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Harness racing fans in Australia are getting use to seeing those blue colours with the grey stars at their meetings and the seemingly endless production line of high class horses that the All Star barn bring over from New Zealand. The latest horse from the champion barn to head across the Tasman is this years leading two year old trotter in High Gait. The winner of five from six in New Zealand this season and only beaten by half a head in the other race, High Gait was given a look at Menangle on Tuesday afternoon at the trials. Starting in a two year old pacing event, Mark Purdon settled the daughter of Muscles Yankee three back on the inner early as Its Inevitable and Michael Muscat set a quick tempo in front with Hell Bent and Kevin Pizzuto in the trail. These three slipped away from the rest of the field as they turned for home with Hell Bent challenging Its Inevitable strongly but High Gait was jogging in behind the leader and never saw daylight when full of running. The run itself had plenty of merit but when the time was announced of 1:55.5 for the winner Its Inevitable, the run of High Gait grew in statue. She was timed in 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 27.7 and she clocked that while looking to have something in reserve. Her goal on the trip is the Australasian Breeders Crown and on Tuesday's run, she is without doubt the one to beat. Another All Star runner to have a hit out prior to racing next week was Dream About Me. Allowed to drop out to last in a small four horse field, she sprinted home hard held in 26.2 and looks ready to carry on her winning ways next week. Harnesslink Media  

Waikiki Beach may be the pack leader when it comes to future harness racing breeding crosses likely to dominate our breeding in years to come but he won't be the first made popular by performances of All Star horses. Waikiki Beach is the product of a Somebeachsomewhere-Bettor's Delight cross. It was always a dream come true for breeders on paper but now it seems it might become a reality with this colt's unbeaten run to date in two year old features. Truth be told Mark was probably a little leery of Somebeachsomewhere stock before this one came along. While we only had a small sample in this country at that stage,horses by the sire at All Stars had tended to be a bit wilful once they got on the racetrack. They were, and probably to some extent still are, best when allowed their high cruising protential and front. Some  have proven a challenge when asked to race under restraint until the whips start to crack. It might be fair to say that Mark may not have bought Waikiki Beach along with  Trevor Casey and his old associate Neil Pilcher if he had not been out of a Bettor's Delight mare. "That definitely influenced me." "They are such great all round horses and they are a relaxed breed." "Some of the Somebeachsomewhere's I had had and seen were a bit headstrong." "We had Someardensomewhere for example who wanted to run freely in front and could be difficult to drive in a field." "He had the ability but in our racing you need good racing manners and that is what Bettor's Delight has given us." "But this bloke is no problem." "He likes to run in front because he is better than most of them but as he showed in the Breeder's Challenge Final he can run in the field just as well" Waikiki Beach is the only two year old by his sire to race in New Zealand from a Bettor's Delight mare but there more in the pipeline including one interesting foal from Southwind Arden. Cyclone Betty  the dam of Waikiki Beach won a Breeders Crown heat but never set the world alight. Back a generation it was a different story. Matt's Claim, Waikiki Beach's 3rd dam by Windshield Wiper who trialled in 1.53.4 was a top producer. To one of the great "knockabout"  "made my own way" stallions, Classic Garry, she left 1992 Two Year Old of the Year, Chandon who was also an outstanding three year old in Perth. Then came Salinger the 1997 Australian Three Year Old of the Year. Ironically a less sensational foal, Sorryimstuttering never broke two minutes but was a sister to Princess Kenru the dam of Cyclone Betty so that blood came out too. Like a lot of top Australian performers there is a breeding link to New Zealand. Waikiki Beach's family goes back more than a century in this country and in its earlier days in the 1920's produced the outstanding  Talaro which later won an Auckland Cup. The mares in this family were poor foal getters and it almost died out in the 1940's but its basic class meant  it kept coming back. The mare given founding credit for the family in New Zealand, Golden Bond, (Australia opts correctly for an earlier dam Boudre) had only one foal Millimetre and her line bred on. There was a strong trotting influence in the family in its earlier days. In Volometre  (Gaillard) it produced an important link for she was the dam of  Elsinore the dam of the outstanding Robalan In the 1950's Petite Yvonne, a daughter of Millimetre's daughter Centimetre, a half sister to Volometre was an outstanding racemare in New Zealand in an era of giants and when mare's has to take their changes in open races. Another influence from the family was Noble Chief who figured in the breed of horses Keith Powell made famous from his Westport base. Currently the "Norwegian Wood" branch has done well and earlier produced Lennon for All Stars which no doubt Mark also recalled.  