Day At The Track

Our Maxim sprints to win $200,000 Derby

12:46 AM 09 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Barry Purdon and Zac Butcher - pictured with Victoria Derby winner Our Maxim
Our Maxim winning the VHRSC Victoria Derby
Our Maxim NZ, VHRSC Victoria Derby Final, Group 1

It was a brilliant Barry Purdon quinella that marked the 100th year since the first ever running of the harness racing Victorian Derby.

In a tactically brilliant move Craig Demmler switch Our Sky Major - a noted leader - off the pegs in the opening stages to take the lead off his stablemate - a noted sit sprinter.

From there the McCarthy army enforced the pace through the middle stages with Bling It On finding the chair and Lettucrockthem in the one by one.

But a lack of mid-race pressure told the story of the race as Our Maxim was produced along the sprint lane to claim the $200,000 classic in gritty fashion.

A winner of over $340,000 in prizemoney now, Barry Purdon has never been willing to split his two rising stable stars and the VHRSC Victoria Derby proved just why.

Our Sky Major clung on for second in a mile rate of 1:56.0 with the last half coming in 54.2 seconds while Yayas Hot Spot shot along the pegs to claim third to complete an all New Zealand bred trifecta.

by Blake Redden

Harness Racing Victoria

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