Training duo Peter and Paul Snowden eye Stradbroke success to finish impressive season
By Chris Roots
The Sydney Morning Herald
Peter and Paul Snowden won’t look back on their first year of operation as a partnership – that’s not their way – but the numbers are impressive.
Five group 1 wins in four different states, including two-year-old Pride Of Dubai, three-year-old and now stallion Shooting To Win and victories at weight-for-age.
A big handicap is all that is missing and Hot Snitzel and Charlie Boy will look to provide that in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap.
“Things have panned out well for us,” Peter Snowden offers. “It has been a good year but we concentrate on looking forward. You can’t change the past. We are still improving and a lot of our stable are two-year-olds, so it should get better with time. ”
The Snowden partnership has been striking at 25 per cent in the group 1s and has added another four placings at the highest level. It is as many group 1s as Snowden prepared in all but one of his years at Darley.
The Snowdens, after finishing up with Darley, started from scratch about 18 months ago at the yearling sales and had no trouble finding clients. However, the addition to the Snowden team of Triple Crown syndications has added a late-season surge.
Hot Snitzel and Charlie Boy arrived with good records but in a couple of starts both have added group 1 form. They will look to win a race that has eluded Snowden.
“When I was at Darley, Beaded ran fourth in a blanket finish one year and then got run down by Sincero in the last couple of strides the next,” Snowden said. “It is one of those races for me and one I want to win because its history.”
The Snowden and Triple Crown partnership has been very strong during the Stradbroke lead-ups, with Hot Snitzel’s surprise win in the BTC Cup before Charlie Boy beat all but Boban in the Doomben 10,000.
“I think with these two the change of environment has helped as much as anything,” Snowden said. “You have to be happy with what they have done going into the Stradbroke and on their work there isn’t that much between them.”
Charlie Boy has drawn the better of the two, coming up with gate seven. The Snowdens have only had him for this preparation, which started with a game fifth in the Hall Mark Stakes in Sydney before his BRC Sprint win.
Then he briefly looked the winner in the Doomben 10,000 only to find Boban a head too strong at weight-for-age.
“He gets a good weight turnaround on Boban for that head and has the good draw,” Snowden said. “He is the sort of horse that will be happy anywhere in the field and should get a good run. I thought his 10,000 was great and he is getting better now.”
Hot Snitzel hasn’t been seen since sitting on the back of the speed in the BTC Cup and proving too strong for Knoydart and Our Boy Malachi. He will look to join Thorn Park in completing the BTC Cup-Stradbroke double.
“The draw hurts his chances but he gets around Doomben very well and the 1350m suits him,” Snowden said.