Mafia Princess wins Magic Millions
WHO could blame Rockhampton racehorse owner Brian Dodson if he stayed away from the racecourse each time his gallant filly Snipzu starts after she was beaten by the barest possible margin - albeit "fair and square" in the $100,000 Rocky Magic Millions (1100m) at Callaghan Park yesterday.
Considered a "racing certainty" which was supported at her prohibitive odds of just $1.10 or 1/10 in the old scale, Snipzu (Glen Colless) failed by a nose or a mere centimetre to peg back the Leigh Wanless-owned and trained Gympie filly Mafia Princess (Scott Galloway, $11).
They streeted their seven other rivals with the Todd Austin Barcaldine-trained Red Dazzler filly Little Dazzler (Tony Pattillo, $61) seven lengths back third.
In a pre-race plan that ran to script, Galloway sent Hidden Dragon filly Mafia Princes to the lead while Snipzu was clearly outpaced sitting in midfield until peeling wide for her finishing burst at the 500m.
Mafia Princess, a $10,000 buy at the MM 2011 QTIS 600 Sale, refused to concede in the long Callaghan Park run home and although cutting her rival back gamely, Snipzu just failed.
Wanless, a former Rockhampton publican, harness racing identity and business entrepreneur was elated while Dodson proved to be a grand sport.
Snipzu had won three of her previous seven starts but Dodson missed those wins but was trackside on the other four occasions at Randwick; Doomben; Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast when she had been placed or courageously beaten.
"That's racing. She tried very hard and I actually think she may have been a nose in front just one stride before the line. Liam (Birchley -trainer) thinks she may be looking for slightly further now and she is likely to next start in the $250,000 QTIS 600 at the Gold Coast on March 17," Dodson said.
That too is the likely plan for Mafia Princess who took her earnings to $92,500 while the second prizemoney for Snipzu raised her purse to $304,000.
Wanless has been a prolific buyer of yearlings at the Magic Millions March Yearling Sales for years and he can't wait for this year's sales on March 18 and 19.
"I'll be there looking for more reasonably priced winners. I don't pay a lot for them and buy them even as cheap as $2000 and have had lots of success.
"A few years back I bought Tough Luck from the QTIS Sale and she won $270,000 in prizemoney," he said.
The race was rescheduled to start 35 minutes late as the previous race the F & M Maiden (1100m) was delayed as an electrical storm skirted Callaghan Park as the 14 horses arrived at the barriers.
"The jockeys and starter were concerned with the lightning and in the interests of safety it was commonsense for the jockeys to bring their mounts back to the enclosure as they had not been loaded in the barriers. We put the races back about 35 minutes and the horses were then resaddled and went back to the start," chief stipe Luke Collins said.
When eventually run the race, which was one of the best maiden class fields assembled at Callaghan Park for some time, was won by former Victorian mare Her Diamonds (Dale Missen, $4.00) providing comeback trainer Jamie McConachy welcomed success.
Popular Mackay jockey David Simmons rode his first winner back after being injury sidelined for an extended period when trainer Allan Jenkinson's All To Advance ($5.00) won the C & G Maiden (1100m) in slower time than the win of Her Diamonds.
Veteran journeyman jockey Butch Mules who has ridden "here, there and everywhere" landed his first Rockhampton winner for ages when combining with his Longreach boss Todd Austin to win the Class 2 (1100m) with Samski ($7.00).