Sydney Start Makes Sense For El Sasso

PETER and Paul Snowden are convinced they have made the right decision to keep El Sasso in Sydney this week.

The brilliant first-up winner was the favourite in early markets for Wednesday’s Ramornie Handicap at Grafton but the choice was made for the Triple Crown Bloodstock galloper to run in Saturday’s TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

“To go to Grafton he would’ve had to of gone up the day before and then settled in whereas staying in Sydney he goes through his normal routine,” Paul Snowden said. “Travelling horses is always a slight risk and the prizemoney in Sydney is so good, it just made sense.

“We had to make the call before the final field for Saturday was drawn up but when he drew barrier one, we knew then it was the right decision was made.”

El Sasso trialled well behind Burning Passion, who won last weekend at Randwick, ahead of his first-up thumping at Randwick.

“What he did the other day came as no surprise to us because he’d been going well at home,” he said. “He’s a horse that we think can go on with it now but we’d like to give him every possible chance of doing that and to let him stay in Sydney for a slightly easier race looks the best way of doing that.”

By Nic Ashman

The Daily Telegraph