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Winners .. Margaret and Pat Kubala are the proud owners of the 2018 Emerald Harness Jewels trophy, after their horse, Pat's Delight, won the race for 3yr-old colts and geldings at Cambridge. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Racehorse Pat’s Delight is proving just that to his owners and breeders, Pat and Margaret Kubala, of Gore.

The pacer won the $150,000 Emerald Harness Jewels race for 3yr-old colts and geldings at the Cambridge raceway on June 2.

Trained by Cran Dalgety, of Christchurch, Pat’s Delight was driven by Dexter Dunn.

Only the top 12 money-earning horses of the racing year were eligible to enter the various Harness Jewels races, which had group one status.

‘It’s quite hard to win group one races – we got a great thrill from winning one,” Mr Kubala said. “The whole family was very excited,” Mrs Kubala said.

Going into the race, Mr Kubala had a feeling Pat’s Delight could win.

“I was pretty confident that the horse would probably win; only bad luck would stop him.”

The signs were promising even before the race when the horse drew the No2 starting position.

“Having a good draw is a huge help.”

For much of the race, Dunn was actually holding the horse back, Mr Kubala said. Dunn did a “great job” of driving the horse.

“He got off the rail at the right time and won very well.

“They ran a very good time – he could have gone a lot faster.”

Previously, Mr Kubala trained horses himself but now he is more interested in breeding harness racers.

The couple bought Pat’s Delight’s dam Righteous Franco when she was a 5yr-old and she had been in foal six times since.

Righteous Franco had good bloodlines, being related to the late Jack Smolenski’s breed.

“I struck gold when I bought that mare.”

However, just because a horse had good breeding was no guarantee it would perform.

Pat’s Delight was sired by Bettor’s Delight, whose other progeny were also performing well.

Mr Kubala revealed that about a month ago had received an offer for Pat’s Delight.

“A big six-figure offer.”

However, the couple had no plans to sell Pat’s Delight at this stage.

“He’s a horse that could go places in the racing side of things.”