Smart Colt Barood Appears One Out Of The Box
By Nic Ashman, The Daily Telegraph
PETER Snowden is eyeing off Group 1 glory with the supremely-bred Barood after the colt posted an impressive win at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Barood is a brother to former top-class sprinter Starspangledbanner, a dual hemisphere Group 1 winner.
The son of Choisir was having his second start for Snowden Racing in the Tab More Than Just Winning Handicap (1200m) and was sent to the barriers as the $1.50 favourite.
Punters had their hearts in their mouth when jockey Blake Shinn had to take hold approaching the turn when going for a run between horses.
“I think the plan was to be third on the fence and I must admit I was a little concerned when he was three pairs back,” Snowden said.
“But the horse has a very good turn of foot and fortunately Blake was able to get him into clear galloping room in time.
“It’s a windy day so we always wanted some cover. That was a nice win and he’ll take good improvement from it.”
The champion trainer will let Barood go through his grades over summer signalling “these races are great for a horse still learning”.
The three-year-old will have a short break and then begin a preparation aimed at a Brisbane carnival raid.
“I think the autumn will come around too quick for him so we might go to Brisbane for a crack at Group 1,” Snowden said.
“Maybe the Scone and Hawkesbury carnivals is where we will see him first after the break but we’ll work that one out later.”