Vincent draws 5 in Breeder's Challenge heat 10.30 Thursday at Penrith. Luke McCarthy drives
***ULTIMATE MACHETE, REGAL LOVER, STARS ALIGN and MORE THE BETTER TO TRIAL ASHBURTON SATURDAY
***BONUS WIN FOR ALL STARS AFTER RIVAL DISQUALIFIED-NOW 101 FOR THE SEASON
THE GIRLS HAVE IT !
Going into the Jewels our three year olds are rocking up for the fight. But most of the rocking so far is from the fillies and not the colts and geldings-though this is likely to change by the end of the Australasian season. In the meantime here is how they line up -and the leader might be a surprise.
1; PARTYON - 3yo winning stakes $412, 011* ** (Total winning stakes $500,000.) ***Total includes winnings as a two year old in Australia but in NZ three year old season)
2; SPANISH ARMADA -3YO winning stakes $406, 055( Total winning stakes $712,470
3; ULTIMATE MACHETE -3YO winning stakes $348,143 (Total winning stakes $406,000)
4; VINCENT -3YO winning stakes $298,796 ( Total stakes $304,446)
5; MORE THE BETTER- 3yo winning stakes $95,760 ( total stakes $435,207
nb It's a little different among the two year olds at this stage with Spankem ($170,900) leading the filly Elle Mac ($158,840) goinginto the Jewels
***37 PREMIER WINS THIS SEASON TO DATE *** MARK 16 WINS FROM 2000 ***RACING TEAM UPDATE
RACING THIS WEEK
ADDINGTON FRIDAY -
9.27: Indianna Dreaming, (2) Bailey Major (3) Motu Rampage(5) Gentle Giant (13) Mark
9.52: Duplicated (4) Mark
*Heaven Rocks, Spanish Armada, Elle Mac and Ultimate Machete are our Leaderboard No 1's as Harness Jewels day draws near. with at least 13 others in line for te big day. The only "breath holder" at the moment is Piccadilly Princess but hopefully she will make the cut. The stable could have up to 20 runners on Jewels day Our best list-(place on leaderboard.)
2yo; Fillies: Elle Mac (1) .Shenandoah (4) A Lister (10)
2yo colts/geldings: Spankem (2) The Devil's Own (6) Ashley Locaz (7) All U Need is Faith (9)
3yo fillies: Spanish Armada (1) Partyon (3)
3yo colts: Ultimate Machete (1) More the Better (3) Stars Align (7) Thefixer (12)
4yo mares: Piccadilly Princess (12)
4yo colts/geldings: Heaven Rocks (1) Waikiki Beach (4) Cash N Flow (6)
3yo trotters: President Roydon (4) Regal Love (13)
*All Stars is picking up the pace on the premiership table with a record April producing 26 winners. By comparison we only had 10 wins in March and even in a rollicking February 17 wins (both sides of the Tasman) was the tally. April has traditionally been a "moving month" on the Premiership but posting 27 wins in 30 days is some sort of record ! It has now topped 100 winners for the season having a 25 win lead on the premiershp
PLUS 24 Group Ones already this season!
***OUR MILLIONAIRES - 1.Smolda $2.55m- 2--Lazarus -$2.04m +3=Auckland Reactor $1.837m 4-Adore Me $1.677m 5-Il Vicolo $1.588m --6-I Can Doosit (T)-$1,455m-7-Have Faith In Me -$1,407m 8-Young Rufus $1,082m 9 Highview Tommy $1.021m (Dream About Me $997,000)
MARK IS "MAN ALONE"THIS WEEK
"We have four in at Addington in one event and I rateGENTLE GIANT and INDIANNA DREAMING about equal in the first race we are in. DUPLICATED is well and should go a bold race in the next.
We are taking some of the Jewels team to Ashburton workouts on Saturday as we have done in the past probably Ultimate Machete, More the Better, Stars Align and Regal Love who is on the edge of the Jewels but we will press on with her "
**Mark had now trained 1981 winners in New Zealand and 515 of them since going into partnership with Natalie less than four seasons ago. His winners in New Zealand have earned over $45m and the stable has won over $50m in all. Nat and Mark's worst UDR rating in those four seasons is 0.4496 ,itself a standard setter.
Natalie has won 174 races from just 485 drives since moving to New Zealand and has been second 96 times for a UDR rating of 0.5113. Her stakes earnings are already over $5m and her Group One strike rate to drives is unequalled.
Mark has now won 1481 races in New Zealand which, considering he has employed successful stable drivers (including Natalie!) is a notable achievement and his UDR tops 3100. Stakes won is close to $30m. He has only once had more than 500 drives in a season and in the last five seasons has not averaged 200 drives a season.
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ROY AND HIS RUNNERS
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
fSTATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list