PAT’S DELIGHT LEADS AND WINS RANGIORA WORKOUT
Last season Harness Jewels 3YO Emerald champ, Pat’s Delight, continued his warm-up for a Labour weekend resumption at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday, October 10.
Pat’s Delight, and stablemate, former Northern Derby winner Raukapuka Ruler, were having their third hit-outs in as many weeks at Rangiora.
They led the field home in the rating 55 and faster pace from a stand, with Pat’s Delight stepping well off the 20m line for Murray Howard to take up the front-running role with 2000m left.
He was in search of a bold run in the blustery conditions, going clear by three-four lengths at the 600m.
The smart Bettor’s Delight entire was untroubled to hold by 2 and 1/4 lengths, pacing the 2600m in 3:22.6, the leaders last 800m into the strong nor-wester in 58.5s, with the final 400m in 29.6s.
Raukapuka Ruler, also off 20m, settled sixth in single file for driver Gavin Smith and improved in the open on the home turn.
He finished solidly for second, 1 and 1/4 lengths clear of front-line starter Funathebeach, who led early, then trailed.
Sicario (20m), who settled at the rear but improved on the back of Raukapuka Ruler on the home turn, fought on for fourth.
Court On The Edge, solid in three maiden starts last term for the Cran Dalgety stable, finished on from three back for third behind impressive runaway winner, Taxman (Tim Williams), in a maiden mobile 2000m heat.
Taxman, trained the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, led over the last lap and cleared out by 5 and 1/2 lengths in 2:32.5, the last 800m in 58.9s and 400m in 28.2s.
Rock On, placed once in three starts last term for the Kentuckiana Lodge team, also resumed in this heat.
A Rock N Roll Heaven half-sister to Hundie, she was parked early, led, eased two and three back, and finished with the pack.
Slick Joe, placed in one of two starts last term, settled last in another maiden mobile 2000m heat, run in a moderate 2:36.2 overall. He was unable to feature in a sprint home over the final 400m in 27.2s.
Flame Lady, an unqualified grand-daughter of 1992 New Zealand Cup-winning mare Blossom Lady (43 wins & $1.3 million), won the unqualified mobile 2000m heat in 2:38.1 for trial driver, Alana Cameron, the last 800m in 58.8s and 400m in 29s.
A 3YO filly by former well-performed Kentuckiana Lodge product Raging Bull (1:56.6, five wins and five seconds from 10 starts), she’s a half-sister to C’est L’heure (1:58.1, six wins), being from Bloss’s Flame, the two-win Live Or Die daughter of Blossom Lady.
Locharburn, now eight, and a former New Zealand Derby winner when prepared at Kentuckiana Lodge, was back in winning form at the workouts for trainer Kevin Chapman, and driver Sheree Tomlinson.
The Christian Cullen entire led up in the rating 58 and faster mobile 2000m heat and cleared out by 7 and 1/2 lengths over resuming Allstars 3YOs’, War Dan Delight (three back) and Jessie Duke (trail) in 2:29.9.
Locharburn kept the pace strong over his last 800m in 57.9s and the final 400m in 28.3s.
Sundees Son, who settled last of the four in the free-for-all trot heat for John Dunn, powered home to beat Arnold (trail) by half a length in 3:29.3 (2600m stand), the leaders final 400m in 29.5s.