Snitzel without peer
Ryan helps Arrowfield great break a 40 year-old record
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)