Champagne Party caused an upset win in the Pyne Gould Guinness Premier Mares Pace at Addington, but it may have not been much of a surprise to those aware of her record with Mark Purdon.
Until the Premier, she had raced 25 times, and Purdon had driven her in three of them. The result: one win at Addington and two thirds. Now, it is two wins and two thirds, and possibly a chance to improve on that when they contest the Standardbred Breeders Stakes.
Purdon says the Soky's Atom mare has done well since her win, and he said the syndicate may well leave her with him until the Easter meeting at Addington.
She could well encounter stiffer opposition this week. Shania Patron, who finished third and in particular Kym's Girl who was fourth, are expected to offer spirited competition with that race behind them.
Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HRWeekly 30Jan02