BETTOR JOY SPRINTS BEST TO WIN RANGIORA TRIAL
Former top filly Bettor Joy is ready to rumble in her proposed seasonal opener in an up to rating 90 Ashburton fillies and mares mile on October 22.
Showing the benefit of a run a week earlier at the Rangiora trials, the 10-win mare zipped home to beat Sicario, Malik and War Dan Delight, at the same venue on Wednesday, October 3.
She improved in the running line three, then two back, for catch driver Murray Howard in the rating 57-91 mobile 2000m pace.
Bettor Joy unleashed to win by half a length in 2:29.6 (2:00.3, mile rate, the leader last 800m in 57.5s and 400m in 28.3s.
“She just gets into that fillies and mares mile at Ashburton by a point (having a 89 rating) so we’ll go there,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
Ricky May has been booked to drive the Bettor’s Delight mare, who won $304,938 in her two and three-year-old racing.
The hugely successful May has teamed with the Dalgety stable off and on over the years, previously winning the 1998 NZ Oaks with Classy Filly, and four with fellow former smart Kentuckiana Lodge performer, London Legend.
Harness Jewels 3YO winner Pat’s Delight has also returned to the trials in positive mode in recent weeks.
After a quiet run first-up last week, he was asked for more on Wednesday.
After settling second to last off a 20m handicap in the rating 65-118 pace, he inched up in the open beginning the last 1000m, soon found cover, and unwound strongly wide for May.
Pat’s Delight was third behind the Brendon Hill-trained and driven Cullenburn, who made the most of a sprint lane run from the trail to outfinishing pacemaker, Swamp Major, in 3:20.2 (2600m).
The leaders picked up the pace over the last 800m in 57.8s and the final 400m in 28.6s.
“Pat’s Delight has come up really good,” Cran said.
Returning on a rating 91, has two options for a Labour weekend resumption, either off a mark in the Tuapeka Cup (2700m), or also off a mark in a rating 64 and faster pace over 2400m at Ashburton.
Raukapuka Ruler, who blew out late after leading when resuming a week earlier, also contested this week’s rating 65-118 trial.
After settling six back on the markers off a 20m handicap, he boxed on wide in the run home for driver Gavin Smith, and is also likely to resume at Ashburton.
Spring three-year-old pacing fillies, Buzinga and Sezana, shaped well in their second trial outings in Wednesday’s rating 40-65 mobile pace.
Buzinga charged home late for Ricky May to get within a length of front-running winner Cast No Shadow (Blair Orange), who held in 2:32.1 for the 2000m, the leaders last 800m in 57.9s and 400m in 28.8s.
Sezana, who was left parked for much of the trial for Murray Howard, was a sound third, 1 1/4 lengths away.
Slick Joe resumed with a good late finish from last for Ricky May in a non-win mobile pace, taken out by Ultimate Machete’s 3YO brother, Ultimate Sniper, for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen team.
Ultimate Sniper, who settled fourth, finished best in a comfortable 2:36 for the mobile 2000m.