Purdon to link with Show Gait in Aussie

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Three-year-old trotting filly Show Gait is to be given plenty of time to acclimatise to the Australian way of life before her Austraslaian Breeders Crown tilt next month.

The Regan Todd-trained filly will depart for warmer shores at the end of the month, travelling alongside the All Stars contingent belonging to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, with her trainer going along for the ride.

“It’s quite exciting, we’ve obviously campaigned horses for big races before - but not really one where it looks like we are big chance,” Todd said.

The young horseman is no stranger to heading to Australia, having done so as a caretaker-trainer for Mark Jones, but this time it’s with his own horse and that’s a whole new kettle of fish.

However, the company he will be keeping is sure to keep him grounded and focused on the task ahead.

“I’m really excited to spend some time with Mark (Purdon) and Poi (Matt Bowden) and learn how they handle the trips away.

“It should be a great learning experience and to have their skill to call on will be huge.”

Todd has a standing start event at Menangle on August 7 earmarked as the first step towards the Breeders Crown and for that particular assignment he’ll need to call on Purdon again.

The master horseman will handle the driving duties of the filly through the campaign and likely right through to the Breeders Crown although no firm plans have been confirmed.

“It makes sense to have Mark driving her, I think he was quite keen to have sit behind her considering she originally came from his place.

“It’s not a mark against Sam (Ottley), and nothing has been set in stone for the Breeders Crown yet, but we will benefit from getting Mark’s opinion.”

Safely through her first run on August 7, Todd may look for one more race before the big dance, although he may also look to favour a trial around Melton instead, to allow the filly to find her feet on a foreign track.

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