At this year's sale $100,000 was given for a Christian Cullen colt from Blackbird Fly a black type mare from this tribe, and a similar price (by Robert Dunn) for a "Somebeach" colt from the closely related Free As a Bird offered by Stephen Hammar and Don Bates. This was the only branch of the family offered at the Yearling Sales this year. Waikiki Beach has an unlimited horizon at the moment and he guarantees the Somebeachsomewhere outright speed cross with the all round skills of Bettor's Delights will be highlights of future sales. Similarly Highview Tommy  was one of the first highly performed sons of Bettor's Delight (if not the first) to show that that stallion's cross with Christian Cullen produced great mix of speed and  stamina and the cross, as might have been expected anyway, is now a verypopular cross if yet to produce one as valuable as he was. Highview Tommy now stands alongside his sire and a stallion career could beckon also for Waikiki Beach if he continues his outstanding run of form. David McCarthy - All Stars Racing Stables - Check site here

New Zealand's best harness racing two year old filly Dream About Me had her first look at Menangle yesterday in a tame workout as she heads towards the Breeders Crown series. Without doubt the best two year old filly seen in New Zealand for a few seasons, Dream About Me is unbeaten to date but faces some real competition across the Tasman as she trys to keep her unbeaten record in tact. The half sister to Christen Me and three quarter sister to Adore Me has inherited all the family ability but the clash with the outstanding Rock N Roll Heaven filly Heavens Trend 1:52.1 is something to really look forward to. The All Stars team has been reinforced lately as they turn their attention to the Breeders Crown series. The latest addition to the team is the big Mach Three three year old filly Classical Art who has tended to live in the shadows of The Orange Agent and Fight For Glory most of the season but the free going filly would seem ideally suited by the Australian style of racing. As is normal these days Greg Hayes caught up with Mark Purdon after yesterdays trial and that interview is enclosed here. Harnesslink Media  

The All Stars dominance of Australian harness racing features is set to continue this weekend. Fresh from their success last Sunday at TABCORP Park, Menangle where they claimed three Gr.1 Breeders Challenge features, the Christchurch stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen is represented in two states on Saturday night. At Albion Park in Brisbane, the stable have Smolda contesting the Gr.1 $100,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint and Hug The Wind in the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes while Follow The Stars starts in the Gr.1 $110,000 Vicbred Super Series Final. Rasmussen takes the lines behind the Brisbane runners while Anthony Butt retains the drive behind Follow The Stars after he won behind the colt last week. And the stable are confident. “We’re happy with all the boys going into the weekend; Smolda has settled in really well since coming north from Sydney and will prove very hard to beat in the Sunshine Sprint while the 3yo boys are both in excellent form, we’re hoping it will be a another good weekend.” Rasmussen said. Amazingly, the stable have won 8 Gr.1 features in the last month alone which dates back to the stable winning five Jewels features at Ashburton on May 30 the coupled with the trio they claimed last week in Sydney. The stable have won 30 races on Australian soil this season including seven Gr.1 features with the promise of plenty more to come. The Queensland carnival boasts seven Gr.1 features while the Australasian Breeders Crown in Melbourne next month will be eagerly attacked by the stable. “We’re very fortunate to have a bunch of great owners plus, and more importantly, we have great support staff which enables us to target these strong Australian carnivals." Having the right people behind us is the major factor in our success, we’ve got great staff. “Mark has flown north from