By Ray Hickson
The for sale sign is about to hang over consistent filly L’Cosmo so trainer Peter Snowden says Wednesday’s Warwick Farm meeting would be a good time for her to post an overdue win.
L’Cosmo has finished in the first three 11 times in her 14 starts but just one of those podium finishes is a victory and she’s been listed to go through the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in late July.
Snowden said the stable has elected to bring the three-year-old back in grade in the Blue Point @ Darley Handicap (1200m) in the hope she can get back on top.
“She’s going well but she needs to come back (in class) and get a win if she can against lesser opposition and get her confidence up,’’ Snowden said.
“I still think there is a future for her but she needs to do it quickly because she is coming up for a sale pretty soon.’’
There has been a few droughts broken in recent weeks by horses with similar records to L’Cosmo, True Detective and Word For Word come to mind, and Snowden said there’s nothing wrong with her overall form.
She was narrowly beaten by Dirty Work, who subsequently won a stakes race, first-up then split Fituese and Witherspoon before running a respectable fifth behind Fituese in the Listed Denise’s Joy a month ago.
L'Cosmo's last start at Rosehill on May 30
At her latest run L’Cosmo ($6.50 with TAB) ran on from near last beaten four lengths by Mo’s Crown on a heavy track at Rosehill on May 30, she ran the race's fastest last 600m there (35.06, Punter's Intelligence), and it’s just the track condition Snowden sees as a negative.
“The only thing I’m worried about is the heavy ground,’’ he said.
“Apart from the (Denise’s Joy) the only times she’s been out of the placings has been on heavy 8.’’
A wet track doesn’t concern Snowden one bit about the lightly raced Seventh Seal’s chances – in fact they quite excite him – in the Ranvet Handicap (1300m).
The well bred gelding kicked off his second campaign with wins at Canberra, the only time he’s seen a heavy track, and Goulburn and Snowden said he’s had excuses in two starts since then.
He was a drifter in betting at Newcastle on May 20, on an improving soft track, and was reeled in late running second to Arthur In Charge over 1200m.
“He loves the wet ground, he absolutely swims,’’ he said.
“I’ve been hanging out for a heavy track the whole time we’ve had him so we should see the best of him.
“His form is all right actually. He jarred up on a good 4 (two starts ago) and back to a softer track he ran very well the other day.’’
The Snowden camp has a dual presence in the 2020 Yulong Stallions Plate (1100m) with youngsters Dance and Edmond seeking their first win, the latter having recovered from a knock to the leg that saw him scratched late from Canterbury last week.
Both have been runner-up in each appearance this time in and Snowden said everything he’s seen of the pair say that there might not be a lot between them.
“They are knocking on the door, it’s hard to split them actually,’’ he said.
“I thought the barrier draw might have helped but it’s not a big field anyway. They worked together on Saturday morning and there wasn’t much between them then so it’ll probably be luck in running that will decide it.”