KENTUCKIANA LODGE FILLY BACK IN BARRIER DRAW FOR NSW OAKS
Dr Susan continued to be a Aussie money-making machine for breeder-owner, Chrissie Dalgety, with a bonus $14,280 fillies win at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday, February 8.
The Victoria Oaks winner also earned her place back in the barrier draw for next week’s NSW Oaks heat.
This was her second faultless beginning in public appearances after being placed out of the barrier draw, following an uncharacteristic display to cause a false start in the Victoria Oaks on January 25.
Dr Susan’s trainers, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, along with driver Anthony Butt, found a quiet Menangle trial for her on February 3.
She required two good public beginnings to re-enter the barrier draw and will have near top ranking for the $200,000 NSW Oaks on February 29.
Dr Susan was virtually gifted the Thank You RFS Menangle Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace after arch-rival and fellow Kiwi fily Stylish Memphis was a late stewards scratching on the night, allegedly due a late arrival on-course.
Driver Anthony Butt had no problems guiding Susan the to the top from the equivalent of the NZ unruly starting position, wide and back on the front row.
The Bettor’s Delight-Safedra filly was clearly in front heading to the first turn with Anthony again rating her to a nicety.
After a comfortable lead time, Dr Susan quickened over her last 800m in 55.3s and her final 400m in 27.7s to win as she liked by 8.4 metres from a chasing Keep Rockin (Luke McCarthy) and late closer, Vincenzina (Ross Adams).
Dr Susan rated a useful 1:55.7 for the mobile 2300m.
Driver Anthony Butt also won Saurday night’s opener with former NZ pacer Let It Ride, trained by brother Tim, who led an held in 1:50.5 (1609m).
Meanwhile, lightly-raced Allstars-trained Auckland Cup winner, Self Assured, showed his class after racing three wide for the first 600m of the Group Two $50,000 Hondo Grattan, but after improving parked he was too strong, winning in 1:50.3 (1609m).