A TRIP across the Tasman is tentatively on the cards for unbeaten youngster Chase Auckland. Fresh from his Group One success in Addington on Tuesday, co-trainer Mark Purdon revealed the Victoria Derby was a distinct possibility with the gelding. “We have a few nice three-year-olds in the stable and... Read more
I’VE been lucky enough to see some of our greatest champions in action. I saw Popular Alm, Pure Steel, Gundary Flyer, Rip Van Winkle and Don’t Retreat race at their peak. I was back at Harold Park when the likes of Christian Cullen and Chokin were dominating and... Read more
SUNDAY’S Kaikoura Cup is the next target for freakish pacer Lazarus as he works towards his New Zealand Cup defence. Speaking after Lazarus’ success in this afternoon’s Ashburton Flying Stakes, co-trainer Mark Purdon explained the stallion needs the extra outing before tackling the time-honoured handicap. Lazarus has had two starts from... Read more
LAST week champion horseman Mark Purdon indicated there is a major threat to Lazarus’ status as the leading horse in his stable.
Following a trial Rangiora, Purdon stated the multi-millionaire was being seriously challenged by enigmatic performer Heaven Rocks.
HAVING completed a winning return during the weekend, Have Faith In Me will continue to contest local races in preparation for the New Zealand Cup. While next month’s Victoria Cup was given some consideration, connections have elected to bypass the Grand Circuit event to give the six-year-old maximum chance of... Read more
NEW ZEALAND representative Mark Purdon has received a mixture of luck and misery in the second round draws of the World Driving Championship. The series begins in Canada tomorrow, with Australia’s Shane Graham hopeful of a good start in his bid for the title after gaining some handy drives.... Read more
FREAKISH New Zealander Lazarus has rounded out his sensational season by joining an exclusive group of pacers. Thrilling fans on both sides of the Tasman with his speed and stamina, Lazarus has captured the coveted title of Grand Circuit champion. As such, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained star... Read more