Roddandtodd (Declan Bates) wins the 55 Second Challenge heat

Roddandtodd careers away to an easy win in what was an eventful 55 Second Challenge heat

Oscietra flips out, Rodd announces arrival

Regan Bayliss has suggested Oscietra might be in need of the accessory her mother famously sported for the bulk of her glittering career after her false start at The Valley on Friday night.

The daughter of Black Caviar was sensationally scratched at the barriers after flipping over seconds before the starter was about to send the field on its way in the 55 Second Challenge heat.

Bayliss, who took no harm from the incident, said the three-year-old gave no warning before rearing and landing on her backside and might benefit from the addition of a barrier blanket in future starts.

“She was obviously really fresh and she just flipped over with no warning,” Bayliss said.

“Her mother used to wear a barrier blanket, so she might be looking for one of those just to calm her nerves in the barriers.”

Oscietra, who was at the races for the first time since September last year, was not the only horse withdrawn with Kailua – who was drawn inside Oscietra – also scratched.

Their scratching left a field of just seven for the 11th heat of the popular series with subsequent hot favourite Roddandtodd careering to a dominant win.


The Daniel Bowman-trained son of Charge Forward ran up to his previous start, a 2.8-length fourth placing to Nature Strip at $151, when a 3.25-length winner with Declan Bates aboard.

The three-year-old, who has now won two off his five starts, covered the 955 metres in 55.96 seconds, just under a second outside the benchmark time of 55.12secs.

*** Bayliss quickly bounced back from the barrier mishap to win the race following the 55 Second Challenge heat aboard Seannie in what most considered the performance of the night.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained filly, who was second last just before straightening, powered over the top of her rivals to win the 1200m event in a time of 1:11.29 – which included and 11.56secs final 200m.