Delago Brom came agonisingly close to recording his first Australian Group One victory with the bold effort of Paddy Payne’s Danaupair Starlet (above) in the $400,000 Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks on Saturday (5 June) when the Otto Hoffelner owned and bred filly ran a solid third behind Miss Keepsake.
Danaupair Starlet had previously won the Sportingbet SA Fillies Classic-G3 at Morphettville in April after being stakes placed in Tasmania in February, so the fillies’ ‘constitution’ is quite something.
But while Danaupair Starlet (below) fell short, Delago Brom did piece together three wins in two days with Little Pablo scoring at Echuca on Friday, followed by a double to Condelago (Morphettville) and Ina de Lemma (Kilmore) on Saturday.
Trained by Allan Fitzgerald, Little Pablo is out of the Canny Lad mare Pansy and was making his debut at Echuca after trialling twice. Bred by Ballamara Park in NSW, Little Pablo is from the family of Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 winner Sheikh Albadou.
Meanwhile, the niftily named, Ina de Lemma (out of the Last Tycoon mare Tycoon Emma) recorded her debut victory at Kilmore in scoring a hard fought win over 1607m on a heavy track.
Bred by K Biggins, FE Sands and F Sands, Ina de Lemma is trained by Tom Hughes, whose father Tommy put the spit and polish on Delago Brom throughout his illustrious career.
However, the big news of the day – almost outweighing Danaupair Starlet’s performance in Brisbane – was the victory of Condelago at Morphettville.
This is some 2YO. Condelago has now raced on four occasions for three wins (on the trot) and seemed to do everything right this time around after finding trouble in running at his previous two outings.
Bred in South Australia by the Mittigas and Blythmans, Condelago was sold through Eliza Park’s Melbourne Premier draft for $50,000.
Out of the Kenny’s Best Pal mare, Concluding, Condelago (below) is a half brother to 4-time stakes winner Moment In Time and Clangalang’s city winner Quid Pro Quo and is closely related to Sandown Cup-G2 winner Conbituate Lady.
Keep your eye out for this bloke!