Trainer Matt Hoysted was bemused punters were quick to sack Enterprise Pomme after just one poor performance as the filly showed her true self at Eagle Farm.
Punters were happy enough to sack Enterprise Pomme off a forgive run when trapped off the track last start, but the “sassy” filly had other ideas and showcased her winter carnival credentials with a classy win on Saturday.
The stakes-performed filly was sent into the $500,000 QTIS Jewel 3YO on the Gold Coast a fortnight earlier as one of the leading fancies but nothing went right and she was beaten more than eight lengths.
Not prepared to be forgiving of one flop, punters sent her out a $10 chance in the 3YO Quality (1200m), but the Steven O’Dea and Matt Hoysted filly showed her rivals a clean set of heels and held off all challengers at the finish.
It franked Hoysted’s assessment of the filly who he has always held in high esteem since she arrived from the Michael Lakey yard.
Jockey Boris Thornton got across from a wide gate in the early stages and the filly did the rest.
“It was a bit silly for the (betting) market to sack her, because it is not as if she went putrid in her previous run,” Hoysted said.
“She was three or four deep for the trip in the Jewel, it was a genuine forgive run.
“I can’t really work out why they (punters) wanted to get off her, as we know she ran fourth in a Group 2 race in Sydney so that was far superior form to the race she was lining up in today.
“It was really good to see her bounce back today, obviously not much went right in the Jewel for her.
“She stepped a lot cleaner today and Boris took the initiative to push forward.
“We have done a lot of work with getting this filly to relax and now she can do that, she can be really strong to the line.
“If she gets a little breather in a race, you always know she can give a good kick.”
Hoysted said Enterprise Pomme had always had “a bit of sass” about her and the looming Queensland winter carnival was now a target.
Originally published as Eagle Farm: Enterprise Pomme makes punters pay for just one flop