Peter and Paul Snowden are often referred to as the King and Prince of two-year-olds as has been their success with the youngsters and although they didn’t win the Golden Slipper, the stable is confident of winning Saturday’s $500,000 Group I Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
The father and son combination had two representatives in the Golden Slipper with Dame Giselle finishing seventh while her stablemate King’s Legacy was back in ninth but Paul Snowden believes the latter is crying out for 1400m.
The family training partnership will saddle up three juveniles for Saturday’s feature and have enlisted the services of three of Sydney’s top jockeys.
King’s Legacy has Hugh Bowman aboard, Aim has Kerrin McEvoy while James McDonald rides Bartley.
“Firstly King’s Legacy, is the type of horse that was always going to need further than six furlongs,” Paul Snowden said.
“Heading into the Slipper we needed to get him fit for such an important race but we were always confident he would improve out of the race, and be ready for the Sires and Champagne Stakes.”
“Aim is going really well. He never stopped trying in the Pago Pago and was the same distance at the end of the race as he was at 300m from the winner.
“The 1400m will be ideal and look if you go back two starts he didn’t have much luck behind Mamaragan in the Skyline and he’s favourite.
“I concede Mamaragan was on debut but it just shows it’s the right form line.
“Our third runner Bartley was kept over with the Sires in mind. He was over two months between runs and after not having much luck at Canberra he was beaten a pimple by the stablemate Barbaric.
“We have always liked this colt and even though his only win was at 1000m he always looked to us like he would relish 1400m. He is the one that may surprise a few, he is in really good condition.”
While discussing two-year-olds with Paul Snowden it would have been amiss not to get his thoughts on the stable’s two runners Rulership and Sancy in the day’s opening race, the Group III Kindergarten Stakes (1100m).
“Rulership has been freshened since what looked a disappointing run in the Blue Diamond, but look it’s been well documented what happened at Caulfield that day so it’s not worrying us,” Snowden said.
“He’s come back to Sydney in good order and the 1100m looks ideal. His trial was good and a good gate will allow him to get a nice trail.
“Sancy, well she had no luck at all first-up and she got tired as excepted. You just can‘t do that much work for a young horse. She has really pleased us since that run and her trial was spot on.
“She’ll have her work cut out beating the colt but I’m sure she can run well.”