A great night at the Met for Westview No 13

The pride and joy of the Westview Racing No 13 syndicate Living Legend rewarded his big syndicate of owners in convincing fashion at Addington tonight after a superb drive from Matt Purvis.

Rewarded with a nice barrier to work with tonight, Living Legend was sent forward off the gate but there were some nervous moments early for Matt.

"Brad Williamson and Jango Fett held up pretty easily to be fair and I did think that Brad might post us. I went up though and asked the question and told him I won't be handing up and he obliged, happy to take a trail."

Over the next 800m, Matt was able to get away with some ridiculously cheap sectionals, including a second quarter run in over 34 seconds.

"I couldn't believe it to be honest. I kept looking round for Jess (Young on second favourite Franco Texas), but she wasn't moving, so I thought we'll keep stealing the cheap sectionals as long as we can."

Only really forced to stoke things up from the 400m, the challengers came hard turning for home.  While initially it did look like Franco Texas would offer a strong challenge over the last 100m, Matt was only foxing and allowed his charge to run strongly to the line without being seriously tested. At the winning post he was a comfortable victor by one and three quarter lengths over Franco Texas, with Eastburn Marra a further half length away in third place. The 1950m journey was run in a pedestrian 2.27.7, home in 800m 57.3 and 400m 27.4.

Tonight's win was Living Legend's third from just 13 starts and with a further five placings he has done a great job for his owners. He now heads to the West Coast circuit and will begin his campaign over there with a start in the Westport Cup on Boxing Day. Such is his genuine nature that he is sure to thrive over the three days of Wesport and Reefton and looks a big chance to further put his foot in the till.

Living Legend and Matt Purvis do the job in style for the Westview Racing No 13 syndicate

Posted: Fri 18 Dec 2015