By Ray Hickson
The weather will have a big say in what horses turn up at Rosehill on Saturday from the Peter and Paul Snowden stable but it’s guaranteed one of the potential spring stars will be turning up at Tuesday’s Randwick trials.
Dual Group 1 winner King’s Legacy is all set to kick off his spring after completing his first major piece of fast work on Thursday morning and Snowden said he’s doing everything right to this point.
King’s Legacy is a $15 chance with TAB in the Golden Rose market, the colt’s first major aim this spring, and he will trial twice before resuming two weeks earlier on September 12 in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m).
“We gave him his first good click up this morning (Thursday), he’s had a few fitness gallops, and he went great,’’ Snowden said.
“James McDonald came in and rode him and gave him a big tick so he’s right to have his first trial on Tuesday.”
The Snowden stable won 41 two-year-old races last season so there’s a bit expected of that generation as they’ve turned three from the likes of King’s Legacy, Golden Gift winner Dame Giselle, Aim and Stellar Pauline to name a few.
“They were only lightly raced and not many went to the well, probably Aim and Stellar Pauline raced on the longest and I’m happy with how both came back,’’ he said.
“Aim trialled way above what he normally does and Stellar Pauline only had a soft trial but she has 100 per cent improved.
“There were some really good three-year-olds last year, it’s a big leap but hopefully we see the same this year.
“The sprinting ranks are a bit fine at the moment, there’s been an exodus of a lot of older horses, so we need them coming through to put a bit of acid in the water and make things a bit tougher for Nature Strip.”
As far as Saturday’s Rosehill meeting is concerned Snowden said Hightail will run in Melbourne, so is out of the Group 2 $200,000 Iron Jack Missile Stakes (1200m), while Ramornie winner Signore Fox is remaining in Sydney but a heavy track will likely see him stay in his box.
Three-year-old colt Rulership’s presence in the Listed $140,000 Schweppes Rosebud (1100m) is also track dependent, with the San Domenico Stakes in three weeks a back-up.
Snowden said Hightail has a couple of options beyond his assignment at Flemington and the spring isn’t high on his agenda being a Magic Millions horse.
“There’s no coming back (from Melbourne) at the moment and there’s a couple of races there for Hightail if he runs well enough,’’ he said.
“There aren’t a lot of options for Signore Fox there and if it stays wet here we can put him out.
“We’ll see what happens, if it’s any worse than a soft 7 (Signore Fox) won’t run and we might look at the Show County in a couple of weeks and hope the weather turns around.
“Rulership really wants good ground, at his only (heavy) run in the Kindergarten he only hacked through it so the weather will determine whether he runs.
Flit runs second in a Hawkesbury trial on July 20
“His work has been good, his trial was good and he had a 1000m jump out before that. The trial told me he’s going well enough but if he gets a 7, 8 or 9 we probably wouldn’t run.’’
One horse that’s definitely lining up is stayer California Longbow, an $8.50 chance with TAB in the ClubsNSW Western Metropolitan Region Handicap (2400m).
The five-year-old finished a close up fourth behind Korcho over the same course two weeks ago and against familiar opposition Snowden said he can make up the deficit.
“He’s rock hard fit now and he’s handling his racing really well,’’ he said.
“I thought he was a bit too close the other day, it’s a similar field but we will ride him a bit more conservatively early and he was only beaten a length so I think we can make that up.’’