Millwood Nike Looking to Extend Unbeaten Run in Harness Million

17 February 2023

Millwood Nike (NZ) will be looking to contest her second consecutive Harness Million Series victory. 

Superstar filly Millwood Nike (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) will put her unbeaten record on the line in the $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Three-Year-Old Fillies Final (2200m) at Cambridge on Friday night. 

The NZB Standardbred graduate will aim for a perfect nine wins from nine starts starting as the hot favourite in the lucrative feature.

Millwood Nike was secured by the All Stars Racing Stables for $75,000 from Millwood Farm’s draft at the 2021 Christchurch National Yearling Sale.

Trainers Mark and Nathan Purdon bring the brilliant filly into her second Harness Million tilt fresh up, following her devastating victory in the Group One Ace Of Diamonds at Addington in December.

Though she has not raced since, her trainers have full confidence in the filly being forward and ready for a big effort.

“She seems really good, as the season went on last year she matured and I think she is better again for this little break she has had,” Mark Purdon said.

“I think she is pretty forward – she has had the two trials and we have been pleased with her.”

Millwood Nike has previously scored in the 2022 $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Two-Year-Old Fillies Pace (1980m) at Addington, and will be looking to score a second consecutive victory in Friday night’s feature.

The Purdon stable also start Sucitra (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) in the Harness Million Three-Year-Old Fillies Final. She also comes into the lucrative feature fresh up and will be having her first start for the Purdon barn.

Sucitra has trialled extremely well ahead of her return to racing, winning at both Rangiora and Pukekohe.

“She’s kept improving over the time we have had her,” Mark Purdon said.

“She had a trial before we got her and she’s had another two for us and she seems quite a nice filly.”

Sucitra was offered at the 2021 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch as part of Broadfield Lodge’s draft.

Strong recent efforts from tough barrier draws have shown Seaclusion (NZ) (Sweet Lou) can make an impact in the Harness Million Three-Year-Old Fillies Final.

The filly has shown grit to notch placings in her two starts ahead of her Harness Million tilt for trainers Graeme Rogerson and Dylan Ferguson.

Seaclusion was purchased by Rogerson Bloodstock for $35,000 from the Woodlands Stud draft at the 2021 National Yearling Sale in Auckland.

The filly is among a select field of eight NZB Standardbred graduates set for an exciting clash in the $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Three-Year-Old Fillies Final at 8.43pm on Friday night.

Barrier Horse Breeding Driver Trainer Breeder Owner Sale Purchaser  Vendor Sibling in 2023 Sale
1 Diamond Mounted Betterthancheddar x Zenardle David Butcher David Butcher L C Driver L C Driver 2021 Christchurch Yearling Sale, $16,000 Mr L Driver M. Smolenski  
2 Poetry In Motion Bettor's Delight x Nitouche Franco Tony Herlihy Mark Jones Mrs D C Cournane, N J Cournane H A Scott, Dr K M Lawson, G Smith, G M Saunders, Mrs S J Saunders, G W Hulston, G T Stewart 2021 Christchurch Yearling Sale, $25,000 Mr MP Jones Boyd Racing  
3 Seaclusion Sweet Lou x Classy Beach Dylan Ferguson Graeme Rogerson & Dylan Ferguson Mrs A Luxton G A Rogerson, C A Leishman, Croon Bloodstock Ltd, M R Pitman, L Te Keeti, Fourminusone Syndicate, J R Wheeler, C C Hobbs 2021 Auckland Yearling Sale, $35,000 Rogerson Bloodstock Woodlands Stud (NZ)   
4 Twist Little Girl Vincent x Twist N Shout Maurice McKendry Jeremy Young Alabar (NZ)  Organ Donation Saves Lives Syndicate, Zinnycef Syndicate, Breckon Farms Ltd, P A Curran, M T Mulhern, C Lea, J Stewart, T W Butts 2020 All Age Sale (Gavelhouse), $8,500 Todd Butts Alabar (NZ)   
5 Judine Art Major x Sem's Delight John Dunn Robert & Jenna Dunn Breckon Farms  A D Neumann, I M Neumann, B W Clarke, J A Slack, Diamond Racing Stables Ltd 2021 Auckland Yearling Sale, $80,000 Diamond Racing Breckon Farms  Full Brother, B.C, (Art Major x Sem's Delight) Lot 111
6 Millwood Nike Captaintreacherous x Albuquerque Mark Purdon Mark & Nathan Purdon Mrs K Carville S J Byrne, S R Thompson, B R Irvine, F M Endacott ONZM, S R Endacott 2021 Christchurch Yearling Sale, $75,000 All Stars Racing Stables Millwood Farm  
7 Sucitra Bettor's Delight x Solandra Blair Orange Mark & Nathan Purdon P I Renwick, Mrs P M Renwick P I Renwick, Mrs P M Renwick 2021 Christchurch Yearling Sale, Psd, Res $50,000   Broadfield Lodge Full Sister, B.F, (Bettor's Delight x Solandra) Lot 376
8 Fergalicious Art Major x Spin To Win Zachary Butler Robert & Jenna Dunn Breckon Farms  Westview Racing No.22 Syndicate 2021 Auckland Yearling Sale, $30,000 Diamond Racing Breckon Farms  Half-Sister, Br.F (Bettor's Delight x Spin To Win) Lot 117