Alannah Hall set a race record for a 2-year-old trotter when she won in 3.10.4 (2400m stand) at Ashburton yesterday.
The records displayed by Harness Racing New Zealand for a 2-year-old trotters are 3.16 (colts and geldings) by Ironman in 1994 and 3.20 (fillies) by Flying Star in 1978, but these times were set in qualifying tests.
Alannah Hall is a filly by Angus Hall from Regal Volo trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen for The Good Sports Syndicate. She was bred by Brecon Bloodstock. She is the second foal of Regal Volo, who has left Twentyten, winner of four races.
Have Faith In Me, who won the race for 2-year-old pacers for Purdon and Rasmussen, is a brother to Adore Me, the star mare in the stable.
A son of Bettor's Delight and Scuse Me, Have Faith In Me was a $55,000 purchase by Purdon for Dennis and Mark Dunford at the 2013 Australasian Classic sale. Scuse Me is also the dam of Megabucks (1.49.6) in America and Imagine Me (nine wins). Purdon bred Scuse Me and trained her to win eight races and set a New Zealand mile record at Alexandra Park of 1.53.5 in 1998.
Robert Dunn won his 100th race for the season as a trainer when Wesley Silcox was successful at Ashburton. Dunn had a previous best tally of 90 wins last season.
- The Southland Times