“HE’S driven about six-and-a-half thousand wins but that would have to be in his top three.”
That’s how trainer Cran Dalgety described Gavin Lang’s drive behind Im Pats Delight in last night’s Shepparton Gold Cup.
Gaining the ideal one-one passage from barrier four, Im Pats Delight was angled three-wide at the top of the home straight to complete a metre-and-a-half win from Our Triple Play, with Uncle Sam a short half-head away third.
Rating 1:56.2 over 2690 metres, the son of Bettors Delight stretched his record to 12 wins and 10 placings from 32 starts for owners Charlton Park Enterprises.
“That was a beautiful G Lang drive which got him home,” Dalgety said. “He’s driven about six-and-a-half thousand wins but that would have to be in his top three.
“In his thinking he drove more than one horse in the race and worked out the win.
“He was the favourite, but Gavin never drove an inch more than he to and that’s what got the win.”
With numerous options available during the next six weeks, Dalgety will wait until tomorrow evening before deciding on Im Pats Delight’s next target.
Considering Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup, Dalgety also has his sights on the Four-Year-Old Bonanza at Tabcorp Park Melton on Australia Day.
Australasia’s premier four-year-old event – Chariots Of Fire – is also on the agenda, with the Group One scheduled to be conducted in Menangle on February 16.
“I’d love to be in every dog fight with him, but that’d be too hard on him,” Dalgety said. “I will see his recovery over the next couple of days and make a decision regarding the Ballarat Cup.
“There are plenty of good races for him coming up, so I will work out which suits best.”