Addington Hall Of Fame Inductees
By Peter Craig
This year’s inductees were announced at Addington Raceway on Friday 31 August 2018 as part of the sixteenth Canterbury Owners and Breeders Night.
The two most recent three time winners of the New Zealand Trotting Cup in False Step and Terror To Love together with leading horseperson Mark Purdon are the latest to be honoured by the Addington Harness Hall of Fame.
False Step – second ever winner of three NZ Cups, winning twenty two races in NZ with fifteen of these at Addington, one in Australia and two in USA including leg of 1961 Yonkers International series (2:03.1, $188,701). He was leading stake earner in 1958/9 (£7,055) and 1960/61 (£10,185) seasons; completed NZ Cup/FFA double in 1960 and established a world record for 13 furlongs of 3:21.0 placing second off 48 yds to Massacre in 1961 ID Pacing Grand Final.
Terror To Love – third ever winner of three NZ Cups, winner of thirty races in NZ, sixteen of these at Addington and one in Australia (1:51.0, $2377,125). He was leading pacing/overall stake earner for three consecutive seasons : 2011/12 ($528,828), 2012/13 ($621,699), 2013/14 ($624,366). Terror To Love was the ninth four year old to win NZ Trotting Cup, one of eight Group One’s (including Cranbourne Cup in Australia), six Group Two’s and eight Group Three’s captured during his career. He was four year old entire or gelding of year, Aged entire or gelding of year (twice), Pacer of Year (three times), NZ Harness Horse of Year (twice) before retiring to a stud career.
Mark Purdon is one of only three trainers (others are father Roy and brother Barry) to have trained more than 2,000 winners in NZ (2,116) with 304 In Australia. He has driven over 1,500 winners in NZ, 209 in Australia, one in Canada and driven in Scandinavia. Thirteen training premierships have been captured together with training seven winners on a race day on four occasions (including a NZ Cup Day). He has trained and driven five NZ Cup winners and his ID Grand Finals record is without peer - as a driver, three Pacers and Trotters Grand Finals and as a trainer, two Pacers and five Trotters Grand Final victories. Group One successes currently total 243 (177/66 AUS), 70 at Addington and split 198/45 between pacers and trotters. Mark Purdon is also trainer of the first and two of the three pacers to have gone under 1:48 in Australasia. Trainer of major age group race winners : Harness Jewels, 40 (24 as driver) and Australasian Breeders Crown, 11 (13 as driver).
These are just a few of many notable achievements in the careers of the latest inductees to Addington’s Harness Hall Of Fame.