Snowdens to Rule at Farm
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. (N/R) denotes no rating.
5. STARDOME (N/R) accepted for Kembla (today) but surely he will run- in this race instead. He is very much ‘his father’s son’, gosh he is a nice colt, all Savabeel from nose to tail. How did
sell for only $135,000 in NZ at Karaka? Great pedigree too – being a three-quarter to Brisbane Cup and Summoned winner Floria. Dam is by Pentire. This guy will run a mile easy one day but he also looked sharp enough in his one and only trial (a win!) to run 1100m on debut. 3. GOLDEN SHOULDER (N/R) is trained by Tracey Bartley and looked rather a handy type when placing in his two trials, the last one he should and could have won by a neck or half length – easy! Dam has thrown 7 to race so far, 6 winners, 1 sw’er, 1 sp’ed. 2. FORTIFICATION (N/R) is a Gwenda Markwell colt by Redoute’s Choice who was tipped out after a pretty encouraging debut at Kembla on Apr 7. Terrific trial at WF Aug. 24 where he closed off really well late.
WE, the Sportsman, were all over 6. NAKEETA JANE (N/R) when she stepped out on debut in a race at Kensington Sep. 5. How was $20 to $21 and not $12 to $8 is anyone’s guess. Did anyone watch her trials?
look at pedigree? Anyway, she ended-up running 0.5-lens 2nd charging home down the outside in the 1400m maiden. Will 1400m be too short here? That’s the only query. Oh, that, and toppie 1. RANIER (N/R) who has a decent weight to carry (61kg) at this, his first run over 1400m. He has also draw 11 but the 1400m at the Farm, that’s not really an issue to be concerned about. I gather his class would take him the extra 100m from his last start 3rd over 1300m at HQ. Before that he was 1.3-lens 2nd to Miss Fabulass which reads well now after her win in the Tea Rose on Saturday. Blinkers first time. 11. ZENARDINI (N/R) is 3s 0-0-0 which is astonishing when you look at what she does in her trials. She looks a moderately classy filly on occasion juts not so far raceday. 8. BRING THE MAGIC (N/R) has obvious claims. If there was a horse that gets into the medals and pays $20+ place, it might be 10. JUST PRUDENCE (N/R).
MATTHEW Smith has two entered here in 8. LASHES (N/R) and 12. NOT A ZIN ZAN
both are terribly interesting fillies. Lashes is a debutant who sold for $125,000 at the Inglis Classic. Not a bad pick-up for a filly by I Am Invincible out of mare who won 5 races over in WA. Lashes has trialled 4 times, one each in March and April before winning WF heats on Aug. 24 and Sep. 7 respectively. Jason Collett has ridden her at 3 of the 4 trials he is on for the debut. As her name suggests, Not A Zin Zan is a half to Zin Zan Eddie and Zin Elsie who are by Zizou. This one is by Not A Single Doubt who is not only an vastly better sire than Zizou. but the mating means that Not A Zin Zan is in-bred 3 X 3 through a son of a daughter to Snippets. Wow, that is some explosive in-breeding. Started big odds on debut, didn’t do much, spelled, had two easy trials. I should say for the record that have Waller’s 12. VOILA (N/R) in for second. This Choisir filly of Denise Martin’s ran a great race when 0.2-lens 2nd to Tough Larry first-up.
MORE often than not, I avoid these 2200m WF midweekers like Kevin Coster movies but in this case, not so. It’s a fascinating race on a few levels, one is that we get to find out how good 6. IRON DUKE (69) is. The horse has won his last couple like Might And Power but there has to be a huge question mark about the opposition. Still, you don’t see many horses run over a trip with their ears pricked looking like they could literally go around again. The other ‘interest’ in the race is 4. HIGH BRIDGE (72) who made his Aussie debut – a winning one – on the flat having been over hurdles back in England for last 7 runs, all for Charlie Appleby. High Bridge has won 7 from 14 overall and is 4 from
second-up. Will he want more than 2200m? I am hoping that is the case. Having set the scene for what should be a highlight tomorrow, I am tipping 6. KEEP UP (69) to beat them all. Clare Cunningham has managed this horse really well in the 3 starts since he came over NZ, every one of those runs was better than the last. Right race, right jockey, right everything.
