Connections of lightly raced colt Oregon believe he will only get better heading into his three-year-old season after breaking his maiden at the third attempt at Canterbury.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Oregon made his own luck in front against a small field in Wednesday’s All Too Hard @ Vinery Handicap (1250m) for two-year-old colts and geldings in heavy conditions before going on to score by 1-1/4-lengths.
Paul Snowden said the colt would likely have a short break to get him on the right path to potentially compete during the spring and autumn carnivals.
“He’s a nice type of colt,” Snowden told Sky Thoroughbred Central. “It’s maybe a bit before his time this time in, because he’s still very immature, but time is going to be his best friend. We’ll give him a break and try to get him in step with things a bit later in the year.”
Oregon hit the line well from back in the field for third on debut over the same distance at Canterbury last month before stepping up to 1400m and finishing fourth to Achiever at Randwick in his second outing.
“He’s still learning his craft but it was a nice stylish win today,” McEvoy said.