JASON COLLETT admitted sister Alysha’s mount was the plum ride in the race and then went about cruelling any hope Said Com had of returning a winner with an inch-perfect ride on Bello at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Kiwi hoop did little to harm his chances of picking up further rides from the powerful Darley operation, peeling Bello to the outside to conquer Palasport and Peter Snowden’s more fancied runner, Soledad.
Chris Waller’s Said Com added to a frustrating day for the man who has the Sydney trainers’ premiership at his mercy, losing all momentum in the straight when tightened between horses. He eventually finished fourth.
When pressed on whether pre-race he thought sister Alysha would go one-up on her older brother with Said Com, Collett said: ”For sure, with the claim. He [Said Com] is by O’Reilly and I know back home they love the wet. He’s got form on a slow track and his first-up stats are pretty impeccable, too. At the half-mile when I saw him inside me I tried to keep a pretty tight line to try to dictate to her on the inside.”
Darley spokesman Jason Walsh conceded Soledad was probably the stable’s preferred pick before adding Bello had a similar program mapped out. ”Peter [Snowden] has got them both pinged as listed carnival-type horses,” Walsh said. ”We’ll try to place them in the right sort of race over seven furlongs or a mile in the next couple of months.
”They were both genuine chances and they both had wet track form. Probably, if we had to pin one down, it would have been him [Soleded], though we’re certainly not surprised the other horse has won. He [Bello] has won $350,000 and there’s not many in the system now that have done that. He’s a special little horse.”
On the strength of superb wet-track credentials, Soledad ($2.80) displaced Said Com ($3.60) for favouritism on the sodden Rosehill surface. After Collett wheeled Bello to the outside and the lead inside the final furlong, Greg Hickman’s Palasport persevered along the inside and trimmed Bello’s margin to a short neck on the line.
Walsh sang Soledad’s praises despite earning the ire of punters when finishing third. ”I didn’t think he shirked his task at all,” he said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.