Day At The Track

Smolda captures Aussie feature

10:59 AM 17 Apr 2015 NZST
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Talented New Zealand harness racing performer Smolda kicked off his latest Aussie campaign on a winning note at Penrith last night.

Sent across the Tasman to tackle several feature targets, Smolda annexed the popular Renshaw Cup.

With trainer Mark Purdon in the cart, the son of Courage Under Fire scored with ease from Yayas Hot Spot and Blazin N Cullen.

Covering the last half in a slick 55.9 seconds, Smolda rated 1:56.7 for the 2525-metre journey, with his time slicing a second off Blazin N Cullen’s track record established in last season’s Cup.

Pleased with Smolda’s performance, Purdon stated the outing will “top off” the gelding heading into his main mission – Len Smith Mile.

The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26.

“He went super last night and never felt like he was going to be beaten,” Purdon said. “He has been racing well at home without a lot of luck, but tonight he showed he is at the top of his game.

"I will keep him ticking along for the Len Smith Mile in 10 days.”

Smolda’s success was the opening leg of a double for Purdon, who also scored with exciting youngster Follow The Stars.

  • PAUL COURTS

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