RANDWICK trainer Peter Snowden worked his way to the top of his profession so he takes great delight overseeing the rise of a promising stayer that will tackle Saturday class for the first time at Randwick this weekend.
More Moet is the horse in question and he’ll contest the Randwick Mayor’s Benchmark 89 Handicap (2400m).
“He’s a great story this horse,” Peter Snowden said. “There’s a lot of first timers in the ownership group and they are just normal everyday people.
“They get to the races and they’re just so happy to watch him go around.
“When he’s run placings’, they’ve gone ballistic so you can imagine how excited they’ve been when he’s won and now he’s strung a couple of wins together.”
More Moet’s wins have come over 2000m at Kembla and most recently when overcoming traffic issues to score in benchmark 70 grade over 2200m at Warwick Farm on August 2.
“The other day at Warwick Farm was the first time I’d asked him to go beyond that and he was held up at a vital stage, only got out late and then dashed to the line,” Snowden said.
“Normally I wouldn’t raise the bar and jump in grade this quickly but this 2000m record is excellent.
“I’d not expected this six months ago but I’m going with the horse and there’s a lot of encouraging signs with what he’s doing.
“The 2400m is another step up for him but my gut tells me its within reach and I want to get a guide going forward to what sort of races I can look at for him.”
For Snowden, More Moet doesn’t only give him joy for the thrills he’s given his team of owners with the experienced conditioner also enjoying the challenges of applying his horse mastery skills.
“I don’t have many stayers but I absolutely love working with horses like this bloke and Plot Twist,” he said. “I really enjoy the whole different mindset.
“I had stayers before, I won Derbies and Oaks’ with Darley but here it is different. Here they are long term investments rather than win a Derby and go to stud or sell them. I’ve got them forever so I give them plenty of time to mature, wait until they’re five or six before you really put the acid on them.
“His work’s been perfect leading up to Saturday, he looks great and he’s got no weight getting in on the limit. I expect him to run well.”
More Moet will be ridden on Saturday by Tim Clark and he is a $6.50 chance behind the dominate $1.55 odds-on favourite Sayed.
BJORN BAKER has begun the season as he ended the last and landed a fine treble with his only three runners at Canterbury Racecourse on a blustery Wednesday afternoon.
After collecting 38 NSW Metro wins last season, an increase of 13 from the previous campaign, Baker has four to his name already in 2017/18, leaving him joint top of the Premiership at this early stage.
Three-year-old filly Songlike struck the right chord in Race 1, with a comfortable all-the-way success over 1100m. Having entered the race off the back of two runner-up performances behind a pair of smart rivals sporting the blue of Godolphin, she made no mistake here, drawing clear under Tim Clark to win by a length from $1 million colt Showtime.
The filly by Your Song showed greenness when contesting the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes on debut in February, but caught the eye in two trial performances before taking to the racetrack this preparation.
“She’s going the right way,” Baker said. “I’ve got a good opinion of her. I’ve just got to think where we go from here.
“We may even look after her and give her a bit of time. We’ll just see how she comes through first.
“I’m sure some of the horses behind her will go onto better things as well.
“She’s always been a nice filly, it’s nice to see her win a city race.”
Jockey Tim Clark was impressed by the manner of her victory.
“She puts herself in the right spot and was able to control it, which is probably not that easy to do today running in to the wind, so it adds more merit to the win,” Clark said.
“There were horses sitting back with cover getting softer runs but she had the fitness on her side and we utilised that and quickened up before the turn and she did a job to hold on.
“I think next time she’ll be even better when she strengthens up a bit more. She’s going to fill out a bit more but she’s a filly with good promise and I’m sure Bjorn will place her to advantage.”
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REDZEL resumed this preparation with a quiet barrier trial at Royal Randwick on Tuesday morning with Blake Shinn reporting ‘he felt terrific’ after guiding him through the 1000m hit out.
The son of Snitzel settled in a familiar position at the head of proceedings before being quietly ridden to the line to finish 0.9l behind the winner Dixie Blossoms.
“He trialed lovely,” said Shinn. “He began really well and showed nice speed but wasn’t in a rush. It was his first trial so we weren’t looking to over exert him. I didn’t give him a hard time but just enough to clean him out. He felt terrific and he’s come back terrific.
“It’ll be exciting to see him in the Moir where he’ll be a real live chance.”
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was likewise pleased with his first public display, citing one more trial before a return to race action, with his initial target being the Group 1 Moir Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley on September 29.
“It was a good trial,” he said. “He was a bit fresh in himself but you’d expect that. He’s gained a lot of condition and has come back in stronger.
“He’ll have one more trial which will bring him up to the mark and he’ll be ready to go.”
TRIPLE CROWN’S Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner Redzel returns to the public eye on Tuesday morning when he steps out in Heat 2 during the trials at Royal Randwick.
Redzel, who won his final two races of last campaign at Group 3 and Group 1 level, faces nine rivals on his return in the 1000m trial, including stablemate Russian Revolution and Bjorn Baker’s unbeaten three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles.
Redzel hauled in $962k last season on his way to becoming the highest earner for Champion Sire Snitzel, and has his sights firmly set on early season riches including the Group 1 Moir Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley on September 29.
“I’ve been really happy with him since his return,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden. “He’s fresh and well and the horse really looks a treat.
“He’s come back strong and we look forward to him stepping out tomorrow at this early stage.”
