Miss Dalghar on comeback trail

Miss Dalghar (Brendon Hutton), pictured showing her winning style at Te Rapa early last year, is on track for a comeback this weekend.

Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie will take another tentative step with talented mare Miss Dalghar at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Miss Dalghar, a two-race winner from seven starts, has been off the raceday scene since finishing unplaced in the Gr.3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes (1400m) at Rotorua last May.

“She had tendon problems and virtually we were going to retire her,” Ritchie said.

“We’ve decided to give her another chance and see if she stands up all right. So far she has been doing well, but we’ll just take it one step at a time.”

The five-year-old daughter of Dalghar took a step toward her comeback when finishing third in a 1200m Cambridge trial last month behind last Saturday’s Gr.3 J. Swap Contractors Sprint winner Sultan Of Swing and the Gr.1 winner Devise.

“She trialled up nicely and I’d love to get black type with her,” Ritchie said.

“She’s at least Group Three or Listed level in my opinion.

“She’s pretty well bred. She’s the first foal (of Top Of The Day) and the second foal is Sacred Day, who is going well for Tony Pike. Tony also bought the next foal, a full-sister to her (Miss Dalghar) and she’s gorgeous.”

Sacred Day (by Azamour) produced a big effort to win at Ellerslie last Thursday evening. It was his second win from seven starts and he has been placed in each of his other outings.

Miss Dalghar’s two wins came in the summer of 2017 in sprints at Te Rapa so she is returning to her happy hunting ground this weekend.

She was also runner-up on the course behind the smart Love Affair in April last year and her only other start at Te Rapa was when a creditable sixth in the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) in April last year.