Luby Lou and Mark Purdon have destroyed them in the Trotting Derby. Photo: Race Images.
He stopped short of calling her a freak, but Mark Purdon just oozed serious affection for his latest find, Luby Lou.
Just minutes after she made it a New Zealand Trotting Oaks and Derby double, Purdon had nothing but superlatives for the speedy filly, who is making every post a winner in her short, but incredible career.
“She’s a superstar in the making; that was an incredible effort,” he said.
Purdon has made two key decisions within 12 months with the exciting prospect and the first came last year when he decided to send her for a spell as opposed to pressing on with her as a two-year-old.
That’s made her the horse we’ve seen this season with the time in the paddock allowing her develop and mature.
Purdon’s second great decision was to actually start in the Derby.
After her emphatic Oaks victory, he and Natalie Rasmussen were both hesitant about lining up against the boys - but his decision was again vindicated with her incredible performance.
“We were in two minds about lining up after the Oaks, just with a view to looking after her.
“But she told us she was ready and judging by that performance it was the right decision.”
Luby Lou is raced by the Breckon Farms, Six of the Best syndicate – made up largely of some long-standing supporters of the Breckon family.
Ken purchased the broodmare, Luby Ann off Jean Feiss when she was cutting back some of her numbers after originally importing her from America.
And now the world, or Australasia at least, at this point is her oyster.
“We’ll head to Auckland with her next and try and win another Derby, but there’s a nice programme for her for the rest of the season.”
Good fillies winning the Oaks is not a new commodity, but few, if any, have done it as easy as what Luby Lou did.
She joins Escapee, Shezoneoftheboyz and Habibti as recent female winners of the race.
While she was brilliant, there were plenty of equally as admirable performances behind her.
Stablemate Winterfell was out of this world after sitting three wide without cover for most of the last mile to finish a clear second while Majestic Man was equally as brave after holding the parked spot.
Maiden trotter, Majestic Hurricane made up huge amounts of ground too and will win a maiden at short notice.
Less than half an hour after winning the Derby, Purdon was back in the winners’ circle after completing a reverse result of last weekend’s Easter Cup with More The Better.
He was able to comfortably hold off A G’s White Socks this week after working to the lead with a lap to run to secure another victory for his owners, Purdon, Roy Purdon and David Levene.