Snitzel with­out peer

Ryan helps Ar­row­field great break a 40 year-old record

The Sportsman Weekend - - Chartform - By SHAYNE O’CASS

HOW fit­ting that it was Gerald Ryan who sup­plied the win­ner that saw Snitzel eclipse With­out Fear’s 40 year-old record for most num­ber of in­di­vid­ual twoyear-old win­ners in a sea­son last week­end.

Pym­ble’s easy win at New­cas­tle saw Snitzel’s tally tick over to 31, one more than last sea­son where he equalled for­mer Lind­say Park Stud cham­pion With­out Fear’s epic 1976-77 sea­son.

Ryan is re­ferred to by Ar­row­field Stud boss John Mes­sara as ‘Mr Snitzel’ and not just be­cause he trained the horse through­out his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

Ryan’s record with the breed is re­mark­able.

Pym­ble was Ryan’s 58th in­di­vid­ual win­ner by Snitzel.

Those 58 ners have won 121 races be­tween them and in­clude a dozen stakes-win­ners of 28 Group and Listed races.

In­ter­est­ingly, seven of those are Ar­row­field grad­u­ates in­clud­ing his Light­ning Stakes win­ner and Golden Slip­per run­ner-up, Snitzer­land.

Ryan was acutely aware of Snitzel’s cir­cum­stance of need­ing one more win to set a new bench­mark and was ea­ger to oblige.

“I was happy about, I trained Snitzel’s first win­ner ever – In­ter­tidal at Rose­hill (Oct. 24, 2009), he was also his first twoyear-old win­ner and it so it was good to train the one that broke the record,” Ryan said.

“I told (Snitzel’s owner) Damien Flower when I bought him that this horse could gal­lop and he would make a stal­lion but not in my wildest dreams did I think he would do what has done.”

“He’s been a very good horse to me.”

May has been a ter­rific month for Snitzel.

He’s in­creased his Aus­tralian prize­money by more than $1.3 mil­lion, slip­ping past Street Cry to claim the No. 1 spot, and an all-time earn­ings record, on the Aus­tralian Gen­eral Sires’ premier­ship.

Ar­row­field cham­pion stal­lion Snitzel and his for mer trainer Gerald Ryan (in­set)

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