NEVELE R HEAT NEXT FOR DELIGHT
Donegal Delight gets another chance to cement her place in the Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington in May with another $18,000 qualifying heat on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Auckland next Friday.
The capable Bettor’s Delight-Chivasso filly, who ran third in the Ashburton Nevele R Heat on February 12, notched a hat-trick of wins on her north campaign at the Thames meeting on Thursday night, March 31.
Phoro Donegal Delight (middle) heads for the front in the Nevele R Heat at Ashburton on February 12. She held third behind Tatijana Bromac and Millwood Kansas (subsequently exported to Perth), being racetimed in 1:54.3 (1609m).
Top driver Dexter Dunn had no concerns with the hot $1.30 win favourite at the Thames meeting.
They pressed forward to the lead from the four gate in the 2-3 wins Mark Hanover – 1991 Inrer Dominion Champion Mobile Pace, trailed the free-running Vinnie Barbarino from the 1500m and were much too good with a sprint lane finish.
Donegal Delight won as she liked by 2 1/4 lengths in a useful 2:42.8 (1:59.1 mile rate) for the mobile 2200m, the leaders running their last 800m in 57.8s.
It was a case of trainer Cran Dalgety making the most of the age group concessions with Donegal Delight at the Thames meeeting.
She has now won six, and recorded six placings from 15 starts, earning $47,498 in stakes for Kaikoura owner Murray Boyd.
Stablemate Collecting also tried to justify her favouritism in the 1-2 wins Yulestar – 2001 Inter Dominion Champion Mobile Pace, but after working hard over the opening 600m to find the front was unable to contain second favourite Elsa, who had the better finishing kick from the trail.
Yankee Dream, the stable’s other starter at the Thames meeting, was sent out a warm favourite with a junior concession claim in the 2-5 wins Centra Forklifts Mobile Pace, but didn’t produce her usual spark, battling away for fifth.
After being eased back early, she improved wide turning for home for junior driver Simon McMullan, but couldn’t go with other back runners in the run to the line.
Secret Potion, trained for Studholme Bloodstock by Mark Purdon and Grant Payne, finished smartly for Jordan Compain to to score from Courage To Rule.
Yankee Dream was 4.4 lengths back fifth, running just over a second slower than Secret Potion, who returned 2:42.6 for the mobile 2200m.