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Smolda  is on track to resume at Addington next week without a public trial going into the race. "There doesn't seem to be much point in waiting for a trial." "You could end up with three other horses of lesser grade and get no more out of it than you would get at home" Mark Purdon said. Smolda will be following -at least initially-the same path as Adore Me in winning last year's Cup going on to the Flying Stakes at Ashburton before a decision is made whether he needs another race. While he had quite a long spell after it, Smolda was kept up to the collar with a winter campaign in Sydney and Brisbane and should bounce back fairly quickly. Meanwhile other stars from the barn are getting ready for a return to racing Chase the Dream Was further back than he has ever been in a trial when fourth in a 3.02.4 2400m heat at Ashburton Tuesday but there was no cause for concern. "We probably had the hopples a bit short for one thing, he was looking to stretch out more but he was fine in terms of condition" Natalie Rasmussen said. All the team save perhaps Snakes n Ladders got the big tick and five are likely to be racing at Addington on Friday week. Snakes and Ladders finished well back but no real cause for concern at this stage. Superfecta is the All Stars only Futurity nominee at the Cup meeting and he won his qualifying heat (3:02: 56.6/27.5 in style) Cash n Flow  who looked so promising last term won in 3.04.8 (56.3: 26.5) and is poised for a Sires heat next week. Stroke of Luck  was beaten a half head in 3.04.6 (57.7/26.7)  and is ready to race now. All Star Angus  carried on from the promise of last season running second in 3.16 (58.4/28.7)  and will trial again soon. David McCarthy - All Stars Racing Stable  -  Check site here    

Contrary to rumours circulating on the future of All Stars Stable, the training partnership and professional relationship between Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will continue. "We are still very good friends and we have a strong working relationship, " Natalie said. "That  means we will be able to carry on business as usual at the stable without any problems irrespective of any  personal issues " Mark, who is holidaying in Queensland with sons Michael and Nathan this week, echoed those thoughts and expressed a wish for privacy regarding the couple's personal life. "It is a difficult time but as far as owners and associates are concerned we want them to know the training partnership remains the same as it has been throughout our most successful season  " he said He emphasised that no third party was involved in their  situation. Natalie added that it was important that the balance of skills the pair bring to All Stars would continue. "Individually Mark and I bring different strengths to what is a large organisation in business terms and we expect that to continue" Mark and Natalie have managed All Stars Stable together since 2011 and have achieved unparalleled success as a partnership in the seasons since. David McCarthy - All Stars Racing Stable  -  Check site here

Racing Queensland and BOTRA’s Girls In Pink National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraising promotion culminated at  the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Saturday night with Natalie Rasmussen taking out the Pink Pants Drivers Invitation Challenge. The victory was the middle pin of Rasmussen’s feature race treble at the second night of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. Rasmussen was in good touch winning the Invitation Challenge, driving Corey ODonohue for Ron Sallis, and bracketing that victory with the G2 Ladyship Stakes on the Darren Weeks trained Queensland favourite Forever Gold and the G1 Queensland Oaks on her own star Kiwi filly Fight For Glory. The Girls In Pink promotion ran for four weeks from 13 June to 11 July with nominated female drivers wearing the NBCF Pink Pants at each of their drives in races at Redcliffe and Albion Park. There were 21 female victories at the two tracks during the promotion with 14 of those drivers wearing the pink pants to victory. The most successful driver during the promotion was Trista Dixon, winning five races. Racing Queensland donated $200 for each winning drive with the Redcliffe and Albion Park harness racing clubs also supporting the BOTRA fund raising initiative. BOTRA's Marg Reynolds said those Club’s together with donations to the NBCF Girls In Pink web page helped boost the tally to over $10,000 for the NBCF. David Aldred

