Rarely can a horse which ran last as an odds on favourite in a maiden be given a chance in a $500,000 race at her next start.
However, that is the case with Toowoomba filly Alert and Ready who tackles the 2YO Jewel (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Alert and Ready was sent out at $1.65 in a 2YO maiden at Toowoomba three weeks back but failed to beat a runner home.
However, there were excuses for the filly who filled plenty of space in the stewards report.
She was slow to jump, was badly checked before being pushed deep and then overraced badly.
Trainer Kevin Kemp said the race could be best described as “messy”.
“She got beaten 1-3/4 lengths and I suppose you could say she was unlucky,” Kemp said.
“I have been over her with a fine tooth comb and she is fine.”
“Her other form is pretty good and she is well drawn on Saturday.”
Alert and Ready was minor placed in three Doomben two-year-old races before having a break and then returning at Toowoomba.
“Not too many other runners have city form like her,” Kemp said.
“The favourite (Sweet Dolly) looks smart but you never know.”
Alert and Ready could certainly do with a change of luck in her races.
Andrew Mallyon again partners Jadentom on Saturday. Photo: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
At her first start in a race she was backed into favourite in the Pat O’Shea Plate in October but lost apprentice Madeline Wishart after striking trouble mid-race.
“I suppose it is fair enough to say she never has any luck but it is no use worrying about it,” Kemp added.
“Things go full circle in racing and it might be her turn (for some luck).”
Alert and Ready is a half-sister to Kemp’s smart galloper Plumaro who ran second to Boomsara in the 2YO Jewel in 2018.
“Plumaro flew home to just fail and Boomsara went on to win the Magic Millions Guineas,” Kemp said.
Alert and Ready is from the first crop of the former smart two-year-old Defcon who won a Black Opal Stakes.
Defcon which stands at Eureka Stud has had only a limited number of starters.
Jockey Andrew Mallyon, who rode winners at Eagle Farm on Saturday and Wednesday, will have the Mount on Alert and Ready.
Mallyon has been in fine form since moving to Queensland from Victoria last year.
He has ridden 48 winners this season at a winning strike rate of 18.5 per cent.
Mallyon’s best win since his move was on Jadentom in the Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba in September.
He will again ride Jadentom who is favourite for the $125,000 Military Rose Plate (1200m) on Saturday.
Jadentom won her only start on a heavy track and the likely similar conditions on Saturday will not worry her.
Originally published asOdds-on failure could surprise in QTIS 2YO Jewel
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