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Too Big too strong! Big Bad Bruce powers clear first-up at Doomben

It was a dream start to life under Tony Gollan for the connections of BIG BAD BRUCE after the son of Not A Single Doubt powered clear to make a winning debut for the stable at Doomben on Wednesday.

On his first start since February, the big lad was given a peach of a ride by Ryan Maloney to open his Queensland account at just the second time of asking, having met with a soft track at his only previous attempt in the state when trained by Joe Pride.

Big Bad Bruce was electric out of the gates and was always within striking distance of the leaders, who set a perfect pace for Ryan Maloney to aim at. Once into clear running at the top of the straight, Bruce’s owners never had a moments worry and the five-year-old stormed clear for a dominant length and a quarter success.

“He was terrific,” a delighted Tony Gollan told Big Bad Bruce’s owners in his post-race debrief. “It was a painless race and was very easy to watch.

“He flew the gates from his inside draw, which he had been doing in his trials and jump-outs, and put himself in a good winning position. The race was a little bit muddling run, but he travelled quite strongly and put them away really well.

“He looks really good and he has come on in the coat for that run – I’m really, really happy with the way he has come through the run.”

Big Bad Bruce was simply too good for his rivals at Doomben – Credit: Trackside Photos

Tony already has his eyes set on a Saturday race for Big Bad Bruce’s next outing but won’t rush him back to the races, with the champion trainer confident there is further improvement to come.

“I do think 1200m fresh is a really good trip for him and I think it would be a good idea if we are a little bit patient (before his next run),” he said.

“I think he’s a Saturday horse in the making and I’m keen to space his first run to his second run.

“He won’t run for four and a half weeks. I’ll give him a jump-out in between now and his next run at Doomben on Saturday 24th July.”

A huge well done to all the team at Gollan Racing for getting Big Bad Bruce in winning order first-up from a spell.

Congratulations to all his owners and hopefully there is plenty more winning to be done in Bruce’s new state!

Big Bad Bruce and Ryan Maloney return to scale after winning at Doomben – Credit: Trackside Photos

Windsweep blows them away at Gosford

Talented three-year-old filly WINDSWEEP scored the second victory of her burgeoning career when overcoming heavy conditions to win at Gosford on Wednesday.

The daughter of Deep Field benefited from a top ride by the red-hot Tommy Berry, who saved ground the whole trip on route to a comfortable half length success.

With plenty of speed in the race on paper, Tommy rode to his pre-race instructions and sat quiet on Windsweep through the first few furlongs as the leaders set a ferocious early tempo.

In what proved to be the race-winning move, Tommy stayed tight to the rail around the turn for home as a number of Windsweep’s rivals cornered wide in search of better ground.

Having saved ground, Windsweep found herself in front a touch earlier than expected, but she showed a determined attitude to fend off all challengers inside the final 100m.

Windsweep and a very muddy Tommy Berry return to scale after winning at Gosford – Credit: Bradley Photos

“The race panned out perfectly for her,” a delighted Peter Snowden told Windsweep’s owners in his post-race report.

“They went crazy and three of them attacked each other up front. They were always going to stop and the rest of the field went via the Cape on the corner, giving up a lot of ground.

“It wasn’t the preferred place (the inside) but Tommy had no real choice but to go up there and saved himself four or five lengths by doing so, which proved to be the winning result.

“She’s always been a filly that has promised a bit more than what she has delivered so far, but I think she’ll get better in time. I don’t think that (heavy) is her preferred surface and I think she is definitely better on top of the ground, but she got away with it today.

“I’m really happy for everyone that she has won and let’s hope there is more to come.”

Congratulations to the team at Snowden Racing, her strapper Furbie and all Windsweep’s owners on a terrific success!

Windsweep and Tommy Berry: Credit: Bradley Photos

Ranges runs out a poignant winner of the Aberdeen Cup

Ultra-consistent four-year-old RANGES proved a cut above his rivals when notching a second win for the preparation in the Aberdeen Cup at Muswellbrook earlier this month.

The son of Shooting To Win was given a confident ride by Tommy Berry and toughed it out up the straight to score comfortably by a length, with a further length and a quarter back to the third placegetter.

