Snowden looks to build on juvenile record in the Sires. Having trained his second Golden Slipper winner recently with Capitalist, Peter Snowden together with son Paul, will be looking to further add to their astonishing record in 2yo races in this Saturday’s ATC Sire’s Produce Stakes. Snowden has prepared three Sire’s Produce winners in the past five years, including last year’s victor Pride Of Dubai. This year, Snowden will be represented by Detective ($11) and Attention ($17) – both raced by the same interests as Capitalist. Whilst neither a strong chances according to the market – the Snowden camp are confident. On Attention, who comes off a strong G3 win, co-trainer Paul Snowden stated “He just keeps finding and we haven’t got to the bottom of him yet.” Although Detective is still a maiden having placed second on four occasions, Peter Snowden is confident in the horse will measure up. “He needs a kill, but he is more than up to this and everything that has beaten him has proven the form.
1 – TELPERION – J McDonald (4)
Ran an absolute cracker in the Golden Slipper! Was near enough to last on the point of the turn after jumping from a wide gate and had to weave a run near the fence through traffic to claim fourth (2.4 lengths). Previous runs include a third to Yankee Rose (2nd in Golden Slipper) and a comfortable Listed win.
Should prove hard to beat here.
2 – GOOD STANDING – J Bowman (12)
Toughed out a good win in the Skyline Stakes two runs back – his first outing since November of last year, before jumping awkwardly and taking little part in the Golden Slipper – finishing tenth. Prepared to forgive him last start of what we’ve seen of him thus far but will need to produce a big effort to be winning here from twelve.
3 – SEABURGE – M Zahra (11)
Comes to Sydney after a strong win over Detective in the VRC Sire’s Produce – at only his third race start. Promising son of Sebring – who won this race himself in 2008, who had every chance last time out, but hard to see him getting a smooth run in transit from gate eleven judging from the proposed speed map.
4 – ATTENTION – D Oliver (1)
Could cap off an extraordinary double for connections after Capitalist’s win in the Golden Slipper. Drew wide but went forward last start to sit on the pace and prove too strong for his rivals in the G3 The Schweppervescence (1400m), defeating Prized Icon – who finished third in the Black Opal at his previous start, by a long neck.
Gets a nice run here from gate one, has Damian Oliver and could be rated some kind of place hope for those looking to go wide.
5 – DETECTIVE – B Shinn (6)
Stable-mate to Attention who ran his fourth consecutive second – from as many career starts, when shaded by Seaburge last start in the VRC Sire’s Produce at Flemington. Honest competitor – who has run into Capitalist and Kiss And Make Up as well, so can find a smart one, and there are a couple of potential ones in this field. Gets every chance from six to break his maiden status here and if he did, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Good each-way value for mine at double-figure odds.
6 – CHIMBORAA – S Clipperton (10)
Beaten in a maiden at Newcastle and Wyong prior to coming to town for the G2 Pago Pago Stakes but produced an effort that surprised most, running second of ten and finishing a head away from winner Souchez. Souchez’s form was solid, without being outstanding, but this is a step up again and no surprise we don’t see him or others who contested the Pago Pago here.
7 – RIVO BOY – B Avdulla (9)
Only start to date was an eye-catching third to Divine Prophet in a Kembla Grange Maiden two weeks ago and whilst trainer Anthony Cummings never lets fear hold him back from a crack at races such as these with his gallopers, would think the step up in class is one way to wide for this So You Think colt to make.
8 – YANKEE ROSE – Z Purton (8)
A fantastic filly who just doesn’t know how to run a bad race it would seem.
Despite not having races for almost four months, she produced an outstanding effort in the Golden Slipper beating all home bar Capitalist. Improves with that effort you’d think, Zac Purton stick with her from the Slipper and would think there’s no reason she doesn’t run well here.
9 – ZAMZAM – N Hall (7)
Started odds-on last start in the Listed Valley Pearl and made owners and backers sweat it out before finally registering a head win over Legless Veuve. There was a margin to the rest of the field but there wasn’t great depth to that race and for her to be winning here for trainer David Hayes, would’ve liked to have seen her defeat her opponents with much more authority last time out.
10 – FARAWAY TOWN – J Ford (5)
Only win from her five starts was on a heavy track at Canberra – which followed a long neck second to Yankee Rose on debut however, her three starts since – where she’s drawn wider out, have seen her settle well back and fail to make much of an impression in the MM 2yo Classic and more recently, the Magic Night Stakes. Can take a more forward position here – or get a run behind the speed, but just don’t think she’s going well enough to be winning a Group 1.
11. OMEI SWORD – B Prebble (2)
Takes a while to warm up but when the daughter of High Chaparral does, she really covers the ground in good style. Posted an impressive win on debut at Rosehill in Maiden company but jumping straight into Stakes grade, and getting within a head of Calliope in the Magic Night Stakes. Should really appreciate the 1400m and Randwick straight – will be piloted by Brett Prebble – another plus and whilst $5 is as short as you would want to take, she has plenty of promise about her and can be right in the thick of things here.
12 – SPARKLE – T Berry (3)
Only placing from her three starts – all of which have been in Maiden class, was a lip second at Warwick Farm where she had every chance in the run. Much easier races available to her than this one.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Tricky race to assess – the 2yo over 1400m, many for the first time and with the track likely to be soft. Last favourite to win this race was Sebring in 2008.
Stick with Telprion after his slashing Slipper run – traditional the best pointer to this race, and being by Street Cry, would think he’s comfortable on the wet track. Omei Sword has only had two starts, but liked them both and is one that should really appreciate the 1400m on the big Randwick track.