FLORAL Insight made light of a huge weight to dash to a second $17,000 HG Munro Memorial Booroomooka Angus Stud 2014 Shorts Handicap (1010m) at Inverell yesterday.
The Jim Delaney-trained gelding lumped 63kg to a length and half win over race favourite Lone Assassin in the feature sprint.
It was the gelding’s 16th race win and followed from his success in 2013 when he carried 59kg.
With Kasie Stanley aboard and claiming 2kg off his allotted 65kg, the Taree six-ear-old swept past race leader Sorcha Rose on straightening to rush to his second Shorts in race record time.
Floral Insight broke the previous mark set by Dr Barnard, running 57.89secs.
Revered local racecaller Brian Baldwin reckoned the weight carrying effort matched that of Rotherwoods’ effort to carry “10 stone’ in the second of his Shorts Handicap wins many years back.
“Leon (Fox) rode him for trainer Jim McGrath,” Baldwin said.
“10 stone is 63kg.”
Jim and Celia Delaney bred Floral Insight.
She’s out of the mare Please Believe, Celia Delaney said.
“He’s an amazing horse to win with that much weight,” Delaney said.
“And to run a race record (57.89secs) as well.
“We bred him. I actually foaled him down. Just a shame they stole the mother, she was beautiful broodmare.”
Please Believe is also the mother of Cup topweight Universal Belief.
The two horses were bred by the Delaneys and they race both. Floral Insight’s win took Floral Insight’s prizemoney to over $230,000.
He had raced in Sydney last start and might be headed back there, said Jim Delaney.
“He was underdone when we took him down to Sydney (Kensington track) last start,” Jim Delaney said.
“He was going to run into it at the finish but just ran out of condition. A Group 3 horse finished beside him.
“We might go back to Warwick Farm with him now on Saturday week.”
Kasie Stanley rode Floral Insight and backed up a race later to win aboard the Hunter Kilner-trained Tara Hickory.
It ensured female riders continued their domination of the meeting.
The first five races were all won by female jockeys.
Jodi Worley won the first aboard Za Night, Jessica Drury won the second with Barley Lover and Leanne Henry won the third on the Inverell-trained Bomproof.