Sydney for a couple of days and we’re going to sit down and re-write campaigns for some of our runners." "We do this at the completion of each carnival and now that Sydney is over, we need to focus on our future plans while many of the Jewels teams are due back in soon." “So far the Brisbane campaign has been excellent for us but we know it’s going to get harder in the coming weeks." "We’re here for the big prizemoney events and we’re hopeful of picking up the races that we’ve set for these runners.” The stable had mixed results with barrier draws for the Brisbane features this weekend with Smolda landing gate three in the Sunshine Sprint while Hug The Wind must overcome gate seven in the Nursery Flying Stakes. Rasmussen was left feeling a little intrigued. “I’m happy with the draw with Smolda; he should take up a handy position from that draw and he’ll run his normal honest race, his recent form in Sydney has been excellent and it’s been great for his confidence." "His work since arriving up here has been very good so he’s ready to go but Avonnova will prove hard to catch from the inside gate." “Hug The Wind is a funny little fella but he’s continued to improve since being here, his form this season has been very good and he deserves a big race so hopefully he gets here in Brisbane." "He won well enough at Redcliffe while he trialed nicely at Albion Park last Friday, the draw is a shocker but I’m happy with him." “We’ve also got Fight For Glory starting on Saturday night and this will complete her preparation for next week’s Gr.1 Queensland Oaks, we never planned on starting her in the Nursery Flying Stakes against the boys." "Gentle Western starts on Friday at Albion Park in a heat of the Country Cup and the final is scheduled for Saturday week, both are in great shape.” It’s safe to say, the dominance could easily continue. Chris Barsby

Harness racings big day at Menangle yesterday was full of firsts for a lot of drivers and trainers involved. Kerry Ann Turner claimed her first Group 1 when Lettucerockthem was way too good in the four year old colts and geldings division of the $100,000 Breeders Challenge Finals after a great drive in front by her partner Robbie Morris. Not long after that was the sight of Luda getting home in the $100,000 four year old mares final for her young trainer Daniel Neagoe and her equally young driver David Morris. It was the first Group 1 victory for both the trainer and driver and showed both have the talent to make it at the highest level. Mark Purdon stamped his mark on the days proceedings by winning three of the six Group 1 features on offer and continued the great run the stable is having in both Sydney and Brisbane during their winter campaign. As usual Greg Hayes got around to interview a lot of the drivers and trainers and owners and we include those videos here. Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing two year old gelding Our Waikiki Beach was all the rage in the $125,000 two year old colts and geldings division of the NSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon. The winner of eight from eight going into the final, the son of Somebeachsomewhere has looked special from the first time he stepped on a track and hadn't really been put under any great pressure in his races.   That all changed today when the rival drivers threw down the gauntlet to Our Waikiki Beach.   Blake Fitzpatrick blazed out of the gate from barrier 10 with Match In Heaven, another son of Somebeachsomewhere and grabbed the early lead before handing up to Shadow Runner and Michael Formosa after 400 metres.   Mark Purdon worked Our Waikiki Beach forward to the wheel of Shadow Runner but applied no pressue with the first half going by in a leisurely 58.1.   The tempo was upped down the back by Formosa on Shadow Runner and he still lead as they turned for home.   Our Waikiki Beach mastered Shadow Runner soon after they turned for home but then had to withstand a big challenge on his inside from Match In Heaven.   For the first time in his career, Mark Purdon had to pull the ear plugs on Our Waikiki Beach and like the top colt he is he responded and held his challengers at bay.   Match In Heaven stuck on gamely for second just  in front of El Major and Shadow Runner.   Our Waikiki Beach paced the mile in 1:53.7 with closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.1 and all from the parked position.   That made it win number nine for Our Waikiki Beach and took his stake earnings in his debut season over the $300,000 mark.   A $50,000 purchase at last years yearling sales, Our Waikiki Beach is the first foal of the former handy Bettor's Delight racemare, Cyclone Betty 1:59.3 ($68,186) Our Waikiki Beach will now head to the Breeders Crown at Melton and a chance to crack the $500,000 stakes mark as a two year old.     Harnesslink Media

