Anthony Butt is delighted to be back behind the Nigel McGrath trained Joanne's A Delight at Addington on Friday night (March 28). The brilliant Canterbury reinsman will renew his association with the talented daughter of Bettor's Delight in the fourth heat of the $18,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes 2yo Fillies Series.
Butt drove her on debut when Joanne's A Delight ran second behind Fight For Glory, but he had to hand the reins over to Dexter Dunn last Saturday due to his Australian commitments. "She would be one of the best fillies I've driven in quite a few years now. She has the all-round game. Stamina, speed, and manners," Butt said.
Joanne's A Delight displayed all those attributes when having her second start at Ascot Park in Invercargill on Saturday. The brown filly got her revenge over Fight For Glory in the Group Three $25,000 Caduceus Club of Southland Nevele R Stud Fillies Classic, but she also set a new track record for 2-year-old fillies.
The $52,000 purchase at the last year's Premier Yearling Sale stopped the clock in 2:04.4. Western Dream's previous 1700m mobile record was 2:05.3. She set that in April 2005. "Nigel has done a brilliant job with her. He has always liked her and hasn't rushed her - trialling her when he should. I like her toughness and she has given me every indication that she will go on with it," Butt said.
Although drawn the outside of the front row Linda Lovegrace looks the hardest for Joanne's A Delight to beat. Another contender, Supriya has also received an unfortunate draw, one outside Joanne's A Delight on the second row. Previous heat winners were: Democrat Party (Alexandra Park); Fight For Glory (Addington Raceway); Bettor Be Supreme (Alexandra Park). The fifth and final heat will be staged at Forbury Park on April 17 with the $150,000 Group One final at Alexandra Park on Rowe Cup night - May 9.
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ E-News)