Kermanding and Ranges in double delight at Kembla
KERMANDING and RANGES made it two winners from as many runners at Kembla Grange on Saturday to cap a memorable afternoon for the Triple Crown team.
The adverse weather conditions may have resembled an afternoon in the height of monsoon season, but KERMANDING’s enthusiastic group of owners were left singing in the rain after the son of Kermadec gapped his rivals in the 1600m Maiden Plate.
Tackling the mile for the first time with blinkers added to his gear, Kermanding was caught four-wide in the early stages with Jeff Penza electing to bring him back in search of some cover.
Having been last at the half-way point, Kermanding made smooth progress on the approach to the turn and found himself disputing the lead as the field straightened up for home.
Never giving his owners a moments worry from thereon in, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt was in a different league to his opposition and sprinted clear up the straight to record an emphatic 4.5L victory.
“He ran very good sectionals for the last 600m (33.57s) and was very dominant late,” said a delighted Peter Snowden.
“What he did in the last 200m is very encouraging, he pulled right away which is very pleasing to see for us going forward.”
A step up in class now lies ahead for the Inglis Classic Sale purchase, with the 3YO Graduation Handicap at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day earmarked as a possible next port of call.
“Seeing how dominant he was at the end of the mile on Saturday, I’m keen to push him out a little further to 1800m, and if he happened to run well in a race like that you’d be thinking about getting him out to those better class races in the autumn over a bit of ground,” Peter Snowden added.
“It was very encouraging what he did yesterday, to do what he did in the time he did suggests he is above average.”
The rain continued to fall throughout the afternoon but that wasn’t enough to prevent RANGES from notching a richly deserved success in the lucky last, bringing up a double on the day for the team.
Having been denied by a nostril last-start and placing on his previous four outings, Ranges got his just desserts in typically tenacious fashion, battling all the way to the line to score by three quarters of a length.
Positioned up on the speed by Alysha Collett, who enjoyed a double of her own on the day, Ranges travelled strongly throughout and responded generously to his jockey’s urgings in the straight, much to the delight of co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“All those seconds and thirds seem worthwhile when you see him win like he did on Saturday,” he quipped.
“That was a great result and against adversity I thought – the rain came and the track got to a heavy. He was in on the fence which is the worst barrier you can get when it’s so wet, but the leader took him out to the middle of the track which is where he needed to be.
“It was really good to see him knuckle down the last 100m and really start to power away on wet ground.
“I got a big kick out of that win and I’m sure all our owners did too.”
A big well done to all the team at Snowden Racing on a superb double, with a special mention to the Barn B squad for producing both Kermanding and Ranges in such terrific order.
Congratulations to both sets of owners, plenty of whom were celebrating over the weekend!