BUZINGA TO MAKE PLAY FOR JEWELS DIAMOND
Group One-placed filly Buzinga is ready to step out again and cement her place in the $150,000 Commodore Hotel Harness Jewels 3YO Diamond at Addington on June 1.
“I’m really happy with her. She’s ready to return to the trials,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
The three-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight and former Southland Oaks winner Safedra (1:56.3) hasn’t raced since a seventh at Auckland on January 18.
At her previous start at Auckland on New Year’s Eve, she chased home Belle Of Montana and Wainui Creek in the Group One $138,000 Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship.
She fought gamely after moving up in the open, with Belle Of Montana getting up in the last stride to beat front-running Wainui Creek in a 1:57.4 rate for the 2200m.
Subsequent Victoria Oaks winner, the Barry Purdon-trained Belle Of Montana has been withdrawn from the Jewels, while Outstanding All Stars filly, Princess Tiffany, is well down the pecking order in 23rd spot.
Buzinga, raced by Chrissie Dalgety and Ross Stanbury, is currently in 11th spot on seasonal earnings for the Jewels Diamond, behind Best Western, Wainui Creek, Southland Oaks winner Pressed For Time, Kendra, Chevron Supreme, Kayla Marie, Anamajor, Havtime, Major Sass and Dina Brown.
The Robert Dunn-trained Nakuru just holds the 12th and final starting spot, only $54 behind Buzinga, and $257 ahead of the next contender, Bubbled Up.
Buzinga, who won her first two juvenile starts then ran sixth in last season’s Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Cambridge, won again first-up at Forbury in October in a 1:56.8 rate (1700m).
She was race-timed in 1:55.4 over one mile at Auckland on December 21, in a rating 58-67 race, won by Bettorstartdreaming from the subsequently exported Make Way, and Revolver.
Buzinga is the first foal from the former good Kentuckiana Lodge winning filly, Safedra (Mach Three-Sparks A Flyin), a winner of 10 from 48 starts for $135,577, with her most notable placing a second to champion Adore Me in the 2013 New Zealand Oaks.
Her second foal, Dr Susan, also by Bettor’s Delight and racing for the Cran Dalgety stable, resumed with a strong third from a wide gate at Rangiora on Sunday.
Dr Susan, now twice placed in three race starts, including a debut third in a Young Gun Fillies Heat at Auckland on January 18, will attempt to chase a berth in the upcoming $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond on June 1.