A three-year-old filly by Congrats (USA) that goes by the name of SECRET MISTRESS was finally exposed after a fine performance by taking out race four of the Wine Country Race Club’s meeting held yesterday 17th July 2017 at Cessnock.
Her owners have been extremely patient with her, keeping in mind that she was a late foal and as her trainer Scott mentioned now that SECRET MISTRESS has got a win under her belt, although not a world beater, she may even “salute the judge” again over a slightly longer journey.
The stage was set for a good run from the filly, the race was not overly strong, drawing the inside barrier, running over a suitable distance (SECRET MISTRESS ran second at Mudgee last start over 1500 metres) and Christian Reith being declared the rider.
The punters had the same opinion, the market showed her price at $4.20 early, backed in to $3.40 eventually easing to $3.60 second favourite at start time.
Taking advantage of the barrier (1) at the 1570 metres start, Christian had his mount travelling in the first four. After quickly assessing the speed, the jockey eased SECRET MISTRESS slightly and after passing the 1300 metres mark, settled just ahead of midfield five to six lengths off the leader, the Todd Howlett-trained two-year-old Dordogne.
Maintaining that position for the next 500 metres or so the duo weren’t using up any petrol, getting along at a nice steady clip. It was 750 metres from home the rider made a decisive move extricating his filly off the rail and sitting on the back of Manhattan Drive ($2.60F) with the intention of giving SECRET MISTRESS every chance of a clear run home.
On the point of the home turn, with the pace quickening, Christian steered his horse one horse further off the rails to be outside Manhattan Drive who was making a move on the leader which was still Dordogne.
Shortly afterwards the $2.60 favourite had hit the lead and SECRET MISTRESS was ready to pounce, passing the 200 metres marker, the horses were on even terms and hitting top speed. With 100 metres still to run they were still neck a neck.
It seemed to take forever but SECRET MISTRESS was in front within the shadows of the finish line, however his opponent was giving in without a fight and was coming again.
To the delight of her owners, passing the winning post it was SECRET MISTRESS by a half head. The time for the 1570 metres was 1:37.34 which will stand as a Track Record, by the way, that time was a half second faster than the Class 2 Handicap.
Congratulations to all of her owners your perserverance and patience has seen you become winners. To Christian … that was an absolute gem of a ride which trainer Scott reiterated post-race also saying that was what was required and you delivered...well done.
The team at Singleton Racing aren’t sure what the future will hold but wish you all the luck and they hope to see you in the winners stall again.