THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
TWO THOUSAND NZ WINS !
FIRST WIN: DON'S DELIGHT Cambridge August 1995.
ONE HUNDREDTH WIN: MEGAERA Alexandra Park December 1996
500th WIN : TRICKY VIC Alexandra Park December 2001
ONE THOUSANDTH WIN: BREATH OF LIFE Alexandra Park September 2009
1500th WIN: METICULOUS Methven March 2014
TWO THOUSANDTH WIN: BETTOR TRIX Addington October 2018
THE 2000 was brought up in the by a filly bred by Mark and raced in partnership with Vi Hancock, wife of the famous Australian trainer, Brian, and a close friend of Natalie and Mark over a long period.
"Vi is more excited than anyone " Natalie noted after the race "She's been on the phone asking when she comes out to get a trophy! because Bettor Trix wil be in the Sires Stakes heats now.. Although she has had some she hasn't actually raced a lot of horses and is just thrilled".
Vi came into the ownership as a result of a typical act of kindness by Mark and Natalie. She was originally in Rishi who didn't quite work out so Mark gave her the share in this one
Win no 2000 did have a special meaning for Mark. In spite of the fact he downplays the statistical aspect of the game to a considerable extent he realises it is a milestone for the industry itself and worth celebrating.
"So many people have given me help, assisted and supported me over the years that they are the ones I thank. Without them I wouldn't be anywhere near such a total"
"It is also a thrill only the Purdon family have done it and great to join Barry and Roy. They taught me so much"
"And Grant and now Natalie have been of great help. I feel with Natalie we have gone to another level"
"But I guess I prefer to look forward rather than back and like to keep moving on to what is to come"
So is 3000 a target now ?
"I wouldn't say that. Its a long way away. "
A mix of memories from left " With Pride of Petite-2) with the amazing Natalie 3) John Seaton, an inspiration to Mark in his early years with Margaret and Roy 4) The Purdon boys 5) Not all glitz and sunshine 6) At the sales 7 With Charlie Roberts 8) Some of the leading supporters Glenys and Phil, Trevor and Kate, Meg and Merv, - Ken and Karen Breckon with Jean Feiss-Dennis Dunford and Have Faith in Me -Paul and Mary Kenny, -Horse of the Year night with Grant Payne and others -Adore Me-Auckland Reactor still holds pride of place on the Float-Nathan is a G1 winning driver already-Trevor Casey has been in the stable since the 1990's-a selection from the trophy room
FIRST GROUP ONE WIN: IL VICOLO NZ Cup Addington 1995-nothing like starting at the top
FIRST PREMIERSHIP: 2000 78 WINNERS FROM 388 STARTERS-12 training titlesin total
FIRST GROUP ONE QUINELLA: IL VICOLO/BRABHAM Addington 1995 NZ Free for All
FIRST TRIFECTA: MERINAI-PRIDE OF PETITE-AFRICA Alexandra Park 1999
FIRST CLASSIC 3YO WIN: THE COURT OWL Alexandra Park December 1996 (GN Derby)
FIRST CLASSIC QUINELLA: THE COURT OWL/SHARP AND TELFORD Addington 1996 New Zealand Derby
FIRST 4YO GROUP ONE- DECISION TIME. NZ Messenger April 1996
FIRST 3YO FILLY GROUP ONE- PARTY PARTY =DB Fillies Final May 1996
FIRST TWO OLD OPEN G1-KNIGHT VANCE- New Zealand Juvenile Championship 1997
FIRST 2YO FILLY GROUP ONE- MEGAERA -Caduceus Club Classic March 1996
FIRST INTER DOMINION PACING FINAL-SMOLDA 2016
FIRST INTER DOMINION TROTTING FINAL -PRIDE OF PETITE 1996