Emotional win for Dalley

Cambridge trainer Janenne Dalley was in two minds as she made her way to the winner’s enclosure after watching her horse Tarloshan take the Colchester Engineering Ltd 1400 at Matamata today.

Naturally, Dalley was feeling excited at having just trained her first winner and with her husband, Andy, being a part-owner of Tarloshan and on course for the occasion. But deep down she was also thinking of her late uncle Ray Bain, a former successful trainer whose wins included a Railway Handicap at Ellerslie with Lilt.

Dalley purposely avoided an after-race interview with presenter Brendon Popplewell, knowing emotion would take over.

“I would have broke down and cried thinking of Uncle Ray if they interviewed me,” said Dalley. “He died in Gisborne Hospital last Saturday and his funeral was yesterday. Unfortunately I couldn’t get down to it. This win was for him.”

Though Dalley is just in her second season as the holder of a permit-to-train licence, she has a lifetime involvement in racing and not just through her late uncle. She is a daughter of the late Bruce MacDonald, a very successful horse-breaker who hailed from Gisborne and later enjoyed success as a racehorse trainer in Cambridge.

And Dalley’s sister, Tarissa, was a capable jockey who included among her highlights a second behind O’Reilly in the 1997 Gr.1 Telegraph Handicap aboard the outsider Classic Royal.

Dalley’s husband is a successful horse-breaker and their eldest son, Ethan, showed much promise as an apprentice jockey before increasing weight forced his retirement from the saddle.

It was Ethan Dalley who was responsible for selecting Tarloshan during an inspection of weanlings at Brian Corbett’s Blue Gum Lodge in Cambridge. The daughter of Istidaad attracted him on looks and another appeal is the fact she is a sister to Lady Lucille, one of his winners during his apprenticeship to her Te Awamutu trainer, Robert Priscott.

Andy Dalley races Tarloshan with a long time family friend Graeme Boyd, the part-owner and trainer of Ginga Dude, a top galloper who is these times based in Brisbane.

The Dalley family has had Tarloshan since she was weaned and the naming of her is a combination of Dalley’s three children – Tarli (real name Natalya), Josh and Ethan.

Tarloshan won the second of her two trials at Cambridge trials on April 11 when ridden by Cambridge apprentice Viktoria Gatu, who entrusted with the ride again today.

Gatu bounced Tarloshan out from her handy draw and, after disputing the early pace, she quickly worked ahead. Aqua Regia loomed wide out as a serious threat soon after straightening for the run home and Gatu had her hands full trying to keep Tarloshan on a straight course.

But after Aqua Regia got to Tarloshan, Dalley’s filly kicked back strongly and put a winning break on the challenger to score by a long neck.

“She also hung in her trial,” said Gatu, who is indentured to Chris Wood. “I got pretty tired towards the end trying to keep her straight.”

Tarloshan is the third horse she has raced. The first one, Mr Bodacious, who is now doing well as an eventer, was unplaced in four starts for her, while Wine’n Soda picked up a third at Tauranga last December in six starts.