POWER couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen continued their astonishing New Zealand Cup day record this afternoon.
Having dominated proceedings during the famed card in recent years, Purdon and Rasmussen won eight of today’s 12 races – including the Cup.
Purdon and Rasmussen didn’t have a runner in three of the four events they didn’t capture!
Last season the Purdon/Rasmussen squad won five races, including the Cup with Lazarus.
Lazarus also annexed the Cup in 2016 when the duo won six races – which followed their sextet in 2015.
“We’ve been lucky to enjoy a lot of good fortune on Cup day,” Purdon said. “There have been some great results for the stable and our owners.
“It’s a terrific reward for all the hard work done by our team at the stable.”
With Purdon holding the reins, Having The Faith started the ball rolling in the second event, with Winterfell – also driven by Purdon – completing a running double soon after.
The hat-trick came when All U Need Is Faith scored with Rasmussen in the sulky.
Exciting youngster Ultimate Sniper then maintained his perfect record from four starts when he produced a stunning performance in the Sires’ Stake Final.
Also partnered by Rasmussen, the son of Bettors Delight scored by neck from his stablemate, Jess Duke, with Heisenberg three-and-a-half metres away third in a slick 1:52.9 over 1980 metres.
“He’s a very nice colt which still has improvement in him,” Purdon said. “That was only his fourth start and he is getting better all the time.”
Turn It Up then led home another stable quinella before Bettor My Dreamz proved too classy for her rivals.
Purdon and Rasmussen then prepared four of the first five across the line in the Cup, with Thefixer taking the glory.
Driven by Rasmussen, Thefixer enjoyed the run of the race behind his stablemate, Dream About Me, which set the pace as Tiger Tara worked in the ‘death seat’.
With Tiger Tara forging his way to the front halfway along the home straight, Thefixer was darted through the inside to score by a head.
Dream About Me battled on to be a neck away third.
Rating 1:57.6 over 3200 metres, Thefixer – which has emerged during the two previous Cup programs – took his record to an imposing 10 wins and two placings from 16 starts.