Punters were left reeling after odds-on favourite Write Your Name was extremely unlucky in the third event on the card at Ladbrokes Park Hillside on Wednesday evening.
The talented three-year-old colt started $1.65 and was taking on the older horses in the 1400m BM70.
After rider Jordan Childs settled him beautifully he was held up for majority of the straight and ultimately finished second in what managing owner Darren Dance labelled “really hard to watch”.
“He’s always shown a lot but since the blinkers went on in the jumpout the other day he really went like a jet so we thought he’d come here today and put them away,” Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Director Darren Dance said.
“I think it’s pretty obvious he should have won but he got into a lot of trouble and it was really hard to watch.
“But tactically he just got caught up in traffic and I think the horse that wandered around in front of him didn’t help because normally you’d get through that sort of gap," he said.
Dance explained that he and trainer Archie Alexander have always had a high opinion of the son of Written Tycoon, who has won two of his four races and was beaten less than a length for second at the other two starts.
It’s likely we’ll see Write Your Name tipped out now ahead of lofty targets in the autumn.
“More than likely he’ll head to the paddock and have a spell, we didn’t really want to be running him over the summer because we’ll set him for some of the nice races in the Autumn,” Dance added.
“I’m sure he is going to develop into a nice miler and I’m sure there are some nice races at Flemington for him, possibly even in Adelaide.”
It was also an unlucky day for apprentice Liam Riordan who was suspended for careless riding out of the same race.
Riordan was aboard Strong Influence from the Peter Gelagotis stable and was charged for allowing his mount to shift in at the 1300m mark and onto So You Dream when he was not sufficiently clear to do so.