Pat's Delight to resume
By Adam Hamilton
Star Kiwi four-year-old Im Pats Delight will resume in Saturday night’s Group 2 Shepparton Gold Cup.
But where he heads after that is real dilemma for trainer Cran Dalgety.
Dalgety jetted across from Christchurch to Melbourne last week to check-on Im Pats Delight, who struggled through a few extreme days of heat.
“It got to him a bit, but he’s right back on target now,” Dalgety said. “I’m taking him to the (Melton) trials tomorrow (Tuesday) and, all going well there, he’ll run at Shepparton,” Dalgety said.
“I’m keen to get him back to the races then assess what direction we take.”
Most expected Im Pats Delight to join the list of stars like Tiger Tara, Spankem, Cruz Bromac and Thefixer in the Ballarat Cup on Saturday week.
But that’s far from a given.
“It’s a tricky time picking races. We want to run in the Chariots Of Fire, but getting into it won’t be easy and all the big races as so close together at this time of year.
“It could be we skip Ballarat and go to the 4YO Bonanza and then, if he doesn’t win that and get a spot in the Chariots, we could zip up to Sydney for one of the qualifiers.
“We just can’t do everything.
“For now it’s get through Shepparton and decide whether we go to the Ballarat the week after or not.”
Im Pats Delight was one of the “finds” of the Inter Dominion with a win and two seconds in heats followed by a luckless fifth in the final.
“I was happy with him in the final. If he’d landed behind the leader, he’d have run second. Instead, not much went right and we ended up fifth,” Dalgety said.
“He’s still a pup in these sorts of races and I’m mindful of not asking too much of him this season. It’ll be a different story when he’s a year older.”