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Williamson gives Purdon leg-up to feature win

  • Fri, 11 May 2018
  • Garrick Knight
Havtime and Zachary Butcher are clear at the finish of the Yearling Sales Series Fillies Final. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Havtime and Zachary Butcher are clear at the finish of the Yearling Sales Series Fillies Final. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Sometimes in the racing game, trainers need a bit of luck. And sometimes, they just need to have trained more than 2400 winners.

For Barry Purdon it was the latter that saw Havtime, winner of Friday night’s $150,000 NZ Yearling Sales Series Fillies Final at Alexandra Park, come through his front gate two months ago.

“Nathan Williamson rung up and asked if he could send her up to us for the rest of the season,” said Purdon.

“He said he really liked her and that she was a nice filly; he wasn’t wrong.

“She’s got a great attitude and is just one of those horses that does everything right.”

It wasn’t the biggest or strongest field for a six-figure race, but Havtime, a daughter of Mach Three, was Group 1-placed behind Kayla Marie a fortnight ago and rightfully received top billing with punters.

She went straight to the front in the hands of Zachary Butcher and was never headed, winning easily at the line in 2.04.7, a 1.58.0 mile-rate.

“She had a tough run last time – they went a New Zealand record – so to fight on for second at her third start was a great effort,” said Purdon post-race.

Havtime is raced by Invercargill cousins Malcolm and Murray Little, along with Malcolm’s wife Sarndra.

Murray Little, a lawyer of 40 years’ standing, is vice-president of the Invercargill Harness Racing Club and a board member of Southern Harness.

Purdon said Havtime will now target the $150,000 2YO Diamond at Cambridge on June 2.

“It’s three weeks away so she may need a trial in the meantime.

“But Zac said she was strong tonight and felt great so she won’t need much.”

Australian-owned filly Miss Streisand finished on well for second out of the one-one for trainer/driver Tony Herlihy while Gold Rocks finished on for third.