November 4, 2020 8:55 am. Craig Williams returns to the mounting yard aboard Purple Sector after successful the Listed Furphy Plate (1800m) at Flemington. Photograph: Brett Holburt (Racing Photographs)
The colors of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam had been fittingly to the fore on Melbourne Cup Day when Purple Sector took out the Listed Furphy Plate (1800m). The Malaysian Businessman owned Bart Cummings-trained Cup winners Suppose Huge (1974 & 1975), Saintly (1996) and Considered (2008).
Purple Sector, ready by Randwick coach John Thompson, required loads of using from jockey Craig Williams earlier than prevailing by a neck from outsider Gold Fields, with Odeon a brief head away in third.
The gelding was racing left-handed for the primary time and struggled in response to Thompson. “He wasn’t snug going that manner for the primary time however as soon as he balanced up within the straight he went effectively,” he mentioned.
Jockey Craig Williams was equally involved on the high of the straight however galvanised the five-year-old, who was having his third begin since being gelded.
Bought by Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbred Providers for $60,000 out of the Trelawney Stud draft on the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, the five-year-old superior his report to 4 wins and 6 placings for A$412,850 in prizemoney.
He’s the very best of 5 winners out of the Zabeel mare Eden Valley who’s a successful sister to Group 1 winner Hill Of Grace and Group 2 winner Renewable. “It’s pretty to see Dato Tan Chin Nam’s colors successful on Melbourne Cup Day,” Ramage mentioned.
“We weren’t capable of get into the Cup this 12 months, however it’s nice to win on the day itself, with some good pals within the horse together with the Hayek household and Matthew Sandblom. “Trelawney Stud has a steep historical past in racing, relationship again to Seton Otway, who set it up. “They’ve bred seven Melbourne Cup winners off the farm and we purchased this horse from them at Karaka in New Zealand for $60,000.”
Purple Sector’s time in Melbourne can be short-lived, with Ramage confirming he can be aimed on the A$1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange on November 21.