If you like making easy money out of harness racing then get on New Zealand Free-For-All runner-up Pure Power when he makes his Australian debut in a lowly M1-2 race over a mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday December 29.
The winner of nine of his 31 starts and $124,167 left Dave and Clare McGowan's Pukekohe stable on November 29 bound for Molander's Appin barn, 20 kilometres from Menangle.
Pure Power trialled for the first time at Menangle on Tuesday (December 18).
Once Blake Fitzpatrick took the son ofto the lead down the back straight it was matter of who would run second behind the gifted 6-year-old gelding.
Without being urged in the straight Pure Power paced the mile in 1:56.34. His quickest mile time in New Zealand was 1.55.9.
Pure Power had 2.3 metres to spare over runner-up I'm On Target and Andrew McCarthy. Last 800m: 60.2. Final quarter: 29.2. There were eight starters (see video).
Molander was delighted with the both the pacer's transition to Australia and the trial win.
"I was very pleased with his trial and this will top him of nicely for his first race at Menangle on Saturday week. Blake was really impressed with how easily he covers the ground," Molander told Harnesslink.
She said there were however bigger fish to fry in 2013.
"His first major race will be in the Australia Day Cup on January 26. We intend working him through the grades because he has come over here very well assessed," Molander said.
Pure Power is leased by Clare McGowan, John May, Peter May, I.J. Smith, P. Harrison, and Miss B.F. Smith.
He was bred by C.H. Barlow and Mrs T.J. Barlow.
He is out of an un-racedmare named Highfields Angel. Her only other winner was her first-born - a one-win mare named Inspiration.
By Duane RANGER (editor)
Pure Power winning his trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday (December 18):