Bowman: Snowdens have another Smart colt

Hugh Bowman piloted Peter and Paul Snowden’s top performing juvenile this season and he believes the father-son duo have another talented colt on their hands in Smart Image.

Bowman combined with the Snowden-trained King’s Legacy during the autumn, which claimed a memorable Sires Produce-Champagne Stakes double for connections.

The Hall Of Fame jockey was looking forward to combining with King’s Legacy again in the spring but was keen to partner Smart Image in the meantime as the colt chases back-to-back wins at Rosehill.

Smart Image will take on 10 rivals in Saturday’s Sky Racing Active 2YO Handicap (1200m).

“I’ve sat on him and he gave me a nice feel but he is still a bit raw,” Bowman said.

“I wouldn’t he is the complete article just yet. I would say he is still six months away to be perfectly honest. He is definitely up to better class races.

“I think he is a black type horse but it will just be whether he is ready to do it quite yet or if he is an autumn horse.”

Smart Image holds a nomination for the Golden Rose where he is currently listed as a $51 outsider with Sportsbet where King’s Legacy is an $11 chance.

In typical Snowden fashion, Smart Image was well educated for his debut with four lead up trials to his maiden hit out at Warwick Farm.

Smart Image profited from a precise steer from Kerrin McEvoy to salute on debut, running down Godolphin’s Beyliks to score over 1200m.

“He won well the other day and his sectionals were very good for a horse that was first up in his first start,” Bowman said.

“He should improve off that run leading into Saturday.”

There will be plenty of attention on the opener at Rosehill on Saturday with a number of promising youngsters lining up.

Unbeaten colt Hot ‘N’ Hazy will step up into metropolitan grade for the first time after trainer Danny Williams labelled the two-year-old his best horse for a decade during the week.

The promising Bravado will be looking to protect his unbeaten record as will the Chris Waller-trained Oscar Zulu.

By Mitch Cohen, Racenet