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Leading harness racing trainer Mark Purdon is always fairly reserved in his judgements when asked to rate his horses so when he labels one of his charges a "champion" it pays to take notice. That horse was Our Waikiki Beach who showed tremendous courage today in the $288,000 Woodlands Stud two year old colts and geldings Breeders Crown final at Tabcorp Park Melton.   Wide early from the outside of the gate, Mark Purdon continued to press forward in search of the lead.   But Born To Rocknroll with Luke McCarthy in the bike had already found the front and wasn't in the mood to hand up.   The two star juveniles went toe to toe for three hundred metres before Luke took a trail with Born To Rocknroll.   Shadow Sax found the chair soon after and then Zee Dana worked around and gave him one by one cover.   Off the back Mark Purdon upped the tempo again and as they straightened for home he put a break on his pursuers.   Mark gave him a couple to keep his mind on the job as he cruised home for an emphatic win.   After the early duel, Born To Rocknroll showed real gameness to stick on for second in front of Shadow Sax.   Our Waikiki Beach paced the 2240 metres in a real smart 2:42, a mile arte of 1:56.4 with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.7.   It was the son of Somebeachsomewhere's twelfth consecutive win from twelve starts and took his stake earnings to $510,427   Mark Purdon was all smiles post-race.   "He was really tested today but he came through it in great style..   "I thought he might be a bit vulnerable late after all the work he had done early but when I asked him he really lifted.   "I think he deserves to be called a champion after the season he has had and that run today, Mark said     Harnesslink Media

Harness racing is always in need of pin up starts and in the outstanding filly Our Dream About Me they have one of the highest class. A warm favourite in the $288,000 Betterthacheddar@Alabar Breeders Crown final for two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Melton, Dream about Me still had some hurdles to overcome to justify that favouritism. Drawn out in the carpark on the second line, Our Dream About Me pushed through her way through early and got onto the three wide- line for driver Mark Purdon. Finding the chair outside the talented Hot Shot Woman and Robbie Morris after 700 metres, Mark Purdon was content to sit parked and applied no pressure to the leader. Going past the 800 metres, Robbie Morris pressed the go button on Hot Shot Woman and she burned down the back straight in 27.9. Momentarilary Our Dream About Me looked in a spot of trouble but when Mark asked her for the big effort, she lifted like the star she is and went to the line an easy winner. Hot Shot Woman went super but just found one better on the day while Zibibbo after trailing the whole way ran third. A minor highlight of the race was the run of Get In The Groove who after being three wide for the last round finished on gamely for fourth. Our Dream About Me paced the 2240 metres in 2:43.6, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 55 and 27. It was the eighth win from eight starts for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight and took her stake earnings to $403,877 Mark's smile is getting wider and wider as the day goes on here at Tabcorp Park. "That was a great run today after all the work she did." "I thought Hot Shot Woman was the filly to be wary of so I was keen to get handy to her as I could early. "She really found when I asked her and won like the great filly she is. "She has that X factor that separated the good horses from the great ones," Mark said. Harnesslink Media

The first of the Group 1 races today at Tabcorp Park Melton was the $84,000 Aldebaran Park Two Year old trotting fillies final and the All Star juggernaut started the day as expected with a smart win.   The outstanding filly High Gait has had a great juvenile season with just one nose defeat blotting an otherwise perfect season.   Today from barrier one she looked to have a mortgage on the race if she held the front for driver Mark Purdon and although briefly challenged by Smile Smile Smile, High Gait comfortably held the front early.   Mark Purdon was able to set a sedate lead time but slowly wound up the tempo from the 1600 metres and from the half upped it even more.   Parisian Chic settled back early from her wide draw for Blake Fitzpatrick before circling the field to sit outside High Gait from the 1200 metres mark.   Mark continued to up the tempo off the back and skipped clear by a length as they straightened.   Everybody at this point thought Missandei and Anthony Butt who had trailed High Gait the whole way would put real pressure on the leader up the passing lane but she only battled the last bit and High gait went to the line a comfortable winner yet again.   Parisian Chic was very brave in defeat with Missandei held on for third.   High Gait trotted the 2240 metres in 2:50.9, a mile rate of 2:01.6 with the last 800 metres in 57.9 and 28.3   it was High Gait's eighth win from just nine starts and it took the daughter of Muscles Yankee stake earnings to $151,450.   Mark Purdon was full of praise for the filly's win.   " She is such a natural two year old and that is what you need to be competitive in these sorts of races."   " She does everything right and is such a wee professional and that is a big plus," Mark said.   High Gait     Harnesslink Media

