Day At The Track

Kate Perry hits the right notes

07:17 PM 25 Aug 2014 NZST
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Katy Perry

In a matter of months she has gone from being a filly few wanted to be involved with to one of the hottest properties in harness racing.

Having purchased a youngster by Bettors Delight from Karen Donna, leading New Zealand horseman Cran Dalgety was struggling to find people to buy shares in the pacer.

Fast forward to Tabcorp Park last Sunday and the same prospect – racing as Katy Perry – is an Australasian Breeders’ Crown champion.

Katy Perry’s latest success compliments her Group One victory in the PGG Wrightson Sales Final last May.

“I did like her, which is why I bought her, but I was having a hard time syndicating her to people,” Dalgety said.

“The dam hadn’t really done much, which is what scared people off I reckon.

“Only about a year ago, before Katy started racing, the broodmare was sold for $1000.

“As for Katy, she hasn’t stopped improving and has developed into a wonderful buy.”

Unbeaten from four Australian starts, Katy Perry was forced to dig deep during her latest triumph when driven by star reinsman Dexter Dunn.

Beginning swiftly to lead from barrier four, Katy Perry was ‘kept honest’ throughout the 2240-metre event by Joannes A Delight, which issued a strong challenge from the ‘death seat’.

With the pair matching along the home straight, Katy Perry staved off her fellow Kiwi to score by a head.

Cyclone Kate provided a New Zealand trifecta when two metres away third.

“She didn’t have to do too much to get to the front, but the ‘death’ filly certainly kept the race on,” Dunn said.

“She was challenged strongly up the straight, but responded well and proved she was up to it.”

With the final 800 metres run in 57.3 seconds, the two-year-old rated 1:58.7, taking her record to seven wins and two seconds from 10 starts for earnings of $348,347.

Due to return across the Tasman on Friday, Katy Perry will be given a “nice break” before being prepared for the various classics next season.

“She will stay in Australia until the end of the week before she heads home for a nice break,” Dalgety said.

“I will have her up and running again in time for the Oaks and other majors at home, but she will also be back here at some stage.

“I’ll look at the Victoria Oaks as well as the Breeders’ Crown when she returns.

Paul Courts



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