Snowden prefers Exoboom in Golden Eagle

Champion trainer Peter Snowden has a slight preference to Exoboom over Aim as his stable’s best winning chance in the $7.5m XXXX Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The stablemates are impressive last start winners – Exoboom winning the Filante Handicap at Randwick last weekend and Aim scoring well in the Silver Eagle.

But perhaps it is a reflection of the sheer quality of the Golden Eagle field that Exoboom is rated only a $26 chance and Aim is out to $34. Melbourne raider I’m Thunderstruck is the $4 favourite in latest TAB fixed odds betting.

Sam Clipperton and Exoboom return to scale after winning at Randwick last weekend – Bradley Photos

Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son, Paul, said the stable is confident both Exoboom and Aim can run competitive races.

“This is a tough race, the sort of race where luck will play a big part,’’ Snowden said.

“Both Exoboom and Aim are in winning form, and that is always a plus, and they have drawn in the middle of the field so they will get their chance.

“They will get back and run on so the draw doesn’t really impact on them.’’

Snowden felt Exoboom, on the quick back-up from his Randwick win, is better equipped to run a strong 1500m in the Golden Eagle.

“Exoboom is such a big, strong horse we felt running him last Saturday would bring him on for the Golden Eagle,’’ Snowden said.

“He’s had the right preparation for him to run well and hopefully that is the case.’’

Exoboom’s owners celebrate his Filante Handicap win – Bradley Photos

Aim has the ability to race well on the big occasion having won the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and Silver Eagle this year, earning more than $1.6m in prizemoney.

But Snowden conceded Aim still has to prove he can run a strong 1500m at this level.

“We have tried him at 1400m a couple of times last season and he didn’t quite run it out so the 1500m is the question mark,’’ Snowden said.

“But he is older and stronger now and he was good at the end of 1300m in the Silver Eagle the other day.

“If he can match something like that run he is a hope but I would think Exoboom is a slightly better chance.’’

By Ray Thomas – Daily Telegraph