It’s All Too Hard for boom colt
A CONFIDENT Corey Brown was laughing to himself a long way from home as Snitzerland struck the first blow of the new season with an upset all-the-way win in the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill yesterday.
Brown had an easy time on the Golden Slipper runner-up who ambled in front and left highly rated colt All Too Hard with too much to do as he came in almost three lengths behind in third with Driefontein splitting the pair.
”That was a nice barrier trial,” winning trainer Gerald Ryan said after watching the talented filly get away with an easy time in front in the 1100-metre group 3 contest.
”It was a lovely ride by Corey. He took the speed out of the race and she set it up for herself. She’s a good filly,” Ryan said.
Snitzerland won’t be seen again in Sydney, with Ryan mapping out a sprinting campaign in Melbourne for the filly aimed at the group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200 metres) at Flemington in November. Her next start will be in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
Brown declared the filly right on target for a lucrative spring.
”I wasn’t surprised that she led and got to the front so easily but I was laughing at the 600-metre mark because she just had it so easy in front and I knew they would have to run sensational times to get past her,” Brown said.
”I like the way she went through her gears as well. She accelerated and then when I gave her a backhander she found another gear. She’s right on track.”
Favourite All Too Hard was entitled to run home better, according to jockey Dwayne Dunn.
”I understand the times they ran from the front but I thought the two horses that he raced next to in the run, with his class I thought he would get past them a lot easier than he did,” Dunn said.
■The return to winning form by the talented Velrosso at Rosehill yesterday brought up four winners for leading trainer Chris Waller.
Waller could not hide his satisfaction with Velrosso’s come-from-last performance in the Mounties Handicap (1100 metres) to go with earlier wins by Stout Hearted, Nocturnelle and Mon Soleil.
Ridden by premier New Zealand apprentice Jason Collett, favourite Velrosso ($4.20) stormed home to beat Net Worth ($17) by a half-neck.
”It was a big step up for the horse today,” Waller said. ”He’s a gelding now and I think he’s in for a big preparation.”