SA TROTS Dalton breaks maiden status for trainer Peta Brown
IT TOOK longer than expected, but Dalton has broken his maiden status.
Having his 33rd start when competing at Globe Derby Monday, Dalton registered the overdue win much to the delight of trainer Peta Brown.
Beginning his career in Victoria, Dalton was transferred to Brown in February 2022 and showed early promise before “going off the boil”.
“He is owned by Les Wallace and Paul Davies and Les had him in Victoria, where he showed ability as a young horse but wouldn’t trot right,” Brown explained.
“Les was pulling his hair out, so sent him over for a change of scenery.
“At his first start here he trotted like a demon, but was then scratchy in his gear at the races even though he was trotting well at home.
“So I decided to give him six months off…he had no soreness, but I thought maybe he had some growing pains.”
Impressing Brown with his work in recent weeks, Dalton finally produced his best at the races for a first-up win.
Driven by Greg Rogers, the son of Bad Boy Truscott led throughout from the front line to score by four metres from Aru And Me.
Blue Sparkler was 10 metres away third in 2:06.6 for the 2230-metre stand.
“He had been working great and trialled well, so I expected him to run a good race,” Brown said. “There are no big plans for him, just find the right races and hope he can get another win or two on the board.”
Photo: Walter Bulyga