FORMER OVERPORT “IZZY” WINS AT PENRITH
Former Overport Lodge pacer Izzy Dagg resumed with a first-up win at Penrith, NSW, for the Tim Butt stable on Thursday, September 26.
The horse, named after the colourful former All Black and Crusader star, and now media personality, was initially co-owned by the sportstar himself for his only NZ win Addington as a spring 3YO on August 3, 2018.
However, the Australian money came calling after the Addington win.
The equine Izzy Dagg, despite being rated well above average by trainer Mark Jones, was soon sold to the developing Tim Butt stable at Menangle.
The entire son of A Rocknroll Dance and Cantana won second-up in NSW in August for the Butt stable at Bathurst in a 1:55.7 rate (1730m). He was still technically a 2YO to Australian time (their age group seasons ending on August 31).
Spelled, the equine”Izzy” only had two 3YO starts in December and February, before being given more time.
Fresh on Thursday, he was the only one the punters wanted as a hot $1.20 favourite in a suitable up to 55 rating pace, holding by a neck in a 2:00 rate for the 2125m.
The Mark Jones stable also race “Izzy’s” half-sister, She’s A Dagg, but the Art Major filly has yet to fire in three 3YO filly starts.
Cantina, the dam of the equine Izzy and She’s A Dagg, time-trailed in 1:54.1, winning four and picking up 13 placings in 44 starts, for $39,160.
Bred by the late former HRNZ chairman Ralph Kermode, Cantina (by Christian Cullen-Gucci Girl, by Vance Hanover-Reasonable, by Noodlum from top 1970s racemare and champion producer Black Watch), won her maiden for Pukekohe trainer Peter Blanchard.
She then another three after West Coast races after being purchased by Westport trainer, Rodney Dickson.
Cantina is the dam of six of racing age, for four individual winners, and a place-getter.
She’s the dam of another useful Australian winner in (Our) Black Diamonds (1:55.5, Aust, five wins from 11 starts for $42,395), who had his last start when sixth against a top line-up (including Cruz Bromac) to Beaudiene Boaz in the December 2015 Group One McInerney Ford 4YO Classic at Gloucster Park.
Her other winners are Bon Accord Babe (one from only five starts), and another former Overport Lodge winner, Sheeza Sport (2:01.6) four wins & $27,642).