Snowden banking on Calanda’s class
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