Two-year-old colt Calgary Stampede, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, created a good impression when winning on debut at Rosehill.

Peter and Paul Snowden have their sights on a rich pre-Christmas payday for impressive Rosehill debut winner on Wednesday, Calgary Stampede. The two-year-old son of Snitzel was a $350,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale graduate and he backed up his solid wagering support when scoring a strong victory in the Harry Angel @ Darley 2YO Maiden Handicap (1100m).

Calgary Stampede was backed into $2.20 favouritism and proved too strong over the later stages, gunning down the Chris Waller-trained Waverider Buoy ($4) with the early leader Swift Sweet ($6.50), from the Mark Newnham stable, back in third.

“That run today might even switch him on a bit more,” winning jockey Tommy Berry told Sky Racing. “He does whatever you ask him. He put himself into the race, relaxed really well. He hasn’t really had a good click up at home yet and that was probably the first time he’s come off the bridle and had to find something. I was really happy with his last 100(m), he stretched out really well.”

Paul Snowden said after the race that the Inglis Nursery (1000m) on December 11 is likely to be the next target for Calgary Stampede which was installed at $101 with Sportsbet for the Golden Slipper. “He’s an Inglis graduate so that seems the likely stepping stone,” he said. “He’d done everything right at home but put under race conditions he certainly floated around a little. He’s very casual so it’s good to get this out of the way and we can certainly learn from today. He might be due for a little bit of head gear to help him focus up a bit. He’s got a good deal of ability and he just needs to realise that potential. There’s certainly a little bit of improvement left in him but his attitude and constitution at home, he takes everything in his stride which is what you want to see with a two-year-old.”

Wednesday’s victory by Calgary Stampede gave the Snowdens their second two-year-old winner of the season after Russian Conquest kicked off proceedings for the Randwick stable in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle last Saturday.

By Clinton Payne, Racenet

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