04 Oct 20: Another race - another win. That seems to be how Purple Ace sees life these days. He turned up as the odds-on favourite once more as he met four rivals in Dinnergruppen På Øvrevoll Løp over 1370 metres - and did not disappoint. Partnered by Elione Chaves, who also rode Buckyboy to a fine handicap win and Shantou to finish second in Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp, Purple Ace beat Silvana readily by 1 1/4 lengths, while Leave No Trace was a close third. This win was worth 71.400 kroner - pushing Purple Ace's earnings up to 274.775 kroner from four straight wins.
How good is Bjørn Syversen's unbeaten gelding? That's hard to say - and a question well worth pondering on. Bred in Norway by Knut O. Arnesen and www.blackmoonbreeding.com, Purple Ace has yet to meet imports but perhaps he would be up to matching strides with the very best around? His winning time, 1.24.3, was just 1/10 sec. (about half a length) slower than the time recorded by Kingof Pharoahs in Tattersalls Norsk Kriterium 25 minutes earlier on this action packed Sunday. The clock indicates that Purple Ace is rather special for a thoroughbred carrying the "NOR" suffix. Well, we already knew that of course.