Snow­den bank­ing on Ca­landa’s class

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an eye-catch­ing fourth in the Ar­row­field Sprint (1200m) be­hind Der­ryn on April 8, a sign she was back to her best form af­ter a sec­ond-up heavy track fail­ure.

The filly is one of handy book of rides for the in­form McEvoy who said he’s look­ing for­ward to part­ner­ing Godol­phin gal­loper Old North first-up and an ex-Kiwi mare called As­tara for the Snow­dens. oy gave Spright a gal­lop be­tween tri­als and re­ported no is­sues as she stretched out in the straight.

“She felt fine in the gal­lop, she dashed up nicely the last cou­ple of fur­longs,” he said.

“Hope­fully Garry (Frazer) can have her right. It’s her home track, 1400m and hope­fully the ground is in good con­di­tion.”

Spright hasn’t raced since

“As soon as she went into the gates came in sea­son straight away,” McEvoy said. “The bar­rier boys tried to get her in the gates and set­tled but she kept kicking out and sweated quite badly.

“She wears a bar­rier blan­ket and they tried it with­out that but she kept kicking out couldn’t shut the back gate.”

In­stead of tri­alling McEv- could be on the agenda.

All eyes will be on how lo­cally trained filly Spright han­dles her­self race day to­mor­row af­ter she went to pieces at the tri­als on Mon­day.

Jockey Ker­rin McEvoy gave quite a graphic de­scrip­tion, and we won’t go into full de­tails here, of what Spright experienced when pre­par­ing for a 1000m trial at Hawkesbury. CLASS is some­thing that can be hard to quan­tify but trainer Peter Snow­den is bank­ing on just that for ex­cit­ing three-year-old Ca­landa’s Hawkesbury mis­sion to­mor­row.

Snow­den has warned that the geld­ing could be a touch vulnerable sec­ondup in Group 3 $200,000 Black­town Work­ers Club Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) with his main aim still two weeks away.

Ca­landa re­sumed with a gutsy win against older horses at Can­ter­bury on April 17 and is be­ing set for the $400,000 Inglis Guineas (1400m) at Scone on May 13.

“He might be a tad short at Hawkesbury but I think he will per­fect for Scone, that’s the race I’ve aimed him at,” Snow­den said.

“I wouldn’t rule him out, he’s full of class. He keeps pulling some­thing out at the end his races which is a great sign for me.

“He lacks the race fit­ness but he’s not a gross horse and I don’t think con­di­tion will beat him.

“Race fit­ness on the day could tell in the last 100m.”

Snow­den was full of praise for Ca­landa’s firstup win where he was forced to track wide but that class kicked in and found the line.

That run was ev­i­dence to Snow­den sta­ble that Ca­landa has ma­tured now he’s in his third rac­ing prepa­ra­tion.

“There was noth­ing that did that all day, sat wide and won, there’s no doubt he’s a class horse,” he said.

“He only had a short prep last time in be­cause he started to lighten off. But he’s a lot big­ger and stronger than he was last prepa­ra­tion.

“I do like him. He came in at the same time as Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion and early days their work was very sim­i­lar.

“But (Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion) was a speed horse while this fel­low might get to a mile, we’ll see what hap­pens at Scone.”

Snow­den hinted if Ca­landa was to achieve his goal at Scone that it may not be the end of his cam­paign and Brisbane

Trainer Peter Snow­den says Ca­landa has im­prove­ment to come out of the Hawkes­bur y Guineas

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