Fight For Glory might not be a harness racing superstar in New Zealand where she has been overshadowed all season by The Orange Agent but once she crosses the Tasman sea, the Art Major filly is the real deal. That is not to say she is not held in high regard in the shakey isles but in Australia she sits on top of the pedestal all on her own. Even though she drew the second line tonight in the $100,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Albion Park, Natalie Rasmussen and Fight For Glory was still the favourite just in front of her stablemate Linda Lovegrace. Miss Riviera Belle burned the gate from barrier seven to grab an early lead with Linda Lovegrace in the death seat with Fight For Glory in the one by one early. However after 300 metres Champagne Dreams who was in the trail galloped and caused Fight For Glory to be restrained which let Bettor Promise slip into the one by one forcing Fight For Glory three back in the running line. Surprisingly, soon after Peter McMullen angled Bettor Promise out of the one by one and tried to go forward but Shane Graham kicked up on Linda Lovegrace, leaving Bettor Promise three wide for the rest of the race. Thus Fight For Glory was back in the one by one and as soon as she got clear air at the 400 metres mark, she quickly grabbed the lead and was too strong in the straight. Morton Plains, the stablemate of Menin Gate flew late for second just in front of an equally game Ameretto who flashed late for an unlucky third. Tonights win was the fourth Oaks success for Fight For Glory this season which is a good indication of her class. Fight For Glory paced the 2138 metres in 2:34.4, a mile rate of 1:56.2 with closing sectionals of 56.1 and 27.8 Natalie was all smiles post race. " Once she got into the one by one, I was really confident a long way out that she would win the race." " She is such an honest filly and she can really let down when she gets a bit of cover." " The owners from New Zealand all made the trip over so I am so pleased she got the job done for them," Natalie said One of those owners in attendance is the former outstanding New Zealand thoroughbred trainer Jimmy Gibbs. " It is always great to win a Group 1 in either code." " I am just very fortunate to have Mark and Natalie train my horses for me," Jimmy said. Fight For Glory may have to play second fiddle to The Orange Agent in New Zealand but in Australia she is the queen of the three year old fillies. Harnesslink Media  

The $40,000 Gold Coast Derby at tonights harness racing meeting at Albion Park looked a bit of a gimme for the brilliant Menin Gate after he drew perfectly at barrier two and thats exactly how it played out as the big free going son of Somebeachsomewhere dealt to the field in the manner of a budding champion. Sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Chris Alford, Menin Gate applied the pressure a long way out and had them all in trouble well before the corner. Kate Gath sent Burnaholeinmypocket around to sit parked at the 1500 metres mark giving the other favoured runner Hug The Wind with Natalie Rasmussen in the bike a great sit in the one by one. However Burnaholeinmypocket punctured badly at the 500 metres and Hug The Wind showed little when asked for a big effort by Natalie at the 400 metres mark, running on for a so so fourth. It was left to Spare Me Days to flash home brilliantly from well back for a great second in front of a very game My Kiwi Mate who after being wide for most of the last lap fought on bravely for a top third. Menin Gate paced the 2138 metres in a very smart 2:33, a mile rate of 1:55.1 with sensational closing sectionals of 54.7 and 27.3 It was the eight win of the season for Menin Gate and his second Derby after his success in the Victoria Derby in early February. Menin Gate treated the opposition with disdain tonight and it is hard to see how they beat him in next weeks Queensland Derby. Harnesslink Media 

