Triple Crown looks to Emperor’s Way to continue good run

THE Triple Crown Syndications silks made famous by Redzel in The Everest have been on a tear for the past month and trainer Paul Snowden thinks it could continue with Emperor’s Way and Island Missile at Rosehill on Saturday.

Peter and Paul Snowden are the exclusive trainers for Triple Crown and since the beginning of July, there have been 13 wins for the syndicator from 11 horses. It has taken their prizemoney to close to $10 million in the past year.

“They have had a lot of horses come in and racing in good form. We like those red colours,” Paul Snowden said. “There are some nice horses there for them and I think you will see them during the carnival.

“A stayer like Emperor’s Way is one of them and he has been getting ready for a race like Saturday.”

Emperor’s Way won five races from seven starts with a couple of other placings last preparation, which ended with him becoming a Listed winner in the Randwick City Stakes.

It means he started this preparation in black type grade and over the unsuitable trip of 1400m and 1500m where he has finished off his races from well back in the field. Emperor’s Way steps up in trip again for Saturday’s Premier’s Cup Prelude and it is the real beginning of his campaign.

“The thing with both his runs this time in has been he has made ground in races where you needed to be up on the speed, on tracks that were leaderish,” Snowden said. “They were both probably a bit short for him.

“His next couple of runs will tell if he is going to take the step to a Metropolitan type of horse. He is tracking the right way and gets to 1800m on Saturday, where he should be very competitive.

“The way he has been going this prep you would think he should run a good race.”

Island Missile is on the seven-day back-up after being the best of the closers when third to Bergerac at Randwick last Saturday. He meets the winner 4-1/2 kilos better for being beaten 1-3/4 lengths in a similar race.

“He has been racing well and is up to winning on a Saturday,” Snowden said. “He is very fit and there aren’t too many races left for him before the really good horses come back.”

Redzel started the public part of his preparation in a Gosford barrier trial on Monday, and did enough to impress the stable.

“He didn’t have the blinkers on but went great,” Snowden said. “We are going to take him along the same path as last year.

“He will have another trial to be ready for the Concorde Stakes [at Randwick on September 1].”

Words: Chris Roots