By Ray Hickson
Everything about unraced filly Misteed has told the Snowden stable she has talent and it’s now up to the youngster to convert it to the track at Canterbury on Friday night.
Two barrier trial wins prompted TAB to mark Misteed the $2.90 favourite for the Win $10K Cash At Canterbury Park Nights Handicap (1100m).
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said it is the right race to kick off the filly’s career.
“Obviously off the back of Friday night we're going to know a bit more,’’ he said.
“We're going there with a bit of confidence, she's shown something at home.’’
Misteed, a $150,000 yearling, has shown significant improvement from her first to her second trial with the latest hit-out pleasing Snowden the most.
Misteed's easy barrier trial win at Rosehill - December 22
“She ran a bit on fear in her first trial and then we rode her back in behind and she relaxed really comfortably and finished it off well,’’ he said.
“You'd have to think off that draw (five) she'll settle in the first three or four with a bit of cover.’’
The Snowden stable has three runners in Saturday’s two-year-old event at Randwick – Sokudo, Commissioner and Eawase – so selected Canterbury for Misteed.
While she is a Magic Millions horse, Misteed is clearly not headed that way with the first prize of $21,970 not enough for her to make the final field.
“The Saturday race is crucial for a number of runners trying to qualify for a Magic Millions so this is more appealing at the 1100m,’’ Snowden said.
“All three of ours are looking for 1200m and that's why they are in that race. I'm not going to say no (to a Millions start for them) but they've got to win and they have to back up.’’
Team Snowden is hoping to open the Canterbury meeting with a repeat victory from lightly raced three-year-old Wooskha.
The filly, carrying the same colours as Misteed, broke her maiden status at Canterbury on December 20 and tackles the same course in the Book Summer Hospitality Today Handicap (1250m).
She only has three rivals after stablemate Star Galaxy had to be scratched and is the $2 favourite with TAB.
“On the nominations the stablemate was going to be hardest to beat but she was knocked around after that last run and is going to the paddock,’’ Snowden said.
”I would think it would be well and truly in her grasp to put another one together.’’
While Snowden can head to Canterbury with some confidence about the two fillies he’s more cautious about League of Nations in the TAB Plate (1100m).
Now a six start maiden, the gelding has been a beaten favourite in his last two appearances though Snowden said there was merit in his third at Canterbury a couple of weeks ago.
“His run the other day was good considering they didn't run the sectionals that would suggest he could run on,’’ he said.
“I thought he did a good job to get as close as he did.’’
Punters Intel data revealed that League Of Nationals easily clocked the fastest last 600m (34.66) out of that race won by We Have Lift Off.
“He draws well and with the right run in the race he can win,’’ Snowden said.