A RETURN home is not on the cards for boom pacer Turn It Up.
A Vicbred purchase from the Melbourne Australian Pacing Gold Sale, Turn It Up was a brilliant winner of last night’s Auckland Cup.
Despite the lure of Aussie riches on offer during the next two months, New Zealand co-trainers Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon have elected to keep Turn It Up close to home.
In fact, while other top four-year-olds are contesting the Bonanza in Melton and Chariots Of Fire Tabcorp Park Menangle, the son of Courage Under Fire will be in a paddock.
“We will give him one more run then send him for a break,” Purdon said. “There is a mile at Cambridge in a couple of weeks which we will set him for.
“After that he will have a good break before we bring him up for the Taylor and Messenger.
“He has already done a great job, but has not yet reached his potential and if we take our time with him. The next couple of years could be very lucrative for him.”
With Purdon in the cart during his latest win, Turn It Up was given time to settle in his stride from the tapes before being sent forward to take the lead from his stablemate, Dream About Me.
Allowed to roll along at a steady tempo, the gelding proved too slick along the home straight to account for Star Galleria and Ashley Locaz in 2:02.1 over 3200 metres.
“He has come a long way in a short time,” Purdon said. “That was just his ninth start and he did it quite well.”
HOOFNOTE: Turn It Up’s victory completes consecutive wins in the Cup by APG purchases, with his former stablemate, Vincent, capturing last season’s edition as a four-year-old.