Having already more than recouped her $3,500 purchase price, Jo-Anne Dalton’s new recruit Rosey Posey will head to Wingatui on Sunday to try to take the next step in her fledgling career.
Dalton bought the daughter of Charm Spirit from Valachi Downs in a Gavelhouse auction in early March. At that stage, Rosey Posey had lined up in four races in the North Island, with a close second on a heavy track at Te Aroha in January her best result.
The four-year-old has delivered an immediate return for her new connections, winning over 1400 metres at Ascot Park on May 16.
“We saw her on Gavelhouse and thought she looked like the type of horse that would handle wet ground, which is always an advantage down here,” Dalton said.
“She’s a nice type, and I’d had another Charm Spirit in my stable previously that I really liked. The owners were looking for a horse that they might be able to have a bit of fun with through the winter, and it was great to pick up a win so quickly with this horse.”
Little went right for Rosey Posey when she stepped up to Rating 65 grade at Wingatui on May 28. She was fractious in the barrier before the start, then over-raced heading into the first bend, and later drifted back through the field. Under the circumstances, she did well to recover and run seventh, 2.9 lengths from the winner Anjameme.
“She got carted a long way back between the 800 and the 600, and I think she could have been a lot closer to them at the finish if that hadn’t happened,” Dalton said. “But I still thought it was a pretty good effort for her first start in that grade.
“I think she could be a nice chance this weekend. Unfortunately Kin Kwo is out of his apprenticeship, so we won’t have his claim to use this time, but hopefully those extra two kilograms won’t be too much of a problem for her.” – Richard Edmunds, Race Form.