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Long days the norm for trainers
Central Canterbury trainers are hoping to play a big part in New Zealand's harness racing's glamour event on the second Tuesday
in November. MAT KERMEEN talked to some of the key contenders on their prospects and what it takes to win . . .
UNSEEN WORK: Greendale
trainer Bruce Hutton cleans
down Far Too Rusty in the
REST UP: Mark Purdon's son,
Michael, is ready to lead Sushi Sushi
on to the transporter before heading
back to the All Stars stable after a
long night at the races.
CUP CHAMPION: Jim Curtin celebrates victory with Terror to Love in last year's New Zealand Trotting Cup at
IT IS after 11pm on Friday night
and the money has long been won
or lost at Addington Raceway.
The crowd has disappeared
from the grandstand but down in
the stables, Greendale horse
trainer Bruce Hutton is packing
up and cleaning his gear after one
of his charges, Far Too Rusty, ran
fifth in the final race of the night.
He started work at 7am and he
knows it will be Saturday morn-
ing before he and horse hit the
hay, but Bruce is not fussed.
It's all part of the training
In less than a month Addington
Raceway will be transformed into
an arena of glitz and glamour as
more than 20,000 punters arrive
for New Zealand harness racing's
biggest event of the year -- New
Zealand Trotting Cup Day.
The mares will be dressed in the
latest fashions, with fancy hats,
posh looking sunglasses and a
glass of bubbles the order of the
day. The stallions will drag their
suit out from the wardrobe, give it
a quick dust off, grab a form book
and get set for a day of beers, bets
To the outside world it is a
glamorous affair, but to the indus-
try professionals it is about work-
ing your behind off in the hope of
capturing the holy grail.
Training horses is a seven-day-
a-week job that requires a work
ethic second to none, and a less
than glamorous outlook. Even the
biggest name trainers still shovel
up tomorrow's manure.
Templeton trainer and driver
Jim Curtin knows what it takes to
win. He drove Terror To Love to a
popular and dramatic victory last
year, and also drove Bee Bee Cee
to victory in 1994.
Curtin has passed up the drive
on the current 2012 favourite to
reunite with a horse he trains
himself, Franco Emirate.
Curtin is flat out this close to
the cup, and is feeding horses not
long after 6am, before a full on
day of training, preparing and
maintaining around 26 horses.
I'm spending three and half to
four hours a day with Franco
Emirate, but you can't forget the
others. The cup is the big one, but
there's other horses racing in big
Curtin said Franco Emirate is
training well and has the ability
to upset the frontrunners with
the right run''.
The focus for the public is all
about Cup Day, but for the indus-
try's main players, Ashburton's
Flying Stakes and Show Day back
at Addington are also held in high
Tuesday is the biggest day but
there are four race meetings in
seven days -- it's a long week. You
have to have yourself and your
horses physically and mentally up
to the challenge. You are abso-
lutely buggered by the end of it,
but it's worth it, just to be a part
of it is special,'' Hutton said.
Rolleston trainer Mark
Purdon trains more than 50
horses in partnership with
Grant Payne at the All Stars
One of the most successful
stables in the country, All
Stars has five horses nomi-
nated for the cup and an
abundance of runners racing
throughout cup week.
Purdon is working 14
hours a day, seven days a
week in what he described as
a bit of a hard slog'' leading
up to the big week.
He is happy with most of his
cup contenders so far, but says
one or two would need to shape
up'' to make the final cup field.
Punters and trainers may be
worlds apart, but there is one
piece of common ground that will
always bring them together -- try-
ing to find success on the race-
track on the second Tuesday in
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