It was a homecoming fit for a queen. Natalie Rasmussen, aka Miss Inter Dominion returned to the feature race stage at Albion Park tonight (Saturday) and claimed two feature harness racing events. Rasmussen landed the Gr.2 $50,000 Seymour Premiers Cup with race favourite Gentle Western who led throughout while she guided star filly Fight For Glory to victory in the Gr.3 $30,000 UBET Gold Coast Oaks. The winning Oaks drive was tactically brilliant. Fight For Glory (Art Major) defeated stablemate Linda Lovegrace while local filly Bettor Promise ran a brave third in a mile rate of 1;55.9 for the 2138m with the final half covered in 56.3 seconds. Gentle Western, a lightly raced stayer with enormous potential stepped safely before leading his rivals a merry dance in the 2647m stand-start marathon defeating Corporal Luna and Raring To Go in a race record time of 1;57.7. The last half was covered in 55.7 seconds. The Western Ideal – Gentle Audrey stallion is raced by Natalie’s mother, Cheryl Rasmussen and Trevor Titcomb. The All Stars stable of Rasmussen and Mark Purdon will aim their runners at several features in the coming weeks during the Brisbane winter carnival which will be staged on July 4, 11 and 18. Rasmussen is based in Christchurch with Purdon. The Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 2yo Finals were also staged and provided thrilling finishes in both finals with Catcha Lefty and Get In The Groove proving victorious. Catcha Lefty was the punters elect and scored narrowly from New South Wales visitor Roarn after locking wheels over the concluding stages while Make A Statement finished third in a time of 1;55.1. The Village Jasper – Lefty gelding has now won 6 of his 7 starts and will head to the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final on July 18. He is raced by his breeder and trainer, Cristina Monte and was handled by leading reinsman Shane Graham. In the Fillies division, Get In The Groove sprintlaned to defeat Covert Beauty and Firebby in a time of 1;57.0. Get In The Groove trailed race favourite Reds Jet Star before sprinting quickly over the concluding stages. The Mach Three – Get Happy filly is raced by her breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour. Trista Dixon took the winning drive; the filly is trained by her husband Grant. The Dixon stable struck in the feature trotting event, the $15,000 Statewide Taxation Services Marathon when former New Zealand Sharons Millicent led throughout in the 3157m event. Unbeaten in six Australian starts prior to tonight, the Monkey Bones – Black Onyx mare kept her perfect record in place scoring comfortably from Mister Malakye and Its Three By Two. The winning mile rate for the stand-start feature was 2;06.7. Handled by trainer/driver Grant Dixon, Sharons Millicent is raced by Sharon Mitchell. And reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova made a successful return when he led throughout in the Garrards Horse & Hound Open defeating Forever Gold and Caesars Folly. The free legged pacer was resuming since competing in the Inter Dominion Grand Final on March 1, Avonnova recorded a winning mile rate of 1;57.3 for the 2647m. Co-owner and trainer Ian Gurney is aiming his ‘stablestar’ at several features next month including the $100,000 Sunshine Sprint (July 4) and the $125,000 Blacks A Fake (July 18). Fight For Glory Gentle Western

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    

Last nights New Zealand Oaks was meant to be a one horse affair with last weeks Nevele R Fillies winner The Orange Agent expected to dominate once again. However her wide draw this week had some pundits saying she was vulnerable and when the heavy rain and strong winds set in, no one really knew what to expect. Fight For Glory, who had pushed The Orange Agent last week had also drawn poorly at one on the second line so luck was going to play a part. As the gate left, Maurice McKendry took The Orange Agent  back from her wide draw while Natalie Rasmussen on Fight For Glory managed to get off the inside after 200 metres and into the running line. Shortly afterwards Natalie circled the field with Fight For Glory and grabbed the lead with just over a mile to run. Natalie then decided to make it a catch me if you can race and kept up a hot tempo in front. Passing the 500 metres, Natalie launched Fight For Glory and she put four lengths on the opposition as they turned for home. Although getting tired the last 100 metres Fight For Glory was still a length in front at the finishing line. Democrat Party and Zac Butcher finished on for second just a half head in front of a very unlucky Linda Lovegrace who came from well back for third. A close up fourth was The Orange Agent who didn't seem all that happy in the conditions. Natalie was mobbed by the connections in the winners circle post race and was full of praise for the Art Major filly. " As soon as I got off the inside, I decided to get on the pace because she is so hard to run down." " She is such a genuine filly and I thought they would have trouble getting past her." " She is just such a pleasure to drive and even though they got a bit close in the last little bit, I knew she would see it out," Natalie said. Blair Orange on Linda Lovegrace was rapt with her run. "We could have got off at the 1200 metres mark into the running line but I decided to stay on the inner." "She got held up a wee bit but has really found the line when clear." "It was a super run," Blair said. Maurice McKendry thought while The Orange Agent had run a creditable fourth, she wasn't entirely happy in the conditions. " She didn't feel as sharp tonight and all I can put it down to is the track conditions," Maurice said. Last nights win by Fight For Glory has breathed a bit of life back into the Harness Jewels race for the three year old fillies with The Orange Agent not as dominant as previously thought. Harnesslink Media

