One of the best decisions trainer Steve O'Dea has made in recent times was not to send his two year old Hit Snooze to north Queensland.
Hit Snooze ($18) made it two wins in a row when she beat Magic Beans ($9.50) by long head with a short neck to Pull Anchor ($4.40) third in the TAB Two Year Old (1400m).
A cheap buy at $8000, the filly by sire Wicked Style has shown plenty of ability but also a nervous demeanour.
At her first start she was a handy third at the Sunshine Coast before spelling and returning to trial impressively.
But at her first start back from a break she went into meltdown in the parade ring and eventually was well beaten in a Doomben midweek two year old.
Trainer Steve O'Dea worked hard on getting the filly to relax on race day and added pre-race earmuffs to her gear.
Hit Snooze showed what she could do by leading all of the way to win a Doomben midweek two year old 10 days ago.
“She has always impressed me but to be honest I was very tempted to send her to Townsville after her first-up failure this time,” he said.
“She is lucky to be here and I suppose I am as well. She was a lot better before the races today and maybe she has a future.”