COULD there be a better way to celebrate the anniversary of one of your Dad’s biggest victories than join him on the honour roll?
According to Carter Dalgety, the answer is “no”!
Dalgety is the son of highly-accomplished New Zealand trainer, Cran, who has won a host of Australian majors, including the famed Chariots Of Fire.
Cran captured Australia’s premier four-year-old event with a rampaging Christen Me in 2013.
Fast forward a decade and Cran co-trains promising type Republican Party with Carter, with the latter partnering the entire to victory in last night’s Hondo Grattan Stake at Club Menangle.
Thanks to his success, Republican Party has earned a berth in the Group One, which is scheduled to be conducted at the nation’s speed capitol in a fortnight.
“Dad won the Chariots 10 years ago and it would be pretty awesome if I can join him on the winners’ list,” Carter said.
“We’re in it now, and it won’t be easy against the likes of Captain Ravishing, but we’ll be doing our best.
“He did very well last night and I think he will be really lethal off a helmet at Menangle.”
After working to the lead from barrier five, Republican Party was given a ‘breather’ during the second quarter before sprinting to a four-and-a-half metre win from Lightning Dan.
Tims A Trooper was a half-head away third in 1:52.4 over a mile.
“He did it pretty easily,” Carter said. “I’m absolutely stocked with his run as he was fresh up and missed a trial going into it.
“He is a casual little customary which takes it all in his stride…he half waits for them when he is in front.
“It’s most likely he will go straight into the Chariots, but I will make a decision in the morning whether to give him another run.”