Snowden Team Bounding Into The Spring
By Chris Scholtz
Racing And Sports
Every stable has its strengths and there is no doubt Randwick trainers Peter and Paul Snowden will be rely on a deep pool of sprinting talent this spring.
The addition of classy New Zealand mare Bounding to the Snowden team gives the father and son training team another talented sprinter for the big spring races.
The Australian-bred daughter of Lonhro is already a G1 winner in NZ of the Railway Stakes at Ellerslie along with multiple G1 placings and proved her worth in Australia last year when she was placed in the G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes at Randwick and twice at Flemington in the G2 Gilgai Stakes and G3 Mumm Stakes.
Bounding had her first trial for the Snowdens at Rosehill on Tuesday, finishing second in a star-studded 900m heat won by Heart Testa.
Peter Snowden said there is a big range of sprint races open to Bounding this spring, indicating she could start off in the G3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 5 before the G2 Shorts over 1100m at the same course on September 19.
“I’m learning a lot about her,” Snowden said. “She is a very good track worker and is very competitive – she still wants to be a race horse that’s for sure.
“She is in good order and going really well but I will know more after her first start.”
Snowden suggested the $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in October could be the prime Melbourne target for Bounding.
Bounding will be a key member of Snowden’s sprinting team for the spring that includes noted Group performers Charlie Boy, Hot Snitzel, Dothraki, That’s A Good Idea, Dublin Lass and I’ve Got The Looks.
Charlie Boy blossomed in his first preparation for the Snowdens last season after his transfer from the Gerald Ryan stable, winning the G3 BRC Sprint and finishing second in the G1 Doomben Ten Thousand at the Brisbane carnival.
He was spelled after failing in the G1 Stradbroke at Domben on June 6 and has only just started his spring preparation.
“He won’t trial until next month and won’t be ready to race for six or seven weeks,” Snowden said.
Snowden indicated he will concentrate on the Melbourne carnival with Charlie Boy with the G2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington on October 4 a likely starting point.
“He won’t have a big spring but if his form was really good there’s always the option of going to Perth for the Winterbottom Stakes,” Snowden said.
“But in my mind he will have a light spring as there are some nice races for him in the autumn.”
Hot Snitzel and Dothraki, like Charlie Boy additions to the Snowden team last season from Gerald Ryan, are also set for selected spring campaigns.
Hot Snitzel, who also made a quantum leap to G1 winner when he won the BTC Cup at Doomben at his first start for the Snowdens in May, is also in the formative stages of his spring preparation.
He is back in work but now that he is a Group One winner he is a little bit harder to place,” Snowden said.
“We might have to duck and weave a bit with him as the weight-for-age races in the spring are very strong.”
Dothraki, a G3 winner for the Snowdens at the Gold Coast in May, raced well into the winter and has been freshened since his last start at Rosehill on July 4.
“Dothraki will have a short spring and will probably have no more than two runs,” Snowden said.
Retirement to stud for Dublin Lass and I’ve Got The Looks have has been deferred to give the mares the chance to add more black type to their records in the spring while That’s A Good Idea has just come back from a freshen up with his program dependent on the state of the tracks through the spring as he needs firm going.
“He has to be on top of the ground. He has come back in good order and will possibly go to The Shorts first-up,” Snowden suggested.
The other strong bank in the Snowden spring arsenal are his three-year-olds led by the outstanding colt Pride Of Dubai, already a dual G1 winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes and ATC Sires Produce Stakes but yet to trial this prep.
“He is on a Caulfield Guineas plan. He will possibly run on August 29 in the Run to the Rose at Rosehill then the Golden Rose,” Snowden said.
The Snowdens 3YO team also includes the impressive filly Flippant and Redzel, an exciting prospect who was an impressive trial winner at Randwick last Friday.
“Flippant is just back into pre-training after an eye operation,” Snowden said.
“She is about three or four weeks behind where I would want her to be at this stage but I wouldn’t rule out a race like the Coolmore Stud Stakes late in the carnival for her,” he said.
Other spring contenders in the Snowden team include Epsom Handicap contender Gypsy Diamond, Newcastle Cup winner Disclaimer, Mahara and Snippets Land.