BETTOR JOY SUPER IN LEAD-UP TO FEATURE
Bettor Joy put her hoof up for the Listed PGG Wrighston NZ Yearling Sales Fillies Pace at Addington on February 16 with a her last mile in 1:54.9 at Addington on Friday, January 26.
The nuggety speed daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and Joyfuljoy showed her true worth, coming from last and six wide turning for home, in Friday’s Buy A Sweet Lou – 12 February Mobile Pace.
The race served as a super trial for the big Yearling Sales feature in a fortnight, being timed over her last 800m in 55.5s and her final 400m in 27.7s to round up her up to rating 90 rivals.
In hindsight, trainer Cran Dalgety said Bettor’s Joy was down a notch on her best when fifth in the Gr. 1 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship at Auckland on New Year’s eve.
However, she had thrived after returning to home base and a three-week freshener between races.
“She’s in good shape for that race in a fortnight,” Cran said.
“It suited her with them running good time on the front-end. With her speed she got going when the leaders were running out of petrol,” he said.
Her overall time of 2:19.4 was 1.3 seconds outside the national fillies mark set by former age group champ Dream About Me two years ago, but was creditable given she overcame the outside front barrier and had to circle 12 in front of her.
She rated 1:55 for the mobile 1950m for her seventh win in 16 starts for owners, Chrissie Dalgety (wife of the trainer), Bernard Smith, Kevin Clark, Gary Merlo, and the Dalgetys’ neighbours, Helena and Mike Hanning.
The win lifted her earnings to $179,465, and all going well, she’ll have a good chance to add to that total in the next few months.
Bettor Joy’s latest win came 30 minutes after stablemate Fizzing furthered his tidy record when also justifying his warm favouritism to win the PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Mobile Pace.
Fizzing was given every chance by driver Dexter Dunn (his second of four driving wins on the programme) from the three gate in the rating 56-59 pace over 1950m.
They led from the three gate, then handed to another form runner in Diamond Life beginning the final lap.
Fizzing was too good with a sprint lane finish, coming clear by a length in a strong 2:20.4 (1:55.8, mile rate), the leaders last 800m in 58.4s and 400m in 29.4s.
This was the third Addington win in his last four starts for owners, David and Kathleen Rankin, Stewart Rankin, and Jenny and John Grainger.
A neat compact son of the ill-fated Mach Three, he’s the first foal from 1:58.7 filly Frizzante (Falcon Seelster-Miss Bubbles), who Cran earlier trained to win one and place three times from only eight starts.
Cran also earlier prepared Frizzante’s half-brother Major Bubbles (1:51.8, US) to win nine of 19 NZ starts, and half-sister Mac Bubbles (1:57.1) to win seven of 25 NZ starts, also for Rankin and Grainger Bloodstock.
The partners have subsequently moved on both Frizzante, to Forbury Park president, Gerald Cayford, and grand-dam Miss Bubbles (p3, 1:56.7, nine wins & $173,384), to Norwegian Breeding Ltd.
Mac Bubbles was also on-sold, going to China at the end of her NZ racing.
The Kentuckiana Lodge team were denied a third win for the night when Master Moonlite (trail) and Pat’s Delight (from last, moving up parked at the 800m), couldn’t get past front-running Afterdinnerspeaker in the rating 62-83 Highview Tommy At Woodlands Mobile Pace.
The Ken and Tony Barron-trained Afterdinnerspeaker was unrelenting for catch driver Gavin Smith, holding Master Moonlite (driven by American Hall Of Famer David Miller) by a nose in a 1:55.5 rate (1950m), the last 800m in 55.3s and final 400m in 27.8s.
Afterdinnerspeaker, a four-year-old Well Said gelding from seven-win mare Luckisaladytonight, was notching his fourth win from 16 starts for $37,823.
The winner is likely to have two more NZ starts before trying his luck at Menangle with the NSW arm of the Tim Butt stable.
Visting American David Miller, although denied by a nose with Master Moonlite, tasted his first NZ success early on the card, reining promising trot filly Show Gait to an impressive win in the Woodlands Stud Yearling Sales – 12 February Mobile Trot for the Regan Todd stable
Show Gait, after trailing, moving out parked at the 1000m, was jostled three out beginning the last 800m, was able to slot in for some cover rounding the home turn.
The Majestic Son filly stretched well over the last 150m for a stylish win by three-quarters of a length over front-running favourite Arnold in a 1:59.8 rate (1950m).
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