DELIGHTED WITH PAT
Leading trainer can’t hide his Delight at being ignored
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.