Smart freshman colt Art Union smashed the 2YO colts & geldings pacing mark for the 2600 metre mobile by more than three seconds when downing his older C2 rivals at Rangiora on Sunday.
After enjoying a nice run in the trail behind capable pacer Boom Gate, the Art Major colt finished strongly along the sprint lane in the hands of regular driver Dexter Dunn to win by a neck in a very smart time of 3-15.9, which obliterated the previous record of 3-19.4 which was set by Nicky Hanover in 2004. His last half was recorded in a slick 55.6.
Art Union, who is a son of the smart mare and good producer, Sparks A Flyin, was bred and is owned by long-time Kentuckiana Lodge clients, Jim and Susan Wakefield.
He is the fifth foal from Sparks A Flyin and her fifth impressive winner. Her first four foals, all of which have earned in excess of at least $80,000, are Diomedes, Empyrean, Bettor’s Fire, and Safedra.
He has now won four of his eight starts and placed on a further three occasions for stakes of $55,000.
Trainer Cran Dalgety will now give Art Union a couple of easy days before setting him for a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Addington in a fortnight (July 17).
Art Union will hopefully be half of a two-pronged Cran Dalgety attack on the rich ABC Series.
“Katy Perry’s recovered well from her fall on Jewels day. Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis have been looking after her for us and doing a great job with her in the salt water,” said Dalgety on his Kentuckiana Lodge website
“I’m going up to drive her in work next Saturday. If I’m happy with her, she’ll line up in the Breeders Crown fillies heat at Cambridge on the following Thursday (July 10),” he added.
Meanwhile, superstar reinsman Dexter Dunn was victorious in a further four races at Rangiora on Sunday, including the “London Legend” Rangiora Winter Cup aboard Fifth Edition.
The much-improved gelding, who has now won three Winter Cups in a row, is likely to be kept going for a $12,000 free-for-all at Addington, before heading to the paddock for a breather.
“A race like the Junior Free-For-All on New Zealand Cup day could be a good race for him in the new season,” said Dalgety.
By Mitchell Robertson