Snowdens Set Two For The Ramornie

By Tony White

Racing and Sports

The Peter and Paul Snowden stable is likely to make a two pronged attack on the $150,000 Crowe Horwath Ramornie (1200m) at Grafton next month.

The Snowdens have singled out last Saturday’s Gold Coast winner Dothraki and I’ve Got The Looks at their two big hopes for the Ramornie (1200m) on July 8.

As head trainer for the Darley stable, now Godolphin, Peter Snowden won the $1 million July Racing Carnival feature sprint for Sheikh Mohammed with Pinwheel (2010) and Jerezana (2011).

“The Ramornie is a great race,” Snowden said on Tuesday. “It’s well respected and carry’s a big badge as far as I’m concerned.

“I’ve been lucky enough to win it twice. To win it again, training with Paul, would be very special.”

Dothraki, a four-year-old gelding by Mossman, burst into Ramornie calculations with a highly impressive win in the G3 Tattersall’s 150th Anniversary Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

This is Dothraki’s first preparation for the Snowdens after previously being trained by Gerald Ryan.

“The Ramornie has been on the radar for some time with him,” Snowden said. “We wanted to see how he got through Saturday first before committing.

“He had excuses at Scone first up then trialled well and I thought he was dominant on Saturday when he presented well. It was a very good win and showed he is right on track for the Ramornie which looks an ideal race for him.

“He’s pulled up well and came home from Brisbane Monday.

“I’ll just keep him ticking over until the Ramornie. He’s a nice horse, a good natured horse, who is pretty straight forward and easy to train.

“The horse has a lot of owners in the syndicate that race him and they all enjoy their racing. They’re all very excited about having a runner in the Ramornie.”

I’ve Got The Looks, a five-year-old mare by Choisir and the winner of eight from 20 starts, has also been in rich form during the Brisbane winter carnival.

I’ve Got The Looks won back to back 1200m Listed races – the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast and Juanmo Stakes before her 3.1 lengths eighth in the G3 Glenlogan Park (1350m) at Doomben on May 23.

“She’s been in really good form,” Snowden added. “She’s a nice mare who has been very consistent throughout her career with a good record.

“She’s won two Listed races this time in and deserves her chance in a race like the Ramornie.”

The Snowdens have enjoyed fantastic success in their first full season winning five Group One races and 76 winners all up.

“It’s been a very good year. Beyond our expectations,” Snowden said.