De Lancome too good in the slush at Timaru
Considered good enough to mix it with some of the best fillies of her age in her previous eight starts, De Lancôme has always been a well regarded filly in the Robert Dunn stable. The only surprise is that it has taken her nine starts to register her maiden win, a win that came on a wet and gloomy Timaru afternoon.
Purchased at the 2016 sales, De Lancome certainly has the pedigree to be good as a Bettor's Delight out of the top mare Lancome. Trained by Mark Pudon and Grant Payne, Lancome had the 37 starts, for 13 wins. She retired after winning the four year old Diamond at the Harness Jewels in 2011.
De Lancome started her career in the North Island with Robert and placed once in her three starts. Going into yesterday's race her current campaign had been bereft of a lot of luck, but did include a 4th first up behind Elle Mac at Addington.
Able to get off the gate well yesterday, De Lancome was able to trail the pacemaker Jacko's Big Collect throughout. Once presented with the passing lane at the 200m, she immediately burst through and while initially challenged by Immortal Change eventually pulled clear to win convincingly by two lengths in 2.35.9 for the 2000m mobile. The last 800m run in 61.9 and the last 400m in 31.6 show just how bad the track was by the end of the day.
De Lancome will now head north to the two day Nelson meeting next weekend, one of a big team that John is taking away. She will be joined by maiden trotter Loveyoutodoit, that was a handy third first up yesterday.
The day yesterday belonged to former stable employee Samantha Ottley with a personal best haul of five wins including a deadheat in Race Seven. Sam's winners on the day were Show Gait for Regan Todd, Maninthemirror and Castlereagh for Mark Jones, Mr Midnight for David Mitchell and Stellar Success for Michael Heenan. With 32 wins already for this season, Sam is on track to surpass her season best haul of 59, set last season.
Posted: Sat 06 Jan 2018