IN A coup for Ballarat, boom New Zealand pacer Ultimate Machete has been aimed at the club’s Cup.
Speaking after the four-year-old’s success in last night’s Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park, co-trainer Mark Purdon stated the Group One is part of Ultimate Machete’s Australian campaign.
Before the January 20 event is marked firmly on the entire’s schedule, however, he has to be given the all-clear by vets.
Purdon revealed Ultimate Machete’s latest victory has come at a price, with the rising star showing signs of soreness.
“He is being checked over by a vet today as he has pulled up a little sore,” Purdon said. “Hopefully it is nothing sinister.
“The plan is to give him a short freshener now anyway before taking him over to Victoria for the Ballarat Cup.
“We will know more after the vet has gone over him.”
With Purdon holding the reins, Ultimate Machete was beaten for early speed from the pole as Maczaffair crossed to the lead from barrier six.
Immediately angled away from the pegs, Ultimate Machete was sent forward to find the front, with the remainder of the 2536-metre trip became a procession.
Never seriously challenged, Ultimate Machete scored by two-and-a-half metres from Maczaffair, with Herrick Roosevelt a metre-and-a-half away third.
“Once he got to the front he did it quite easily,” Purdon said. “He has done a good job over here in Western Australia and hopefully all will remain fine so he can continue on in Victoria.”
Owned by similar interests Lazarus, which won the Inter Dominion earlier in the night, Ultimate Machete stretched his record to 11 wins and 10 placings from 23 starts for earnings of $781,827.
- PAUL COURTS