Punters stunned as Sleep Tight suddenly falters
A NUMBER of punters were heard complaining there was a new way to lose your money after the fourth race at Ipswich on Friday.
This followed the win of favourite Italian Storm who had appeared to all but surrender the lead to the Tim Bell ridden Sleep Tight.
Sleep Tight was second favourite in the race and well tried in the betting, firming from $4.20 to $3.50.
Punters who were on the second favourite were feeling confident of a win at the 100 metre mark as Sleep Tight quickly moved from the pack to go alongside the favourite Italian Storm.
However, just as Sleep Tight backers were starting to cheer for a win, a mysterious incident put paid to that galloper’s chances.
Rider Tim Bell pulled up the three-year-old filly as she finished sixth of the seven runners.
The Racing Queensland steward’s report on the race noted the following: “Sleep Tight – Appeared to falter near the 100m and shifted out, inconveniencing another runner. The horse was restrained at this point, with jockey T. Bell dismounting on pulling up. After returning to the enclosure Sleep Tight underwent a full veterinary examination which failed to reveal any abnormalities. Trainer S. O’Dea advised that he would have a further veterinary examination conducted in coming days, the results of which he will report to stewards. Mr O’Dea was advised that pending any further information, he will be required to produce a veterinary clearance for Sleep Tight and the filly must trial satisfactorily prior to being permitted to race again.”
Thankfully there was no issue with Sleep Tight. One suggestion was she may have shied from the whip of Bell although this was not confirmed.
The people who were happy with the result were the connections of the Steven O’Dea trained and Jeff Lloyd ridden Italian Storm, who appeared to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat.
ITALIAN Storm was one of five Tote favourites to salute among the seven races on Friday.
Other favoured winners were Blessings for trainer Kelvin Hickmott and rider Brooke Ainsworth; Romba Tom for Kelly Schweida and Tim Bell; Ella Magic for Rod Craig and Michael Cahill; and Golfing for Darren Bell and Brad Stewart.
The other two winners were Bentles for trainer Kent Fleming and jockey Jason Taylor; and Senglea Sun for Alicia Willick and Bob El-Issa. These two gallopers were in the betting as well paying Tote prices of $4.90 and $5.50 respectively resulting in a day for favourite backers.
As with last week, there were seven different training and riding winners who travelled from all points of South East Queensland to Ipswich.
Group one class
AFTER stamping himself in the spring as a genuine Group 1 galloper, the Peter Moody trained Dissident collected his fourth win at the highest level in the opening Australian Group 1 of the year – the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
There were also first-up wins to star staying mare Rising Romance in New Zealand and the emerging sprint star Chautauqua in Melbourne. Chautauqua will be joined over the next few weeks by Lankan Rupee, Terra Vista, and the undefeated Deep Field, to determine the best sprinter in the world.
Another to impress on the weekend was Irish import Contributer who brilliantly won the Apollo Stakes in Sydney. Contributer will be eyeing the rich middle distance races of the championships along with Rising Romance, Lucia Valentina, and Protectionist.
The Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday is the next Group 1 race.