WHOLLY IMPROVED COLT IN SNOW STOPPER
MICK Price knew Holy Snow had taken a step forward this campaign but even he was surprised by the colt’s runaway victory in yesterday’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
“I knew he’d be out the back and he’d run on well but I wasn’t expecting that,” Price said.
Holy Snow ($16), who was ridden by Mick Dee, settled last but swooped around the field to win running away by 1¼ lengths over another horse who was well back in Mr So And So ($21), with the same margin away third Astoria ($11).
Price said Holy Snow was difficult to train last campaign being a colt.
“It was a messy preparation. We had to spend a month or so getting his barrier certificate. He was a colt who wanted to get his own way,” Price said.
“He’s over his delinquent preparation now and he’s a stronger, more sensible horse this time in.
“He was good in the Stutt Stakes but he’d had enough by the time of the Caulfield Guineas.”
Price said the son of Fastnet Rock would be better suited by Flemington, which is where he would have his next start in in the Australian Guineas.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of him and can’t wait to see him second-up in the Australian Guineas,” he said.
Holy Snow was an $11 firmer in Ladbrokes betting on the Australian Guineas.
There was a big plunge on Villermont, who firmed from $7 into $4.40 favourite yesterday.
HOT SHOWING: Holy Snow.