Hard fought glory in Oaks

By Adam Hamilton

Natalie Rasmussen wasn’t taking no for an answer.

Rasmussen thought she was on the best filly in the NSW Oaks and drove her accordingly.

After the line, she let out of as big sigh of a relief and take a look at the replay if you want to see why.

“That was a pretty special win. I had to use her three times and she still did the job easily,” she said. “I’m really pleased for the owners and this filly is right at the top of her game now.”

Fight For Glory drew wide, but Rasmussen pushed forward at the start to get outside Cran Dalgety’s Delightful Lana, who led.

Rasmussen had a brief dip for the lead and Dexter Dunn clicked-up Delightful Lana to say “no, I’m keeping the front.”

Then, having turned into the straight with a lap to go, Rasmussen put the foot down and “bludgeoned” her way to the front.

“I was committed and I thought if I got the front I’d win, which is how it turned out,” she said.

Fight For Glory somehow still ripped home in a 54.4sec closing half to win easily from Emma Stewart’s Delight Me with Delightful Lana third.

The mile rate was a scorching 1min54.2sec for 2400m.

Dalgety heaped praise on the winner.

“My filly ran a great race, That’s as good as she can go. The winner was simply too good,” he said.

Lang also conceded Fight For Glory was too good on the day.

“Delight Me didn’t pace as cleanly as I hoped at the start, but she stuck to it when she got outside the leader. The winner was fantastic,” he said.