Delight for Deverys
Top New South Wales pacing mare Marquess De Posh was educated by Invercargill horsemen Colin and Phillip Devery.
She was recently named New South Wales's 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Marquess De Posh won her only workout for the Deverys at Ascot Park in January last year before she was sold to a client of Sydney trainer Paul Fitzpatrick.
''Three weeks after we sold her, she won the Pink Bonnet (at Menangle Park),'' Phil Devery said yesterday. Her 18 starts in Australia have resulted in 13 wins, three seconds, a third and A$281,045.
The daughter of McArdle triumphed in the New South Wales, Newcastle and Gold Coast Oaks and finished second in the Victoria and Queensland Oaks. She has not raced this season.
The two 2-year-olds the Deverys started at workouts this season, Blue On Blue and Paint The Town, have been sold to West Australian horseman Ross Olivieri.
He arranged for Christchurch reinsman Dexter Dunn to trial the pair at Ascot Park last month.
Former Southland pacer Glencoe VC debuts from Gerard O'Reilly's stable in the Geraldine Cup on Saturday.
Glencoe VC is unbeaten at matinee fixtures for O'Reilly, having won three trials and a workout.
''He's gone nice each time,'' O'Reilly said yesterday.
''He's going as good as we can get him (without racing).''
The horseman has won the Geraldine Cup three times. Other races planned for Glencoe VC are the Green Mile at Methven on Sunday week, Ashburton Cup on December 26 and the Invercargill Cup a month later.