Delightful Deal Wins Ladyship

Delightful Deal Wins Ladyship

 Bruce Stewart

Branxholme trainer driver Nathan Williamson has always had a high opinion of Bettor’s Delight mare Delightful Deal and yesterday she vindicated his opinion when she beat The Empress in the Jaccka Lodge Ladyship Stakes Final at Gore.

This was the four year old’s fourth start and she had the draw (1) to work with. When favourite The Empress was taken to the front the perfect scenario fell into place for Williamson.

 “Yep it worked out well from the draw. She went out well and we were just tracking the right horse all the way. She had come on a bit after her first up run which you’d have to expect,” said Williamson.

Delightful_Deal_winning_at_Gore_950_x_492.jpgDelightful Deal getting the better of The Empress at Gore yesterday – Photo Bruce Stewart

 Delightful_Deal_returning_to_the_stables_950_x_525.jpgHeading back to the stables with stablehand Oliver Kite – Photo Bruce Stewart

Delightful Deal qualified last year but the season didn’t pan out as well as Williamson had hoped.

“It was unfortunate but she got kicked in the back leg. It cost her because we were thinking she was good enough to have a crack at the Southland Oaks series. I’m not saying she was good enough to win it. Marty has been real patient.”

Owned by Winton plumber Marty Fairbairn, Delightful Deal was down to start her four year old season last month on this track but had to be scratched. 

“The morning of the race she was holding her foot off the ground. She had an abcess burst out of her foot. But since then she’s been good and it’s just a matter of waiting on her.”

With win number one on the board Williamson is contemplating some bigger goals.

“We might give her another start down here in a fortnight, maybe look at going to Addington and look at the South Of The Waitaki race if she goes well.”

The win was one of four for Williamson who also won on Wayward Roc, Stay Aboard and Please Shuddup. His brothers Brad and Matty also won races on Mr Handleman (Brad) and Matinee Idol (Matty).

Matinee_Idol_winning_at_Gore_950_x_480.jpg  Matinee Idol and Matty Williamson loving the win. The big run was from Square Dealer which lost a lot of ground at the start, went round the field and got third. – Photo Bruce Stewart.

 Mr_Handleman_winning_at_Gore_950_x_516.jpg  Mr Handleman with the easiest win of the day (eight and a quarter lengths) for Brad Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart. Please_Shuddup_winning_at_Gore_950_x_385.jpg  Another Williamson win – one of four for Nathan driving the Murray Brown trained Please Shuddup  (removeable deafeners still on) – Photo Bruce Stewart.

Please_Shuddup_birdcage_950_x_443.jpgThe Tricode Racing Syndicate, Tricode Racing Syndicate Number Two and Dolce Syndicate – Photo Bruce Stewart

Craig Ferguson also drove two winners; Cool Scooter for Greg Hunter and Bridesdale Robyn for Ross Wilson. It’s was Wilson’s one hundredth training success. His first was with Mister Majestic at Roxburgh in April 1980.