Bel Sprinter and Miracles Of Life couldn’t be separated following Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m) with the race declared a dead-heat.
Bel Sprinter was resuming after a second throat operation while Miracles Of Life was having her first start for new trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.
Trainer Jason Warren said Bel Sprinter – who won the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) the first time he resumed from throat surgery – had been a frustrating horse for the stable but it was great to see him back to his best.
“He was fierce to the line today but it would’ve been nice to see him get a bit of galloping room, and then you would’ve seen what he’s really got,” Warren said.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to the guys at the Ballarat Clinic, they’ve done an amazing job on this horse’s throat. He had aggressive throat surgery and they’ve done a great job.”
Warren said Bel Sprinter would now head to the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8 with his main target the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth later that month.
Peter Snowden said Miracles Of Life may now head to the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day.
“She’ll probably run during (Melbourne) Cup week, I’m not sure whether we’ll go for a big target. Maybe the old Salinger, it’ll depend on how she pulls up,” Snowden said.
”I’ve learnt a bit about her today, I’ve learnt a bit about her all prep but she’ll improve on her effort today.
I had her pretty wound up and I think I probably just a little bit too much with her, looking at her today on the float trip down. I’ll back off her a bit, I think. You’ll see a better ‘Barbie’ next time.”
The pair settled at opposite ends of the field in running with Miracles Of Life ($7) leading on the fence and Bel Sprinter ($12) assuming his customary position towards the tail of the field.
While Bel Sprinter was trying to pick his way through the field on the inside, Miracles Of Life raced a length clear at the top of the straight before Bel Sprinter weaved his way through to launch over the final 50m.
Shamal Wind ($6F) finished a further short-head away in third.