BIG ON PERSONALITY INTERESTING VISITOR
A North American connection founded in recent years with major owner Richard Poilucci was the catalyst for former North 3YO Big On Personality arriving at the Cran Dalgety stables on Monday.
Mr Poilucci, a businessman from Massachusetts, initially raced former Kentuckiana Lodge Grand Circuit star Christen Me in North America.
He currently co-races Matchmaker Blue Chip Final runner-up, Bettor Joy, another smart Dalgety-developed pacer from NZ, along with Matchmaker champion, $US1 million-plus winning NZ-bred mare, Shartin (1:48.4).
Like Shartin, Mr Poilucci also formerly raced 1:48 mare Nike Franco (McArdle-Nearea Franco), a NZ-bred who he secured at the top of her game after she raced in Australia.
Big On Personality, purchased out of the John and Joshua Dickie stable after being edged out on the line by Revolver at Auckland on May 3 in a 1:57 rate (2200m), has been raced-timed over 1609m in 1:55.8.
Yet to finish further back than fourth in eight starts, winning twice, Big On Personality has the driving services of Zachary Butcher, for his Addington debut in Friday’s Listed $40,000 Garrard’s Sires Stakes Sophomore 3YO Classic.
Butcher, fresh from his big Addington win with Belle Of Montana in last Friday’s Nevele R Fillies Final, has partnered Big On Personality twice, for a win and a fourth, in his Auckland racing.
It will be all or nothing from the four gate on Friday for Big On Personality as he attempts to qualify for the $150,000 Harness Jewels 3YO Emerald at Addington on June 1.
He holds 14th spot among prospective qualifiers, one behind race-rival Spot On, with this the final weekend for horses to advance into the starting line-up. He needs to be in the top 12 for a shot at the Jewels gold.
Also among Friday’s rivals is last-start Southern Supremacy Final winner, Memphis Tennessee, who starts from the outside of the front row for trainers, Terry and Glenys Chmiel.
Big On Personality is bred to be above average, being a son of champion sure Bettor’s Delight and the nine-win former Barry Purdon-trained mare Personality Plus, a daughter of Soky’s Atom and the seven-win mare, Coma Berenices.
He’s a half-brother to former smart NZ pacer Sir Clive (1:57.3, 12 wins & $A149,791), while his dam is a half-sister to other speedy mares in Sagitta (1:57.6, dam of capable types in Smiling Star and Nero’s Star) and Stardust (1:55.7).