It was a case of one up, one down for Peter and Paul Snowden with their three-year-olds on Saturday.
Golden Slipper winner Capitalist was only able to run fourth to Star Turn in the San Domenico Stakes under a massive steadier of 60kg, but soon after Russian Revolution got the job done to keep an unbeaten record in the Vain Stakes at Caulfield.
“He just floated a bit in the straight but did a good job to win. Mark [Zahra] said if anything had come at him he would have found another length or two,” Snowden said. “It was a good win and he will be better for that run down and [will] run in the McNeil Stakes there in a couple of weeks.”
Snowden said there was nothing wrong with Capitalist and just thought the conditions of the race and track might have played against him. The Golden Slipper winner was $2 to $2.50 in the ring before the San Domenico and didn’t let go as the stable expected. “He was there to win but with 60kg it was tough. The horse is very fit and he wouldn’t have blown a candle out after that, but all his runs had been on good tracks and that shifty going might not have been to his likely,” Snowden said. “I was still fairly happy with him.”
WINX TAKES IN THE DAY
Punters casting an eye over Chris Waller’s runners in the raceday stalls at Rosehill on Saturday might not have realised they were in the presence of greatness. “We brought Winx over here today just to give the experience. You wouldn’t have even known she was there,” Waller said. “I didn’t go up there but she would have enjoyed the race day like many people here.” Waller only had the one winner, Dubaiinstyle leading home a stable trifecta, beating Firebrid Flyer in a tight photo with So Willie.
Godolphin trainer John O’Shea thought Allergic might have been a run short heading to the Premier’s Cup Prelude but a brilliant Brenton Avdulla ride helped him to victory. In a race devoid of pace, Avdulla had the stayer box seating and he quickened well enough in the straight to win at1800m, which is a good sign going forward. “If you had a look at him in the enclosure he was still a good 10kg above where he needs to be,” O’Shea said “The soft run in transit and the beautiful ride by Brenton offset that. He is going to get better from that and races like the Newcastle Cup are in his scope, especially if he can get his toe into the ground.”
Some eye-catching early winter barrier trials materialised into a group 2 success at Caulfield on Saturday when high-class mare Miss Rose De Lago upset some of her more credentialed male opponents by winning the Lawrence Stakes. In doing so, Miss Rose De Lago maintained her liking for the Caulfield circuit, notching up her fourth win from just five starts. However, the mare’s job was made a little easier by the hectic early speed set by Lord Of The Sky and The Cleaner during the 1400-metre weight-for-age event. “She had trialled really well, she gave me a good feel and I was more than happy to take the ride,” jockey Damien Oliver said. Trainer Danny O’Brien said he had looked at the programming for Miss Rose De Lago but couldn’t find any of the better mares’ races which had the distance to suit and that was the reason for her appearance in the Lawrence Stakes. “The really good ones are coming back in two weeks.”
with Pat Bartley