Barry Purdon had a couple of royally-bred youngsters step out at the Pukekohe trials on Saturday and both look nice horses in the making.
SOLE AMBITION is a Bettor’s Delight three-year-old son of former champion filly One Dream and he beat two others home when qualifying. The type to get better and better as he gets more competitive match practice into him.
Barry then wheeled out BAD TO THE BONE (2g Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Bad Babe) in a smart two-year-old heat. He led and was nosed out right on the line by race winner LINE UP, who continues to show huge talent. They ran the mile in 2:01.9 home in 27.3 the final 400m and some very nice work from the top pair. MIGHTY LOOEE (2g Sweet Lou – My Little Princess) for Robert Dunn also darted along the marker line with real dash when the gap appeared.
EIGHTEEN CARAT showed her readiness for Friday night’s race against the fillies with another impressive trial, straight past them from parked on the turn and home in 27.3 untested. She may not beat Sweet On Me this week but she can definitely fill a minor position.
The Dickies have the former All Stars pacer A BETTOR ACT ready to fly, his workout win emphatic in slick sectionals. Placed in a Sires Stakes Final last term, the Bettor’s Delight gelding zipped home in 57.7 and 26.5 to put them away by two lengths over trailer BENSON BUYS, who gets a mention, seemingly not perturbed by that quick final quarter and one to keep an eye on.
The Dickie stable sent newcomer MR KIWI around in the main standing start heat, coming up just a neck shy of open class pacer NO DOCTOR NEEDED with a spirited bid along the markers to nearly win it. Formerly in the deep south with Brett Gray, he will win his share in the north given his obvious ability.
KRATOS continued his good trotting form with a nice win in his trotters’ heat, too smart for five others, though a nice run from THATGIRLTROUBLE in second, who keeps showing enough to win a handy race at Alex Park in the right grade.
GOLD CLASS, a Bettor’s 4yo mare who qualified for Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins back in December 2017, was a nice four-and-a-half-length winner in a non-winners’ heat. She is a half sister to Five Star Anvil, Lets Elope, and Downunder Stride. BALL OF ART, an unraced Art Major – Star Of The Ball gelding with Barry Purdon, made good ground out wide to finish into third there, catching the eye.
STYLISH MEMPHIS, a full-sister to top-class filly and mare Delightful Memphis has inherited the family talent. She sat last and stormed home to win her 2000m workout at Rangiora last week, the leaders home in 57.8 and she gave them 10-lengths at the half, and was still last on the turn. Along with her stablemate MISS RUBY SUNSHINE, she powered home wide out with great speed. The $30,000 Leonard Memorial at Addington on Sunday is the target for both.
FRANCO ECUADOR (2c A Rocknroll Dance – Edinburgh Franco) was driven by West Aussie horseman Kim Prentice to win his workout for trainer Mark Jones, home in 57.5 after darting to lead off the end of the back straight and going clear. Nice type.
The talented PAT’S DRAGON, now trained by Wayne Robertson, was driven to victory by Ben Hope in a slick 55.8, 26.3 final pair of splits, beating former stablemate A G’S WHITE SOCKS by a half-length. They both performed well for racing this weekend.