Group I winner ready to rumble for new stable
By Paul Joice
Peter and Paul Snowden have had a terrific run of success of late and have another new addition ready to fire on Saturday, a former Group I winning filly.
Peggy Jean won the Group I Sires’ Produce (1400m) in April 2014 when trained by Gerald Ryan, but after six unplaced starts as a three-year-old, was transferred to the Snowden yard.
Well placed under set weights, Peggy Jean will have her first run for the stable in the Listed Queensland Day (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday but has come up with the visitor’s draw – gate 15 of 15.
Peggy Jean trialled at Rosehill on May 18 over 1030-metres with Blake Shinn aboard. The Myboycharlie filly was under a stranglehold closing off late into sixth position. Shinn takes the ride on Saturday.
“I have to run her,” Peter Snowden said. “I am no expert on Queensland form but there looks plenty of pace on paper which will help her as she gets back anyway.
“I can’t fault her. She trialled great and has done everything right. She’s showing plenty of positive signs into this run so despite the draw she’s got to go around.”
Peggy Jean hasn’t won first-up previously from three attempts, but has resumed twice in Group II company, finishing on the heels of placegetters behind the likes of Winx, Adrift and First Seal.
The Snowden stable have been on a winning roll with the Triple Crown-syndicated horses of late.
Hot Snitzel recently chalked-up his first Group I victory in the BTC Cup (1200m) while Charlie Boy came within a head of claiming the Group I Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last Saturday.
Peggy Jean is firming in betting, the $8 with Bet365 is the best current price.