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Smith sells promising trotter to Purdon

  • Tue, 06 Mar 2018
  • Garrick Knight
Gavin Smith. Photo: Race Images.

Gavin Smith. Photo: Race Images.

One of the country’s most promising juvenile trotters has changed hands.

Enhance Your Calm, a son of Majestic Son, has joined the all-conquering Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable.

He qualified for Rangiora trainer Gavin Smith on his home track last week with Purdon doing the driving.

Smith bred and raced the gelding with his ex-wife, Sara.

“I’m a little disappointed in some ways as I really didn’t want to sell him,” said Smith.

“He’s probably the nicest young horse I’ve ever had.

“But it was good money and he’s going to a good home.”

In a break from tradition, Smith actually approached Purdon to see if he was interested in trialing the two-year-old.

“I rung Mark as I wanted the horse to stay in New Zealand if I could help it because I’ve still got the mother.

“Mark and Natalie will give him every opportunity to reach the potential I believe he has.

“If nothing goes wrong with him, I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t up with the best ones.”

Smith believes Melbourne’s Danny Zavitsanos, owner of last month’s Sapling Stakes winner War Dan Delight, will be a key figure in the new ownership.

Enhance Your Calm is out of All Settled Down, a Sundon mare that won four races for Smith last year.

“I really liked his mother but she broke down as a three-year-old and I ended up putting her in foal while she recovered.

“She came back last season and won four and is now in foal again, to Kadabra.

“I tried all season to get her in foal to Love You but it didn’t happen.”

Smith’s Group 1-winning trotter, Great Things Happen, is still spelling and won’t be seen until next season.

“He’s still in the paddock and he’s done for this season.

“He got a quarter crack and I figured he could just have a decent break and let it grow out properly so we can start fresh next season with no dramas.

“I don’t expect he will be back on the track until October – he doesn’t need hard racing to get him fit, especially if he’s had a good foundation beforehand.”