The finals of the $125,000 HRNSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challange were dominated in a lot of cases by a prohibitive favourite today but that wasn't the case with the three year old colts and geldings final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Kept Under Wraps was the favourite but two defeats in his last two starts to horses involved in todays final meant no one was super confident of the outcome.   Nathan Jack sent the Amanda Turnbull trained Mouse In The House to the front early before handing up to Mark Purdon and Kept Under Wraps after 600 metres.   Mark Purdon was able to back the tempo off in the mid stages with a 61.9 first half of the last mile before upping the speed from the 800 metres mark.   Going down the back in 27.9 made it impossible for those back in the field to play a big part as the field turned for home.   Kept Under Wraps looked under siege half way up the straight with Mouse In The House challenging him hard on the inner and Pompidou and Robbie Morris flashing home wider on the track after having a lovely trip in the one by one the whole race.   Kept Under Wraps kept giving for Mark Purdon and at the line still had a half head to spare from Pompidou with Mouse In The House close up in third.   The son of Bettor's Delight paced the 2400 metres in 2:55.1, a mile rate of 1:57.4 with closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.7.   Often the bridesmaid in big races, todays win was the seventh lifetime for Kept Under Wraps and took his earnings over the $200,000 mark.     It also completed a stellar day for the All Star Racing Stables with three of the six $125,000 Group 1 finals falling to the Kiwi training barn.   Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing three year filly Supersonic Miss has a lot of positive attributes but size is definitely not one of them. The diminutive daughter of Mach Three might be small in statue but she has a huge motor.   When she fronted up today for the $125,000 final of the NSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle for three year old fillies, she might have been the smallest filly in the race but it mattered not in the finish as she strode away for an effortless victory.   Allowed to settle back from barrier four, Supersonic Miss worked onto the back of Sally Fletcher in the one by one but some way off the leaders.   Somelovesomewhere lead early before handing up to the well supported Makes Every Scents after 800 metres.   Mark Purdon got a lovely run up with Supersonic Miss to the leader on the back of Sally Fletcher and when he peeled her three wide at the top of the straight, Supersonic Miss quickly sprinted to the lead and put the race beyond doubt half way up the long Menangle straight.   The Ashlee Siejka trained and driver Ameretto provided a minor highlight of the race by storming home late for second after an early gallop had cost her 10-12 lengths.   For the daughter of Million Dollar Cam it was a case of what might have been but for the early gallop.   Supersonic Miss paced the 2400 metres in a swift 2:54.6, a mile rate of 1:57.1 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 27.1   It was the ninth lifetime win for the Mach Three filly and took her earnings to just shy of $300,000.     Harnesslink Media

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's feature racing in New Zealand may be over for the season but they are still hunting down harness racing Group I victories. The All Stars stable have runners in four of the New South Wales Breeders Challenge finals at Menangle on Sunday. It is hard to imagine the Rolleston based stable will not pick up at least two of the A$125,000 Group I finals. Prominent stable owners, Meg and Merv Butterworth could be in for a successful day with Our Golden Goddess and Supersonic Miss both strong winning chances. Smart Art Major filly Our Golden Goddess, who is undefeated in two starts since making her debut in Australia, will be heavily supported in the 1609m Breeders Challenge for two-year-old fillies. Golden Goddess originally drew barrier nine but has been aided by three scratchings inside her. But Purdon, who drives all four stable runners on Sunday, will still have to start outside likely favorite Heavens Trend. Our Waikiki Beach, unbeaten in eight starts, will be a short priced favourite in the Breeders Challenge for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1609m. Purdon should have everything on his own terms from barrier three and it is hard to see him not winning. Supersonic Miss has a handy barrier draw, starting from gate four in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old fillies 2400m. After winning her last two starts, Supersonic Miss seems to be back to her best and will tough to beat. The fourth All Stars runner is Kept Under Wraps who will starts from barrier two in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old colts and geldings over 2400m. Kept Under Wraps, by Bettor's Delight was disappointing in his last start when run down late but is the favorite with Australian bookies. Given the season the Purdon and Rasmussen team enjoyed in New Zealand in Group I races, a day of Kiwi domination at Menangle would not surprise. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the consent of the Christchurch Press

