McEvoy scores 400th winner for Snowdens after masterful Smartedge ride


KERRIN MCEVOY scored his 400th winner for the Snowdens as he delivered a canny ride on Triple Crown’s Smartedge in the 1300m TAB Rewards Handicap at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

After two unfortunate defeats Smartedge took control of the race at the mid-way point, going on to record an authoritative win from the fast-finishing Primitivo.

With the lack of pace in the race a potential concern for Smartedge, McEvoy made the decisive move before the entering the bend when taking the lead on the son of Smart Missile and, after kicking clear in the straight, Smartedge held on to score by half a length.

Twice an odds-on favourite in his previous runs, Smartedge delivered a more mature performance and evidently benefitted from the addition of blinkers to defeat a smart field including Group 3 runner-up Dissolution.


“I’m delighted as it’s my 400th winner for the Snowdens,” said McEvoy.

“It was a great effort. He got out nicely but when there wasn’t much pace on I just wanted to make him comfortable and allow him to stride on a little bit.

“He handled the corner well and kicked for home showing good tenacity.

“He’s such a big striding horse and coming here suited him much better.”

Co-trainer Paul Snowden was likewise pleased with the win, and looked forward to Smartedge returning a better horse next preparation.

“A great result today,” said Snowden. “He didn’t get it all his own way but benefitted from a top ride from Kerrin (McEvoy) who took the race by the scruff of the neck.

“He’s gone on to win well. It was a tough win and he’s a horse who’s still very immature.

“He’s getting towards where he needs to be and no doubt his next prep will be his best one.”

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Houtzen and Redzel win trials impressively – The Everest shaping up for both

A third individual Group 1 winner for Triple Crown!

Ric Chapman gives his thoughts on The Everest in an article written for


In two different Aussie states this morning, oh about 30mins apart, The Everest picture became just a little more focused.

Hmmmm, or did it?
I’ll start this by saying the concept of The Everest, a race over 1200m and worth $10 million, absolutely fascinates me.
I know there are some pure of hearts who don’t like it or don’t think it will last – and that’s OK.
But I’m in the other camp, so when I see things like the brilliant, astonishing speed 3YO filly HOUTZEN come back from a spell and win a trial, on the same day as the reliable, ultra fast campaigner REDZEL blows a trial apart – I get excited.
Because they add new dimensions to the story in front of us already.
In fact, their presence in the big race is going to dramatically effect the outcome.
Ok, so the story so far: CHAUTAUQUA and SHE WILL REIGN, look certain to be there on race day.
I’ve cobbled some thoughts together and keep in mind, the race is on October 14 at Randwick so we still have water to pass under bridges, weeks of sustained training still to come, oh and that really, really important issue – entry fee.
It costs $600,000 to compete in this race, so connections will wait as long as possible before deciding on a start.
But let’s suppose all goes well for all of the major players.
This is the likely field.
Fell Swoop
Russian Revolution
Le Romain
Global Glamour
She Will Reign
To elaborate on the trials this Monday morning, in Queensland, the flying Houtzen ran in a barrier trial at the Gold Coast with Jeff Lloyd on board.
She led all the way and won as she liked by a big margin, eased down, and did what you would expect against the foes she faced. She looked swift, and sharp, and ready to rumble.
In contrast in Sydney, Redzel, the Team Snowden-trained star who just continues to improve with age, led all the way to beat one of the best barrier trial fields ever gathered over 1045m.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Redzel and this bomb proof speed machine, went to the lead from barrier rise and under a good hold, easily held them all at bay.
Russian Revolution, who covered a little extra ground, tried to chase him down but couldn’t settling for 2nd spot this morning.
Happy Clapper ran 3rd and his was a very neat trial as he made good ground late, but Redzel had all his measure as well.
It was Redzel’s first real go since winning the Gr 1 Doomben 10,000 when last in work and it was impressive.
In this trial too was The Everest bound  English, who went to the line impressively for 4th under a firm hold, but again, Redzel looked better. Le Romain finish a nostril behind her with Ghisoni and last start stakes winner Invincible Gem also engaged.
On August 25, which is what, 4 days away now, She Will Reign returns in a trial as well. That I’m looking forward to.
By all reports she is bigger and faster than before.
The great grey, Chat, is yet to trial this time up but the whispers are he is looking great.
The interesting thing come race day is whether Houtzen, who will have a light weight, will press forward and take Redzel on in the early and mid stages. It would be suicide to do so, but both horses race best when allowed to lead.

Redzel sparkles in trial win


REDZEL tuned up towards a first start of the preparation with victory in Heat 3 of the Randwick Trials on Monday morning.

The Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner jumped smartly, taking up his customary position at the head of proceedings and was given a little squeeze from Kerrin McEvoy to see off the attentions of stablemate and Group 1 Galaxy Handicap winner Russian Revolution by a half a length, with a further back to four and a half lengths back to Happy Clapper, Everest hopeful English, and recent Missile Stakes runner-up Le Romain.

The trial was won in the quickest time of the morning, with Redzel stopping the clock at 1.01.50, including a swift 33.80 last 600m under a hold from Kerrin McEvoy.

The Snitzel five-year-old looks set for a first start in Sydney with Group 2 race The Shorts over 1000m earmarked as a possible return on September 16, before a crack at the Group 1 Moir Stakes on September 29 at Moonee Valley.

Trainer Peter Snowden said: “He’s working really well and I couldn’t be happier with how he is right now.

“His trial today was good and it’s brought him right up to the mark for a first start which will most likely be The Shorts here at Randwick.”

The Australian Turf Club held a luncheon promoting The Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday where possible contenders for their slot were invited and Snowden confirmed interest in the race should a space open up.

“The Everest is a lucrative concept and it would be fantastic to be part of the first running of the race. It’s exciting for the owners as it would be for ourselves if we had a runner in the race.

“He’s proven at Group 1 level and he seems to have come back a stronger, more complete racehorse this preparation. He’s up there as one of the best sprinters in the country and would deserve a slot in the race.”

The Red dominate at Kembla


AN extraordinary start to the new season has seen Triple Crown snare an amazing five winners with Team Snowden thanks to a winning double yesterday with Island Missile and Deladies Boy at Kembla Grange.

Three-year-old gelding Island Missile (pictured), kick-started proceedings in the $30,000 Marco Polo Aged Care Services Class 1 Handicap (1400m) with a canny ride by Koby Jennings who made good use of the inside barrier and tucked the pair away on the fence.

When the gap appeared in the home straight Jennings hit the go button and the son of Smart Missile simply charged to the lead and made it back-to-back victories, ahead of Dashley Dubh and Triple Crown’s other runner Bukzel which flew home for third.

Island Missile has now registered two wins and a second from three starts for $50,000 in prizemoney.

Deladies Boy, another improving three-year-old, scored decisively with a 1.8 length victory over Eight Over in the $30,000 Maiden Handicap (1600m). Despite missing the kick early, jockey Adrian Layt settled the son of Delago Deluxe on the fence and patiently bid his time under a strong tempo. Like Island Missile, the split appeared in the concluding stages and the race favourite was simply too good for his rivals.

Words: Sarah Peatling

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Surprise packet has owners going more ballistic than ballistic


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.

Words: Clinton Payne (Racenet)

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Baker bags Canterbury treble as Songlike impresses


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 ‘felt terrific’ in opening trial


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.”

WATCH: Full replay of the trial

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.”

Group 1 winner Redzel returns to trials


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.”