Four-year-old Ultimate Sniper brilliantly won today’s $500,000 Inter Dominion Championship Final (2700m) in Auckland for top reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen.
Starting a $1.30 favourite after winning each of his three qualifying heats, he scored by a neck from Mach Shard ($101) and Thefixer ($13) ran a close third.
Rasmussen, who trained and drove Blacks A Fake to win four Inters finals from 2006-10, prepares Ultimate Sniper in partnership with Mark Purdon.
Ultimate Sniper raced outside pacemaker AG’s White Socks from the 1600m today and edged ahead in the home straight.
“He relaxed so well and had a kick left when asked for his finishing effort,” Rasmussen said.
Purdon drove Cruz Bromac ($8) in today’s final and ran fourth.