Harness racing three year old filly Supersonic Miss sent a shot across the bow of all her competitors in the New South Wales Breeders Challenge series with a superb front running display in her semi-final at Menangle last night. Away well from barrier nine for co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon, Supersonic Miss worked to the front after 400 metres and from there it was not if she would win but by how much she would win. Mark kept her rolling in front and a first half of the last mile in 56.9 meant Supersonic Miss had her rivals gasping from as far out as the 600 metres. Mark sat as quiet as in the bike as Supersonic Miss put daylight between her and the chasing pack with the official margin being 23 metres. Supersonic Miss paced the 2400 metres in 2:54.8, a mile rate of 1:57.2 and her time was nearly four seconds quicker than the winner of the other semi-final in Makes Every Scents. Last nights win was the eighth lifetime for Supersonic Miss and took her earnings over the $230,000 mark  The two year old filly of the year in New Zealand in 2013/2014, Supersonic Miss has had a season in 2014/2015 that promised plenty but didn't quite deliver in New Zealand. The daughter of Mach Three won over $75,000 in New Zealand over the season but always seemed to find one better in a lot of the big fillies races Mark Purdon was a happy man post race. " She did that very easily and really impressed me" " She was in cruise control up the straight." "Since we came to Australia, she has really improved, the most of any of the team." "On tonights performance she will be very hard to beat in the final," Mark said. Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing fans on both sides of the Tasman have gotten use to the All Stars barn having nights that most trainers only dream about. Last night at Menangle the all conquering Kiwi barn had three runners involved and as has become the norm they produced three winners. First up was the rejuvenated Smolda who showed yet again that he back at his best and is cherry ripe heading to the Queensland Winter Carnival. Away well from barrier 10, driver Mark Purdon sent him forward early and he lobbed the one by one with a lap to go.  From there he was always travelling like the winner and whenMark eased Smolda out on the last corner, he quickly put paid to them, The son of Courage Under Fire was recording his 21st victory at just his 38th start and took his earnings with last nights win over the $670,000 mark. The second winner was the two year old filly Golden Goddess who made it two from two lifetime with another easy win. Driver Mark Purdon let the daughter of Art Major find her feet early before taking the lead after 200 metres. Buttoning off during the middle stages,Mark let her run from the 400 metres and she dashed home in 26.6 without too much effort for another impressive win. She stopped the clock at 1:55.1 which was three seconds slower than the other semi-final winner Heaven Trend but Golden Goddess did appear to have plenty up her sleeve and the final should be highly competitive.  The third winner for the night was the outstanding two year Waikiki Beach who made it eight from eight with another impressive victory. Sent straight to the front by driver Mark Purdon in a 27.9 first quarter, Waikiki Beach ambled through the next two quarters before sprinting home in 26.7 to remind everybody why he is the favourite for the Breeders Challenge final. The scary thing was the son of Somebeachsomewhere looked a bit burly last night and should strip a much fitter horse for the final in two weeks time. An interesting sidelight of last nights three winners from the All Stars barn was that all three were bred in Australia. Harnesslink Media 

