By Brad Gray
At Warwick Farm
Nancy hadn’t won for over 600 days prior to Saturday but a return to her favourite track saw her break that run of outs.
In taking out the December Handicap (1400m), the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained mare made it five wins from 22 starts, with three of them coming at Warwick Farm.
Nancy breaking the drought
“She has been out of form to the point where she has been very frustrating. She is a mare with good ability but this preparation it has deserted her. Even last start her owner said this might be her last start, she isn’t showing enough but I said to just give her one more run,” said Paul Snowden.
That faith was certainly vindicated with Snowden pointing out the extra trip and quick back up were the chief reasons for her returning to the winners’ stall for the first time since April last year when winning the Group Three Hawkesbury Gold Crown.
“She has been running in 1200m races and to be fair has just been run off her feet. She is older now and looking for a bit more ground. I said to Andrew (Adkins) to just have her where she is comfortable, let her feel the pace of the race and let her tell you when she wants to go into the race at the right time,” he said.
“She did that perfectly, trucked up nicely coming to the corner and wobbled a bit in the straight as it’s been a while since she won but I’m really pleased she has won today.
“Backing her up has been a blessing in disguise because she is a nervous (mare) and sometimes backing them up you get a better result the second time through but it has worked out today.”
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Adkins added, “She felt good for the entire back straight traveling well underneath me. She let down well so it was a nice little win (but) she got lost late”
It provided the Snowden yard a double figure double with Wild ‘N’ Famous also sneaking under punter’s guards in the Hyland Boxing Day Sale Spring (1200m).
“Warwick Farm has been good to me. It’s a welcome home day,” said a sheepish Snowden.