Peter Snowden has an abundance of ability to choose from as he selects his stable’s best to compete in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Snowden has a stellar team of three-year-old horses who are waiting ready to contest many of the carnival’s top races.
”We concentrate on two- and three-year-olds, and that gives us all a great buzz,” he said.
“The season we’ve just had was a great testament to the hard work everyone puts in.”
The trainer said his Melbourne talent will be made up of predominately sprinters, as staying horses are sent overseas.
”We identify early the above-average horses with staying ability that are to go overseas, and that’s how it works,” Snowden said.
Snowden said he does not anticipate to ever have a Melbourne or Caulfield Cup horse because of this system.
“That’s one (slight downside) but there are thousands of upsides,” Snowden said.
”It’s a bit of a quirk of the job, I suppose, but I love what I do and feel very lucky to be able to do it.”
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sepoy will also feature in this year’s spring carnival, but Snowden said he will not contest the 2011 Caulfield Guineas.
”He’s a sprinter, and that’s what he does best,” Snowden said.
”That’s not to say that he might not run a mile but we’ll be happy to wait until next autumn to find that out.
”He’ll start off on the 14th and might have about five runs for the campaign.
“His main aim is the Coolmore on (Victoria) Derby day but he might go through the (Group 1) Manikato Stakes as well.”
Another of Snowdon’s stable stars, Helmet, is likely to have his first run back in the $1 million Golden Rose in Sydney on September 10.
”He’ll kick off with two runs in Sydney, maybe taking in the Golden Rose, and then come to Melbourne for the Guineas Prelude and then guineas,” Snowden said.
And Beaded, who was almost retired following this year’s Brisbane Winter racing Carnival, will spend her spring and autumn campaigns avoiding the super mare Black Caviar.
”She’ll have a few races in the spring and the same in the autumn and then probably finish off in Brisbane,” Snowden said.
“But we’ll be selective with her. We’ll want to dodge Black Caviar.”
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