Snowden aims Courtza King at South Pacific Classic

By David Polkinghorne

Sports reporter at The Canberra Times

Former Darley trainer Peter Snowden is aiming Courtza King at the listed South Pacific Classic (1400 metres) at Randwick on April 11 after a hard-fought win in the maiden plate (1200m) on Sunday.

The King held off Keikosan down the Thoroughbred Park straight to break his maiden status in just his second race.

“That showed me the ability that he has, but he’s got to learn his craft and he’s still very raw and very new,” Snowden said.

“He’s by the right stallion [Northern Meteor], he’s the half-brother to Hucklebuck, so he’s got a fair bit going for him.

“He’s going to town next start. I’ll be confident he can win there and if he does that then there might be a race later on for him at the carnival.

“I think the South Pacific Classic, I think that’s the ideal race for him, a listed race in the week of the Championships. It’s a high aim for him but I think this horse has that sort of talent.”