Leading New Zealand harness racing trainer Mark Purdon will spend most of June in Sydney as he looks to continue his domination of the feature juvenile races across Australasia by targeting the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge. Fresh from winning five races at the New Zealand Harness Jewels on the weekend, Purdon made an immediate impact on racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle by winning two races with Our Golden Goddess and Kept Under Wraps on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday's double could be regarded as a stable treble with Our Waikiki Beach winning for caretaker trainer Belinda McCarthy. The unbeaten two year old will now be transferred back to Purdon for the Breeders Challenge semi finals. "I will be in NSW for the month of June in the lead up to the Breeders Challenge, I'll have five horses to look after in the run up to the feature races in Sydney while Nat (Rasmussen) will have the same number of horses in Queensland," said Purdon. Our Golden Goddess could not have been more impressive on debut for Purdon with the daughter of Art Major recording a 1:54.3 mile, an Australian record for a two year old filly. "It was a great start for her career, her grandmother Sabilize was a good mare in Australia and it is probably coming out now with the Art Major cross. "She didn't really surprise me with her performance, Nat has done a lot of work with her at home and she has always had a high opinion of her." With the victory Our Golden Goddess also qualified for the two year old Breeders Challenge semi finals on Saturday June 13 while stablemates Supersonic Miss and Kept Under Wraps will look to join her in the semis after competing in their respective three year old heats next Tuesday. "I was pleased with Kept Under Wraps, he raced well on Tuesday, he was a bit disappointing at his last start in New Zealand on a wet track but his work had been good since and he backed that up with his performance." Supersonic Miss raced in the Harness Jewels and finished ninth behind The Orange Agent. The other horse joining Purdon in Sydney will be Follow The Stars while Purdon suggested Smolda will have one more run at Menangle before heading north to join Rasmussen in Queensland. "I'd say Smolda will have one more run in Sydney before he treks off to Brisbane with Nat and competes in the feature races up there, I'm pleased with how he has been going since the Len Smith Mile with Belinda and Luke." Greg Hayes

She is bred to be a harness racing superstar and judging by her debut at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday, Our Golden Goddess is set to live up to her bloodlines.   Not only did the Mark Purdon-trained youngster easily account for her rivals, she set an Australian record in the process.   Competing in a heat of the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge, Our Golden Goddess covered the mile in a scintillating 1:54.3, with her time shaving two-tenths of a second off Hazels Girl national mark.   Hazels Girl set the two-year-old fillies’ record at the same venue last March.   Thrilled with Our Golden Goddess’ performance, owner Merv Butterworth is confident his latest promising pacer can continue her winning way through the series.   “She has the semi-finals next on the 13th, then hopefully onto the Final a fortnight later,” Butterworth said. “Mark has had a fair opinion of her all along and hopefully she can convert that onto the racetrack.   “That was a terrific debut, and going on that run, she is capable of going through the series unbeaten, but we all know anything can happen in racing.”   With Purdon in the cart, Our Golden Goddess worked to the lead from barrier four before cruising to a six-and-a-half metre win from Merrywood Ruby, with Lettuce Go Pippa a metre-and-a-half away third.   By super sire Art Major, Our Golden Goddess is from exceptionally-bred mare Localize – a daughter of former top mare, Sabilize.   The family also includes Sushi Sushi, Royal Mattjesty, Sable Matters, B Dramattic, Sabelvision, Dragon’s Lair and Cole Muffer.   Our Golden Goddess’ victory was the opening leg of a double for Purdon, who also scored with outstanding three-year-old, Kept Under Wraps.   The son of Bettors Delight led throughout to complete an eight-and-a-half metre win from Toolijooa Dawn, with El Chango three-and-a-half metres away third.   With the final 800 metres run in 57.1 seconds, Kept Under Wraps covered the mile in 1:54.2, taking his record to six wins and five seconds from 16 starts.   Paul Courts  

