Gear change could unlock Hot Snitzel’s potential in Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow
His profesional demeanour these days may not give him away, but as a juvenile Triple Crown’s Hot Snitzel was a bit of a rogue.
He is sporting a gear change this weekend in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Caulfield, and astute trainer Gerald Ryan feels this may be the key to seeing him at his best.
Nic Ashman picks up the story below on racenet.com.au
Long wait for key to Hot Snitzel’s chances in 2013 Kevin Heffernan Stakes
Nic Ashman – 14/11/2013
Top trainer Gerald Ryan says Hot Snitzel’s atrocious manners as a juvenile enforced a long wait for a gear change that he feels is imperative to the horse turning his form around in Saturday’s Group III Kevin Heffernan Stakes(1200m) at Caulfield.
Hot Snitzel will wear the blinkers for the first time since making a winning debut back in December 2010.
“At his next start he went into the Inglis Nursery, raced greenly and took out half the field,” Ryan said.
“Mr (Ray) Murrihy (chief steward) spoke to me sternly about educating him properly so we put pacifiers on him and it seemed to work.”
The son of Snitzel spent his next 22 starts racing in stakes company winning twice at Group II level and defeating the likes of Group I winners Manawanui and Moment Of Change.
“He’s been a good horse that competed against the best as a two-year-old and trained on,” he said.
But the conditions of Saturday’s $135,000 event has Ryan excited about the prospects of his five-year-old despite being unplaced at two starts this preparation.
“He’s nearly undefeated on slow tracks and he should get that. The only time he’s been beaten was in the QTC Cup and it was by less than a length after he made a long sustained run,” he said.
“I’m also glad he drew out because I don’t like him drawn in close. He races better with room.”
The trainer gave Hot Snitzel a feel for the blinkers again in recent trackwork sessions. Ryan concedes he was “disappointed with his latest unplaced effort at Flemington” but was prepared to forgive the gelding for his first-up run.
“He hadn’t had blinkers back on until he last week and again on Tuesday morning. He worked well and bar his last run, he’s right in this.”
Hot Snitzel is a $16 chance to win Saturday’s event at Luxbet.
Best of luck to all connections!