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Diva's rich vein of form is delighting Dawson

By Duane Ranger

The 9-year-old, 134-race claimer, who could be in his last season of racing, was one of Kylie Rasmussen’s four winners at Albion Park on Saturday (May 4).

Divas Delight notched up his 20th win as the $2.60 favourite in the first event. It was a gutsy effort after sitting parked and then kicking on for 1.4m triumph.

But how long can Divas Delight’s toughness can kick in for?

“He’s a lovely old horse, but who knows if he will be racing next month, in six months, or next year. He takes a lot of work. We’ve got a list of things to go through to keep him sound," Clarendon trainer Trent Dawson said. 

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“He doesn’t take much work, but I haven’t raced him three weeks in a row before so I’ll give him a rest this week. He’s won two of his last four starts now.

“We are doing what the vets telling us to do, and it this late stage of his career he seems to be on top of things,” he added.

If anyone knows vet talk, it’s Dawson. The 33-year-old works full-time at the University Of Queensland’s vet clinic in Gatton.

“I’m only working six horses in my spare time at the moment, and because he’s my last winner, he’s now the best of them. Our Chittybangbang (13 wins) also goes okay,” Dawson said.

After sitting in the death seat for much of the 1,660m, Divas Delight stuck on determinedly stopping the clock in 1:58.1 (mile rate 1:54.5) with 27.3, 29, 28.9, and 29.6 sectionals.

Rasmussen described the win as tenacious.

"The lead was the first option, but plan-B was sitting parked and it seemed to work. He needs to be near or close to the pace," she said of the Bettors Delight gelding.

“That's when he's at his best, and he proved that tonight. Trent’s doing a good job with him."

Dawson applauded the drive.

“That’s the way he has to be driven in claiming races like this. It’s a bit different when he races in the higher grades though. That’s why he was favourite, because he goes well in claiming events,” Dawson said.

Rasmussen's four wins from four different stables was the highlight of the night.

Her other three victories came via the Ron Sallis trained Sur Le Feu (R3), the Daren Garrard trained Charlyse (R8), and the Melissa Gillies trained Beaver (R10).

“It has been a great night and I’m grateful to the four trainers for the drives. The drive behind Charlyse was special because that was her first win on the track, and Daren has been doing a good job with her," Rasmussen said.

"She felt great and was always due to win one soon. She did it easily."

She then commented about her two other wins:

Sur Le Feu: "This was the first time I've driven the horse and he got the job done. He did what he had to.”

Beaver: “He’s a great old free-for-aller and Melissa has done a splendid job with him. He tries his guts out and the pace suited him tonight. He trucked on well.”

Footnote: Half of Saturday’s 10-race card were won by horses wearing saddle cloth number 5. The victors were Sur Le Feu (R3), Gotta Good Reason (R5), Days End (R6), Charlyse (R8), and Beaver (R10).