DEXTER PUSHES GO BUTTON WITH PAT’S DELIGHT IN SIRES HEAT
Ten-time drivers premiership winner Dexter Dunn was in sub-lime form at Addington on Friday, October 6, with the Cran Dalgety-trained Pat’s Delight.
Dexter produced an enterprising drive to bring about the defeat of hot favourite The Devil’s Own in the opening Addington NRM Sires’ Stakes 3YO Heat of the spring.
After finding a one out trail with Pat’s Delight, Dexter took the race by the horns at the 700m.
He spotted The Devil’s Own, first-up since June for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable, had switched off in front beginning the final 800m and put him the favourite to pressure with a bold move.
Tim Williams, driving The Devil’s Own in his first race-drive since returning from shoulder surgery in late July, relented the lead at the 600m and Dexter kept the hammer down to the finish.
Pat’s Delight, recording his fifth win in eight starts, held The Devil’s Own by 1 1/4 lengths in a 1:56 rate for the 1950m, the leaders last 800m in 55.7s.
The benefit of a lead-up race a week earlier stood to Pat’s Delight, who didn’t shirk the challenge.
His chances kept improving through unforseen events.
Chase Auckland came out on race morning, and another Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen-trained stablemate in Funatthebeach was late scratched after completing his prelminary.
Pat’s Delight wasn’t too far behind the better two-year-olds last term, running fourth (The Devil’s Own fifth) in a Sires Stakes Heat in April, when winner Spankem rated a sizzling 1:54 (1950m).
The Bettor’s Delight-Righteous Franco colt won in a 1:56.3 rate (1950m) at Addington in late April, but Cran elected not to chase the end of season features with him.
As a result, Pat’s Delight has returned stronger and more of a complete package at three.
With Friday’s win Pat’s Delight has booked himself a spot in the NRM Sires Stakes Final at Addington on November 14, with Cran and Dexter to chase their second win in the Group One age group feature.
They earlier combined to win the 2011 NRM Sires Stakes 3YO Final with
another by Bettor’s Delight in Texican.
Now nine, Texican is still racing competitively at Yonkers, New York, running second last weekend in a $US22,500 pace.
Texican has raced 17 times for the year for two wins and seven placings, earning $US102,375.
The best of the other Kentuckiana Lodge reps on premier night were Shineonucrazydiamond and Alpha Rock, who both ran on stoutly for fourths in their respective races, when driven by Dexter.
Shineoncrazydiamond chased well behind front-running winner Robbie Burns in the Barry Dent Superannuation Consulting Mobile Pace over 2600m.
Robbie Burns was notching his 10th career win from 44 starts for the Robert Dunn stable, but he was having his first Addington start.
The six-year-old Live Or Die gelding revelled in the front-running role
for driver John Dunn, being in complete control over his last mile in 1:56.7, his closing 800m in 55.2s and his final 400m in 26.9s.
Alpha Rock, off a 30m handicap, also hit the line well behind front-running winner James Dean in the R60 & faster Cavell Leitch Handicap Pace.
James Dean, a 4YO Santanna Blue Chip entire, trained and driven off the 20m-line by Leo O’Reilly, ran a strong 3:13.2 (1:59.5 mile rate) for the stand start 2600m, closing over his last 800m in 57.4s.
Dexter also combined with North Canterbury trainer Philip Iggo to win their second Group Three Yaldhurst Hotel Canterbury Park Trotting Cup on Friday.
They earlier combined in 2009 with The Fat Controller, who won the last 3200m Canterbury Park Trotting Cup and later ran third behind Stylish Monarch and I Can Doosit in the 2010 Group One Dominion Handicap at Addington.
Bordeaux, a flashy chestnut by the French stallion Love You, was again well suited on the front end, first-up after running third behind Temporale and Habibti Ivy in the Group One Rowe Cup at Auckland on April 28.
Now seven, the bold-striding gelding maintained a strong clip in front over his last mile in 1:59.9, trotting the full 2600m in 3:16.7.
This equalled the race record for the trip, set by former top mare Habibti three years ago, but was outside the NZ record of 3:14.6, set by Doctor Bones at Addington in May.
By Jeff Scott