By Brad Gray
Silence took top honours in the TAB Handicap (1200m) to open proceedings at Rosehill with the Foxwedge colt appreciating getting back onto a firm track.
In what looks a deep two-year-old race, Silence was sent around double figure odds fighting off a late challenge from the luckless race favourite Intrinsic who was caught on the fence for Brenton Avdulla.
Silence winning for Team Snowden and China Horse Club
“He is very genuine and won very well first-up at Newcastle over 900m running time but he found two soft tracks at his next two starts so back on top of the ground was a plus for him today,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.
“He has done a great job to win two out of four in his first prep. As a three-year-old he’ll come into his own and make a nice horse.”
It was a “10 out of 10 ride” from Glyn Schofield according to Snowden with Schofield bouncing out Silence from a wide draw before getting a perfect trail into the race behind a good tempo set by Pendeloque and Junglized, who was keen in the run.
“I was confident that I could bide my time and pounce when I needed to. I fought off the challengers late for a good win,” Schofield said.
“He has got a lot to like about him. He has speed, a bit of guts and has won a Saturday race now so onwards and upwards.
“There aren’t many that turn them out in better shape than Peter and Paul Snowden so you always go to the races for them with a bit of confidence and this horse gave me a good bit of confidence going down to the barriers too. He was in a really good frame of mind for a colt.”