DE­LIGHTED WITH PAT

Lead­ing trainer can’t hide his De­light at be­ing ig­nored

Herald Sun - - INTER DOMINION 2018 - MICHAEL GUERIN

IF Kiwi trainer Cran Dal­gety got his way Im Pats De­light wouldn’t even be at the In­ter Do­min­ion.

In fact, he wouldn’t even be train­ing the bril­liant four-yearold.

Dal­gety, who has trained four Vic­to­ria Cup win­ners, ad­vised owner Pat Kubala to sell Im Pat’s De­light.

He is now thrilled his ad­vice was ig­nored af­ter the stal­lion won his Round 2 heat at Bal­larat on Tues­day night.

“It was back seven or eight months ago be­fore he had won the Jew­els back home and fin­ished se­cond in the NZ Derby, that we got an of­fer,” he said.

“It seemed like a lot of money at the time and Pat turned it down and then they came back and of­fered more.

“At that stage I told Pat we should take the of­fer.

“I said it was good money and rac­ing be­ing rac­ing any­thing could hap­pen.

“Pat used to be a trainer so he knew the risks and de­cided to roll the dice and keep him.”

But that ini­tial in­ter­est went crazy just six weeks ago when Im Pat’s De­light pro­duced a mam­moth se­cond to fel­low In­terDom con­tender Spankem in the Kaik­oura Cup to an­nounce his open-class ar­rival.

“Af­ter that the of­fers got big, re­ally big, like huge,” Dal­gety said.

“By then we had an open­class force and that changed ev­ery­thing.

“Pat, who is 86 years old, said he didn’t need the money, but it wasn’t only for him to de­cide — he has eight kids and he asked them all in­di­vid­u­ally what they wanted him to do.

“They sup­ported him keep­ing the horse, so here we are.”

As good as Im Pat’s De­light has been in New Zealand, his stature ap­pears to have grown since ar­riv­ing in Vic­to­ria, with the smaller tracks suit­ing his nippy pac­ing style.

Dal­gety said his sta­ble star had one other ad­van­tage aid­ing his all-im­por­tant re­cov­ery dur­ing the gru­elling series.

“I am sure him be­ing a stal- lion helps,” he said.

“You find the stal­lions, or colts when they are younger, re­cover a lot bet­ter than other horses be­cause they are so full of testos­terone, and that has been a huge help with him this week.

“He is over here, feel­ing good about life and bounc­ing off the heats like he hasn’t had a race.”

But Dal­gety said that may not be enough to see I’m Pats De­light beat Cruz Bro­mac in the fi­nal round of heats at Cran­bourne tonight.

“Cruz Bro­mac is drawn to lead and we will have to work to get into the race, so we might be run­ning for se­cond,” he said.

Trainer Cran Dal­gety is con­fi­dent in the form of Tues­day’s heat win­ner Im Pats De­light. Pic­ture: ASHLEA BREN­NAN

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