Onslaught wins Canterbury thriller
ON a glorious evening under the lights at Canterbury Park, Triple Crown’s Onslaught prevailed in a thrilling finish to hold on by a head under a superb Kerrin McEvoy ride, who was sporting Triple Crown’s new Hyland stretch silks for the first time.
The son of Snitzel backed up his impressive Gosford maiden win to defeat a smart field in Race 5, which included Magic Millions winner Ajani.
Breaking quickly from barrier 1, Onslaught settled on the rails behind the pace and when the gap appeared entering the straight he was ruthless in exploiting the opportunity, returning the $12 winner.
The three-year-old travelled fluently throughout and was good value for his narrow victory, with McEvoy saying there could be more improvement in him, as he was always just doing enough to keep his head in front.
“I just needed him to get him comfortable,” said McEvoy. “We managed to get up inside the favourite on the corner and had to ride for a bit of luck, but he took the gap well. He concentrated more but I still think there’s a bit more to come from him. He just had a bit of a look around and I think he could be a horse who can continue to surprise a bit.”
Paul Snowden echoed the thoughts of his jockey, adding there’s more learning for him to do: “It was a really tough, solid win,” he said. “The horse is probably learning every single time he’s out on the track. After a good win first up he’s backed it up with a win in town but I don’t think the penny has dropped yet. The more racing he has the better he’ll get and hopefully we can get another win on the board soon.”
A plan will now be established for the remainder of his preparation, but this race confirmed we could have another useful performer on our hands, and congratulations go out to all owners.
The horse was turned out immaculately yet again for this run, and thanks go to Peter & Paul Snowden and all their staff in getting the horses to the racetrack in pristine shape.
Snowden Racing are in flying form at present, with Madame Lily completing a Friday night double at Canterbury and California Elite scoring by over four lengths at Newcastle.
Picture courtesy of Bradley Photographers