Hot Snitzel resumes after life saving operation

By Paul Joise

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Hot Snitzel was only two hours away from a painful death in August 2014, now he is “stronger than ever” and set to resume in the $150,000 Group III Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“The vet told me that if we had waited another two hours he would have been dead,” trainer Gerald Ryan said.

“He turned up at the stables after a spell, it was late at night and we noticed the next morning that he wasn’t right.

“The vet found that his intestine had slipped through a tiny hole in his bowel, it’s rare but can happen to geldings.

“He was operated on, tipped out for a spell and is now back stronger than ever.”

The six-year-old has drawn perfectly in gate one for his return on Saturday.

“He does race best with some cover, so should get that from the draw,” Ryan said.

“Fitness wise he should be fine for the 1200m, he was in pre-training at Muskoka Farm from mid-November, so he’s had plenty of time.

“He comes through a strong trial, we didn’t ask him to do much but liked the way he did it.”

Hot Snitzel also has the right statistics to win this. From two previous attempts at the 1200 metres around Rosehill, he has had two victories. He’s also a first-up winner three times.

Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride and the best current price is Bet365’s $5.