Day At The Track

Mark Purdon strikes at APG Sydney sale

06:28 PM 27 Feb 2016 NZDT
Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print
Lot 301 -  Bettors Delight x Rockahula Baby
Lot 301 - Bettors Delight x Rockahula Baby

Today's harness racing Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale was slow to begin but eventually got going with a lot of the big players starting to get involved after the first thirty lots.

One promient buyer who had kept his powder dry through the first half of the sale was the leading New Zealand trainer and yearling judge Mark Purdon who had several of his stable clients present in Sydney at Randwick today.

That all changed when Lot 301 walked into the ring.

Mark Purdon never needs much prompting to buy progeny by Bettor's Delight at the best of times but when you have a stunning filly like Lot 301 combined with a pedigree to die for meant she was always on Mark's radar.

Lot 301 is the first foal from an unraced Artsplace daughter of Rye Hanover in Rockahula Baby.

Rockahula Baby is a half sister to six winners including tomorrows Miracle Mile runner in Blazin Cullen 1:51.9 ($263,302) who Mark trained earlier in his career and the smart Rockin Roll Lad ($64,761) who also raced out of the All Stars barn during his career.

The third dam is one of the all time great broodmares in Rich N Elegant who is an inductee into the USTA Hall Of Fame.

The statistics of Rich N Elegant are mind blowing with three in 1:50, seven in 1:54, two $2,000,000 winners and five winners of $500,000 or more.

Those winners include Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3 ($2,754,000) and Royalflush Hanover 1:49.3 ($2,153,893) to name just two so you can see why Mark Purdon was hot on the filly.

Their was spirited bidding from the time she walked into the ring and with long time stable clients Phil and Glenys Kennard in the action from the start, the filly was always heading back to the All Star barn at Rolleston in New Zealand.

When the dust had settled, the Kennards had gone to $100,000 to secure the classy looking filly.

The Kennards have a great record in there own right with their yearling sales purchasers and in Lot 301 they looked to have purchased another outstanding addition to their race team.

For full details on Lot 301 click here.

Harnesslink Media

Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print

Read More News About...

Stallion Name

Next article: