A change of plans will see smart freshman colt Art Union bypass a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown where he would have had to clash with superstar juvenile Follow The Stars at Addington on Friday.
The Art Major two-year-old will instead compete in race five, a c2-3 mobile pace, leaving Follow The Stars as the only contestant in his heat and therefore an automatic qualifier for the semi-final.
“We’ve decided against the Breeders Crown so he will just make the most of his opportunities this month and try and get another couple of penalty free wins on the board,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
Dalgety will then spell Art Union at the end of the month before preparing the talented son of super broodmare Sparks A Flyin for the rich Sires Stakes Series.
But, while Art Union is now sure to miss the ABC, It is all systems go for smart filly Katy Perry, who has recovered well from her Jewels day injury.
“Her knee has healed up really well and she is set to go at Cambridge on Thursday,” said Dalgety.
Dalgety went up to Auckland to drive the Bettor’s Delight filly at the workouts on Saturday and was pleased with how she performed.
She has drawn one in her three horse non-tote ABC heat with Joanne’s A Delight and Cyclone Kate outside her.
“I think she will benefit with the run but she is ready to fire,” he enthused.
Dalgety also has Regulus in the North Island and he is set compete in the fifth race at Alexandra Park on Friday, where he looks a very good chance from his handy barrier draw (2).
“He too has trialled up really well but it is his first run for seven weeks, so whatever he does on Friday I think he will better for it,” said Dalgety.
Regulus will campaign in the north over the next few weeks to make the most of the great stakes on offer at Alexandra Park.
Meanwhile, in a cunning move, Tim and Anthony Butt will bring Field Marshal north for a walkover win in the 2yo colts and gelding ABC heat at Cambridge tomorrow night in order to escape at clash with Follow The Stars at Addington.
In other news from the Dalgety barn, talented four-win three-year-old A Boy Named Rosie has been sold by the Beintoowin Syndicate to clients of Gary Hall’s Perth stable.
“It’s a shame to see him go but they’re paying nice money and that makes the decision easier to make,” said Dalgety.
By Mitchell Robertson