In the space of half an hour Natalie Rasmussen drove the winner of the Group One Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship with Willow then backed up in the Listed Pgg/Wrightson Sales Open Final.
Collectively the stakes add up to $410,000 so it would be fair to say it has been a great day out for the Australian driver of Blacks a Fake fame. Natalie also shares in the training partnership with partner Mark Purdon.
The wins however had very different drives with Willow a Bettors Delight filly racing on the markers when three back on the inside. That was the place to be with a frenetic pace up front being made by Raksdeal who was game in defeat running second.
The race had plenty of action early with Ideal Belle breaking after 100 metres and then Venus Serena shying at the marker Ideal Belle hit which caused the field to break apart early. Clark Barron ripped to the front with Raksdeal and hit the go button.
On a National record of 2.39.14 Willow was able to amble off the markers inside the final 300 metres and run down the gallant Raksdeal with stable mate of Willow Rocknroll Arden running third.
“She’s such a good filly. It was a blessing in disguise when Blair pushed me onto the rails, with the pace that was on it was clearly the place to be” said a very calm Rasmussen.
Willow was having her first start at the “Park” remains unbeaten in four starts now and has Group One glory next to her name.
Thirty minutes later Rasmussen and Isaiah completed the memorable day for the All Stars stable who had already won with Sabellian earlier in the day.
Off the the mobile arm stable mate Alleluia crossed favourite Locharburn and then Isaiah took the lead off him.
“He’s much better in front and Mark and I both thought our horses had the better tactical speed to beat Locharburn out and that proved to be the case. My fella can pull a bit back in the field so I was happy to be out in front” said Rasmussen.
Isaiah a colt by Art Major ran the 2200m in 2.40.75 a 1.57.6 mile rate for the trip. In the process he recorded win number 7 and amassed stakes of over $400,000.
Justin Le Lievre