DR SUSAN TO MISS ALABAR HEAT, DELIGHTFUL LADY CLASSIC NEXT
By Jeff Scott
Improving Kentuckiana Lodge filly Dr Susan will bypass this week’s $22,000 Alabar Sires’ Stakes Fillies Heat after doing everything but win her rating $13,800 50-56 mobile pace at Auckland last Friday, November 30.
“I can’t believe a horse with her ability has only been able to win one race in 11 starts,” said co-trainer Cran Dalgety, who along with Nathan Purdon, prepares her for Cran’s wife, Chrissie.
“She’s had three races in as many weeks since coming north, so we’ll take a punt with the Alabar Sires’ Stakes Series. We won’t race her in the heat this week and hope her fourth at Addington in October is enough to get her in the final ($150,000 at Auckland on New Year’s Eve).”
Dr Susan was a strong-finishing fourth to boom Allstars filly Amazing Dream in the Addington Heat in October.
She will have this week to freshened for another target, the $100,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes (mobile 2200m) at Auckland on Friday week (December 14).
The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Safedra (1:56.3, 10 wins & $135577) will also have a two-week gap between races if she makes the field for the Alabar Sires’ Stakes Final (again over 2200m) at Auckland on December 31.
She came up just a centimetre short last Friday, pipped on the line by trailer Hampton Banner, with the final say along the sprint lane, in a fast 2:39.3 (mobile 2200m), a mile rate of 1:56.5, the leaders running their last 800m in 59.2s and 400m in 28.6s.
“It’s just been a bit frustrating with her. Blair forgot to pull her out until too late the week before and last week he drove her like Cardigan Bay and we got beat again.”
However, it was another sterling effort by Dr Susan, who has been the runner-up twice in three northern starts on this trip, and a luckless close-up fourth in between her seconds.
Dr Susan (from the inside of the second row) trailed Hampton Banner (ace) early, with the premiership-leading driver then quickly trying to take luck out of play, sending her to the top at the 1600m.
They set a strong clip, but the Ray Green-trained Hampton Banner (3g Bettor’s Delight-Surf And Sand, TT, 1:58.4), responded to the late call from Zachary Butcher to get his nose in front on the wire.
On A Roll, a Bettor’s Delight filly from former notable Kentuckiana Lodge filly winner Onlyforyou (1:55.8, nine wins & $365,459), in the Jeremy Young stable, stormed late after a good trip for a nose back third in a blanket three-way finish.
The first three were several classes above their opposition, with the rest headed 10 lengths away by To Sir With Love.