Bjorn Baker finally gets hold of Lady Sniper and makes it count in Inglis Sprint

On target: Jason Collett and Lady Sniper (nearest to camera) storm home to take out the Inglis Sprint. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名出售备案老域名It took him a couple of years longer than he would have hoped, but Bjorn Baker finally managed to get his hands on Lady Sniper. And didn’t he make it count.

The underbidder on the filly when Queensland-based Craig Rounsefell from Boomer Bloodstock picked up the $20,000 unfashionably bred yearling, Baker was forced to wait until a stable change earlier this year was sought for Lady Sniper before she arrived at his Warwick Farm base.

“I received a ready-made filly this preparation and thankfully it’s worked out well,” Baker said after Lady Sniper mowed down $1.90 favourite Hellbent to win the $250,000 Inglis Sprint at Randwick on Saturday.

“She’s a lovely big horse and I guess it’s a credit to ‘Boomer’ [Rounsefell]. He bought her for $20,000 and you look at her now and I thought she was a standout in the ring today. I was pretty confident with the owners and I thought she would be right there.”

Kurt Goldman’s Hellbent ranged up to win under Blake Shinn, but Lady Sniper reacted to the urgings of an in-form Jason Collett to score by a neck. Stoker was a half-head back in third.

“I thought she would go well,” Baker said. “Normally the boys like these pin-up runs when they’re running on from back in the field. She missed the start by four lengths [last start] and she just peaked on her run. There was heaps of merit in her last run going into this.”

Lady Sniper’s win was a perfect exhibition of Collett’s flourishing summer, as he chalked up three winners for the day.

“She was unlucky last start, but I was quietly confident today she would match it,” Collett said. “I think she’s a nice filly going forward. She’s improved each start and I think she’s got the scope there to string a few more together.

“I take Hellbent as a benchmark. I think he’s a very good horse and she’s run them down. It’s going well and I’m enjoying it.”

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