In harness racing you can be on top of the world one minute and in the depths of despair the next when you are dealing with 500 kg horses. That's how the owners of The Manipulator must feel tonight after their very promising three year old son of Panspacificflight broke down while racing at Addington Raceway today (May 9th). A warm favourite for the $23,505 Alabar Super Series final for C1-C3 pacers,The Manipulator went away well initially but then galloped after 100 metres when checked and settled well behind the field. The Manipulator made up a lot of ground during the race and would have finished a lot closer than ninth if he hadn't been badly held up in the home straight. Nothing was noticeably wrong with the horse as he was ungeared and washed but as he cooled down The Manipulator was favouring his offside front leg. The Addington Raceway vet Corin Murfitt was quickly on the scene and after a thorough examination was convinced that The Manipulator had either fractured a cannon bone or a suspensory. The Manipulator will be x-rayed tomorrow and then a course of action decided after the diagnosis has been made. Natalie Rasmussen was philosophical about the injury. " It is just one of those things when you are racing horses but it is still not nice when it happens." " You just hope that it is not as bad as it looks and that the horse can make a complete recovery," Natalie said. We here at Harnesslink echo those sentiments and wish The Manipulator a speedy recovery. Harnesslink Media  

Chase The Dream was the centre of attention among fans and followers after his gritty win in the Sires Stakes heat at  the harness racing meeting at Addington last Thursday night but he was getting a lot more attention from the stable an hour after the race.   Chase The Dream was slightly tender on a foot after cooling out and that was a cause for major concern with so many big races coming up but Natalie was soon confident she had the answer.   "There's something annoying him in the foot."   "A nail coming through or a bruise coming out."   "There's no sign of any trouble in the muscle or joint department he is quite free there."   "But I want to deal with it straight away."   "He is a great little horse to work with so we will get straight on to it " Natalie said.   So the winning glamour was quickly forgotten by our leading horsewoman with staff help.   She took The near front shoe off and bathed the foot before Chase the Dream was headed home for further treatment.   Before then Chase The Dream had done it right in the Sires Stakes sitting outside Aussie Salty Robyn and having a length to spare over him to give him his fifth win in six starts in 2.23 the last 400m in  28.   "There wasn't too much to worry about going into the race because Waikiki Beach had done so well in Australia after beating us in the Welcome and he ran up to that."   "He is a good horse in that he has speed but is also tough so sitting out there when they are not going too fast quite suits him."   "He's a grouse little guy really" Natalie said.   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables

The last $20,000 heat of the Nevele R Fillies series at the harness racing meeting at Addington last night saw the reappearance of Fight For Glory for the first time since her outstanding win in the New South Wales Oaks at Menangle on March 1st. Not only did she give away race fitness to her opponents but she drew the outside of the gate at barrier nine in the 1950 metres mobile. When the mobile left Classical Art and Tim Williams came out quickly and grabbed an early lead with Fight For Glory and Natalie Rasmussen settling last from her wide draw. Passing the 1400 metres mark On The Town and Dexter Dunn worked around the field three wide and Fight For Glory followed her around and found the death seat outside Classical Art with 1000 metres to go.  That was still the order as they turned for home but half way up the Addington straight, Fight For Glory went clear for an emphatic victory by a length over a game Classical Art. Linda Lovegrace stormed home late on the inner to be close up in third after being held up on the corner while Supersonic Miss finished on into fourth to give the All Star barn the first four home. Fight For Glory paced the 1950 metres in the chilly conditions in 2:22.4, a mile rate of 1:57.4 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 27.6. She was privately timed to run her last mile in a swift 1:56.8 while working three wide and sitting parked. Natalie Rasmussen was pleased with the run. " She's gone great really for a first up effort" " She is such a wee fatty and will improve a lot with that run under her belt." " In the early stages she got a bit keen but was fine after that," Natalie said. Tim Williams was really happy with the run of Classical Art. " She got a bit keen coming off the gate but relaxed when she found the front. " She is getting better that way all the time and I was really pleased how she fought on in the straight," Tim said. Ricky May was lamenting the lack of clear air early in the run home. " I got held up as we turned for home and its definitely cost her second. " Once she got clear she has really found the line and I think she has gone super," Ricky said. A minor highlight of the race was the run of Supersonic Miss to finish fourth. She was privately timed to run her last 800 metres in 56 out three and four wide and still finished on well. The Nevele R Fillies final is shaping up to be one of the races of the season with the All Star four to be joined by The Orange Agent and Democrat Party from the north which should make for an exciting final. Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing always has its fair share of hard luck stories and one of the latest ones revolves around the smart two year old Motu Premier. A product of the All Stars stable production line, Motu Premier has the misfortune to be in the same barn as this seasons star two year olds Chase The Dream, Lazarus and Waikiki Beach but had never missed a top three finish in his four lifetime starts prior to tonight's Sire Stakes heat. Tonight with his talented stablemates not about, Motu Premier finally got the chance to shine on race night and didn't let the barn down with an authorative win. Sent to the front after 400 metres by driver Natalie Rasmussen, Motu Premier got away with a couple of soft sectionals in front before Natalie upped the tempo down the back and then whizzed the last 400 metres in a very quick 26.5 to run out an easy winner by 2 1/2 lengths over Classie Brigade who trailed the whole way and Wannabet who ran on well for third on debut. Motu Premier paced the 1950 metres in 2:26.4, a mile rate of 2:00.7 with closing sectionals of 56.7 and 26.5. Natalie was impressed by the run. "He is a lovely horse to drive and is getting better with the racing he's had. "Tonight he really felt good and knuckled down to it when I asked him to run." " There isn't that much if anything between our top two year olds and the way this boy is improving, he is more than capable of beating the others," Natalie said. A  $100,000 purchase at last years New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch by Merv and Meg Butterworth, Motu Premier has now qualified for the Sires Stakes final and if he continues to improve could pose a real threat to his more fancied stablemates. Harnesslink Media 

