By Glenn Davis
Luck was on the side of Eagle Farm trainer Les Ross when Sister Patti was successful at Doomben on Saturday.
Ross had Sister Patti entered for two Doomben races but pulled the right reign when the four-year-old claimed the PA Spaley Fillies & Mares Handicap (1200m).
The daughter of Court Command revelled in the heavy conditions to down Coorooi Chase by 2-1/2 lengths with Sweet Repeat third, a further three-quarters of a length away.
The win ended a long drought for Ross in the metropolitan area.
“I can’t recall the last winner I had in town, it’s been a while,” Ross said.
“It’s the first race I’ve won in a few months.
“I had also entered her for the 0-70 race over 1350 metres which was race six but the races were abandoned after her win so I’m a bit lucky.”
Ross was particularly pleased Sister Patti landed her fourth win for owners Eugene Nolan, his wife Marian and son Gary.
“Eugene has been a client of mine for over 20 years,” Ross said.
“He was the one who talked me into moving from Miles to train at Eagle Farm in 2000.
“He’s originally from Allora on the Downs but is now retired on the Gold Coast.”
Ross was not surprised with Sister Patti’s win and is hopeful the rain stays until next week.
“Michael Cahill got off her and said he’s never ridden a horse who could handle the wet like her,” he said.
“If she pulls up well and the rain is still around next week I might back her-up.”
Earlier veteran Anton En Avant won the Open Handicap (2200m) to vindicate Ballina trainer Stephen Lee’s decision to open a Gold Coast stable.
It was the eight-year-old’s 11th win in 48 starts and took his prizemoney past the $316,000 mark.
“The Ballina stable will continue but the plan is to have 10-15 horses in work at the Gold Coast which is only an hour up the road,” Lee said.
Stewards were forced to abandoned the final six races at Doomben due to poor visibility.
Racing Queensland webnews October 21