Star harness racing two year old Our Waikiki Beach was at microscopic odds to make it eleven straight in his semi final of the Australasian Breeders Crown for colts and geldings at Ballarat tonight and he didn't disappoint. The upstanding Australian bred but New Zealand owned and trained son of Somebeachsomewhere had drawn perfectly at barrier 4  and driver Mark Purdon didn't rush him early as Zee Dana with Nathan Jack in the bike burnt the gate from barrier 7 to lead early before taking a trail behind Waikiki Beach after 400 metres. Mark Purdon kept up a solid tempo without breaking any track records and everybody was still in touch with the hot favourite at the 400 metres mark. Mark Purdon gave his charge a little bit more rein as they straightened and he quickly shot clear and coasted down to the line an easy winner. The son of Tintin In America in Zee Dana battled on well for second after his early burn while Catcha Lefty (Village Jasper) made ground late for third. Mark Purdon was all smiles post race. " He was a bit fresh tonight and a bit keen so he will definitely improve off tonights run." " He felt really good and strong tonight so I am very happy heading into the final," Mark said When asked to compare Our Waikiki Beach with some of the other great two year olds he has trained Mark Purdon gave a very qualified reply. " I wouldn't say Our Waikiki Beach is the best two year old I have trained but he is right up there with the best ones I have had," Mark said On tonights performance It is hard to see how they beat Waikiki Beach in the Breeders Crown final next Sunday. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing enthusiasts on both sides of the Tasman couldn't wait for the showdown this evening at Ballarat in a Breeder's Crown semi-final between the star Australian two year old filly Heavens Trend and her brilliant New Zealand counterpart, Dream About Me. Heavens Trend, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven drew the coveted barrier one over the 2200 metres while the daughter of Bettor's Delight, Dream About Me drew awkwardly at barrier three on the second line. The first surprise was at the start where Heavens Trend was beaten for early speed. Gavin Lang had her quickly off the markers and let her work her way to the front after 500 metres. Mark Purdon meanwhile had maneuvered Dream About Me through the traffic and slotted onto the back of Heavens Trend early and then got cover from Jilliby Jitterbug when that filly came around to sit outside of Heaven's Trend. Passing the 400 metres mark, Gavin Lang said go and Heavens Trend put a wee gap between her and the opposition with Mark Purdon coming in to it three wide with Dream About Me. We looked set up for a tight finish when all of a sudden Heavens Trend veered sideways with 120 metres to go and lost all momentum and any winning chance. It was very reminiscent of her run at Albion Park two starts ago where she did exactly the same thing. Dream About Me swept on bye with minimal urging from Mark Purdon and went on for a comfortable win from a smart finisher in the Shadow Play filly Zibibbo who was one of the rank outsiders in the field at $139 to one while the Bettor's Delight filly Soho Madeleine made ground late for third. Dream About Me paced the 2200 metres in 2:40.7, a mile rate of 1:57.6 with smart closing sectionals of 55.8 and 27.4. Dream About Me is now unbeaten in seven lifetime starts and took her stake earnings to $229,632. Regardless of where she draws in the final, Dream About Me is now the filly they all have to beat. Harnesslink Media

Pinjarra harness racing trainer Michael Brennan has completed arrangement for exciting gelding Nathans Courage to travel to Victoria to contest the rich Breeders Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings. Brennan will accompany Nathans Courage on a flight from Perth next Tuesday week and Chris Voak will drive the son of Courage Under Fire in a semi-final of the Breeders Crown at Ballarat the following Saturday night. Brennan is hopeful that Nathans Courage, a stylish all-the-way winner at Gloucester Park at his only two starts, will qualify to run in the $288,000 final at Melton on Sunday August 30. "He should go well," Brennan said. "He's a lovely little horse, a professional racehorse and he's so relaxed." Two of Nathans Courage's most serious rivals appear to be Our Waikiki Beach and Zee Dana. Our Waikiki Beach, trained by New Zealander Mark Purdon, is unbeaten at his ten starts and has amassed $324,081. He sped over the final quarters in 27.1sec. and 27.8sec. and rated 1.56.3 when he scored a four-length victory in a heat of the Breeders Crown over 2300m at Menangle on July 21. He won the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold, covering the 1609m journey in 1.54.3 at Menangle in April and he won the 1609m NSW Breeders Challenge final in 1.53.7 at Menangle in June. Zee Dana notched his second win from three starts when he sat behind the pacemaker and finished strongly along the sprint lane to win a heat of the Breeders Crown at a 1.58 rate over 2190m at Shepparton on Tuesday night. Ken Casellas

High Gait who was denied in the Harness Jewels by former stablemate Missandei gained a deserved reward when she led all the way in the Redwood Classic at Maryborough on Sunday. The race was probably won at the start when the filly was guided away safely from the stand by Mark Purdon and headed straight for the front. Sundon's Courage took the favourite on but she was too strong with Missandei reversing the Jewels finish with a late run for second. "She went terrific" Mark said. "The other horse was niggling at us a bit in the middle stages but she was always trotting well and that made the difference." High Gait continued a great run for the All Star barn in Group One races in Australia this winter. She has her next outing in a qualifier for the Breeders Crown in two weeks. It is Mark's third training and driving win in the race with Galleon's Assassin and My Arya previous winners. Mark also expressed pleasure at the run of Classical Art on Saturday night  who was run down late by All Black Stride which trailed all the way and won by a head. "I was really pleased with the way she went." "She steered good  and did everything right and that was probably more important than whether or not she won," Mark said. Classical Art runs in the semi finals of the BC on August 22. David McCarthy Reproduced with permission of All Stars Racing Stables - Check site here  

Master harness racing trainer Mark Purdon became a two-time Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic winner today at Maryborough. Purdon’s rising star filly High Gait produced a flawless performance in the 2190-metre stand-start Group 1 to score a 2.7-metre win in a mile rate of 2:06.3. High Gait is by Muscles Yankee out of quality producer Regal Volo. She is a full-sister to Breeders Crown winner Our Twentyten. High Gait’s 65secs first half set the filly up to dash home. She got home in 58.4secs, holding off runner-up Missandei comfortably with Sundons Courage third. High Gait has won six races from seven starts, her only defeat coming when second in the Harness Jewels at Ashburton. by Cody Winnell

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

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