PAT’S DELIGHT IN WINNING FORM FOR SERIES
Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety was pleased with the winning resumption of Pat’s Delight at Addington on Friday night, September 29, but is wary of the impressive form of Chase Auckland going into next week’s opening NRM Sires Stakes 3YO Heat.
“Hopefully we can keep up with Chase Auckland,” Cran said.
Chase Auckland, for Allstars stables trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, remained unbeaten in two appearances with a decisive win in Friday’s opener, rating 1:56.5 for the 1950m.
The winning rate for Pat’s Delight was over two seconds slower than Chase Auckland.
Pat’s Delight rated 1:58.8 (1950m) with the leaders last 800m in 57s and final 400m in 27.2s.
In his first race since May 11, Pat’s Delight showed gate speed from the one draw, but champion driver Dexter Dunn elected to take a trail behind Sportscaster, leaving him in a trailing pocket and ready to pounce.
Pat’s Delight unleased half-way down the straight with an inside run, winning by a length from second favourite and another Sires Stakes contender in The Brooklyn Brawler, who moved up parked from a wide gate.
The win extended the record of the Bettor’s Delight colt to four wins from seven starts for Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd breeder, Pat Kubala, of Gore.
Driver Dexter Dunn said it was the perfect run for Pat’s Delight, first-up.
“But its going to be a hard heat next week with the Allstars ones in and horses like Nigel McGrath’s Aloka coming back too,” he said.
Cran said Pat’s Delight was “a little bit frail” as a two-year-old but says he has developed well following a let-up.
“He’s more in proportion now,” he said.
Lightning Mach, the older half-sister to Pat’s Delight, is looking to return to form in North America this weekend.
Now trained by Peter Tritton, she’s won twice for the year in North America but has a chance for a good payday in a $US30,000 pace at Yonkers.