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Tiny Filly Chasing Big Prize

Despite the fact that it hasn’t been the easiest path to the big dance, they eventually made it.

Pint-sized Brisbane filly Thats Bettor has made it to Sydney in preparation for Saturday night’s Gr.1 $328,000 Australian Pacing Gold 2yo Fillies Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle.

Following her upset victory in the Albion Park heat on April 3 in 1:58.9 when odds-on favourite Miss Moneybags broke before being tailed out, connections have worked around the clock to have their filly ready.

Prepared by Shannon Price and Scott Miller, the Bettors Delight filly has been back to the trials twice at Albion Park to make sure she’s at her best.

“We wanted to make sure she was spot-on, her blood wasn’t quite right after her heat victory and it was only after her most recent trial (April 20) that we confirmed the trip. It’s a big money race and you must be at your very best.” Miller said.

A winner of two of her three starts to date; Thats Bettor continues to improve and looms as a genuine threat in what shapes as open affair.

The filly has drawn gate four with an emergency drawn to her inside.

Victorian trained filly Soho Nolita is listed as favourite in a wide betting event.

Thats Bettor is quoted at $26.

“With fillies coming from right along the east coast of Australia, it’s very hard to draw form comparisons. We’re not even convinced who the best filly in Brisbane is let alone the rest of the country.

“The filly has been good since the latest trial and traveled down really well and seems to have taken no harm from the trip; she’s settled in nicely and is eating up so the early signs are positive.

“The draw is very handy and I think we will driving her from behind given the way other fillies have drawn, I think she will be much chasing rather than being up front. We’re not ruling her out but obviously luck will play a big role in the outcome.”

Regular reinsman Adam Sanderson will make the trip south to partner the filly.

At last year’s Brisbane sale, the filly was bought back after failing to reach her reserve price of $30,000.

Back in 2016, the last time the fillies’ final was held in Sydney, the Queensland trained Park Life proved successful.

The Sunshine State is represented by both Thats Bettor and Miss Moneybags (gate 12).


Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | April 26 | Photo by Dan Costello