MUNCE ON RAIN WATCH FOR SNOOPY

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MARK OBERHARDT

TRAINER Chris Munce is closely watch­ing the weather be­fore com­mit­ting much-trav­elled Snoopy to his Bris­bane de­but at Doomben.

The track was sat­u­rated by 65mm of rain on Wed­nes­day but of­fi­cials hope the track can get back to soft by to­mor­row.

Snoopy is ex­pected to have his first start for Munce in the Group 3 Ge­orge Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.

“Snoopy has wet weather form but I don’t want to start him first up on a bog track. I will have watch the weather but at this stage he is start­ing,” Munce said.

The geld­ing won six races in Vic­to­ria and NSW when trained by the Hawkes train­ing part­ner­ship.

But his best run was sec­ond to Clearly In­no­cent in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes at Scone May.

Af­ter that race Clearly In­no­cent went on to win the Group 1 Kings­ford Smith Stakes at Ea­gle Farm.

Af­ter Snoopy was well beaten in Rose­hill in June, his own­ers Whitby Blood­stock and Wer­rett Blood­stock de­cided his fu­ture was in Queens­land.

“I have had a bit of suc­cess for them and it was good to get a more than handy horse from them. If you look at his form it has been against some top­sheIf op­po­si­tion,” Munce said.

He has been happy with Snoopy since he came back into work two months ago.

“He only had 20 starts and has a good win­ning strike rate,” Munce said.

“Snoopy has won three times first-up and been sec­ond an­other time. It is a tough race on Satur­day but he has to start some­where.”

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