WELL-PERFORMED filly Passions Delight is in a prime position to register an overdue feature victory at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
Having contested five majors, including the rich Australian Pacing Gold Final, the Dani Hill-trained youngster has been successful in heats and semis, but found the various deciders out of reach.
This time around Passions Delight is the favourite for the South Australia Oaks, with Hill confident the daughter of Bettors Delight can emerge triumphant.
Passions Delight has won three of her four starts for Hill, while finishing second – beaten a head- in the Gawler Derby after racing in the ‘death seat’.
“She is in great form, been working well and I couldn’t be happier with her,” Hill said. “I wanted to get a run into her last week, but nothing stood up.
“Even without the run she is fit and ready to win.”
Adding to Hill’s joy is Passions Delight’s draw, with the three-year-old to begin from barrier two.
Passions Delight has only drawn the front row once for Hill, which resulted in her leading throughout from the pole at Mildura three weeks ago.
“It’s a good draw and hopefully she can find the front from there,” Hill said. “She proved in the Derby when she sat in the breeze against the colts she can also do a bit of work if needed.
“We’ll have to see where she settles in the run, but she is going to be hard to beat from any position.”
Citing Our Summer Bay as the main danger, Hill is also weary of Ima A Lister.
Drawn the outside of the second row, Our Summer Bay has won three of her last six starts, with two placings also in the mix.
Ima A Lister, which will come from gate three, is prepared by Phillip Walters, who won South Australia Trotters’ Cup with Daquiri last January.
“Our Summer Bay and Ima A Lister are both in good form and wouldn’t be making the trip across for nothing,” Hill said.
“Bobbies Delight is also racing well and will be in the mix from the pole.”