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Spirit Of Delight wins final

09:00 AM 15 Apr 2018 NZST
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Spirit Of Delight after winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

The Regan Todd trained mare Spirit Of Delight which is part-owned by new Southland Stags Rugby coach Dave Hewett won the $20,000 Southern Belle Speed Series Final at the Central Southland Raceway at Winton today.

The four year old, driven by Samantha Ottley came with a late run to get up and beat Especial by a head with a further length and a quarter back to favourite Somejoy. 

"The speed was on a little bit early which suited her. They kept going round and I was a wee bit concerned when I got back a bit. I know when she's on her game she's got a wicked sprint which she's shown in the past. She's a typical Bettor's Delight - only does what she has to but when you push the go button she's really got some wheels there," said Ottley after the win.

Turning in Ottley had got back further than she would have liked and it took her a while to get Spirit of Delight up and going. But she came with a paralysing run down the outside of the track.

"When I hooked her out I was mucking about trying to get my plugs (ear plugs) out. I got balanced up and asked her to go and she really lifted. To her credit there were a couple of nice mares ahead of her so it was no mean feat getting past them. She hit the line strongly and it's great getting these wins that's for sure."


Spirit Of Delight (4) beating Especial (6) - Photo Bruce Stewart.

The winning time was 1-55.2. It was the second time Ottley has won this race. She won with Rocker Band back in 2016. The win was the mare's second this season and fourth career win. Her only other win this season was on this track at the end of last year when she won the Equine Stakes, driven by Brendon McLellan.

Previous Southern Belle Speed Series Winners 

Year

Winner

Driver

Trainer

Time

Winning Sire

2008       

Artishake

RT May

Jamie Gameson

1-56.2           

Artiscape

2009

Mywayorthehighway

JR Dunn

Robert Dunn

1-57.4

In The Pocket

2010

Beaudiene Bad Babe

DJ Dunn

Murray Brown

1-57.2

Badlands Hanover

2011

Hannah

DJ Dunn

Jeremy Douglas

1-54.3

Badlands Hanover

2012

Pembrook's Delight

MJ Williamson

Geoff and Jude Knight

1-56.5

Bettor's Delight

2013

Better To Be Bad

BG Barclay

Steve Ashton

1-54.4

Badlands Hanover

2014

Helena Jet

RT May

Greg and Nina Hope

1-54.4

Jereme's Jet

2015

Sell A Bit

Stephen NcNally

Brent White

1-54.1

Julius Caesar

2016

Rocker Band

Samantha Ottley

Mark Jones

1-55.4

Rocknroll Hanover

2017

Break Dance

Jonny Cox

Amber Hoffman

1-53.3

Art Major

2018

Spirit Of Delight

Samantha Ottley

Regan Todd

1-55.2

Bettor's Delight

 

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness racing

Spirit Of Delight winning her final

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