At the harness racing meeting at Addington tonight, the first of this season's classics for two year old trotters was held and as expected the well performed Muscles Yankee filly High Gait was too smart. However the victory while expected was far from easy and High Gait was fully extended by both Wilma's Mate and Conon Bridge. High Gait worked to the lead from barrier six for Natalie Rasmussen and held the front until a lap out where Wilma's Mate and David Butt looped the field and grabbed the lead.   Conon Bridge and Bob Butt followed Wilma's Mate around and ended up in the death seat before receiving some cover when All Star Angus circled them to sit parked.   Wilma's Mate led for home and it took most of the straight for High Gait up the passing lane to grab the daughter of Pegasus Spur by half a neck with Conon Bridge finishing on again for a great debut third.   Natalie was happy with the performance from the daughter of Muscles Yankee.   " She is such a wee tradesman and is a natural two year old."   " You can use her a bit and she also has a bit of speed so that gives you plenty of options in a race."   " She wont race that much more this season with the Sires Stakes and Harness Jewels the two main races she is aiming for."   " If we look after her at two, she should come back a lovely three year old," Natalie said.   The other two first starters from the All Stars barn in Missandei and All Star Angus both showed enough on debut to suggest bright futures.   " They are both pretty inexperienced and will have a bit more racing before the big races."   "There is not that much between the three of them to be honest," Natalie said.   These days two year old trotting races are as hard to win as any other race on the program and several of tonights runners look to have big futures.   Harnesslink Media.

