More the Better draws the ace in 3yo BC Final but Sicario three on the second row. Partyon two in 2nd row
(Poi has been talking to Michelle-read her column)
STRESS FACTOR JOINS ALL STARS THIS WEEK
WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE WINS IN AUSTRALASIA BEFORE BUT YESTERDAY- ONE IN CANADA AND CLOSE TO A TREBLE IN BREEDER'S CROWN IN AUSTRALIA
MARK SAVES HIS BEST FOR LAST WITH BIG FINISH IN CANADA-
THAT FABULOUS ALL STAR STRIKE RATE-IT WAS EVEN BETTER THAN YOU THINK ! (THE GOSS)
ZION BROMAC DRAWS WIDE ON ADDINGTON DEBUT (THURSDAY 8.15 PM)
*SICARIO and PARTYON were two legs of a near Breeder's Crown treble for All Stars at Melton on Saturday while MORE THE BETTER in his first run for a while was cuffed on the post by the trailer which just spoilt a perfect night. The most interest surrounded the generous odds on Sicario who at one stage was listed at $10 as everyone rushed to back Poster Boy the VicBred winner and the boom local. Even the local media frowned on some of Sicario's credentials but they were soon reminded. He quickly slumped to $2.50 to win and took control of the race. With a gate in the final he will be taking a lot of beating.
*The All Stars strike rate is already a thing of wonder. Nobody winning a premiership has even approached the stable UDR assessment which topped 0.50 in 2016 and held strongly at 0.44 last season. But that is not the whole story. Often All Stars horses don't win because there is another All Star horse who does. In one race last season we had six runners and several times we had five. So while the stats show we won 110 races from 363 starters this in no way reflects the the number of actual races All Stars contested.
In fact in only 45 races won did we have a single starter meaning in 67 races won we had multiple starters. Certainly this can aid your winning chances especially with the strong lineup All Stars produces in age group and open class racing but it still means only one starter can win. So in essence ALL STARS was first 110 times from 250 individual races a win strike rate of close to 50 per cent. We will wait a long time before a strike rate on that winning scale is equalled or bettered by another stable.
Mark saved the best for the last in the World's Driving Championship throwing Painted Pony into the lead four wide at the turn and running away to win a 30/1 After a frustrating run of draws and roughies he had another bad marble in the final race turned the frustration to a positive outcome winning decisively. It meant Mark climbed off the canvas from last place and while not the series results he would have hoped for it ended on a high note.
Mark said "It's been a long week a tough week but also a most enjoyable week. I was just thrilled to finish off on a high note and it was a thrill to experience the support from the Kiwis present. A highlight for me. It was good that Dexter and I were both able to win one race. This has been a great occasion because they organised it so well. Now we will turn our focus to home and the big events coming up there@
(A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)
I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO POI (BOWDEN) TODAY and he is very happy with the way the Australian team has come through the semi-finals over there especially SICARIO who has had a long season when you think about it.
The draws are mixed but Poi feels some of them may be better than they seem on the day. I will be talking to him again later in the week
Mark and Natalie are home Thursday and Mark has indicated to me he is keen to get back into our stable routine. There will be quite a lot of horse movements over the next week and I will keep you posted on those during this week.
The plan is to take Chase Auckland to a workout Rangiora on Wednesday but he is there to learn and we have not set him any targets on the day, just to pick up some racing skill. Zion Bromac is in at Addington on Thursday Each trial has been better . Mr Kalypso is getting closer too. .
Tim is on an enforced "vacation" but still following the fortunes of All Stars closely. His shoulder operation in late July went smoothly and fingers crossed there could be an earlier return than originally thought. Time will tell.
Hypervelocity is my only drive at Kurow but is a good one. He should be hard to beat if he is at his best but you won't get rich on the odds. My plans to push forward with Better than That on Friday came unstuck very early!- wasn't going to get close !
New Year's Jay is my best drive at Kurow though it might not be as easy as some see it. It is quite a good field and we have to give them a start but it is a small field and she has always been a talented mare. of the others. The Go To Man a big horse, will improve with it but he has had a couple of trials and looks not a bad sort. He could show up fresh. Denstown can go all right too when it does things right and from that stable it will most of the time.. They are the top three
ROY AND HIS RUNNERS
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
It was a great trip all round to Queensland. To win the Derby was a special thrill and to have Nathan and Michael on hand to help us celebrate Mark's and my successes was the icing on the cake.
I am always a little concerned about travelling these days with my hip problems but everything went smoothly . Pilch went with me and he was in good form too. He has had a bit of bad luck in Queensland before on the health front !The Breeder's Crown ? I will have to wait and see but More the Better is looking a good chance on what he has been doing lately. That was a hard run in the Derby and he stuck it out so well I was proud of the little horse He should handle the heat and semi's ok and will have a chance to freshen up again for the bigger stuff if we have luck on our side.
Nathan starts with Mark in the new season and while it was always going to happen it is great to see the next generation coming on out on the track. Michael is doing well too in his own way and I am proud of both of those boys. Now we will just have to see how Mark can go in the World Drivers Championship. He is a great driver really especially in the big ones so he can foot it with any of them.
STATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list