Bettor Joy and Dexter Dunn resist the challenge of Elle Mac. Photo: Race Images.
Last night’s Listed $160,875 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Fillies Final winner Bettor Joy will soon return to Auckland, the location of her two previous Group 2 victories.
Her trainer, Cran Dalgety, will try and strike again while he's running hot by taking both her and Pat’s Delight north for the two premier nights in early March.
Bettor Joy, last season's Delightful Lady Classic 2YO winner and this season's Peter Breckon Memorial 3YO Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes winner, returns for the Gr. 1 $125,000 Northern Oaks on March 2.
Pat's Delight will have a lead-up race that night for the Gr.1 $250,000 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby on March 9, a race Dalgety won last year with Raukapuka Ruler.
Master Moonlite, a sizzling finisher for second to Ocean Ridge in a strong rating 61-85 race at Addington on Friday night, is also on the radar for the Northern Derby with a final decision coming over the weekend.
Bettor Joy, a racy daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight, is the latest syndicated yearling purchase to strike gold for the Kentuckiana Lodge trainer, following on from the likes of Smiling Shard, Bit Of A Legend and Katy Perry in recent years.
Bettor Joy was a $80,000 yearling buy for a trans-Tasman six-strong syndicate including Chrissie Dalgety, Bernard Smith, Kevin Clark, Gary Merlo, and the Dalgetys’ neighbours, Helena and Mike Hanning.
She has now won $265,533 from eight wins across 17 starts.
"A few years ago you would settle on one lot and go for it but these days you have to spec a few and syndications are the way to go," Dalgety said.
"With Bettor Joy, we have a mixture of Australians and New Zealanders and the camaraderie you develop racing one like this is special.
"I might even get some of them to go again and buy a hair in the tail of some more from this week's sales."
Champion driver Dexter Dunn rated Bettor Joy to perfection from a wide gate on Friday night.
Although, Dalgety and Dunn came unstuck with Bettor Joy when beaten into fourth when leading up in the Australasian Breeders Crown Final at Melton in August, they went for the front-end again.
Dunn was able to get away with a middle 800m in 62secs.
He then had most off the bit as the speedy Bettor Joy sprinted over her last half-mile in 55.8secs and 26secs to hold All Stars rival Elle Mac (parked) by three-quarters of a length.
She rated 1:57.7 for the full 1950m, crediting Dalgety and Dunn with their first wins in the Listed feature.