Cran Dalgety. Photo: Shar Mitchell.
Harness racing’s best-dressed man has plenty of reasons to put his number ones on, on Friday night.
Cran Dalgety lines up Bettor Joy, who will carry the number one saddlecloth, in the Group 1 $140,000 Nevele R Fillies Series Final at Addington.
He will also present Pat’s Delight and Bonnie Joan in the hottest of free-for-all fields, later in the night.
And before all of that happens, Sezana will represent the Dalgety stable in $150,000 NZ Yearling Sales 2yo Final at Alexandra Park.
Bettor Joy has been handed a massive advantage over her arch nemesis Elle Mac with her draw in their rich classic.
The race sets up to give Bettor Joy all favours and chance to avenge her luckless runs in this season’s previous sophomore Group 1s, the Sires Stakes Series Final and the Northern Oaks – both won by Elle Mac.
Dalgety is not worried whether Dexter Dunn leads all of the way on his filly, so long as she gets her nose in front on the line.
‘’Just so long as she’s in front the last six inches of the race would be good, really,’’ he quipped
‘’She is as fit as I can get her and her work is good and she is sleek and ready.’’
“If she did lead though it would be good if Elle Mac had sit parked outside us.’’
Dunn will stick with Pat’s Delight over Bonnie Joan who has the services of Ricky May in their free-for-all clash.
“They’re pretty much on a par and there is nothing between them, Dex will just stick with Pat’s Delight as he will race on whereas Bonnie Joan may retire after the Jewels,’’ Dalgety said.
The pair will need to be at the peak of their powers when they clash with Sheriff, Sicario and Alta Orlando.
Sheriff has the best draw of the stars in the race with barrier 3.
He, nor Sicario (barrier 6) have raced since the New Zealand Derby and that lack of match fitness only adds to the complex puzzle for punters face.
The rejuvenated Alta Orlando is the only horse of the five leading lights in the race not on a Harness Jewels path.
That gives him an advantage to pounce on his rivals who are building towards their Jewels targets.
Sezana was game when beating older horses in her Alexandra Park on her way to her big test in the Yearling Sales 2yo Final.
David Butcher will combine with her in Friday night’s feature and she looks as good a chance as any in a small line-up of six fillies.
“She is probably third in the pecking order, these small fields can be a bit tricky, the six of them will probably sit in single file and fly home.’’
‘’She is bouncy and bright so we have done all we can do.’’