GOLD-PLATED FILLY COLLECTS BRACELET
On a week where harness racing entered lockdown for at least a month, Kentukiana Lodge senior trainer, Cran Dalgety, and wife Chrissie, made the most of a huge opportunity winning the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Bracelet with star filly Dr Susan.
Where NZ competitors had no opportunity for earning, the Dalgetys, and junior training partner Nathan Purdon pocketed the Group One bonus their last earn for months given the precarious situation the world finds itself in with the global pandemic.
Australian Group One victories his year for Dr Susan in the $150,000 Victorian Oaks and the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Bracelet, and Group Two Raith Memorial couldn’t have been more timely for team Dalgety, who are hani dling their most challenging financial year due to unusual external circumstances.
Cran had no option to base himself in NSW last week to prepare the filly for Bathurst and returned to Auckland on Sunday, where he has to undergo a two-week self isolation period from his family.
Dr Susan,after being turned out for a few day, now has a $30,000 Menangle race on Apil 18 on her radar, however the $100,600 Queensland Oaks in July now abandoned.
The only downside of Susan’s Bracelet victory as a dominating $1.15 favourite for her army of supporters and the Dalgetys was a repeat of a slight tangle behind the gate in the score-up for driver Anthony Butt, resulting in another stewards warning regarding her mobile barrier manners.
Quickly putting that issue aside, Dr Susan was all business as usual once the barrier arms folded, leading throughout over the 2260m to win in a 1:56.3 rate.
The slick daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and 2013 NZ Oaks runner-up Safedra (1:56.3), herself a daughter of 2001 Australian Breeders Crown an NSW Oaks winner Sparks A Flyin (1:52), quickened over her last 800m in 56s and her final 400m in 27.8s to hold second favourite, Vincenzina.
Dr Susan, bred and raced by Chrissie Dalgety, already has a 1:52.1 mile mark herself from her Raith Memorial success, and just continues to compliment a huge contribution grand-dam Sparks A Flyin made maternally to the pedigree page of the family.
All of her progeny continued to flourish as they aged like a good wine, headed by the evergreen $1 million earner Bettor’s Fire (1:50.2, 59 win,, who is still winning at 12 in North America, after a former stellar Australasian career.
Sparks A Flyin 921 wins & $627,218), also previously trained by Cran Dalgety for former long-time stable owners, Jim and Susan Wakefied, has been joined in the USA by half-brother (My) Alpha Rock (1:49.5, Aust).
The big Rock N Roll Heaven gelding.ho had a similar strong start to his career at Kentuckiana Lodge, winning eight of 29 starts for $59,589. advanced his record with another nine wins in Australia for the Shane and Lauren Tritton stable, taking his earnings to $A240,614.
He won his first four straight at Menangle, and became a multiple Group Australian winner, with Menangle wins in the Group 3 Australian Pacing MO in 1:50.6, Vic Frost Cup in 1:50.9, Club Menangle FFA and King Of Arthur FFA (1:50.3).
Safedra, who numbered a Group 2 win in a Southland Oaks, won 10 of 48 starts for $135,577.
Grard-dam Sparks A Flyin (Sands A Flyin-Belle Glade), who died five years, also left Diomedes (1:57.5, 12 wins & $87,994), Empyrean (1:56.2, 10 wins from 28 starts for $121,302) and Victoria Derby Heat winner in Art Union (1:55.6, 17 wins & $210,120), the latter still a NZ mobile 2600m 2YO record-holder at 3:15.9, set in 2014.
Watch a video replay of the Gold Braeclet here: