The Woodbine bettors who hammered Jiggs Coz down to odds of 6-5 might have been surprised at the favourite flunking yesterday's Queen's Plate test.
But nothing like jockey David Clark, who pressed the gas at the start of yesterday's race and watched his mount come up empty.
"I had no horse at any time,'' said Clark, who did an amazing job to place third. "He was never there. I don't know why."
The Plate Trial winner was in striking position at the top of the stretch, but rather than charging for the front, drifted wide. That faltering allowed Mike Fox to split between Clark's mount and front-runner Alezzandro.
"When I saw Jiggs Coz making his move, I honestly thought the best we could do was third," winning jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson said. "But I kept riding and riding and he responded."
The surprisingly game effort of Alezzandro almost salvaged a rough weekend for trainer Kevin Attard. He had hoped to get the late Steve Stavro's Knob Hill Stable its first Plate win but had to scratch Leonnatus Anteas on Saturday because of injury. Then Alezzandro nearly stole the show.
"He ran a big race. It's tough to get beat that way," Attard said. "(Jockey) Todd Kabel gave him a great ride. It was the third start of his life."