The Aberdeen Cup is named in memory of Peter Snowden’s late father-in-law, Eric ‘Shorty’ Cribb, making Ranges’ success even sweeter for all the Snowden family.

Ranges and Tommy Berry are too classy in the Aberdeen Cup – Bradley Photos

“He jumped well and looked the winner a long way out,” a delighted Peter Snowden told Ranges’ owners in his post-race report. “He won nicely and came right away at the end, which was good to see.

“We know he’s always been able to gallop, it’s just getting a case of getting his confidence up so he can put his best foot forward. I think the visor worked quite well on him.

“Hopefully he can continue on his winning way now and it would be good to see him come to town and do that in a similar sort of race.

“There was midweek form in today’s race and he beat them convincingly, so we know he’s up to it.”

Ranges will now head to the city for his next start, which could come at Canterbury on June 23rd.

Congratulations to all his owners on what was a terrific win! Well done to all the team at Snowden Racing, with a special mention for his strapper Zac Woolford, who was a winner with his first ever strap for the team!

Shares available soon – A Flying Artie colt at exceptional value!

The Triple Crown team headed to the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in search of exceptional value and that is exactly what we came away with in the shape of this athletic colt by FLYING ARTIE – the sire of this year’s Blue Diamond winner ARTORIUS from his first crop of 2YOs!

Descending from a prolific black-type family, this colt oozes class when he moves and we were prepared to pay a lot more for him on that basis alone! He is by a hugely exciting stallion and shares a page with Group-winning 2YOs MOTION PICTURES and CONCEALER, the latter of whom actually ran behind this colt’s sire Flying Artie in the 2016 Blue Diamond.

This colt has so much upside and we can’t wait to get him broken in over the next few weeks.
  • He’s by a Group 1 winner/producer in FLYING ARTIE
  • He’s out of of a 2YO winner
  • His dam was a metropolitan winner
  • He’s a real athlete and moves like a panther
  • He’s eligible for the $12.7m Magic Millions Race Series
“A beautifully balanced and athletic colt. He moves particularly well like the top runners do and he’s sensational value, a gift at the price.” – Triple Crown’s Michael Ward.

What’s more, we have enjoyed terrific success buying in this price range at past auctions and we strongly believe that this colt represents exceptional value, just like our purchases below!

FLYING SNITZEL – $25k yearling- Group 2 winner of $340,950 in prizemoney

MISSILE MANTRA – $30k yearling – Group 3 winner of $608,800 in prizemoney

MOSS TRIP – $32k yearling – Group 3 winner of $593,085 in prizemoney

DOTHRAKI – $45k yearling (from this same sale!!!) – Multiple Group winner of $1,674,785 in prizemoney

PEGGY JEAN – $46k yearling – Group 1 winner of $920,525 in prizemoney

 

 

The multiple Group 1-winning partnership of Peter & Paul Snowden will train this beautiful colt. The Snowdens trained CAPTIVANT to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes this season and, with a bit of stamina on his dam’s side, this colt could well be one to follow in Captivant’s footsteps!

Shares will be available in the coming days, so head to click here to register your interest and join Australia’s leading syndicators!

Triple Crown on the Hunt for further Stakes success at Scone and beyond

A big two days lay ahead for the Triple Crown team this week as we prepare to field a host of chances in feature races across Australia.

The action kicks off on Friday in the Hunter Valley, where Group-winning stablemates MISSILE MANTRA and REELEM IN RUBY line up alongside one another in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic over the 1400m at Scone.

The Triple Crown team quinellaed the Group 2 Hot Danish in 2019 and will hoping for more of the same in this year’s Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic – Bradley Photos

Missile Mantra has travelled north to Sydney after two solid runs down in Melbourne, in which she beat a handy field of sprinters first up before finishing second in the Listed Anniversary Vase. Reelem In Ruby, meanwhile, hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck since her return from injury and is certainly due a good barrier having drawn 17 and 14 on her past two starts.

The two-day scone meeting has been a happy hunting ground for the Triple Crown team in recent years, with Moss Trip winning the Inglis 3YO Guineas in 2018 and Military Zone finishing a gallant runner-up in the same race 12 months later.

