Day At The Track

Purdon & Rasmussen set to dominate again

10:17 AM 04 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Natalie Rasmussen & Mark Purdon - have a strong hand to play tonight.

When it comes to Premier Meetings, think Purdon and Rasmussen.

The dynamic duo have a staggering 20 horses engaged to race at Addington tonight and are bound to pick up multiple winners on the card.

Among their team are Bio Marinus, King Denny, Rocknroll Arden, Hug The Wind, Te Amo Bromac, and Derby hopefuls, Messini, Isaiah, and Alleluia.

The latter will compete in the Group Two Vero Flying Stakes were he will meet a smart field including Tiger Tara and Locharburn, however Purdon Jnr is  confident he will be highly competitive.

“His work on Wednesday was absolutely super,” said Purdon’s son, Nathan. “I think he is possibly the quickest horse I have ever driven.”

And while that statement wouldn’t mean much coming from your average teenager, Nathan is no ordinary eighteen-year-old, having already driven the likes of Adore Me, Smolda, and Fly Like An Eagle in trackwork, among many others.

“And Messini and Isaiah have been racing well so they are sure to be competitive again,” he added.

Purdon jnr also likes the chances of Hug The Wind in the last race, although he warns that both of his stablemates, Te Amo Bromac and Tokohoka, are nice types.

“He is a very nice two-year-old who trialled really good on Monday,” said Purdon. “He should be very hard to beat.”

Meanwhile, top trotter Master Lavros should bounce back to winning form in tonight’s 4 & 5YO Trotters Championship.

“I was very happy with how he trialled on Monday and I think he will take a lot of beating,” said Jones.

By Mitchell Robertson

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