However, David (left) has managed to watch the family-owned mare, Delta Gee, go through her paces this spring, including a brilliant second in the Group Three Tesio at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.
Trained by David’s brother, Michael, Delta Gee has now won four (and placed in seven) for $240,955 in stakes, with career highlights including a stakes win in Perth and a Group second at Flemington in the autumn.
Now David and his family has the distinction of breeding the third highest priced DELAGO BROM to go through a sale ring when the flashy 2YO from stakes winning Blackfriars mare Wave Rock – a half sister to Delta Gee – was knocked down for $NZ180,000 at last week’s New Zealand Ready To Run Sale at Karaka.
It’s certainly been a big couple of weeks for Delago Brom with three stakes performers on Sandown Cup day (including a fourth to classy 2YO Miss Zoom in the Merson Cooper-LR) and winners on Friday (De Lady Royale) and Saturday (Copy Rites).
De Lady Royale (bred by Springhill Park Stud, Ashley Adsett, Brian Sargent, Tony Parsons, Ken McDonald and Alan Trewartha) is out of the County mare County Royale, a half sister to Blue Diamond Prelude-G3 winner St Rory. The lightly raced mare was having only her third start at Stawell for Darren Weir (running earlier seconds at Ballarat and Terang).
Similarly, the year younger Copy Rites is only lightly raced, racing for the second time at Pakenham having earlier finished a close up third at Pakenham.
Bred and raced by the Nicholls, Copy Rites is out of the Scenic mare Scenic Lil, a multiple winning half sister to Brisbane stakes winner Motspur.
Copy Rites is also a full sister to 3-time winner Kinetics who scored in NSW in September.