LOOK out Australia – the industry’s latest superstar is heading your way!
A phenomenal winner of last night’s Inter Dominion Final at Alexandra Park, Ultimate Sniper has been earmarked for an Aussie raid.
Co-trainer Mark Purdon confirmed this morning the son of Bettors Delight will cross the Tasman for Tabcorp Park Menangle’s Carnival of Miracles.
Beginning with the Chariots Of Fire, the four-year-old will then be looking to gain a start in the southern hemisphere’s premier sprint, the $1million Miracle Mile.
The Chariots Of Fire is scheduled to be run on February 22, with the Ainsworth Miracle Mile set down for March 7.
Purdon and co-trained Natalie Rasmussen captured last season’s Miracle Mile with Spankem.
“He will have a spell now, then we will get him ready to take him to Australia,” Purdon said. “We will look at having him in the Chariots Of Fire and Miracle Mile.
“At this stage he will have about 10 days off and we will get going again.”
Driven by Rasmussen, Ultimate Sniper scored from Mach Shard, which is trained by Purdon’s brother Barry.
Thefixer, a stablemate of the winner driven by Blaire Orange, was third.
In a remarkable result, Purdon was fourth with Cruz Bromac, Barry’s A G’s White Socks was fifth, while Ashley Locaz – another Purdon/Rasmussen runner – finished sixth!
“It was a huge result for the team,” Purdon said. “Ultimate Sniper did a terrific job….he is a very special horse.”
Rating 1:56 over 2700 metres, Ultimate Sniper provided Rasmussen with a record-equaling fifth Inter Dominion triumph.
Rasmussen combined with superstar Blacks A Fake – which she also trained – to secure the time honoured series in 2006, ’07, ’08 and ’10.
New South Wales horseman Brian Hancock has long held the record of five wins thanks to his successes with Koala King in 1980, Weona Warrior in 1994 and the first triple winner Our Sir Vancelot, which was too good in 1997, ’98 and ’99.
Rasmussen’s historic moment as a driver also overshadowed a record-equaling moment for the All Stars Camp, which annexed the Trotters’ Final with Winterfell earlier in the evening.
Partnered by Purdon, Winterfell accounted for Majestic Man and Massive Metro in 2:00.1 over 2700 metres.
Winterfell and Majestic Man are by leading trotting stallion Majestic Son.
As such Purdon and Rasmussen joined Charlie Hunter as the only trainers to win both Finals in the same season.
Hunter achieved the feat in 1975 when Young Quinn upstaged the pacers, while Castleton’s Pride was too good for his trotting rivals.
John Langdon replaced the injured Hunter in the cart.