GROUP ONE-PLACED FILLY VICTORIA-BOUND
Group One-placed filly Buzinga has been withdrawn from Ashburton on Sunday after being sold to race for Victorian trainer, Dean Braun.
“I would have loved to have kept her but the NZ handicapping didn’t allow it,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
Buzinga, a daughter of top sire Bettor’s Delight and former New Zealand Oaks runner-up Safedra, won three and and was three times placed in 14 NZ starts, earning $44,044 for breeder, Chrissie Dalgety, who raced her with long-time stable client, Ross Stanbury.
Her Group One placing came last December with a game third behind Belle Of Montana and Wainui Creek in the $138,000 Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship at Auckland.
Buzinga had won fresh at Forbury in October in a 1:56.8 rate over the 1700m, and was race-timed in 1:55.4 when fourth to Bettorstartdreaming in a 1609m pace at Auckland on December 21.
She came in fresh from a five-month break from racing for a creditable fifth in the Group One $150,000 Harness Jewels Diamond at Addington On June 1, also won by Belle Of Montana from fellow top filly, Princess Tiffany.
Buzinga had her last NZ outing when she had to circle the field off a 20m backmark, only to be collared late by Donegal Art Chokin, in a rating 40-63 mares pace over 2600m at Addington on June 28.
Her dam Safedra (p3, 1:56.3, 10 wins & $135,577) is a half-sister to the evergreen Bettors Fire (1:50.2), who has now won 46 races world-wide for $900,000 in stakes.
Their dam, former Breeders Crown-winning dam Sparks A Flyin (1:52, 21 wins & $627,218), fashioned a top broodmare record.
Sparks A Flyin, who died three years ago, is also the dam of fast Menangle winner, (My) Alpha Rock (1:49.5, 17 wins & $240,614), Art Union (1:55.6, 17 wins & $210,120 including a Victoria Derby Heat), (Dominating) Diomedes (1:57.5, Aust, 12 wins & $87,994) and Empyrean (1:56.2, 10 wins & $121,302).