The harness racing season always throws up some rough results from time to time and in today's Group 1 $100,000 four year old Ruby at the Harness Jewels at Ashburton it almost happened again.   Hot favourite King Denny with Mark Purdon in the bike led from barrier one and kept up a steady tempo through the first 800 metres while a lot of his more favoured opposition did things wrong and were out of contention early.   Coming to the home turn the well supported Belles Son broke and from then on it looked like King Denny's race to lose.   Clear half way up the straight, suddenly the horse who had sat on his back the whole way Zachary Binx with Amanda Tomlinson in the bike appeared on his inside in the passing lane.   The closer it got to home the closer Zachiary Binx got but at the line he was still half a neck in arrears.   Poppymalda and Nathan Williamsom flew out of the pack late to grab third in front of an unlucky Harrysul   While King Denny paid $1:50 to win, Zachiary Binx paid a whopping $18.70 for a place.   Winning his second Harness Jewels by a small margin, the Majestic Son gelding trotted the mile in 1:55.9 with closing sectionals of 55.9 and 26.8   Mark Purdon was more relieved than anything post race.   " I was getting a bit worried the last bit."   " He just knocked off when he was clear and I had a bit of trouble getting him going again."   " He can do that every now and again but at least we still held on ," Mark said.   Amanda was smiling as though she had won the race.   " How close did I get," was all Amanda wanted to know post race   King Denny has had a great season mixing it with the very best in the latter half of the season and should be in for a big season at five.   King Denny was the fourth winner of the day for the Allstars training duo of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.   Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing is a very competitive sport especially when it comes to the two year olds but that hasn't stopped the All Star barn dominating the age group in the last few years in New Zealand.   Today the training pertners Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen had four starters in the Group 1  Harness Jewels $150,000 two year old Emerald at Ashburton and by the end of the race they had claimed the trifecta which is a real feather in their caps.   Salty Robyn and Laureen Panella worked to the front early before handing up to Chase The Dream and Natalie Rasmussen who kept up a steady but not spectactular tempo.   Code Black and John Dunn ended up in the parked position giving cover to Lazarus and Mark Purdon.   Chase The Dream turned for home in front but was quickly claimed by Lazarus and then Motu Premier and Tim Williams flashed late to grab second off a game Chase The Dream who ended up third   A minor highlight of the race was the run of the Australian bound Code Black who looped the field from the outside of the front line and stuck on for a game fourth.   Not only was it a trifecta for the All Star barn, it was also a first four for the champion sire Bettor's Delight with all the first placegetters by him.   Lazarus paced the mile in 1:52.9 with closing sections of 54.8 and 25.1 which made it hard for horses back in the field to make ground.   Mark was reserved as always post race.   " He was unlucky last start but got a lovely run today and that's what made the difference."   "There is nothing between Lazarus and Chase The Dream ability wise and it is only the run they get that makes the difference," Mark said.   The All Star barn has dominated juvenile racing in New Zealand this season and took out five of the six placings in the two year old pacing races today.   Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing never has such things as past the post certainties but High Gait was about as close as you could get in the two year old Group 1 Harness Jewels $100,000 Ruby for trotters at Ashburton today.   High Gait was five for five and had looked nigh unbeatable heading into today's race although stablemate Missandei had made a race of it at their last meeting.   Missandei and Mark Purdon got out well from barrier two and grabbed the lead while quite a few had a gallop early.   Before too long High Gait and Natalie Rasmussen had worked around to sit outside her stablemate and the pace then dropped right off which suited the duo in front.   The race then basically turned into a sprint up the straight with Missandei holding her more highly rated stablemate High Gait by half a head with Wilma's Mate running on well for third in front of a big finisher in Cyclone Chief.   The mile was cut out in 2:01 with the last half in 59.4 and quarter in a swift 26.8.   Mark Purdon was thrilled with the progress of the Angus Hall filly.   " She has just kept improving and from the draw I had to go forward."   " She was going really well on the corner but I was never that confident that I could hold High Gait at bay"   "Its great for Trevor who raced her mother and bred this one," Mark said.   The disappointment of the race was Conon Bridge who galloped in the back straight.   " I don't why he did that.'   " He just dropped his head right down and lost his balance and galloped," Bob Butt told Harnesslink post race.   Two races down and two quinellas for the All Stars barn so far.   Harnesslink Media    

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