Group 1 victory for Captaintreacherous colt

Group 1 victory for Captaintreacherous colt

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAITH took a crucial step forward when nabbing a game B D Joe in a thrilling finish to the Sires Stakes Final on New Zealand Cup Day.



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The towering three-year-old son of CAPTAINTREACHEROUS continued trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s domination of the 1980m Group 1 feature by nailing his northern rival on the passing lane inside the last 50m.

Though he has been clearly established as a star of his age group since first hitting the track, IT'S ALL ABOUT FAITH has been a constant work in progress for his master trainers.

The colt’s tendency to over-race has seen him having owners Dennis and Mark Dunford having to settle with Group 1 second placings and another runner-up finish in the recent Harness Million final.

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAITH rewarded his camp for their fine tuning and patience courtesy of some quick thinking from Purdon after B D Joe blasted out of the gate to cross to the lead.

Rather than do the expected – zip around to the front with his $2.40 favourite – the champion reinsman took a gamble and slotted into the trail.

“I could have pushed the issue for another 100m, but I thought it could have been our undoing too,” Purdon said.

“At the Cup Trials I let him come to me, I am trying to teach him to take a trail.”

“And today he settled and just drifted a length or a length and a half off the leader’s back.”

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAITH not only bagged a deserved group 1 victory,  he gave Purdon confidence he could again have the measure of his key rivals B D Joe, Krug (fourth) and American Dealer (sixth) when stepping up to the 2600m and 2700m of this year’s derbies.

“Today I was just so pleased with him because he has worried me going over distance – whether he can do it.”

“But the way he was today I wouldn’t be worried at all.”

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAITH showed he still has a trick or two up his sleeve when putting his head on his side as he clinched his group 1 win.