SNITZERLAND DOMINATES SAN DOMENICO STAKES
|Story By Rob Burnet|
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Snitzerland, racing for the first time since finishing second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m on the course on April 7, was out quickly from the barriers under Corey Brown and that was the only sight of her that the rest of the field saw.
Driefontein and Tommy Berry were out alongside Snitzerland and then sat in behind with this leading duo 2L ahead of the rest of the six horse field with Ninth Legion in third.
All Too Hard was slow away from the barriers and the $1.90 favourite was in trouble from that point. Up front Brown slowed the tempo on Snitzerland and with All Too Hard giving away 7L passing the 600m the task rapidly became insurmountable.
Brown allowed Snitzerland to ease into her work rounding the turn and the rest were already having trouble staying with the leader. He let her slip up again passing the 400m but then waited until they were 250m from the line.
Then Brown shook Snitzerland up and away she went. Brown looked over at the infield broadcast screen for a check on the progress behind, and then he twice glanced to his left just to make sure he was clear, which he was with ease.
The field were under pressure a long way out with All Too Hard coming down the outside, but not making clear progress until the final 50m. Driefontein held her second position with All Too Hard coming late for third with the margins 1 3/4L and 1L.
The time was 1.04.78 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 33.57. Snitzerland paid $3.30 on NSW TAB.
“That was just a nice barrier trial, she has had one trial and this filly does not cop a lot of work and she just helps herself,” said Ryan.
“It was a lively ride. He took the speed out of the race and set it up for herself. Simple, she is a good filly.
“I had my reservations about her as she was coming along until she trialled her a fortnight ago. She is such a laid back filly I do not know when she is going to jump out of the ground. After she trialled her next bit of work was sensational and then I knew she was back on track.
“She has only ticked over the last ten days and I am really happy as to where she is sitting at the moment,” he said.
Snitzerland won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1200m at Flemington on March 10 and she now returns to Melbourne for her spring racing.
She will next race in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 8 with the ultimate target the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 3.
“She is not going further than 1200m this time in, I reckon she will run 1400m but there are plenty of races in the autumn to find that out,” he said.
“She was just too good. Once I got to the front and backed off the tempo they were going to have to run I don’t know what time to beat her,” said Brown.
“The further the better and obviously the start is a concern and we need to get him to step away better than what he does,” said Dunn on All Too Hard’s performance.
Snitzerland, by Snitzel out of the Fraar mare Monte Rossa, was winning for the third time from six races for owners Neil Werrett, a co-owner of Black Caviar, and Encompass Bloodstock Syndicate managed by SB McCann. With her Slipper second place and a fourth in the Reisling Stakes she has earned stakes close to $1 million at $949,500.