Michael Costa’s makes most of oversight from bookmakers as Flirtatious Femme wins on coast

FLIRTATIOUS Femme wasn’t given a chance to win on the Gold Coast by bookies but now trainer Michael Costa says she can win in Brisbane.

The four-year-old Husson mare won the Fillies and Mares Class 2 Handicap (1100m) on Saturday with ­jockey Matthew McGillivray in the saddle.

It was her third win from eight starts and the first run since Flirtatious Femme sent McGillivray to the dirt after flipping when the gates opened at Toowoomba on March 25.

Gold Coast-based Costa was always confident Flirtatious Femme would win and an oversight by bookmakers meant the horse’s owners were celebrating in style after they snared odds of $8.50 when markets first opened.

“I was really confident. I took her to Toowoomba first- up just looking for an easy run for her and it was the only race available.

“As the gates opened she bounded and flipped over.

“So we had to take her back to the jumpouts and the trials to get passed.

“The markets opened up early in the week but the betting markets put her out as $8.50 and the markets were based on as if she actually ran at Toowoomba.

“She was actually declared a starter but all the form guides were saying she needed to ­improve on her last start at Toowoomba but she actually didn’t take part in the race.

“She should have opened up at $3 and instead opened up at $8.50.

“It was a good result for the owners and stable.”

Costa bought Flirtatious Femme for $8000 as a yearling and she has now won $33,950.

He said Flirtatious Femme had the ability to win in town and would likely take her to Brisbane in a fortnight.

“She is a nice progressive filly and she will head to town most likely in 2½ at Eagle Farm,” Costa said.

“I’ve always thought that she would be a better 1400m filly.

“Her times were quite sharp (on Saturday) so if she can show that sort of turn of foot at the end of a 1400m hopefully she can at least progress through midweek.

“We are not going to get carried away but I think she is progressive enough to win in town.”


Story courtesy Tom Boswell – Gold Coast Bulletin


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