Beware of the Sleeper
Feb 07, 2011
Madame Sleeper's 14 month lay-off due to a stifle operation guaranteed nothing on return.
The In The Black Syndicate put faith in Bruce's advise that the Sequalo filly had the potential of a winner.
They waited and last Saturday were rewarded when she narrowly scored a maiden victory at the Gold Coast over 1200m.
The long break saw Madame Sleeper miss much of her two-year-old career, her only start being a down the track effort behind Demanding Miss after greenness and perhaps the effects of the stifle problem thwarted any chance.
Her average luck continued when she returned to racing on a heavy track and ran a respectable fourth to after her rider dropped the whip half way up the straight.
She was posted three wide all the way at her third start and did a fine job to gain third.
Her fourth start and fourth jockey Kelvin Wharton turned the luck around when getting into the running line after drawing wide and coming with a well timed run to gain victory on Saturday.
Madame Sleeper defeated the well regarded Product by a nose with An Eye For An Eye another length and a half away third,
Gold Coast based syndicate member Campbell Black praised the ride.
"Kelvin did as instructed and carried it out to the letter, a bit of luck makes a difference," he said.
The six strong syndicate has most of its members based in Tasmania while Black and Syndicate manager Wade McKibben form part ownership in other horses trained by Bruce including Warrior Within.
Bruce believes more wins are install for Madame Sleeper.
"She has some talent and I think the Syndicate will have some fun with her now," he said.
Black is hoping for a city win somewhere down the track to enhance the stud value of Madame Sleeper.
"That would be the aim, to add value to her." he said.