THERE are two horses racing at WF tomorrow that will be in stakes-races this spring and more than likely, winning them, and they are both from Snowden Racing. The one here is 12. JEN RULES (66), the other is Chabreet in the next race. Jen Rules is a $500,000 Easter Yearling by Redoute’s Choice from the Summoned line. The 3YO filly was $2.60 into $2.30 on debut when she won a nose in an 1100m Canterbury maiden on heavy 9. That’s big effort. Tipped out, trialled super at Rosehill on Sep. 3. Won’t be fully wound-up that’s true. but maybe class gets her home. 11. ALNAAS (61) has accepted for Kembla today and may very well go there. Whatever the case, this Joe Pride trained mare could be the danger to Jen Rules based on her 3.3-lens 5th to Madam Rouge in a deep Bm71 race at Canterbury last start. Third-up now, blinkers first time, she is a player. 2. RIDICULE (72) a highly valuable mare by So You Think out of G1 winner Russeting. The Brad Widdup trained 4YO is 7s 2-1-2 and has amazingly deep firm. She beat Dark Dream one day – he won a Derby after that and then there’s Ridicule’s first-up run, 3.4-lens behind Smart Melody at Wyong; Smart Melody won like Black Caviar up the straight last Saturday!
SPEAKING of Black Caviar, 9. CHABREET (68) was an even ‘better thing’ than her or Winx or whatever moral you care to suggest when she resumed at Newcastle on Aug. 25. A 4th in that Rosehill midweeker to Ringerdingding and Wagner would have guaranteed her victory not least the 4th in Written By’s Pago Pago! At Newcastle, Chabreet jumped from 8 of 8, sat outside the leader, took over at the top of straight and it was bye-bye. There was zero competition for Chabreet at Newcastle, not so this time, 1. SUPER EX (72) is a very good horse. The Mark Newnham trained 4YO is 6s 3-0-1, the unplaced runs are a 5th in Listed Gold Edition
disappointing (end of campaign) 15th of 16 in the Vo Rogue. Trialled twice, won them both. 2. ESPERANCE (70) was out of this world impressive when a flashing 2nd first-up, less so the next time but hardly disgraced with that big weight in a decent Bm74. 5. CHALK (66) and 8. UP TRUMPZ (65) are the mix.
KERRIN McEvoy dons the Ingham cerise colours here to ride the brilliantly named 12. PALMATEER (64). This daughter of Fastnet Rock out of Little Surfer Girl loves the trip and in so far of the 3s 0-0-0 at the track is concerned, two of them were pass marks. Palmateer was a 2.2-lens winner at Sandown-Lakeside on Jul. 18 then came home to Sydney where she next ran on Aug. 25 finishing a great 4th of 11 behind the really handy mare All Too Soon in 1500m race at Rosehill. I thought she is quite well weighted a race where there is nothing to be frightened off rival-wise. 2. EXCELSIOR (69) got a great ride from Tommy Berry when he finished 3rd to Zourkhan at Rosehill on Sep. 8. he sticks tomorrow, why not, and this is a big step off in class grade. This horse was a t/d winner two runs back with Tommy B in the saddle. Ticks all those boxes, bar the weight I guess. 8. NEWTOWN BLUEBAG (63) can always be counted on to rip home in his races. The horse has some compelling numbers including 7s 3-2-0 at the mile and his only t/d run was a 2nd beaten 0.2-lens that day.
WOW, what a great race to end the day, real Get Out Stakes with a lot of horses that are going to have support. I thought 5. DESERT LORD (66) was a good thing last week at Canterbury but he missed the cut given he was third emergency. Never mind, because I think the horse is even better suited here at the Farm. In fact, 2 of his 4 runs are here, and they were – not to put too finer a point on it – HUUUUUGE. Trialled like a bomb, blinkers first time, Tommy Berry on for the Hawkes’ – nice, nice and nice. Heaps of possibilities behind Desert Lord starting with the comeback mare 3. AQUA D’IVINA (71) who is 4s 2-2-0 and has trialled nicely. She has an X-factor about her and she resumes at home with a good alley and a 3kgs claim. My roughie in the race and possible quinella, duet bet with Desert Lord is 2. HIGHWAY (72) who was incredibly impressive beating the aforementioned Palmateer first-up at Newcastle last campaign then ended up 3rd to Youngstar in the Gold Bracelet at the GC. Failed on the testing Doomben track in Oaks after that but still makes her a ‘system horse. Trials have been great.
Peter (left), grandaughter Demi and Paul Snowden.