Little Fish are Sweet for Purple Sector

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday November 3

Kiwi bred five year-old Purple Sector carried the famous colours of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud to victory on Cup Day at Flemington in the Listed VRC Furphy Plate (1800m).

Purple Sector wins at Flemington - image Reg Ryan - Racing Photos

Trained by John Thompson, the Pins gelding won the Group III BRC Rough Habit Stakes as a three year-old, but failed to build on that potential last season so was gelded.

Third up from a spell at Flemington following a second at Rosehill and a good win at Randwick on October 17, Purple Sector finished hard with a well-timed run for Craig Williams to win by a neck as favourite.


A modest $60,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Trelawney Stud draft, Purple Sector has four wins and six placings from 21 starts with earnings over $400,000.

Purple Sector was bought by Duncan Ramage of DGR Thoroughbreds as a yearling.

He is the best of five winners from blue-blooded Zabeel mare Eden Valley, a sister to Group I winner Hill of Grace and Group II winner Renewable.



Race Result - Furphy Plate LR 1800m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:48.02
Purple Sector
T: John Thompson J: Craig Williams 56
5g Pins (AUS) x Eden Valley (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services
Gold Fields
T: Logan McGill J: Ben Allen 56
8g Churchill Downs (AUS) x Gold Delta (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $42,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Glenhuntly Lodge
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Jamie Kah 56
7g Zacinto (GB) x Theatre Buff (USA) (Theatrical (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $77,500
V:Valachi Downs
B: APS Racing
So Si Bon
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M Zahra 59.5
7g So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: R Laing
Plein Ciel
T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver 56.5
8g Mamool (IRE) x Picobella (GER) (Big Shuffle (USA))
Game Keeper
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 56
4g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x My Tusker (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $175,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing P/L
T: A & S Freedman J: B Melham 62
7g War Front (USA) x My Annette (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))
Galaxy Raider
T: G M Begg J: W Pike 56
8g Hard Spun (USA) x Galaxy Light (AUS) (Way Of Light (USA))
T: Maddie Raymond J: D Yendall 59.5
8g Paco Boy (IRE) x Dont Dili Dali (GB) (Dansili (GB))
T: Archie Alexander J: Jye McNeil 59
7g Reset (AUS) x Single View (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Harbour Views
T: M J Williams J: K Mc Evoy 57
6g Le Havre (IRE) x Icky Woo (GB) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
Mr Satchmo
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57.5
6g Mr Sidney (USA) x Windya (FR) (Linamix (FR))
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