‘I had the biggest bet I’ve had on a horse’: Mishani trainer’s huge win

‘I had the biggest bet I’ve had on a horse’: Mishani trainer’s huge win
‘I had the biggest bet I’ve had on a horse’: Mishani trainer’s huge win

There have been hundreds of horses with the Mishani moniker, but there’s a simple reason why Mishani Sniper has a special place in Les Ross’s heart – and his bank balance.

It dates back to when the now five-year-old gelding had his first start as a late season two-year-old when he lined up on the Gold Coast in July 2021.

The official betting fluctuations that day show that Mishani Sniper won after drifting alarmingly from $9.50 to $14.

But the more Mishani Sniper drifted in betting, the more Ross put on.

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As Mishani Sniper prepares to line up for his 29th career start when he is deployed in the $85,000 Open Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, Ross reflects on how the galloper gave him his biggest punting windfall.

Ross may be off the punt these days but remembers how he and larrikin owner Mike Crooks launched when Mishani Sniper had his first start.

“He’s my favourite horse by a mile, I took him to the Gold Coast for his first start and I had the biggest bet I have ever had on a horse,” Ross recalls.

“I backed him all over Australia. We had the horse nominated for the Gold Coast and Toowoomba and I said to Crooksy (owner Mike Crooks), wherever we take him he will win.

“Crooksy said he was much better odds at the Gold Coast and we could get more (money) on.

“I said to the jockey that day (Chris Caserta), just jump him out, hit the front, hold him together until you get to the turn and when you get around the turn just let him go as fast as he can go.

“But the horse missed the kick and was running fourth to the turn, I was pulling my hair out, but when he let him go he let down well.”

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Les Ross with owner Mike Crooks.

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Ross said Caserta, who tragically died at sea later that year, got “well looked after” with a sling after the debut win.

So can Mishani Sniper, who won the Listed Chief De Beers during last year’s Queensland winter carnival, turn back the clock and score for Ross and Crooks on Saturday?

Ross says he can, but he doesn’t have nearly as much confidence as when he went into his first race start.

“This horse has always showed plenty and never really produced it, when I get him 100 per cent right he will just go bang, bang, bang,” Ross said.

“He won the Chief De Beers last year and we are aiming him at that again this year, he is getting fitter. I always had this opinion of him that he was going to be a champion, but he never quite lived up to it.”

Mishani Sniper, with 3kg claiming apprentice Jake Molloy riding, is rated a $7 chance at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Last Saturday, Ross and Crooks shared a terrific moment when they claimed consecutive wins in the $500,000 QTIS Jewel 2YO.

Source: racenet.com.au

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