Smart filly Rocknroll Arden backed up a string of minor placings with a dominant win in the ninth heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series at Addington tonight.
“She has been going very good races without things going here way, but Blair (Orange – driver) took luck out of the equation tonight,” said co-trainer Mark Purdon.
Rockroll Arden led all of the way to win easily by 2 & ¼ lenghts over Goodness Gracious Me, who enjoyed a good run in the trail, and stablemate Te Amo Bromac (Natalie Rasmussen), who loomed large but died on her run late.
“It was her first run for seven months and she just blew out. She will take plenty of benefit out of that,” Purdon added
Purdon and Rasmussen also enjoyed success on the card with Raesawinner, who provided a good tonic for co-owner Neil Piltcher, who came out of hospital after some heart treatments on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Purdon is happy with talented three-year-old Alleluia, who has been the big early mover in the New Zealand Derby market.
“He has been working up really well,” enthused Purdon. “He is going to the workouts at Motukarara tomorrow and will race at Addington next week.”
Other winners on tonight’s card included European import Sir Lexington, who was one of three winners for driver Anthony Butt.
It was the six-year-olds first win in New Zealand and fifth in his career.
By Mitchell Robertson