Kiwis place in three Group 1s in Victoria
- 28 January 2018
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Kiwi mare Partyon put up a superb performance to earn another Group 1 credit in the A$100,000 Alabar Ladyship Cup at Melton in Victoria on Saturday night.
Partyon was posted three-wide for the last lap in the hands of co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen and still hit the line strongly, finishing second behind former stablemate Our Golden Goddess.
The winner, owned by Meg and Merv Butterworth, led all the way in the hands of trainer Kerryn Manning, who took over the duties from Purdon and Rasmussen last year.
Partyon's stablemate, A Piccadilly Princess, could not get in to the race from her second line draw and finished last of the main bunch with Purdon in the cart.
The other Kiwi rep, Delishka, had a good trip in transit but couldn't really find clear air in the run to the line, beaten only five metres in the hands of Anthony Butt.
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New Zealand trotters Temporale and Hey Yo finished second and third behind Australian star Sparkling Success in Australasia's richest trotting race, the A$300,000 Great Southern Star, at Melton in Victoria on Saturday night.
Temporale, in the hands of trainer Tony Herlihy, mounted a strong late finish for the runners-up prize after being hemmed up three back on the markers.
Hey Yo, currently trained by ex-Kiwi Sonya Smith for her kiwi owners including regular trainer Jack Harrington, flashed up the inside to run third at bolter's odds in the hands of Greg Sugars.
The two other starters trained by New Zealanders, Speeding Spur and Daryl Boko, finished mid-field.
Speeding Spur settled near last from his second line draw and tried to mount a run off a three-wiide cart-up over the final half lap, but paddled in to eighth.
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Colt Thirty One caused a minor boilover in the A$200,000 Victoria Derby Final at Melton in Victoria last night, flashing down the outside to win in the hands of trainer Grant Dixon.
He went out at better than $19 after being beaten on his merits as an even-money favourite in the qualifying heats eight days earlier.
New Zealand-trained pacers The Devils Own and Spankem banked cheques from the race, finishing third and fourth in the hands of co-trainers Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon, respectively.
- NZ Harness News