Moss Trip saunters clear in the Inglis 3YO Guineas

This year’s renewal, to be run at Rosehill on Saturday, will see last-start Hawkesbury Guineas winner EXOBOOM bid to follow in Mossy’s footsteps. Exoboom will be joined at Rosehill by stablemates MILITARY ZONE (Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and SMART IMAGE (BM78 Handicap), with the latter also holding a nomination for Flemington on the same day.

The Triple Crown team will also have representation at Doomben on Saturday, where MISTEED bids to end her race career on a high before she goes under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale later this month. She is nominated for both the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes (1200m) and the Benchmark 85 Handicap on the card.

Best of luck to connections of all our horses over what is shaping up to be an exciting few days for the Triple Crown team!

Exo Booms in Hawkesbury Guineas

Triple Crown’s exciting three-year-old EXOBOOM enhanced his burgeoning reputation on Saturday with a stunning victory in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).

The powerful son of Exosphere came with a storming run down the outside to land the $200,000 contest by a long neck, beating the already-stakes placed Rainbow Connection into second with a host of talented horses in behind.

Exoboom’s win in the Hawkesbury Guineas comes just 2 years after his stablemate Military Zone won the race, meaning that Triple Crown have won two of the last three renewals of the Group 3 feature.

“You’ve got a nice horse on your hands,” a delighted Peter Snowden told Exoboom’s owners in his post-race report.

“That was a tremendous performance. He got back, went around the whole field and started to race away at the end.

“He had the toughest run and still won, which proves he was the best horse in the race.

“We’ve always held him in high esteem, but this was the real litmus test for him, because he was taking on much stronger opposition than what he has met before. It’s alright looking good against benchmark horses, but when you get to open company you have got to be above average.

“He won well and it sets up nicely for the Inglis 3YO Guineas in a couple of weeks.”

 

Exoboom will now contest the Listed Inglis 3YO Guineas at Rosehill on May 15 – Bradley Photos

Saturday’s impressive success took Exoboom’s near impeccable race record to three wins and four seconds from just seven career starts.

The striking gelding has already yielded a handsome return on the $70,000 paid by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward for him at the Inglis Classic Sale in 2019, with his career earnings now at $188,780 and counting.

Exoboom’s win formed the first part of a double on the day for the Triple Crown team, with the ultra-consistent RANGES scoring a richly deserved success at Newcastle later in the afternoon. You can read more about Ranges’ victory by clicking here.

Congratulations to all the team at Snowden Racing and both sets of owners on what was a memorable day for all!

What it’s all about! – Exoboom’s owners celebrate his impressive Group 3 success

Ranges on target at Newcastle

Triple Crown’s ultra-consistent four-year-old RANGES dug deep to fend off the challenge of a talented rival at Newcastle on Saturday, bringing up his third career victory in the process.

The son of Shooting To Win was given a peach of a ride by Alysha Collett, who angled him out at the top of the straight and drove him through the line for a richly deserved success.

Alysha Collett drives Ranges (left) out to score at Newcastle – Bradley Photos

Ranges has missed a place on just two occasions from his past 13 starts, and both of those unplaced efforts came on either the first or final run of his preparation!

“That was a very, very tough win – he carried a lot of weight there,” said winning jockey Alysha Collett in her post-race debrief.

“Us and the second horse were left alone in front and were sitting ducks for something to come and swamp us late, but the two of them were just too tough.

“There was a really hot tempo on early and I didn’t want to panic too much. I gave him a chance to switch off and relax and it’s the first time he’s ever done that for me in a race, which I’m really happy about.

“He really deserved that win and going forward he’s going to tough another one out.”

Saturday’s win took Ranges’ career earnings past the $100,000 mark and hopefully there is plenty more to come from one of the most honest horses in the Triple Crown stable.

Congratulations to all the team at Snowden Racing and all his owners on another terrific win!

Ranges and his strapper pose for the cameras after his gutsy win – Bradley Photos

Triple Crown trio target Hawkesbury riches

An exciting Saturday beckons at Hawkesbury’s stand-alone city meeting this weekend, where the Triple Crown team are preparing to saddle up three chances in the feature races on the card.

