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    LOOKS A WINNER: Cruz Bromac. Photo Stuart McCormick

    PREPARE for the next wave of All Stars dominance. Having given Australians a reprieve during the past month, New Zealand couple Natalie Rasmussen and... Latest Aussie onslaught to start in Ballarat

    PREPARE for the next wave of All Stars dominance.

    Having given Australians a reprieve during the past month, New Zealand couple Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon are heading back across the Tasman.

    The duo’s first stop is Ballarat on Saturday night where they have four runners engaged on the program, including two in the $110,000 Pacing Cup.

    Although unplaced at his last start, Thefixer is a $2.20 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds after drawing the better of the pair.

    Winner of the famed New Zealand Cup at his previous outing, the son of Bettors Delight will begin from barrier three.

    “I was very happy with his run over the mile the other night,” Purdon said. “The way the race was run the first few in the field were also the first across the line as it was a sprint home.

    “That said, he came home very well and it was his first run for two months so he will certainly benefit from it.”

    Enjoying a freshen-up since his strong Inter Dominion campaign, Cruz Bromac is on the second line of betting at $3.60 after receiving gate six.

    The gelding was unbeaten in his three Inter Dominion heats before finishing third in the Final won by Tiger Tara.

    “I’m being guided by our man in Melbourne, but he is very happy with the way the horse is working,” Purdon said. “The draw is a little tougher, but he should go well.”

    Elsewhere on the card Purdon and Rasmussen have Im Another Masterpiece in the second Victoria Derby heat and Spankem in a support race.

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