MORE THE BETTER AND PARTYON TO TRIAL AT REDCLIFFE ON MONDAY
VINCENT IN 1.51 AT MENANGLE BUT WOEFUL DRAWS FOR HE AND SICARIO IN FINALS SUNDAY
SPANISH ARMADA TO MISS QUEENSLAND CARNIVAL (mark and Natalie's column)
MARK AND NATALIE DOMINATED ADDINGTON PREMIERSHIPS AGAIN (THE GOSS)
JEWELS DAY-SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE
WE'VE TOPPED $4M IN STAKES WON IN NZ FOR ONLY THE 2ND TIME -108 WINNERS FROM 355 STARTERS (Many of them in the same races)
TOTAL STAKES FOR THE SEASON SO FAR TOP $6M
**41 PREMIER WINS THIS SEASON*** MARK 8 WINS FROM 2000 ***RACING TEAM UPDATE
Racing This Week
5.16 (nz) Sicario (8) Mark- comes into gate 7 with scratching of Lynnsanity but that does bring a ballot into the field inside him. Two strong candidates drawn close in, The worry is Ignatius a semi winner (with a trail behind Sicario )drawn close in and Divine State, drawn one inside Sicario who gets in with stablemates scratching. Strongly backed in semi though disappointing. Captain Cosmonaut won the first semi-final at $84 but has drawn badly here. Sicario looks as good as any of them with some luck early,
6.57 Vincent (14) Mark -outside of second line but might get a run behind Atomic Red a $1.60 fave in the first semi last week but trapped wide. .Certainly not an ideal draw over a mile though his class will carry clout Heat time was much faster than other semi
Our Girl in Brisbane
Alison Ward winged it out of Christchurch on Saturday en route to Brisbane, a place she has never previously been to even though she calls Perth home. Alison's task will be to look after All Stars two Queensland contenders, Partyon and More Than Betterwho will be based there in the next few weeks.
Experienced in stable routines through working with three prominent Perth trainers, Alison, who does not have a racing background, took the direct routine to land a job at All Stars. She rang up Mark and Natalie directly asking if there might be any vacancies and her timing was perfect.
"I spent some time in Sydney first helping out there before moving on over here last month. So I haven't been here long but I have picked up on the main things I hope" she said,
It won't be any surprise but All Stars principals Mark and Natalie again dominate most of the Addington Raceway season premierships again this season. Highlights
*They have had 51 wins on the track from 166 starters for a UDR of .4351, 27 wins ahead of the next best stable, that of Robert Dunn
*Their UDR rating is also the best well ahead of the late Mike Austin who nonetheless went out with a .3000 UDR his best
*Natalie has posted another UDR driving record. She had a remarkable 29 wins from 51 drives a ratio of .6580 well ahead of Dexter Dunn on .3431
*Spanish Armada still holds the lead in the Filly and Mare Competition with five wins from six starts at the track.
*The leading strike rate horses from All Stars beside Spanish Armada are Lazarus (also five wins from six starts); Spankem (four from five) ; The Devil's Own (four from six) and the ill fated Riccardo and Stars Align (three from seven)
Tim's Shares at Home ? Outstanding !
A yearling from the 2015 All Stars draft, Rishi, was flying at Nelson last weekend for Craig and Aimee Edmonds and Aimee was keen to praise the role Tim played in obtaining the latest stable star. There was nothing wrong with Rishi when he was growing up at All Stars except that he was going to take time. Time is not always on the side of yearlings being set up for two and three year old racing. Mark and Natalie decided he needed gelding and time to develop as he was a big and rangy type not likely to come early. They decided that if the right stable was prepared to take their time with him he would still be a good racing proposition.
Tim was in the right spot to help out partner Aimee's stable. He dropped him off there, he was gelded and turned out for three months as recommended and Mark and Natalie's judgment was "right again" Tim says.
"Natalie said this horse will be all right with plenty of attention and plenty of time and whileboth of those things were at a premium at the stablesomeone else with it could benefit" Tim said.
We had to make a call on Spanish Armada this week with a slight leg bump and so we have decided to bypass the Queensland Oaks with her and concentrate on the Breeders Crown.
She had a slight bump before leaving but nothing serious and we expected her to bounce back quickly. But Poi reports that she hasn't got over it quite as soon as we hoped.
I thought we had better make a call and we agreed that it was probably best not to risk her in Queensland and stay in Sydney for a full recovery. That leaves Partyon and More the Better for the Queensland trip.
We had Luby Lou at the trials on Tuesday and she qualified going around on her own. She will go forward to the Breeder's Crown heat being run here and make a decision then on whether to go Melbourne. She has the ability and had a wee setback earlier which is why she is later on the scene. Duplicated is going to run in the local heat too. He is going well for his race on Friday.
Cash n Flow is good to go on Friday too. I think too much might have been read into his Jewels run. He was three wide virtually all the way and they are running 1.52 there is only so much you can do. Indianna Dreaming is our other runner and is going well too. Unfortunately Sicario has another bad draw for the Breeders Challenge Finalbut he has come through his semi well. Luke thought he might have gone a little hard down the back and had he eased it could have been a different result.
I was going to go over to drive Vincent on Saturday but Iwill stay at home now until early in the week and then head over.
Natalie has qualified for the UDR at Addington now she has had 51 drives so she is going to be hard to beat with her score.
I would also like to say what a great asset our travelling foreman "Poi" Bowden has been. I had a very good relationship with Sean and that has carried on with Poi almost seamlessly. It goes without saying how important it is for a travelling manager to know what I am wanting and how to assess the situation and Poi is brilliant at that. It helps too that I have been over there to train in Sydney so I have an understanding of the tracks and the times when setting the work schedule. The most important thing is that we are on the same wavelength. He has a good understanding of what we want and we are able to communicate easily over just about anything. It makes a hell of a difference when we are so far away and its working very well so far.
I will go over this weekend and will probably stay through until until the Finals on June 25 which is a Sunday.
The Week that Was:
Best Drive: Missinmemate probably my best each way at Oamaru just over Bevan's Cullen. Have one which qualified smart but its first up.
Best Each Way:
The Week That Was: Terrific day winning and placing a number of times in the south last weekend. It was a good way to finish the season down there.
Best drive: I only have two at Oamaru and the best is Russian Express in the Junior Driver's race. With the right run I think it should be right in it.
Best each way::
The Week That Was: Suspended until next week
Best each Way:
ROY AND HIS RUNNERS
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOU
I was thrilled with the way More the Better went at the Jewels consideringthe problems in his leadup. I hope they are going to do something to help those three year olds who get up in the ratings and have to race against top older horses. It is not really fair. Now he is off to Queenslandand we are hoping for good luck there. Would I go ? Well normally I would be happy to sit at home and watch it these days but Mark is keen for me to go over with him so I am thinking about it. I did have a good trip to Australia earlier which has given me a bit of confidence. But I will wait and see before I confirm.
Mark and Natalie have had a wonderful season. Just incredible what they achieve but they work hard for it and it is well deserved. Barry got his 100th Group One winner too so it has been a great season for the Purdons again !
STATS 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