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Natalie Rasmussen creates Jewels history

“It’s right up there with having a son named in the All Black team”.

Those words came from Caroline Whitelock - the co-owner of O Baby – immediately after the talented bay won today’s (Saturday June 2) Group One $150,000 3YO Diamond.

Whitelock should know. Three of her four sons, Sam, George, and Luke are present or past All Blacks. Her husband Braeden, who was a junior All Black.

“This is fantastic. She’s a wonderful little filly. I’m so pleased for Mark, Grant and Natalie,” Mrs Whitelock said.

Mark Purdon and Grant Payne train the daughter of Christian Cullen at Rolleston. For driver Natalie Rasmussen the victory created a slice of Harness Jewels history.

“This is my first Jewels and I love it. To drive a winner is an honour. The Jewels are a great concept.

“The filly was always travelling well and when we hit the passing lane she paced really powerfully. It’s a win I will remember for a long time. I’m so pleased for Braeden and Caroline,” Rasmussen said.

Tucked away nicely in the trail, O Baby powered away to win by 2-1/4 lengths and one length from Elusive Chick (Anthony Butt) and Cheer The Lady (Zac Butcher).

Winner’s time: 1:54.86. Last 800m: 57.1. Last 400m: 28 flat.

It was O Baby’s fifth win in six starts and eighth from 20 overall.

She has now banked $326,313 for the Whitelocks, who also bred her.

By Duane RANGER (Harnesslink editor) at Cambridge Raceway