Enhance Your Calm and Mark Purdon holdoff Get Lucky and Brad Williamson. Photo: Race Images
The future is bright, but the right now isn’t too bad either for unbeaten two-year-old Enhance Your Calm.
The six-figure purchase into the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable last month made it two from two in the $30,000 New Zealand Trotting Stakes at Addington on Saturday with another effortless front-running display.
And while things are good right now, Purdon can’t help but wonder how good they might get with a bit more time on the gigantic gelding’s side.
“He’s still a little weak in some places,” he said.
“That makes me think he’ll be even better with more time, but what we’ve got now is just a natural trotter.”
Originally with Gavin Smith, Enhance Your Calm was bought off the back of some impressive workouts and trials by Australian owner, Danny Zavitsanos and his wife, Joanna.
He won impressively a few weeks ago, but was even better second time around and Purdon put that down to a few minor gear changes.
“He wanted to run out most of the race last time out, so we changed some gear and he was a lot better.
“He actually trotted really well today, too; he was a lot more fluent.”
With a bit of pressure on the shoulders after forking out some serious dosh, Purdon is feeling a little more confident in his spend now and looking forward to what lies ahead.
“He can work his way through the two-year-old races now, but we will let him tell us how he’s going.
“We’ve got the bonus of being paid up for the Breeders Crown if we want to go there.”
A Majestic Son gelding, Enhance Your Calm is from handy trotting mare All Settled Down.
Lucky Chucky gelding, Get Lucky was the best of the beaten brigade for visiting Invercargill trainer Alister Black while the ill-fated Alley Way’s little brother Only One Way held on well for third.