Erratic Helmet Wins 2011 Champagne Stakes

April 27th, 2011

Helmet lived up to his favouritism in the 2011 Champagne Stakes to hold on down the straight despite another erratic move in the closing stages.

The course was rated a Heavy 10 after constant rain in Sydney but it was Helmet not the track which was of most concern to Kerrin McEvoy.

With the race all but won McEvoy looked to consolidate his lead with a slight tap of the whip in the final 100m.

This sent Helmet wild and he veered at least five lengths off the rails across the face of the entire field.

Thankfully he was far enough clear to avoid a disaster but it did mean Pane In The Glass had to duck back inside to continue a run.

There was a post race protest over the incident but it was quickly dismissed with Helmet still winning by a length even despite the move.

Pane In The Glass was well clear in second with Fast And Sexy in third and another big gap back to Boys On Tour in fourth.

There’s no doubt Helmet is an incredibly talented two-year-old but the now regular problems in either barriers or on track are a big concern to both Peter Snowden and to the stewards.

Snowden says he’s stumped as to how he can fix the problem and that he only ever plays up on race days, not at home.

“He just shot himself in the foot again,” Snowden said.

“We’ve just got to get that bug out of his system.”

It takes a little bit of shine off what has been a perfect two-year-old season for Peter Snowden having won the triple crown for the Darley stable, Sepoy in the Golden Slipper and Helmet with the Sires Produces Stakes and Champagne Stakes double.