Delightful Deal seeking Jewels berth
By Jonny Turner
Standout last start Forbury Park winner Delightful Deal will attempt to repeat her recent heroics and seal a Harness Jewels start at Gore on Saturday.
The Nathan Williamson trained pacer made it two wins from two starts, this campaign, when producing a scintillating finish to win at the Dunedin track, last week.
Williamson waited patiently at the back of the field, before unleashing his 4yr-old for her winning run, 300m from home.
It may have looked like the trainer-driver had left his run too late, but Delightful Deal quickly squashed that theory by winning comfortably a length and a half.
“It was quite tempo related, I sort of felt those [horses] up front had done enough,” Williamson said.
“I know that she has got a good finish on her and so it proved.”
“We were rapt with the result and she got valuable money for the Jewels.”
Delightful Deal will face vastly different circumstances when she attempts to move in to a top-12 qualifying spot in four-year-old mares division of the Harness Jewels.
The Bettor’s Delight mare will race over 2700m for the first time and have to negotiate her first standing start.
And she will do so against the kind of race-hardened opposition she has never faced before.
“There are a lot of firsts for her there.”
“She seems to be quick in to her gear here at home and she is a nice gaited type of mare, so we are hopeful that she will begin.”
“We are going in there a wee bit blind, but she needs to race to force her way in to the Jewels and hopefully she can do that.”
Her main rivals among Delightful Deal’s race hardened opposition look to include Robyns Playboy, Santanna’s Rocket and Born To Boogie.
Williamson has a strong book of drives at tomorrow’s Gore meeting that include Full Noise in 6 and Tulsa Jaccka in race 9.
Tulsa Jaccka looked to have her rating 52-60 event at her mercy until she landed barrier 1 on the second row.
Williamson said he was hopeful he could work the Wayne Adams trained filly in to the clear after the start of the 2200m event.
“It can be a wee bit tricky from there.”
“It is not an overly big field, so hopefully she can work her way out in to some clear at some stage.”
Tulsa Jaccka’s good last start second behind the talented Chuckles suggested was ready to strike, next up.
“She has done a wee bit of work and finished it off good, and she can sprint if saved up.”
Full Noise held the 12th on the three-year-old trotters section of the Harness Jewels leader board ahead of this weekend’s racing.
The Brett Gray trained trotter gets the perfect opportunity to solidify his chances of qualifying for the signature event in a rating 40-90 event over 2700m.
Full Noise is set to start a short favourite in the race, in which he will seek a hat-trick of wins.