience defeat from four starts for co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin.

Also successful at his four outings, Our Waikiki Beach appears certain to lead throughout the 1609-metre sprint.

To be driven by trainer Mark Purdon, the son of Somebeachsomewhere is blessed with gate speed, which has Purdon oozing confidence.

“I couldn’t have asked for more from the draw,” Purdon said. “From there he should be able to hold the lead and will be very hard to beat.

“He is a beautifully-gaited pacer and just does it so easily. He’s very laid back and takes everything in his stride.”

Purdon is hoping for a Group One double on the program, with talented pacer Smolda engaged in the Len Smith Mile.

Victorious in last week’s Renshaw Cup at Penrith, Smolda hasn’t fared as well as his stablemate in the draw and will begin from gate six.

Defending title holder Beautide is the raging $1.30 favourite from four. Smolda is the only other runner under double figures at $7.50.

“I was very happy with his run last week and his work has been solid since,” Purdon said. “I don’t know if we can beat Beautide, but we will certainly let him know we are there.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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