Trainer Gerald Ryan aptly described Hot Snitzel as “a gutsy horse” after the son of Snitzel defied Manawanui in Saturday’s Gr 2 $175,000 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm. Hugh Bowman allowed Hot Snitzel to race prominently and shared the lead before the home straight.
Clear early in the final straight, Hot Snitzel (3 g Snitzel – Flames Of Paris, by Blushing Groom) ran on gamely to defeat¬†Manawanui (Oratorio), who ran on solidly in the final stages, with Moment Of Change (Barely A Moment), who shared the lead to the turn, sticking on well for third ahead of the fast finishing Rekindled Alliance (Redoute’s Choice).
“A good gutsy win but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him,”Ryan said. “He’s not top class but he’s a gutsy horse.”
“He’s come up bigger and stronger each time. We’ll keep placing him in races we think he can win and he’ll keep running well.”
“He’s ¬†a tough, genuine horse. I thought he’d run well first-up. He’s one of those horses that doesn’t disappoint you.” Bowman said of the winner.
The Group race for 3yo fillies on the card was won in similarly game fashion by the John O’Shea-trained Sea Siren (3 f Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile, by Success Express) who held off a late run from Streama (Stratum) to win the $175,000 Gr 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).
“We came here today very, very confident and Pumper rode her accordingly,” O’Shea’s stable foreman Bryce Heys said. “She’s a filly with a lot of quality and ability.”
O’Shea and Cassidy combined earlier in the day to win the Gr 2 $175,000 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Classic (1200m) with the improving Steps In Time (4 m Danehill Dancer – Rare Insight, by O’Reilly), who defeated an unlucky looking Beaded (Lonhro) by three-quarters of a length with Red Tracer (Dane Shadow) close up in third.
Steps In Time has been racing through the grades and yestrday was her first test in Group company.”Very good effort,” Heys said. “It obviously helped to have that fitness edge over those good mares.”
The Gr 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 24 at Rosehill was mentioned as a possible target for Steps In Time.
“That good residual fitness was a big plus.