By Brad Gray
Eawase has the same striking white blaze and chestnut colour as her mum Karuta Queen but beyond looks, that’s where the similarities end at this early stage for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained two-year-old.
The filly will be the first of the Karuta Queen progeny to hit the track, with her first foal a three-year-old Big Brown filly named Infliction still yet to race for Eagle Farm-based trainer Steven O’Dea.
Sired by a Golden Slipper winner in Sebring and out of a Magic Millions winner, who also later claimed an open age Group One, it’s no surprise that China Horse Club forked out $500,000 for Eawase at the 2017 Magic Millions God Coast sale.
So what can we expect from Eawase on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens when she steps out in the Merry Christmas ATC Members Handicap (1100m)?
“She was slow to jump in her first trial but got home quite well and then we took her to Wyong on Monday and she trialled nicely jumping with them and doing everything right,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“She has pleased us since the trial and we’ve used it as her main bit of work.
“She hasn’t got that same jump and run speed (as Karuta Queen), wanting to go hard, which is a good thing, but she is a very sharp worker at home. She’ll improve out to the 1200m later on that’s for sure.”
Snowden was measured on her Magic Millions prospects but if she finds herself heading north in January she could have company.
“She is in at the right time but it’s a big step to go to something like that. She has to prove herself yet,” said Snowden.
Eawase trialling at Wyong - December 4
“Bondi trialled on Monday and Legislation will trial on Friday. They’ve both got to come back in good order and be heading the right way before we make any plans.”
It’s notoriously difficult to have horses peak for two grand finals, and perhaps even harder for two-year-olds, but the Snowden team achieved the rare Magic Millions-Golden Slipper double with Capitalist in 2016, becoming just the third horse to do it after Dance Hero and Phelan Ready.
“It’s about performing on the day and recovering from a really hot day like that. It all comes down to the individual and what conditions are served up,” Snowden explained.
Poetic Charmer, meanwhile, will be out to go one better when he takes his place in Saturday’s #THERACES Plate (1400m).
“He was good first up but got a little bit keen midrace which took a bit of the polish off him the last 150 yards,” Snowden.
“He got on the chewy at a couple of vital stages when the pace slackened and it took him a while to relax. There was some excuse there but he probably still should have won. We are not complaining though as it was the stablemate that just nabbed him.
“Just looking back on those crucial parts of the race is probably what brought him undone.”
Snowden was upbeat about the chances of Prince Famous while he rated Secret Trail a knockout player if they run along in front.
TAB Fixed Odds have opened Eawase at $6 ahead of her debut.