Talented speedster Sweet Petit has had to overcome a nightmare run of box draws to win seven of her 23 starts, highlighted by the lucrative Pink Diamond Princess series in June.
Sweet Petit has done it the hard way, with the daughter of Fabregas and Gold Vein, trained by Daryl Holmes and raced by the Holmes family’s ‘Shiraz Racing’ syndicate, having only drawn inside box five in one of her last 16 starts.
During that period she’s drawn Box 5 on five occasions, Box 8 and Box 7 four times and Box 6 twice, with a solitary outing from Box 3 the closest she’s found herself to the rail.
It doesn’t get any better at The Meadows on Saturday, with Sweet Petit ‘back in black’ for a testing assignment against Group winners Jax Bale, Weblec Jet and Kuro Kismet, where TAB’s marked her at $10.
“It’s unbelievable,” Daryl Holmes said.
“She’s actually drawn race nine, box five in five of her last six starts!”
We’ll defer to the mathematically inclined among the greyhound racing fraternity to calculate the odds of that happening; suffice to say it’s incredibly unlikely.
“She’s got that first split but then she grinds after that and that’s what happened last week at The Meadows,” Holmes said.
“She came out well but Mepunga Knight stuck with her and he’s seven kilos heavier and was pressuring her and leaning on her.
“I reckon she’s changed her racing style since she’s been drawing bad. She’s adapted and doesn’t rail like she did earlier on.”
Sweet Petit has been unplaced at her last two starts, both at The Meadows, behind star duo Aston Fastnet and Koblenz in a ‘red hot’ G1 Maturity Classic heat and then after leading last Saturday night.
“I put her in the Maturity heats, but I knew I was probably doing the wrong thing,” Holmes said.
“Back in 1999 I was tossing up whether to put Coriole in the Maturity and she ended up winning it. Coriole wasn’t going as well as Sweet Petit but she kept improving through the series.