By Ray Hickson
It seems the Snowden stable is producing a young gun on a weekly basis at the moment but co-trainer Paul Snowden says there’s very much a long game happening with their two-year-olds.
If either debut winner Aim or Gimcrack runner-up Stellar Pauline can win the TAB Venue Mode Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday the Snowdens will have won the two-year-old race three Saturdays on end in what is looking a mini-domination at this stage of the season.
It’s easy to forget the father and son team train the current Golden Slipper favourite Dame Giselle, winner of the $1m Golden Gift, given they’ve produced promising youngsters like Sancy, Inglis Classic winner Wild Ruler, Aim and Bartley in December alone.
And it’s Sancy that provides an illustration of the Snowden philosophy on placement as they’ve turned their backs on the Magic Millions with her to aim up at the autumn features.
“The owners were great and totally supported our decision to put her out and bring her back to give her a crack at the races she dearly needs to be saluting in,’’ Snowden said.
“We aren’t putting a huge emphasis on numbers as far as Magic Millions goes but we’ve had a few nice horses step out pre-Christmas which is always encouraging.
"Before you know it you have Blue Diamonds and Golden Slippers on your door once Santa’s come.’’
Both Aim and Stellar Pauline are racing for Magic Millions berths at Randwick and Snowden said both youngsters are more than capable of booking a place.
Stellar Pauline was $3.70 TAB favourite on Thursday for her resumption since her closing second behind Every Rose in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) back in October.
Snowden said there’s every reason to suggest she’ll be hard to beat on Saturday.
“She was a little unlucky not to win, she ran into a fair bit of trouble,’’ he said.
“The winner has come back in good style and I’d like to think she has as well.
“She’s good enough, she’s been prepared really nicely and even if she just runs a place it will probably confirm her spot in the Magic Millions.’’
Aim caused a mini upset when he charged over the top of favourite Blondeau to score on debut at Rosehill on December 11, clocking 11.53 for his last 200m (Punter’s Intelligence) or some 2-1/2 lengths faster than anything else.
Stellar Pauline runs second in a Kembla trial on December 11
Snowden said Aim will handle the relatively fast turnaround into his second start and if there’s a genuine tempo he’ll again be storming.
“We were there to run well so it wasn’t a surprise, the way he did it you’d think a fast run race will suit him and he’ll be strong late,’’ he said.
“He looks like a three-year-old and I believe he can cope with the racing. He’ll balance up and the speed will determine how far back he gets but what he has got is a good turn of foot that will come in handy.’’
Dame Giselle is the $11 Golden Slipper favourite with TAB and she’s back in work along with Golden Gift third placegetter Blaze A Trail ($26).
Of the other Snowden runners at Randwick on Saturday, Paul Snowden highlighted Smartedge (race 5) as a leading chance.