Peter and Paul Snowden have decided to save Smartedge for later in the week but still go to Kembla Grange on Saturday with a good chance of taking the Brock Ryan Maiden Plate with debutante Conquest.
The Uncle Mo colt is owned in conjunction by the China Horse Club and Coolmore and has had four barrier trials in preparation for his debut, including splitting Pariah and Diamond Tahthagatha recently.
“He is a nice colt that is ready to go to the races,” Paul Snowden said. “He is going to get better as the races get longer but in a small field he will get his chance to have a good day out. The 1200m might be a bit short but he has some quality about him.”
The race was to bring together some of the better winter form lines with Godolphin putting the blinkers on Catesby after his third behind Calculated and Brave Song at Canterbury last time. He has since won a trial and is expected to start favourite.
The Snowden’s decided to wait for until Wednesday at Canterbury with Smartedge, which ran into D’argento on debut at Newcastle.
“We are just trying to pick the best path for him and it is just a race at a time with him. He hasn’t always shown us a lot of talent but he has matured and looks a nice horse but he still has to prove it,” Snowden said.
For Jockey Celebration Day, Illawarra Turf Club has named the races in honour of riders at the meeting.