NZ HARNESS NEWS
Trainer Cran Dalgety has hinted Pat’s Delight could start in the Hunter Cup ahead of the Chariots Of Fire.
The New Zealand four-year-old warmed up for his Chariots Of Fire campaign by winning the Shepparton Cup over the weekend.
Dalgety will attempt to qualify Pat’s Delight for the Sydney feature by winning next week’s A$100,000 Four-Year-Old Bonanza at Melton.
The trainer has not ruled out scrapping plans to get to the Chariots Of Fire in further Sydney qualifiers and instead stay in Victoria for a Hunter Cup tilt.
“If he were to get beat we would have to go to Sydney, but the Hunter Cup is on the back doorstep a week later.”
“So, there are a few options to work through.”
The Four-Year-Old Bonanza will not be an easy race to win, even for the highly talented Pat’s Delight.
He is set for an epic clash with fellow Kiwi Spankem and star Victorian pacer Ride High.
Dalgety credited a brilliant drive from champion reinsman Gavin Lang as a key factor in Pat’s Delight’s Shepparton Cup win.
The pacer emerged as the fresh horse on the scene in the straight after Lang stayed out of the war his Australian rivals were waging before the home turn.
That helped Pat’s Delight win the Group 2 feature from place-getters Our Triple Play and Our Uncle Sam.
Dalgety said he and Lang were given a major hint before the race that staying out of the early burn could be a good idea.
“In the pre-race interview with Rebecca Bartley, who was driving San Carlo, she said we are going to make this in to a staying race.
“So, we thought this is going to be good.”
Lang found the one-one for Pat’s Delight after the early burn and they stayed there for much of the race.
When Our Uncle Sam launched a big run in the back straight the last time, Lang made a crucial decision to stay there and risking being pocketed.
While it may have made some of the punters that backed Pat’s Delight in to favouritism a little nervous, it quickly turned out to be a masterstroke.
“He could have gone in front of Our Uncle Sam, but he didn’t.
“Gavin obviously knew the tempo, because they went a 27.4sec quarter there.”
Pat’s Delight should gain plenty of improvement from his Shepparton Cup win after enjoying a quiet time following his fifth placing in last month’s Interdominion Pacing Final.
Dalgety was with Pat’s Delight until Tuesday last week, when Nathan Purdon took over caring for the horse.
Purdon is back with the Dalgety stable after returning from a stint in the North Island.
- NZ Harness News