HIGHVIEW CHASUE SWAMPS STABLEMATE
Highview Chasue, who flashed home to swamp stablemate Bettor Move It in the “Donegal House” The Little Irish Pub Near Kaikoura Mobile Pace at the Cheviot meeting at Rangiora on Sunday, March 6, will try again for a Nevele R Fillies Final berth in the next qualifier at Addington on March 18.
“Both of them (Highview Chasue and Bettor Move It) will go there,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
“The more I rubbish her (Highview Chasue), the better she goes,” he said.
Photo: Highview Chasue and Anthony Butt, strides past stablemate Bettor Move It (Dexter Dunn), for a Kentuckiana Lodge quinella in the “Donegal House” The Little Irish Pub Near Kaikoura Mobile Pace at the Cheviot meeting on Sunday.
The younger half-sister by former champion pacer Elsu (1:53.6) to Auckland Cup contender Highview Tommy was superb on Sunday, picking herself up from a check on the home turn.
Highview Chasue clicked into overdrive in the run home for driver Anthony Butt, producing a withering final sprint to win going away by one and a quarter lengths.
“Bettor Move It should really have booted away with it, but Dex said she was a bit blase the last 100m and was down to a slow jog. She may have been better with some horses around her,” Cran said.
Ten Diamonds, relegated from third after running out turning for home checking Flyover, created the room from that incident for Highview Chase to get through the pack and set out after Bettor Move It, who had strode to the front down the back straight the final time.
After being beaten out from the ace, Higview Chasue had to driven for one run and she was lethal with a sit-sprint trip.
“Ants (Anthony Butt) drove her hard at her last start _ she could have stopped worse than she did _ so she didn’t actually go too bad.”
She paced the mobile 2000m in 2:27.4 (1:58.5 mile rate) on Sunday, the leaders running their last 800m in 58.6s and final 400m in 29.9s.
Highview Chasue was recording her fourth win from 12 starts, taking her earnings to $20,275, for owners Chrissie Dalgety (wife of the trainer) and Hazel van Opzeeland, who also co-owns Highview Tommy, and Highview Chasue’s year older sister Highview Chartom (five wins).
SMILING SHARD ON TARGET FOR INTERS
Big-winning 4YO Smiling Shard is unlikely to have another lead-up race before the opening night of the Inter Dominions at Auckland on March 25.
Smiling Shard, having his first start since being freshened after his big second to Stunin Cullen in the Hunter Cup on February 5, stormed home wide out for an improver’s fourth in Sunday’s Cheviot Licensing Trust Cheviot Cup over 3200m.
“He went great as he only had two behind him at the 500m,” Cran said.
“No-one wanted to go and cart him in the three-wide line. He’s been doing his best work at the line so that was pleasing.”
Sleepy Tripp, a Interdominion-bound contender for the Mark Purdon/Grant Payne team, fought gamely to hold in the Cheviot Cup from the ultra-consistent Lethal Rocket, with Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Lightning Raider finishing well late for third, and Smiling Shard, a creditable fourth.
“Because Lightning Raider’s got that turn of speed, I’m going to recommend to the owners they have a go. I’d like to think he’s not too much inferior with the right trip,” Cran said.
Meanwhile, other Kentuckiana Lodge Cheviot Cup runners, Spero Denario, who broke early, and Bettor’s Strike, failed to flatter, finshing 10th and 12th respectively.
Ricky May, who drove Bettor’s Strike, was slightly disappointed with his run, thus leaving a query on plans to race last season’s Grand Circuit star in the upcoming Inter Dominion series.
Photo: Sleepy Tripp (blue colours) clings to a narrow lead over Lethal Rocket (No. 7) near the end of the Cheviot Cup. Lighting Raider (No. 8) finishes well wide out for Johnny Dunn for third, with Smiling Shard (widest) doing his best work at the finish for a creditable fourth.
By Jeff Scott