CRAN NEARS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE $1 MILLION SEASON
Wins last weekend by debutante 2YO fillies, Margarita and Storm Maguire, and another handicap win by Major Bubbles, has Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety in sight of $1 million in stable earnings for the fifth consecutive season.
“We’ve got three weeks to go, but we like pressure,” Cran said.
Margarita and Storm Maguire, have been put aside until next term after their freebee bonus wins as 2YO fillies, but last year’s premiership winner may have just enough numbers to attain the seven figures by the end of the month.
“One (Storm Maguire, Timaru, Sunday, July 6) was unexpected, but I was surprised by her good effort. I told the owners she’d probably run a nice fourth, but we’ll take it,” he said.
Storm Maguire overcame the nine gate in the hands of John Dunn, moving up to lead over the final lap, giving stablemate Media Queen every chance in the trail.
She kept kicking to hold by a head from raceplaced Sicilian Secret, She’s Extreme and Media Queen, who couldn’t reel in her stablemate, in a 2:02 rate (2000m), the last 800m in 57.8s.
The Bettor’s Delight-Lethal Mee (In The Pocket-Charsi Me) filly was a $20,000 Australasian Classic Yearling Sales buy.
Cran secured her on behalf of Vicky Purdon (of Christen Me fame), Brendan Kelly, a “strong racing enthusiast from Auckland, who also has a little piece of good trot winner King Kenny, and Dominic Zame, a Wellington accountant and son-in-law of Garth Williams, the latter having formerly raced classic winner Classy Filly from the stable.
Margarita (Bettor’s Delight-Holloway), who finished best from the trail to win at Forbury last Thursday, July 3, in a 2:00.8 rate (1700m), was co-bred by Cran with wife Chrissie, and is raced by Mr and Mrs Dalgety.
“The first one from Holloway wasn’t quite up to standard, but the Bettor’s Delight influence has pulled this one up to standard,” Cran said.
“She is a little bunny rabbit but has a fantastic attitude.”
The Dalgetys’ subsequently sold Holloway (1:57.4, six wins & $56,432, by Badlands Hanover) to Perth interests, in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven.
Holloway, a half-sister to fast Menangle winner Simple Saver (1:52.8) and closely-related to Telemecanique (1:52.2, US, 15 wins), now has a Rock N Roll Heaven filly in Perth, then missed to Somebeachsomewhere.
The maiden successes of Margarita and Storm Maguire, have increased the number of individual winning 2YO fillies this term to six. The others are Lightning Mach, Bettor Think Twice, Katy Perry and Delightful Lana.
The target of accumulating just over $30,000 in earnings to break the $1 million barrier before season’s end continues at Cambridge on Thursday when Group One-winning 2YO filly Katy Perry returns from injury.
Katy Perry resumes in a $5000 Australasian Breeders Crown heat at Cambridge on Thursday, and Cran says he may give her another conditioning race this month as she builds for Melbourne.
“Katy trialled good at the weekend but logically will need the run, but the one barrier will be an advantage.”
“Regulus is back and is in at Auckland on Friday. He trialled good the other day and could race again up north this month.”
Winter Cups star Fifth Edition will chase a free-for-all win at Addington this week, while Cran says he may also have a crack at a C3 and faster mile at Ashburton on July 20, before heading to the paddock.
Two-Year-Old colt Sires Stakes runnerup Art Union shoots for his third win on end in a C2-4 mobile 2600m pace at Addington on Friday, while Bettor Me is knocking on the door of a maiden win, and also races at Addington on Friday.
Big 3YO mover Major Bubbles will have another chance to extend his impeccable record at Addington on July 18 as he builds to the $23.000 Super Series at Addington on August 8.
Major Bubbles took his record to seven wins from eight starts with another smart effort to win the C2-5 Today Homes Handicap Pace at Addington last Friday, July 4.
The 3YO Art Major gelding kept up a strong run in front over the last 1200m to hold by a neck from Woodlea Legend in 3:18.2 for the stand start 2600m, the last 800m in 57.2s and final 400m in 27.7s
“I might need about six wins and although we’re not big on numbers at the moment, we’ll give it a go,” Cran said.
One useful earner for the team who won’t advance his score is four-win 3YO winner, A Boy Named Rosie.
The big Badlands Hanover-Rosanna Jaccka gelding has been sold by the Beintoowin Syndicate to clients of Gary Hall’s Perth stable.
“Its a shame to see him go but they’re paying nice money and that makes the decision easier to make,” Cran said.
A Boy Named Rosie, a maiden winner in 1:55.8 (1609m) at Ashburton on February 2, raced 11 times this term for four wins and five placings, for $26,704 in stakes.