THE SILK ROAD MONSTERS RIVALS
West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety summed up the Auckland debut win by The Silk Road on Friday, July 15, as “unbeliev-able.”
The Silk Road, who only began racing in March, just keeps giving and continues to impress her trainer.
This time she was made to work harder than in any of her previous wins.
Pukekohe driver Brent Mangos had her loose reining early three back on the outer as the leaders cut out smart early sections, then chased her along three wide when ranging up to leader Anvils Delight at the 700m.
The Courage Under Fire mare was under pressure turning for home but wouldn’t be denied, showing tenacity to win going away by three-quarters of a length.
Photo: Brent Mangos, made the most of a catch-drive behind The Silk Road at Auckland on Friday night.
Anvils Delight held second with favourite Tiger Tina fighting on for third a length and a half away.
The Silk Road posted a strong 2:42.8 for the mobile 2200m _ a 1:59 mile rate _ the leaders running their last 800m in 57.8s with the race turning into a war over the final 400m in 29.6s.
Adding further to her win was the fact she hadn’t raced for five weeks and there was only a late decision to send her north after studying the special conditions.
The Woodlands Stud Mobile Pace was essentially for fillies and mares with 1-2 wins, but The Silk Road fell into the other condition for entry by just $100, for runners with winning earnings of $12,000 lifetime.
Friday’s win was The Silk Road’s sixth from only eight starts for owners Paul Nixon and Rod Limbrick.
The Kentuckiana Lodge team had to settle for placings at Friday’s Addington meeting, but The Silk Road’s northern win brought up trainer Cran Dalgety’s 83rd training win for the season.