Hot filly displays a touch of Glass
20th Dec 2010
The Sunday Telegraph - Ray Thomas - Sunday, 19 December 2010
OWNER Nathan Tinkler has more than 80 two-year-olds in work but it was one of his so-called lesser lights, the unfashionably bred Pane In The Glass, who provided a lucrative payday with a brilliant win in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick yesterday.
While Pane In The Glass maintained her unbeaten record, favourite Hot Snitzel earned the ire of stewards and punters with an unruly performance before getting up for fourth.
It's nothing for Tinkler to spend $1 million or more on a yearling but he picked up Pane In The Glass for $32,000 at the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale.The daughter of Testa Rossa has already proven to be a gilt-edged investment with two wins from as many starts, earning more than $180,000 prizemoney.
Pane In The Glass ($5.50) finished powerfully to score by a widening three lengths from Jackpot Queen ($26). Pure Force ($14) was a long head away in third.
Tinkler wasn't on track to celebrate the win of the John Thompson-trained Pane In The Glass but his racing manager, Patinack Farm's Peter Beer, said the filly was held in high regard.
"She continues to improve and that was a decisive win," Beer said.
Leading Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne said Pane In The Glass had improved considerably since her debut win at Eagle Farm last month.
"She's a leggy filly and has a lot of growing to do but she has plenty of ability," Byrne said.
"What I liked about her win was how quickly she put them away. It was a really impressive win."
Canberra filly Jackpot Queen ran well for second, just in front of the Gerald Ryan-trained duo of Pure Force and Hot Snitzel.
Ryan was delighted with Pure Force's effort and described Hot Snitzel's fourth as "massive".
"Pure Force improved a lot back on top of the ground," Ryan said.
"Everyone wanted to top him last start and dropped off him when he ran sixth, but he couldn't handle the wet track. As for Hot Snitzel, I don't know how he finished as close as he did."
Hot Snitzel ($4.20) blew the start and was third last on settling. He continued to race erratically while inside runners and was many lengths from the leaders on the turn.
Jockey Nash Rawiller got the colt to the outside and finished better than anything in the race to just miss a place.
Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy questioned Rawiller and Ryan about Hot Snitzel.
"His run was exceptional," Rawiller said. "He didn't step away cleanly and, from the two barrier, he was disadvantaged straight away.
"I wanted to be as close as possible to the lead but we were right out the back. He didn't like being inside horses and overreacted to the position he was in."
Rawiller suggested the horse might be better racing in pacifiers than blinkers next start.
Hot Snitzel must barrier trial satisfactorily before being allowed to race again.