POWER couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have once again dominated New Zealand’s Harness Jewels day.
Turning the program into their own special event in recent years, the duo captured five of the nine Group Ones during today’s Addington card.
Since becoming a training partnership in 2014, Purdon and Rasmussen have won an incredible 28 Jewels Finals.
Last year they annexed six Group One deciders, which followed four in 2017.
They also registered quintets in 2016 and 2015, along with a treble in 2014. Their amazing haul also includes numerous quinellas and trifectas.
“The Jewels has been a pretty good day for us in recent years,” Purdon said. “We’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed a lot of success on the days.
“Today was another terrific result for the stable and our owners.”
Opening the afternoon on a high, Purdon and Rasmussen scored with Elle Mac which finally broke through for a Jewels win after being among the placings as a two and three-year-old.
Driven by Rasmussen, Elle Mac rated 1:58.3 over 1980 metres to account for Divinia Bellezza and In The Shadows.
Owned by Victorian horsewoman Jean Feiss, the daughter of Bettors Delight extended her record to 12 wins and 10 placings from 32 starts for earnings of $607,678.
“She has been a terrific filly since day one and deserved to get a Jewels win next to her name,” Purdon said.
Purdon then completed an early double for the team when he partnered Sweet On Me to a metre win from Spellbound, with Amazing Dream – a stablemate of the winner – a metre-and-a-half away third.
Rating 1:57.5 over 1980 metres, the two-year-old stretched her tally to an impeccable six wins and a second from seven starts for earnings of $246,960.
“There is a lot to like about this filly,” Purdon said. “She has gotten better as the season has gone along and just keeps finding a way to get the job done.
“She will head to the paddock now as pretty much all of them will as we look at what is next for them.”
Rasmussen then completed a treble when she combined with One Change to secure the Emerald Final.
Maintaining his perfect record from five starts, One Change scored by two-and-a-half metres from his stablemate Flying Even Bettor, with Zeuss Bromac five metres away third in 1:58.8 over 1980 metres.
“He is a very nice type,” Purdon said. “He can’t do much more than win all his starts so far.
“There is still plenty of upside to him and he should get better as he gets older and gains experience.”
With Purdon holding the reins, Turn It Up added to his stellar season by proving too slick over 1980 metres as Henry Hubert and Nandolo filled the placings.
A Vicbred purchase from the Melbourne Australian Pacing Gold Sale, Turn It Up rated 1:55.8 to take his record to 11 wins and four seconds from 15 starts for earnings of $437,390.
“He has gone from strength to strength and will enjoy a good break now,” Purdon said. “I will give him as long off as possible before he has to get going again for the New Zealand Cup Carnival.”
Jesse Duke rounded out the quintet when he notched a head win from Gran Chico, with Robyns Playboy five metres away third.
Also drive by Purdon, the son of Bettors Delight rated 1:57.6.