Princess Tiffany back to her record breaking best
By Jonny Turner
Princess Tiffany reminded everyone how good she is with a national record breaking win in the New Zealand Oaks at Addington on Friday.
The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly quickly regained any fans she may have lost from her shock defeat in last week’s Nevele R Fillies Final, by taking almost a full second off the New Zealand record for three-year-old fillies over 2600m.
Princess Tiffany strode away from her rivals to win by two and a half lengths and stop the clock at 3.08.2.
That took 0.9sec off the previous record, set in the same race last year by the Art Major filly’s former stablemate, Spanish Armada.
Kayla Marie chased Princess Tiffany home to hand Braeden and Caroline Whitelock the race quinella.
The couple bred both fillies and race Kayla Marie on their own.
They race Princess Tiffany in partnership with Phil and Margaret Creighton.
The Creightons scored a double of their own, adding the New Zealand Oaks title to the New Zealand Derby victory they scored with Ultimate Sniper.
Addington racegoers did not get to see the best of Princess Tiffany when she was well beaten in last week’s Nevele R Fillies Final by Belle Of Montana.
Natalie Rasmussen, who produced another pinpoint big race drive, said that was due to race’s frantic early tempo.
And that this week, after the pair stayed out of the early rush, Addington got to see Princess Tiffany at her best.
“Tonight she showed what she is really capable of,” Rasmussen said.
“The more I think back on last week, I think she might have gone a little bit hard early and cut her wind off a bit.”
“She is a great little horse.”
Princess Tiffany was almost forced to do the same kind of early work she did in last week’s group one again, this week.
Rasmussen made an early three-wide move with the filly and when it looked like they might be stuck out there for some time, the reinswoman managed to squeeze back in to the one-out running line in the back straight.
When the early speed relented, Princess Tiffany looped the field and put what would be an unassailable lead on her main rival, Belle Of Montana.
Her New Zealand Oaks victory saw Princess Tiffany go to 1-all with Belle Of Montana in their late season triple crown for three-year-old fillies.
The pair will face off in a decider at the Harness Jewels, which could decide which horse wins New Zealand three-year-old filly of the year.
The All Stars stable again dominated a feature New Zealand race meeting by taking out four of the six group and listed events at Addington on Friday night.
The Purdon-Rasmussen stable scored wins with One Change in the group 1 Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old male pacers, Tailored Elegance in the group 2 Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotters and Amazing Dream in the listed Yearling Sales Series Final for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Any chance of an All Stars whitewash on Friday night were dashed immediately when Southland trainer Alister Black produced Get Lucky to win the Yearling Sales Series Final for three-year-old trotters.
Gran Chico took the last feature of the night, the Sires Stakes Sophomore Classic for three-year-old male pacers, for trainer Nigel McGrath.vv