Day At The Track

An amazing recovery

09:00 AM 10 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Cambridge trainer John Dickie
Cambridge trainer John Dickie
Shelley Caldwell photo

John Dickie thought all his Delightful Lady Classic dreams had come tumbling down early last week.

His impressive debutante winner on February 10 – New York Rain was found cast and upside down in her stall.

Dickie’s son and co-trainer, Josh and Canterbury trainer Paul Court assisted the promising 2-year-old and then vets were called in.

“We had to scratch her from last week’s race. We got the vet in on Tuesday afternoon because she had tied up and the bloods showed that. Then we treated her throughout the week and she just kept rapidly improving,” Clevedon-based Dickie said.

Remarkably the brown American Ideal filly the lined up at the Auckland Trotting Club’s Workouts at Alexandra Park last Saturday and went a quicker time than what she won on debut.

New York Rain beat Alta Shangri La and Delilaah by one-and-a-quarter lengths and five lengths, pacing the 1700m mobile in 2:04.8 (mile rate 1:58.1) and came her last 800m and 400m in 57.8 and 28.5.

New York Rain drew seven of eight in the fifth Young Guns heat at 'The Park' on February 10.

She and Simon Lawson were last early and then three back on the outer before looming up three-wide on the turn and then proving way too strong in the straight.

New York Rain was the $6.40 fourth favourite that night and paced the 1700m mobile in 2:07.2 (mile rate 2:00.4) and home in 58 even and 27.4 beating Gold Orchid (Tony Herlihy MNZM) and Purest Silk (Brent Mangos) by three quarters of a length each way.

“It’s incredible to think how much she recovered in a week, and she’s trained on brilliantly since. The only thing we don’t like about her chances on Friday is the draw (13), but she’s still good enough to win it,” Dickie said.

New York Rain will start from five on the second row in the Group Two $80,000 Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic for the 2-year-old pacing fillies.

Her dam Ohoka Moon (In The Pocket), who was trained by Steven Reid, won nine races ($112, 963), including a placing in the 2007 Northern Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

“She’s improving at just the right time. I think she has got a huge career ahead of her. She hasn’t got a lot of speed but she just keeps on truckin. She’s got a big motor and we are excited about her.

“There’s plenty of 2-year-old races for her up here this season, so hopefully we can start off with a Group Two win on Friday,” Dickie said.

New York Rain will be wearing the blue and white colours of Dickie’s good friend – the late Simon Pavlovich.

“I requested Simon’s colours after he passed away last year. I had known Simon all of his life and we used to knock around together. He was a friend and a good horseman and someone who was very special to me.

”I got his colours as a mark of respect to him - so I can always remember him,” Dickie said.

New York Rain is owned by Dickie (John) and his partner Linda German, and was bred by Cavalla Bloodstock.

Speaking from Melbourne, Dickie said he rated New York Rain and Speeding Spur as his two best winning chances of the weekend.

Speeding Spur has drawn the outside of the front-line in Saturday's Group One $100,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

“Just about every time we have taken the horse to Melton we have copped the visitor’s draw. It’s becoming more than coincidence.

“But we’ve won from out there previously with him and I’m very confident he can do it again. He is very fit now,” said Dickie.

Dickie advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) stewards on Thursday that Speeding Spur has suffered swelling in a hind fetlock.
 
The multiple Group One-winning trotter will be examined on Friday.
 
 
Duane Ranger
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