Champion harness racing trainer Mark Purdon has now trained the winner of all nine Harness Jewels categories at least once.
Heading into today’s 2014 running of the Harness Jewels at Cambridge, the $150,000 2YO Diamond was the elusive category, with Purdon having trained the second horse on three occasions, but never the winner.
But with a strong three-pronged attack on the race this year, that looked set to change. And the Mach Three filly Supersonic Miss didn’t let Purdon down.
After pushing through from her second-line barrier draw, Purdon got a cart into the race on the back of her stablemate Linda Lovegrace (Blair Orange).
He then landed the parked position and from there Supersonic Miss, who was a tragedy beaten in the APG Final, got justice, dashing away to win a fine style. Linda Lovegrace fought gamely for second, with Joanne’s A Delight capitalising on a good run to finish third.
Supersonic Miss paced the one mile journey in a new 2yo fillies record-time of 1:54.1, to give her Australian based co-owners Merv and Meg Butterworth back-to-back Jewels victories.
By Mitchell Robertson