DEBNITA ROSE REWARDS FOLLOWERS AT OAMARU
Teamwork was the key to Debnita Rose delivering with an overdue smart maiden win in a 1:57.4 rate (mobile 2000m) in the Pick & Shovel Mobile Pace at Oamaru on Sunday, September 24.
West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety gave newcomer and 2016 NZ Junior Driver Championship winner driver Stevie Golding the project of trying to iron out some nervous previous manner issues with Debnita Rose.
“Stevie is with us in the a.m., then makes millions in the p.m. with Mike Pero Real Estate,” Cran said.
“He’s been the calming influence with Debnita Rose.”
“He has hands like silk and charm like Brad Pitt!”
Stevie entered the Real Estate profession at the conclusion of his junior career at the end of the 2015-16 season when he had racked up 85 wins.
He drove eight winners in his first season as a senior reinsman last term.
Signs were encouraging when Debnita Rose resumed from a three-month break at the Rangiora workouts on September 16 when she raced forward to lead, then trail, for Stevie when a half-head second to Acuto, in 2:32 (2000m).
Stevie also drove the daughter of Mach Three fresh-up at Addington on September 16 when they were always back from a tricky inside second row draw, then Cran re-enlisted the services of champion stable driver Dexter Dunn for her at Oamaru.
“I just wanted Dex to have one more drive on her and make the most of the front row draw,” Cran said.
Dexter rolled Debnita Rose forward from the five gate, pressing to the front with 1300m to run.
They maintained a strong clip and held by a length three-quarters from early leader, Mockingjay, and late-closing favourite Tuapeka Trick in 2:25.9 for the mobile 2000m.
Debnita Rose has a bit going for her on breeding, being a half-sister to good former south pacer Chesterton (1:56.1, 16 wins & $136,984); Norham Fella (four wins); Novena Rose (1:55.1, Aust, three wins) and useful mare Glenburn Jewel (1:59.3, five wins), the latter the dam of Glenburn Joy (two wins), a former Southland 3YO filly record holder & Wyndham 3YO filly track record holder for 2400m of 2:57.2 (1:58.8 mile rate); and The Honey Badger (p2, 1:57.9, three wins).
Their dam, Glenburn Rose (by Stand Together) was placed once in only five starts, for the late Southland trainer Henry Skinner.
Her only placing was a neck second in a Wyndham 1609m pace in 1999, won in 2:00.9 by Shoshoni Sunrise, the subsequent dam of big-winning Australian Grand Circuit pacer Washakie (1:50.5, 32 wins & $1.3 million).
Debnita Rose, now four, was transferred to the Kentuckiana Lodge team after two starts for former Gore trainer Tony Stratford, running second in the first behind Simple Pleasure, who held in a quick 2:41.6 (2200m).
She had proven frustrating for punters and connections, being one of the favourites in her previous 12 starts, finishing three times second.
However, Debnita Rose rewarded those who remained loyal with a $9 win dividend.
She is raced by Balfour breeder Paul Hailes, along with brother-in-law Caine McIntyre, and Otago Daily Times racing writer, Jonny Turner.
By Jeff Scott