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Published by in News · 11 December 2018
Top reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen has confirmed she will drive Cruz Bromac in Saturday's $500,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at Melton.
Rasmussen is searching for a fifth Pacing Grand Final win, having trained and driven Blacks A Fake to four final wins in 2006, 07, 08 and 2010.
She also finished second twice in her other two Inter Dominion Pacing Final attempts with Blacks A Fake, who she then trained in Queensland, in 2009 and 2011 (promoted from third after the disqualification of Smoken Up).
Natalie is unbeaten in five drives behind the Bromac Lodge-bred pacer, this swaying her decision to drive Cruz Bromac over four-year-old stablemate, Spankem.
Her training partner of recent seasons, Mark Purdon, will drive favourite Spankem, from the five gate, with Cruz Bromac drawn two on the second row.
Purdon has partnered Spankem in much of the four-year-old's racing career to date.
Mark Purdon is the most successful driver and trainer of Inter Dominion Grand Finals with six wins (three pacing and three trotting), and seven training wins (two pacing, five trotting).
Purdon's list of Grand Final driving successes began at Auckland in 1991 when he partnered namesake, Mark Hanover, trained by his father Roy, and brother Barry.
He has won the last two Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Finals in Perth with Smolda in 2016, and last year with Lazarus, both officially trained by him for the series.
Mark Purdon's three Trotting Grand Final driving wins have been behind Pride Of Petite (1996), and I Can Doosit in 2011 and 2012.
He also holds the record for the most Inter Dominion Grand Final training wins with seven, with two trot wins with I Can Doosit when training in partnership with Grant Payne..
Besides the above-mentioned driving wins with horses he has trained, he has two further trot training wins, both driven by Tony Herlihy.
They were Pride Of Petite's second Inter win in 1997, and Buster Hanover’s win the following year in Sydney.

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