Delegator sires first stakes winner
Delegator: son of Dansili stood the 2016 breeding season at £4,000
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) First stakes winner for Overbury's Delegator
By James Thomas 5:02PM 17 SEP 2016
OVERBURY STUD'S Delegator became the latest freshman sire to post his first stakes winner as Delectation ran out a comfortable winner of the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday.
The Brian Smart-trained filly still displayed signs of inexperience in the early stages of the race but, having made good headway two furlongs out, led entering the final furlong and ran on strongly to defeat Rosebride by two and three quarter lengths.
Bred by Crossfields Bloodstock, she is a half-sister to 1m2f winner Monsieur Glory and the 7f winner Emblaze. Her dam, the Pivotal mare Chushka, was also a 6f winner for Smart and Crossfields before retiring to the paddocks.
She is a half-sister to July Stakes winner Captain Hurricane and from the further family of Lowther and Falmouth Stakes heroine Niche.
Delectation was offered at Book 4 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale but was bought back by her vendor Bearstone Stud at just 3,000gns.
Delegator, a Group 2-winning son of Dansili who stood the 2016 season at a fee of £4,000, has now sired six winners from 13 runners across Britain and Ireland at a strike-rate of 38 per cent.
Simon Sweeting, manager at Overbury, said of the stallion's achievement: "He hasn't had that many runners but from a small number he's got a high percentage of winners.
"A couple of the trainers have been saying that their Delegators have been showing an awful lot of potential at home so to see it come to fruition on Saturday is a great thrill. It's what we've been expecting but it's nice to see it happen on the track to know that it's real."