White filly goes down narrowly at Gosford
Pure white filly The Opera House narrowly missed out on breaking her maiden status after a desperately unlucky run at Gosford on Wednesday.
The Opera House, who started at $4, was badly held up in the straight before getting out late and finishing a short head second to $61 bolter Sunnyside Road in the E Group Security Plate (1600m).
Apprentice Josh Adams aboard Sunnyside Road survived a protest from The Opera House’s jockey Allan Robinson who alleged interference over the closing stages.
Robinson had the Kris Lees-trained The Opera House on the fence just off the speed for most of the race.
On straightening he was camped behind a wall of runners and had to check The Opera House before the filly finally got to the outside of the leading pack, extending impressively to the line.
A three-quarter sister to champion Might And Power, The Opera House finished off well when fifth to Brother Patrick in her long awaited debut over 1400 metres at Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Connections are keen to run her in the Queensland Oaks in June, a race Lees won in 2005 with Vitesse Dane.
The owners of The Opera House include flamboyant businessman John Singleton and retired rugby league star Andrew Johns.
By Russell Jackson