La Sabina and Mitsi Gaynor’s wins capped a big week on and off the track for Kentuckiana Lodge.
Mitsi Gaynor zipped along the Addington passing lane to score for trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety, earning a well-deserved win after her good second to stablemate Invitation Only in her last outing on the same track.
Carter Dalgety thought the filly raced by Larry Karr would be hard to beat on her previous effort.
And with the run he gave her in the trail she certainly was.
“I thought she went a great race last week getting so close to Invitation Only, he is a smart horse,” Carter said.
“We have made a couple of wee gear changes with her and she really seems to be enjoying things.”
“The race set up pretty well, we were able to get a nice run and she did the rest once we got into the clear.”
Carter made it a winning double for the weekend in the Kentuckiana Lodge colours when driving La Sabina to victory at Rangiora on Sunday.
The three-year-old trialled well but was unable to show her best first up at Addington.
On Sunday, punters got to see the real La Sabina courtesy of another lovely Carter Dalgety drive.
“She disappointed us first up, even though she ran fifth and it wasn’t a terrible run.”
“She was just so green at Addington, she didn’t really know what she was doing when the other horses got to her in the straight.”
“She was definitely better for that run, when was in front again today she was more switched on and she won quite nicely.”
La Sabina is trained at Kentuckiana Lodge for Michael Purdon who is currently based in the North Island where he is campaigning Mystic Max who won at Alexandra Park on Thursday night.
Sunday’s win was a heat of a graduation series with La Sabina now eligible for an $18,000 final later this month.
The Dalgety family’s wins over the weekend came after they farewelled Jim Dalgety at his funeral at Addington on Wednesday.
Cran, Chrissie, Laura, Maddie and Carter each shared their memories during the celebration of Jim’s life.
Blair and Brooklyn Dalgety did too, while Robert Dunn and Mark Purdon shared memories of Jim’s outstanding capabilities as a horseman.