Dynamic duo keen for Alice
THE 2017 Darwin Cup-winning jockey, Jarrod Todd, believes he is in with a genuine shot at winning aboard Snowtrooper in the feature racefour $18,000 John Flynn Handicap (1400m) in Alice Springs today.
Todd has an impressive record on the seven-year-old, notching 13 podium finishes, two of those being wins.
“He’s an ultra-consistent horse, and is good over the mile, 1200m or 1400m,” Todd said. “He’s not a Cup (Alice Springs Cup) horse, but he’s up to the standard of Cup lead-up races.”
Snowtrooper has not had a spell since his last break, which was from September last year until February.
From February 3, the versatile gelding has started in 17 races, with 11 placings and two wins in that time.
Todd was aboard on 14 of those starts.
“The horse has been in work for a while but he’s still fresh. I have to give credit to (trainer) Lisa Whittle for that,” he said.
Snowtrooper has drawn barrier two for today’s feature race.
“Having an inside barrier at Alice Springs can be tough because it’s only 50 metres until the first corner, so you can lose your position,” Todd said.
“But I don’t think he’ll have that problem because he usually jumps out well.”
Todd said he was also confident of five-year-old gelding Magnus Bay’s chances in the race-five Alf Traeger Handicap (1200m).
Other horses to look out for today are Ol’ Blue Eyes (trainer Russell Bell, jockey Michelle Hagley) in race one, Bonsai Boy (Kevin Lamprecht, Ray Vigar) in race two, Savatoxl (Will Savage, Barry Huppatz) in race three and The Hummel Lamprecht, Vigar) in race six.
Snowtrooper and Jarrod Todd have formed a winning partnership