DR SUSAN STAYS IN NSW FOR $100,000 GOLD BRACELET
By Jeff Scott
Cran Dalgety’s masterstroke placement in Australia of classy filly Dr Susan will continue in the upcoming Group Three $A100,000 Bathurst Gold Bracelet Final on Saturday, March 28.
Heats for the three-year-old fillies Bracelet will commence at Bathurst on Monday March 23.
“She’s paid up for it so we may as well stay and have a crack,” said Cran, who co-prepares her with junior partner, Nathan Purdon.
Her chance of picking up another feature victory has soared with the return to NZ of Australian nemesis, Stylish Memphis, after the NSW Oaks Final.
“We’re not sure who is in it, but we’ll be avoiding Amazing Dream, who looks unbeatable against the fillies in NZ after beating the colts in the Northern Derby last week, and Stylish Memphis.”
Dr Susan, who defeated Stylish Memphis in last month’s Group One Victoria Oaks at Melton, was a game last-start fourth to Stylish Memphis in the NSW Oaks after burning over her opening 800m in 53.5s from a wide front row draw.
Dr Susan (1:52.1), the daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and Safedra (1:56.3, Southland Oaks winner & runner-up to Adore Me in the 2013 NZ Oaks), has taken her earnings to $188,283 in Australia over the last two months. After taking seven attempts to notch her first win, she’s now won six and been eight times placed in her 20 career starts.
Among the other Bracelet NZ entries are the Barry Purdon-trained Little Miss Perfect, a winner of two and three times placed in 16 starts, for earnings of $55,092.
Little Miss Perfect, a half-sister by Bettor’s Delight to former star 3YO Chase Auckland (1:50.4), has a fastest winning time of 1:56.9 over 1700m at Auckland.
She ran a last-start sixth to Amazing Dream in the Group One Northern Oaks at Auckland on February 28.
Little Miss Perfect also ran fourth behind Amazing Dream, Stylish Memphis and Dr Susan in the Group One $138,000 Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship at Auckland on New Year’s Eve.
There does not appear to be a stand-out among the Australian-trained entries, with none of those who raced against Dr Susan in both the Victorian and New South Wales Oaks Finals last month, entered.
Among the Australian entries are Tupelo Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-My Tupelo Honey, by McArdle-Tupelo Rose), a 1:58.8 winner of two of her nine starts, and Miss Mach (Mach Three-Miss McArdle), a 1:57.8 winner of one and five times placed in 12 starts.