Team Snowden bringing the big guns for Golden Rose
I T’S Grand Final time for many of Australia’s best three-year-olds. Tomorrow’s Group 1 ATC Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens carries a purse of $1m plus the prospect 10 or even 20 times more if the winner is a colt.
That certainly applies to Golden Rose favourite Menari who is unbeaten this preparation including his record breaking win over main rival Pariah in the Run To The Rose.
Is tomorrow’s race going the same way or will the unbeaten Melbourne star Merchant Nav y spoil the party? Or will one of fillies win? Get set for the best Golden Roses y yet.
MENARI is the dominant fa- vourite heading into tomor- row's Group 1$1m Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens, but Team Snowden is planning an ambush. Peter and Paul Snowden will have Pariah, Dracarys and As- similate in the race and know a thing or two about peaking a horse for its grand final — even if it suffered defeat at a previous start. Menari was the classy winner of the Run to the Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 9, de- feating Pariah by 1.5 lengths in what seemed to be an easy hi-tout for the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel colt. But don't think he'll get the same cushy run tomorrow. "It won't be run like the Run to the Rose. There's speed and there's speed there in numbers so it's a completely different ket- tle of fish. There are about eight horses that go forward, on pa- per," Paul Snowden said. "You can take out plenty from the Run to the Rose knowing this is 1400m, a different dis- tance, different scenario and everything changes. "Our horse can be anywhere. He gets ridden to the pattern and the tempo of the race "They're not going to be run- ning slow. If Menari wants to dictate like he did the other day he's definitely going to be run- ning time so we'll see if he can run a solid 1400m." After Menari drew out wide in gate 11 he drifted slightly from $1.90 to $2. He firmed dramatically from a $2.50 chance last Saturday to be as short as $1.90 on Monday after bets of $10,000 at $2.50 and $16,000 at $2.30 were taken on Sunday. Menari was best backed in pre-post betting with 36 per cent of the money. While Pariah is Team Snowden's top seed, other stable runners Dracarys and Assimi- late can't be dismissed either on current form. Dracarys finished behind sta-blemate Assimilate over 1200m in the winter, but backed that up last month with a good win against Gold Standard in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes. Gold Standard has since gone on to win the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, which gave the Snowdens more confidence. "The form, with Gold Stand- ard winning, just keeps topping up so it can't be a bad thing," Snowden said. "They're all quality horses. It's like that every year and any- thing can happen in this race and it's a strong field." Assimilate was the eye-catch- er in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality on August 26. He was flying home over the 1400m, and Hugh Bowman sticks with him after a recent 1045m barrier trial at Randwick where he finished first in 1.02.10, covering the final 600m in 34.70. "All three of my horses go very well so there will be no surprises to see them run big races," Snowden said. "Assimilate and Dracarys are coming through a pretty similar preparation but the common de- nominator is their form has held up for the past two months. This was before the Menari runs came along so they tick a box there. "They'll both run right through the line and will be hard to beat."