Sweet Petit overcame yet another nightmare draw to add a second female feature race to her resume when leading all-the-way in the Snow Queen final (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday.
Trained by Daryl Holmes, Sweet Petit, which has now won 10 of her 28 starts and passed $50,000 in prizemoney with her Snow Queen victory, also wore the ‘yellow’ vest when winning the Pink Diamond Princess final (500m) at Bendigo in June.
It’s been out of necessity that the well-bred daughter of Fabregas and Gold Vein has adapted to being ‘stuck in the middle’, having only drawn inside Box 5 in two of her last 20 starts.
The luckless run of draws has seen Sweet Petit draw Box 5 on seven occasions, Box 7 and Box 8 four times apiece and Box 6 three times, while her two starts from Box 1 and Box 3 both resulted in wins.
“It’s been unbelievable but she’s found a way,” Holmes said.
“It makes a big difference racing against her own sex.
“A couple of times when she’s been beaten recently she did everything right but she hasn’t got a great split down the back and she’s been crowded by 35 kilogram dogs like Mepunga Knight, which doesn’t help.
“I think they should look at putting on normal graded races for females, not just heats and finals.”
Sweet Petit won her Snow Queen heat in 30.07sec (from Box 6) and was the $2.60 second elect in Saturday’s $12,000 to-the-winner decider, with Michelle Nolan’s rails runner Zero Cool the $2.10 favourite.
Sweet Petit jumped straight to the front and dug deep to hold Zero Cool at bay in 30.21sec, her third win from her last four starts, all at The Meadows.
“I thought if Sweet Petit got to the front and the ‘red’ wasn’t too close that she’d be hard to catch and she held on pretty comfortably over the last 50m,” Holmes said.
WATCH: Sweet Petit (5) leads from go-to-whoa in the Snow Queen final at The Meadows last Saturday.
“I broke her in myself and to be honest I didn’t think she was going to make it but this breed can click overnight.
“The penny dropped and she’s the sort of dog you want to have. You can put her in the car and don’t have to worry about if she’s going to jump or whether she’s going to chase. You know she’s going to give everything she’s got.”
A bumper card of finals action at The Meadows commenced with the Vic Bred Maiden final (525m), also worth $12,000 to-the-winner.
Kel and Jacqui Greenough looked to have a strong grip on the race, courtesy of $2.10 favourite Perfectly Poised and $2.70 second elect Slick Sister, both undefeated through the heat and semi-final stages.
The market got it right with Perfectly Poised, a well-bred Fernando Bale x Zara’s Entity litter sister to last week’s G3 Speed Star (600m) placegetter Zac’s Entity, leading all-the-way from Box 6 in 30.16sec.
It was Perfectly Poised’s third straight win and third from nine overall.
The Bendigo to The Meadows final (525m) saw another dominant front-running exhibition, this time from Lyn Smith’s multiple Group finalist Earn The Answers ($2.90), which defeated favourite Lots Of Chatter ($2.70) by three lengths in 29.83sec.
The topically named Isolating ($2.40F), trained by Karen Pitt, continued his impressive return from injury when taking out the Restricted Wins (3-6 wins) final in 30.04sec, his seventh win from 13 starts.
The meeting also featured a spectacular duel between track specialist Mr. Fix It, recent winner of the Victorian National Sprint final, and brilliant speedster Koblenz, with Jeff Britton’s Mr. Fix It prevailing by the barest of margins in 29.90sec, his fifth win in a row, all at The Meadows.
Mr. Fix It completed a winning double for Britton, after G2 Geelong Gold Cup hero Weblec Jet had made an impressive middle-distance debut earlier in the meeting, clocking a fast 34.17sec.
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