Tasmanian mare wins at Sandown

Thursday 20 July 2017

TASMANIAN-OWNED mare Miss It and a Bit produced a brilliant effort at Sandown yesterday to score a game win at big odds in a benchmark 78 race for mares over 1400 metres.

It was the mare’s first start this preparation for Brighton-based trainer Paul Maher and it also gave Victorian apprentice Stephanie Thornton, who rides regularly in Tasmania, her first metropolitan winner.

Miss It and a Bit placed second in a trial in Hobart before making the trip across Bass Strait.

“There were no suitable races for her in Tasmania so we had to go to Melbourne and it’s all panned out well,” Maher said.

“She’s honest and gives her all every time she races.”

Miss It and a Bit jumped straight to the front but Thornton was happy to hand up and allowed her mare to settle second, although she pulled hard mid-race when the pace slackened slightly.

The Tasmanian mare regained the lead 200 metres out and fought off all challengers to score by almost a length from Four Sisters with She Brings Hope a half-length astern.

Maher has another race in mind for Miss It and Bit in Melbourne.

“There’s a race over 1700m at Flemington in a fortnight that looks suitable so that’s where we might aim her next.”

Miss It and a Bit started at $31 in fixed odds markets after as much as $67 was offered and she paid $30.50 on the Ubet tote.