Horse racing: Trainer Mark Purdon eyes big payday at Harness Jewels

Champion trainer Mark Purdon's eyeing up another big payday when the Harness Jewels are held at his home patch - Addington Raceway - for the first time on Saturday.

There will be nine Group one races and, as always, Purdon's horses will be the ones to beat.

"We have a game plan and we sit down and do a lot of studying the night before," said Purdon. "We've done a lot this week, but we'll sit down Friday and think about the races will be run and take it from there.

The country's most powerful stable will line up 19 horses, with favourites in eight of the day's nine races.

"I don't really set targets but on paper we could have a great day if we could win four or five."

His success is undoubted, but it hasn't always made him popular with others in the industry, which is something Purdon acknowledges.

"We tend to keep to ourselves. We don't hear much, but I would say there are mixed feelings."

The shortest priced favourite on Saturday will be Turn it Up. He's won of 10 of his 14 starts - including December's Auckland Cup.

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