Snowden Racing team lobs into Melbourne

Another crop of Snowden Racing horses has arrived in Melbourne with Group I ambitions.

The father and son combination has been lethal in Sydney since setting up their operation in May. The team has recorded 19 winners from 85 starters, giving them a strike rate of 22.6 percent.

Shooting To Win came to Melbourne two weeks ago and gave Snowden Racing its first Group I win courtesy of his Caulfield Guineas triumph.

“That was huge and something we’ll never forget but we’re focussed now on getting more winners before the end of the carnival,” Paul Snowden said.

“Last night we had Cluster, Gypsy Diamond, Mahara and Rose Of Choice arrive while Inkling will be down soon.”

Cluster will run in the Group I Darley Classic, a race the Snowdens won two years ago with Mental when training under the Darley banner and will be partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver.

“He’s having a freshen-up from his Sir Rupert Clarke run and is doing very well,” he said.

“Gypsy Diamond will run this weekend at Moonee Valley then we’ll work out where to go with her.

“I thought Mahara’s win last Saturday at Randwick was really strong and we’ve brought her down here for the (Group I) Myer Classic.”

Mahara defeated Rose Of Choice last weekend and the former WA mare is also in Melbourne for “some fillies and mares stakes races during Cup week”.

Inkling will arrive soon and we’ve booked Mark Zahra for the ride in the Coolmore Stud Stakes,” he said.

“His run last week was exactly what we wanted to see from him.”

By Nic Ashman