Delightful Memphis spelling

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Class filly Delightful Memphis has ended her season and is in Sydney spelling, a well deserved one after two very big seasons at two-and-three.

Her three-year-old season culiminated in a fourth placing in last Saturday night’s Queensland Oaks, and she headed south afterward with New South Wales horseman Aaron Goadsby to spell alongside his own filly, Takara Truffle.

Betty strides out during her Queensland preparation

“Aaron has all the facilties, great paddocks, and she will do well there,” said Mark.

“The plan is to give her good break, two-to-three-months, and then bring her back to race at Menangle, picking out the races in Aussie for the good mares.

“We can’t be disappointed in her at Albion Park. It has been a big two seasons for her and I guess I felt she may have been coming towards the end of a tough campaign the last week or so.

“But she has done us all proud. Has never run a poor race in her lifetime, and those horses are very hard to find.”

Jones has broken in a full-brother to Delightful Memphis, and he does like the rising two-year-old by Bettor’s Delight, owned by breeder Wayne Higgs, who is the majority shareholder in Delightful Memphis.

“He’s done what has been asked of him so far, is a nice colt on type and at this stage, always too early to really know, he seems to be at a good level.”

Higgs has a full-sister to Delightful Memphis in the paddock, recently weaned from his good breeder, Memphis Melody. Also the dam of former good pacer Harley Earl, she is in foal to Bettor’s Delight again, and will either return to him again in the spring, or possibly to Art Major.

Bettor Under Fire, a strong maiden winner at Addington recently, has been sold to Australian interests and will do his future racing abroad.

He was also part-owned by Higgs, along with Dr Kim Lawson and her husband, Christchurch accountant Hamish Scott.

Stu Bailey