Paul Snowden started his career as a track-work rider and stable-hand in 1990 for Crown Lodge, before advancing to the position of foreman with John Hawkes. Paul then moved south to Melbourne to run Carbine Lodge for Darley, where he was responsible for the preparation of horses for Peter Snowden.
In the role of Assistant Trainer at Darley’s Melbourne base, Paul was not officially credited with any race wins during his time there, however he prepared approximately 80 to 100 winners out of the Flemington stables each year, including a share of Group winners. Paul was responsible for overseeing Sepoy’s clean sweep of Melbourne’s Spring 3yo and Open class sprinting events including Group 1 wins in the Manikato and Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Sent to Melbourne as a yearling, Paul was quick to identify Long John as a talented galloper, and nurtured him through his entire 2yo and 3yo career, capped off with a triumphant win the Caulfield Guineas.
Other horses to begin their careers under Paul’s care in Melbourne include Sepoy and Denman.
Paul stayed at Carbine Lodge for six years before leaving to begin his training partnership with father Peter, at Snowden Racing. Within months of opening the new stable they produced the 2014 Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner (and now very valuable stallion prospect) Shooting To Win.