The Group 2 Flying Stakes at tonights harness racing meeting at Addington may have been short on numbers but every runner was a quality three year old. The All Star barn seem to have frightened a lot of smart three year olds into hiding if the five who lined up in the Flying Stakes tonight is any guide. Hug The Wind with Natalie Rasmussen in the bike flew the gate from barrier one but was immediately challenged by Art Union and Dexter Dunn. They flew the first 200 metres before Dexter eased Art Union into the trail with the other three runners in single file. With 1200 metres to go Tim Williams eased Have Faith In Me out into the death seat outside Hug The Wind and Follow The Stars and Mark Purdon immediately hopped onto his back in the one by one. The tempo increased down the back straight and as they passed the 400 metres mark they really sprinted. Hug The WInd led for home but was quickly grabbed by Have Faith In Me and he was immediately challenged by Follow The Stars who had the last shot at his stablemate but came up a half a head short. Hug The Wind held on for third in front of Brilliant Strike but they were over three lengths behind the first two. Have Faith In Me paced the 1950 metres in 2:21.4, a mile rate of 1:56.6 with the last 800 metre in a very quick 54.8 and the 400 metres in a sizzling 26.7 which considering the strong wind they ran into twice was a great effort. Tim Williams was all smiles post race. " He just continues to get better and better with every race" " I came out and sat parked because he is such a laid back horse I was confident he would relax out there and he did." " He can muster high speed really quickly when you ask him and that's what got him home tonight," Tim said. Mark Purdon was philosophical about Follow The Stars suffering another defeat. " He has gone huge but the other horse just keeps improving." " I am really pleased with how Follow The Stars is going but I think a couple have caught up to him at three." " He is still a big chance in the Derby the way he is going," Mark said. Natalie Rasmussen was pleased with the run of Hug The Wind. " That was his first run for three weeks and he will derive a lot of benefit from it." " He is probably a touch behind the other two but with the right run he could be right there in the Derby, "Natalie said. The way the All Stars barn runners went in the Flying Stakes it is hard to see the winner coming from outside their three runners tonight. Harnesslink Media 

Most harness racing pundits previewing this afternoons New South Wales Derby saw it as a two horse war with Hug The Wind from barrier one preferred over Ideal For Real who had landed the dreaded barrier of nine. The early races had the All Star barn runners on fire with Fight For Glory and Adore Me both being brilliant winners and punters thought the streak would continue in the Derby making Hug The Wind a clear favourite. Sporty Spook flew the gate as he can and grabbed the early lead while Natalie Rasmussen let Hug The Wind find his feet early before sending him forward to the lead. Gavin Lang on Ideal For Real settled second last in the running line early while the other well supported runner in Art Union with Dexter Dunn in the bike was parked outside the leader. With just over a lap to go Gavin Lang sent Ideal For Real around the field and he landed in the death seat outside Hug The Wind with 1100 metres to go. Natalie held the leader back to the field in the quarter down the back in 28.1 before going for broke as they turned for home. Gavin Lang never panicked and slowly but surely got to Hug The Wind with Ideal For Real nailing him by half a head in the last stride. What made the victory even meritorious was the last quarter was cut out in a blistering 25.8 Sporty Spooky fought on for third just in front of Art Union. The Emma Stewart trained colt is an all American bred being by American Ideal from the imported Real Desire mare in Tamara Hall. Noted previously for his high speed off a sit, Ideal For Real showed today that he has developed an all round game as the season has progressed. Harnesslink Media

The first of the features on harness racings big day at Menangle today was the New South Wales Oaks and all week it was touted as a two horse war between Delight Me and Fight For Glory. Both of these runners had been super impressive in the heats last week but the draw had treated Delight Me really well with her drawing barrier one where as Fight For Glory had been given the visitors draw of eleven. The pair were even money earlier in the week but as we got closer to the race the money continued to come for Fight For Glory and she started the favourite today. As expected Delightful Lana and Dexter Dunn flew the gate and grabbed an early lead from barrier nine with Makes Every Scents and Luke McCarthy settling into the trail. Delight Me and Gavin Lang were slow out from barrier one while Fight For Glory and Natalie Rasmussen came out fast and ended up in the death seat early with Delight Me getting onto her back. After 600 metres Natalie pushed the go button and surged to the front but not before Dexter made her work for it. That left Delight Me parked and Natalie kept Fight For Glory running making Delight Me's job even harder.  Passing the 800 metres mark Natalie gave Fight For Glory her head and she roared down the back in 27.2 with Delight Me and Delightful Lana starting to feel the pinch a bit. Just when you would think Fight For Glory would be vulnerable she paced away from her competition with another quarter of 27.2 to win with a breathtaking performance. Delight Me fought on gamely for second with Delightful Lana fighting just as strongly for third with Smooth Showgirl finishing on late for fourth. Not only was the performance of Fight For Glory to win from barrier nine super impressive but her overall time of 2:50.3 was a new race record to boot. Fight For Glory is a daughter of Art Major from the former New Zealand record holder Breath Of Life 1:56.9 ($109,034) and has hit a purple patch of form with todays victory her fourth in a row. Harnesslink Media  

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