Owner Trevor Beaton (QSM) relished the Invaluable success beaming proudly as he greeted the gelding on a sunny Addington afternoon.
The victory rounded up an impressive half-century of NZ wins for the debut training partnership of Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon. They had 237 starters for their first season for 50 wins, 33 seconds, 19 thirds and $433,387 in earnings finishing fourth on the national premiership.
Their NZ winners for the season are:Fabrizio (five), Krug (four), Arden Roanoke (four), Bettathanfast (four); Gemma Mac (three), Im A Gigolo (three),Chevron Flies (three), Dr Susan (two), Cardinal Sin (two), Donegal Mary Francis (two), Arden’s Reality (two), Pocket Watch (two) and the single race winners, She’s A Rebel, Arden’s Sweetheart, Woman In Gold, Alta Endeavour, Pink Flaming Run, Chevron Action, Dance With Stars. El Dorado, Star Of Timpany Fortunia.Alta Sensation, Beauidiene Hustler.and :Invaluable.
Invaluable, the Art Major-Memorable gelding ,led up for top driver Blair Orange and did just enough to hold by a nose in a creditable 2:32.9 for the stand start 2000m,the last 800m in 57.7s and final 400m in 27.7s.He was their 19th individual 3YO winner for the season.He had been dividend bearing in his previous 10 starts.
His dam Memorable (1:66.7) , by Bettors Delight,from Enjoy The Thrill, won six of 44 starts, improving with racing each season.
The former school principal relished the moment greeting the gelding.. Mr Beaton has been battling health issues and his co=trainers were delighted to get a win for him during a difficult year.