Day At The Track

More The Better too good in Cup

09:14 AM 11 Mar 2018 NZDT
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More The Better winning the Northern Southland Trotting Cup
Photo Bruce Stewart

Driven by Tim Williams, More The Better, the winner of twelve races and over $500,000 proved to be too strong in the Group Three Yardhurst Hotel Northern Southland Trotting Cup.

Owned by co-trainer Mark Purdon, his father Roy Purdon MBE and David Levene OBE, the four year old entire was having his first start for the season.

“His three year old season wasn’t as good as we'd hoped. He was a fanastic two year old. He seems to have come back just as good as he was at two. We’ve been happy with his trials and we were very confident today,” said stable manager for the Purdon/Rasmussen stable Michelle Neilson.

Neilson says as a young horse he raced over the shorter sprint distances but his forte is staying races.

“Our next aim is the Easter Cup at the end of the month at Addington. He’s a strong horse so it’s nice to slow him down a bit. They race a bit over short trips as young horses so the distance won’t be any worries for him now.”

After beginning well from the twenty metre mark Williams settled More The Better in seventh place as the field settled into single file. With 1200 metres to run he decided to move around the field and for the last lap he sat parked beside leader My Wee Man. Inside the last 400 metres these two runners cut away from the field and were both in for the fight. But More The Better proved too good.  Williams had only to run the reins over his rump to win by three and a half lengths from a late charging Buster Brady. A brave My Wee Man was a nose back in third.

“He’s got great manners and he won today with the plugs still in.”

This is the second time Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have won the Northern Southland Cup. They won with Isaiah in 2015. His time of 3-20.1 is a race record. The winning time today was 3-22.6. 


Sponsor Dave McHugh, his wife Glenda, and Michelle Neilson  - Photo Bruce Stewart. 

More The Better is out of the In The Pocket mare Lucky Pocket which is a full sister to Christian Cullen.

The win by More The Better caps off a very profitable two days for the Purdon/Rasmussen All Stars stables. They starters thirteen runs at two race meeting (Auckland and Invercargill) winning eight races and stakes of $347,900.

Driver Tim Williams scored three wins at the Northern Southland meeting and one in Auckland. 


Bruce Stewart
Southland harness racing

 

 

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