THE remarkable story of Steyne continued on Saturday as the son of Snitzel stormed clear at Randwick to claim a fifth career success from just eight starts, collecting the lion’s share of the $100,000 ATC Jockey Celebration Day Handicap over 1600m.
The five-year-old, who only made his second start in January of this year due to a tendon injury, was given the perfect passage by Champion Sydney Apprentice Andrew Adkins who settled his mount tracking the leaders before winding up Steyne at the top of the straight.
In the wet track conditions a feather-light weight of 51.5kg was used to ruthless effect and nothing was catching the rampant Steyne who bolted in by two lengths.
After no luck on his city berth a fortnight ago, co-trainer Paul Snowden was delighted to strike at metro grade.
“It was good to see him bounce back from the other day,” stated Snowden. “He needs to build, he’s a momentum horse. He’s won all his races that way.
“I think Andrew [Adkins] summed it up really well. He was a little bit slow to jump, but he found the spot where we were going to get to anyway, and he let the horse do the rest.”
“There’s every bit of an argument to say he should be undefeated,” added Snowden.
“The races he’s been beaten in there’s been excuses. He’s a handy horse going through the grades and he’s very honest. He’s a winner!”
ON the day he received his award as last season’s champion Sydney apprentice, Andrew Adkins has maintained the momentum with victory aboard Triple Crown Syndication’s Steyne at Randwick.
Adkins steered the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained five-year-old to a comprehensive two-length win in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1600m).
The 19-year-old still has a 1.5kg claim and used it to advantage on the $3.30 favourite who carried 51.5kg.
Adkins has been schooled by the best, joining Ron Quinton after beginning his apprenticeship at home in the Northern Rivers with Marc Quinn.
As well as being recognised as Sydney’s leading apprentice, Adkins received a trophy named in honour of the late jockey Athol Mulley, rider of champion Bernborough.
“It was an honour to receive the award and it’s great to keep it going with a winner today,” Adkins said.
“And it’s especially good to be able to get a winner for the Snowden stable and the owners Triple Crown.”
Adkins will end his junior career on Melbourne Cup day in early November.
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ISLAND MISSILE became Triple Crown’s second winner of the new season as he flew home at Wyong to confirm the promise of his debut.
The three-year-old by Smart Missile was just denied at Kembla Grange 12 days ago and travelled smoothly here tracking the early pace on the rail. As jockey Josh Parr moved out for a run on the turn Island Missile kicked clear for what was a cozy victory ahead of the Chris Waller-trained Balearic.
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“He was right on the money today,” said winning jockey Josh Parr. “I gave him cover, and he overraced slightly in this strong wind, but thankfully that didn’t take anything away from his finish.
“Once he worked out what was going on he let down really nicely and his turn of foot was really good.”
Triple Crown have started the season is blistering fashion, striking for two wins and a second from three starts and Island Missile joins recent winner Brave Song as an exciting three-year-old for the new season.
The continues a streak of winners for Arrowfield Stud’s Smart Missile, who claimed no less than ten victories during July, already has two wins to his name in August courtesy of Island Missile and impressive Hawkesbury winner Bombardier.
CALCULATED and Siege Of Quebec went toe to toe in a two-horse war down the Rosehill straight three weeks ago and now another two classy colts are set for a mighty battle at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Addictive Nature ($2.30) and impressive last-start winner Brave Song ($3.20) dominate the betting in the www.walking2help.com.au Sprint (1200m) and bookies have labelled it a race in two.
Brave Song was a dominant winner at Canterbury, while Addictive Nature, a full-brother to dual Group winner Savvy Nature, won comfortably on debut at Warwick Farm and has been spruiked as the real deal for some time.
“It was a good effort on debut and his work since has been really good,” trainer Bjorn Baker said. “He just got a little bit wound up on debut but he normally has a great attitude and is relaxed so expect to see him a little bit more laid-back on Saturday.
“He is a good-looking horse and he has done everything right, so I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s early days and he has only won a race and it’s just one step at a time.
“The horse has to do the talking at the end of the day and we will see more on Saturday.”
Addictive Nature has already attracted a $1000 bet at $26 for September’s Golden Rose with TAB and Baker admits he is a likeable horse.
“He was a $775,000 (yearling purchase) from New Zealand and he has a pedigree and is a good-looking horse,” he said. “He is a very fast horse already, particularly for a Savabeel. My gut feel is he has a lot of speed and he will be effective over the short course but if he can stay he is going to be a super stayer.
“We are probably a little bit ahead of where we need to be in terms of going towards the Golden Rose, so we will just take it one step at a time. But hopefully everything goes well enough so we can consider that race.”
Brave Song was edged out by Calculated on debut but his recent Canterbury win was dominant.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said he hasn’t taken a backwards step since. “I know there are raps on (Addictive Nature) as well and it just ups the ante a bit to see where they sit among it,” he said. “His next step, if he can bounce off this, is definitely up to Listed grade.”
Bookies might see it as a two-horse race but there is a bit of depth to the Benchmark 70 3YO Handicap.
Solar Patch bolted in first-up at Gosford at his only start as a gelding, Regimen could not have been more impressive on debut at the same track and Wild Heart caught the eye last start and isn’t hopeless either.
The Mighty Fed has also won two from three starts albeit against weaker company, while Funoon clocked the best late splits of the day first-up when flashing home to run second at Wyong.
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