It just wouldn’t be a Breeders Crown series without Cran Dalgety.
The leading Christchurch trainer has won four Breeders Crown finals, with Bit Of A Legend (twice), Smiling Shard and Sparks A Flyin. This year he has Katy Perry flying the stable flag.
Katy Perry's Australian debut saw her notch a comfortable Tatlow Stakes triumph at Melton on July 19, and Dalgety was ecstatic with the news his filly had drawn gate one for tomorrow night’s Breeders Crown two-year-old fillies’ repechage at Geelong.
“That’s not a visitor’s draw -- what’s going on?” Dalgety quipped.
“It surprised me a wee bit how Dex was able to get the great run through from the second row,” Dalgety said of Katy Perry’s Tatlow win, where the filly found the lead cheaply despite a back-row draw.
“It was a good win -- I’m bullish about her chances,” he said of the Breeders Crown.
Katy Perry was to run in a Breeders Crown heat last week but Dalgety elected to rest the daughter of Bettors Delight as she was “a wee bit down” after her flight over and her Australian debut.
She has bounced back now and Dalgety believes the four Kiwis in the two-year-old fillies’ section – Katy Perry, Joanne’s A Delight, Linda Lovegrace and Cyclone Kate – are very evenly matched.
“They’re all strong contenders ... the one who gets the best trip will be the lead chance," he said.
Dalgety confirmed he was not bringing smart colt Art Union to the Breeders Crown.
Dalgety enjoys coming to Australia, having won several big races here over the years, including this year’s AG Hunter Cup and the 2013 Chariots of Fire at Menangle with Christen Me, the 2009 Victoria Cup with Bettor’s Strike, the 2001 New South Wales Oaks with Sparks A Flyin and the 1996 Victoria Cup and Australian Pacing Championship with Desperate Comment.