Cran Dalgety has had many a good filly through the stable over the years and may have found another Group winner in waiting.
He was thrilled to be asked to train Dance With Stars (3f Art Major – There’s A Dancer) and immediately liked her. Now, after two public outings he’s developing a soft spot for her.
“Rob and Eleanor Spencer asked me to train her for them. Most go to Ken Barron’s and I was lucky to get this one,” said Cran after a glowing trial win at Rangiora last Wednesday.
“She is very big for her age and Nathan (Purdon) and I are mindful of that so she will have a month off now and we’ll let her have her time.
“That was only her second time off the place and still has a lot to learn yet. But yes, she has a bit ahead of her. The first trial was quite nice and thought great, we’re on-track here – then second time around that was super.”
Nathan took the reins on trial day and after finding the front then trialing he was keen to ask the giant filly for a little more so popped off the trail and back into the lead with 800m to run. From that point a procession, the sister to smart pacers Bracken Ridge, Ocean Ridge, and McClinchie powering off into the distance to win by more than seven-lengths.
Dam There’s A Dancer, a Falcon Seelster daughter of former Cup class mare There’s A Franco (13 wins) won four of 32 starts for the Spencer’s and Ken Barron. She has left the aforementioned as well as maiden Ocean Beach, Dance With Stars, and an Art Major 2yo colt called Major Tango, all bred by the Spencers.