Little filly makes it one from one

SUTTON Delta won on debut at Tamworth on Saturday and might have more than a few wins ahead of her.

Greg Ryan and Sutton Delta surge to a debut victory at Tamworth on Saturday. She is part of his 140.5 winners for the season so far. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280614GOC01

Greg Ryan and Sutton Delta surge to a debut victory at Tamworth on Saturday. She is part of his 140.5 winners for the season so far. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280614GOC01

The Luke Griffith-trained two-year-old filly overcame a few “stops and starts” to finish over top of Steve Gleeson’s Don’t Tease Me for a length win.

Greg Ryan, who is in the mix for a national jockeys’ premiership, said the daughter of Olympus won “very well”.

“It was her first start in a race,” Ryan said.

“As soon as Sophie’s horse (Showmore) crossed us she dropped the bridle and was real stop-start. She wanted to wander around a little too too but she was strong at the end. She’ll win a few more. She’s a tough little thing.”

Luke Griffith was delighted.

“She was a round little ball when we first had her but she’s matured into a nice little horse,” Griffith said. “Sam Clenton has been riding her work and would have ridden her today but she’s on holidays and won’t be back until Monday.”

He was happy enough to help Greg Ryan try and win the national jockeys’ premiership.

Griffith also bookended the rare Tamworth Saturday meeting when Subtlety won the last race on the program, the Elders Class 1 Handicap (1200m).

It took him to 37 winners for the HNWRA season, a seven-win lead over equal second-placed Sue Grills and Paul Perry.

Grills joined Perry on 30 wins after Missing In Action’s win at Tamworth on Saturday as well.

The gelding surged to the front rounding the turn to finish out in the middle of the track, one of Greg Ryan’s trio of wins.

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