Matt chasing more success

Whose the most imroved junior reinsman going around at the moment? You guessed it. Matt Purvis!

From just 59 drives this season Purvis has the 6 wins and a further 15 placings. A great January for Purvis started at the Oamaru meet just ten days ago. Purvis reined home stable runner and West Coast bonus winner Geisha Girl in a race reserved for the junior drivers.   

Last weekend Purvis' run only got better, driving on upset winners both days: day one the Puvis owned She's Got It; and on day two on the David Broadhurst trained Rare Habit a 9yr old having just its second race start.

She's Got It was let go by punters in what looked a field laden with form on the first day. She was driven perfectly,storming home and prevailing by 1/2 head at odds of $68 to win. The Bettor's Delight mare franked this win, storming home for an unlucky third on the second day again at big odds.   

Rare Habit was Purvis' winner on day two, this time at $25. After being given a great run in the trail throughout, the Live Or Die mare's hopes looked forlorn at the 700m  as the pacemaker stopped on her. The young driver never panicked though and finally found room to push off. By taking short cuts from the 400m, he saved a lot of ground and stormed to the front at the 100m to win by an ever increasing 1.25 lengths.       

This week, Matt has junior drivers races at both Forbury - Thursday and Geraldine -Saturday. His drive at Forbury is stable runner Nikola, which looks well placed to add to it tally. It will need some luck from an awkward draw, but impressed at the trials last week. This does look a drop in company here.

Matt Purvis - a man on the rise in the junior ranks

On Saturday he is likely to take the drive behind the Dexter Dunn owned Mach Denario. This horse has had little luck over the past few starts from awkward draws. Saturday appears no exception.

We look forward to following Matt's progress in the coming months and hope that he is able to quickly add to his career total      of 11 drives.

Posted: Wed 28 Jan 2015

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