Group 2 winner REELEM IN RUBY has the tricky task of giving weight away to all her rivals in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m), though she will be reunited with Tim Clark, the man who guided her to a memorable victory in the Hot Danish Stakes at Rosehill in 2019.

Reelem In Ruby leads home her Triple Crown stablemate Moss Trip to win the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes – Bradley Photos

Ruby will be joined in Saturday’s $175,000 contest by her Triple Crown stablemate MISTEED, who is seeking some valuable black-type before going under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale next month.

A multiple city winner, Misteed can count herself unlucky not to be stakes-placed already, having endured a luckless run when fourth, beaten 0.6L, in the Listed Nudgee Stakes up in Queensland. She will be out to better her ninth-place finish in last year’s renewal of the Hawkesbury Crown.

Misteed in winning action at Rosehill last preparation – Bradley Photos

After the mares do battle in Race 5, all eyes will turn to EXOBOOM in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas – and not just because he’s likely to dwarf his opposition!

The giant son of Exosphere created a huge impression in his two space-job wins last preparation, though he will need to improve plenty from his first-up run at this track if he is to trouble what looks to be a vintage field for the $200,000 contest.

Being such a gross horse, he is expected to do just that, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the preparation holds in store for this hugely promising individual.

Exoboom matured into a big, strong unit last preparation – Bradley Photos

Best of luck to the team at Snowden Racing and all our owners in Saturday’s runners!

Invincible Lad marches his way to ANZAC Day win

INVINCIBLE LAD produced a stunning second-up performance to provide his owners with a poignant ANZAC Day victory at Gosford on Sunday.

The son of I Am Invincible made nearly every yard a winning one, amassing a four-length lead in the middle stages which ultimately proved insurmountable.

It was a beautifully-rated ride from Brandon Griffiths, who allowed Invincible Lad to roll forward in the early stages and the pair found themselves in a lovely rhythm at the head of affairs.

Having established a near five length lead in the run to the bend, it was an easy watch for Invincible Lad’s owners in the straight as the talented speedster maintained his early gallop to score comfortably by a length.

The victory came as a pleasant surprise to trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, who expected Invincible Lad to need the run based on how his previous preparations have unfolded.

“I’m happy to be wrong, that was a good result,” quipped Peter Snowden in his post-race report.

Invincible Lad and Brandon Griffiths return to scale following their impressive win – Bradley Photos

“Our thoughts were to try and take a sit again and see if we can get him to settle, but he pulled his way to the front and Brandon did a good job just letting him stride a bit, rather than fighting him.

“The more you fight him the more it upsets him, he sort of relaxes in his own time. He’s a funny sort of horse, he likes to do his own thing all the time.

“It’s good to see him get a win early this preparation as we know he’s going to get better further on.

“He always improves after his second and third runs, so I’m expecting him to come on again from this win.

“We got a win, that’s the most important thing and we’ll take them any day of the week.”

As Peter Snowden said, it was a cracking result to get Invincible Lad’s head in front so early in the preparation and hopefully there is plenty more to come in the few months.

Congratulations to his strapper Ella and all Invincible Lad’s owners on a terrific win!

Invincible Lad together with his delighted strapper Ella – Bradley Photos

Fifth Stakes placing for Missile Mantra

Talented mare MISSILE MANTRA produced another gutsy effort at Caulfield on Saturday, finishing a gallant second in the Listed Anniversary Vase to record her fifth placing at Stakes level.

The daughter of Smart Missile let down strongly in the final 200m to snatch second from dual Listed winner Riddle Me That, but failed to reel in Tasmanian raider Still A Star, who enjoyed a dream run up the rail.

Missile Mantra lost nothing in defeat and added further black-type to her impressive CV, which already included a Group 3 win and Group 1 placing. Saturday’s result was her fifth placing at Stakes level, though she has also recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes at Group 3 level.

Missile Mantra misses by a nose in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield – Racing Photos

It was certainly no disgrace being beaten by a multiple Stakes winner who has only finished outside the top two in one of her 16 career starts, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the preparation has in store for Missile Mantra.

She is likely to head north of the border for her next start, which is set to be in either the Listed Scone Cup or Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone on Friday 14th May.