Anthony Butt still maintains Joanne’s A Delight is one of the best 2-year-old fillies he has ever driven.
“She put the pressure on all the way tonight and proved to me again just how good she is," Butt said.
"She never really got an easy quarter. It was a gutsy run."
The champion reinsman made those comments shortly after Joanne’s A Delight won the Group One $150,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Championship for 2yo fillies at Alexandra Park tonight.
The Nigel McGrath trained daughter of Bettor’s Delight burned to the lead early from gate two and never relented holding out the fast finishing Fight For Glory and Natalie Rasmussen by a nose.
There was a length and 2-3/4 lengths back to Bettor Be Supreme (Tony Herlihy) and Unforgiving (Simon Lawson).
The brown filly stopped the clock in 2:01.97 with a very slick mile rate of 1:55.4. Her final sectionals for the 1700m mobile were 59 flat and 29.5.
“She just kept giving tonight."
"I’m pleased for Nigel because he’s got her in brilliant condition and she hasn’t been far away in recent starts."
It was Joanne’s A Delight’s second win in five starts.
She placed in her first look at Alexandra Park last week.
“She’s just got a great feel to her and there wouldn’t be many 2-year-old fillies I’ve driven that would be better than her,” Butt said.
“I think this will be the first of a few more big wins,” he added.
The gifted filly took her stake earnings to $107,458.
She is owned by American’s Mark Hanover and Gordon Banks and was bred by Jack Smolenski.
By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)