The domination continues
NZ HARNESS NEWS
The All Stars stable’s recent domination of our richest juvenile race continued at Addington on Friday night.
Another Masterpiece took out the $200,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series Open, giving Mark Purdon his sixth-straight win as trainer in the race and partner Natalie Rasmussen her fifth.
It was another professional performance from the son of Bettor’s Delight, who proved too good for stablemate Jesse Duke in the hands of Tim Williams.
And, with the manner in which Another Masterpiece is going about his business, the fun might only just be getting started for his big crew of owners.
After looking early on in his now six-start career that he might have been a typical All Stars two-year-old with plenty of maturing to do before a big three-year-old season, he has now won his last three, and banked more than $154,000.
A good chunk of that came on Friday night when he burnt the candle at both ends but was still in a class of his own.
That major Listed success now sits alongside the Welcome Stakes which he won last month.
There was an ear of familiarity to Friday night’s win with last year’s winner, The Devils Own, raced by the same stable and owners; Phil and Glenys Kennard, The Breckon Racing Syndicate, Jim and Anne Gibbs and Gary and Kerry Woodham.
“I would guess he (Another Masterpiece) was about number four among them at home five months or so ago, but has kept stepping up,” Purdon, who drove Jesse Duke into second, said.
Buoyed by his growing confidence in the horse, Williams made his intention clear from the outset burning to the front in a very quick lead time.
“It wasn’t an absolute plan to go to the front, but I wanted to use the draw and the thing with this horse is that he is sensible,” Williams said.
“If you ask him to go, he goes but doesn’t get carried away.”
Another Masterpiece’s time for the 1950-metre mobile, 2:18.6 was the second fastest in the race’s history behind The Devils Own last year.
Jesse Duke ran on strongly from a good position to finish second but was no match for the winner while northerner Supreme Dominator emerged from the ruck to finish a solid third.
- NZ Harness News