While all eyes were on favorite Zaaki, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained former French galloper Huetor had been quietly working toward his Group 1 debut in the Doomben Cup (2100m).
Huetor came to Australia as the winner of two of his nine starts in France, but since joining Team Snowden, has extended that record to six wins from 16 starts, including the Group 1 Doomben Cup.
During his first Australian preparation, Huetor remained unbeaten in each of his three starts at Newcastle, Rosehill and Randwick. Following his return and a first-up run on heavy ground at Randwick, Huetor was sent to Queensland where he finished fourth to Zaaki in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast before his Doomben Cup success.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said of Huetor:
“He’s been working up to a performance like this today, it has just taken a bit of racing to get him there.”
After a run of bad weather saw the running of the Cup delayed a week and a change of venue to neighboring Eagle Farm, Huetor welcomed returning to a good track.
“We thought the horse had it in him,” Paul Snowden said.
“His first two runs had been on testing ground which he’s not a fan of, he hacks through it.
“There was more to the run at the Gold Coast than what meets the eye.”
While Huetor surprised punters with his boil over win, one person who was full of confidence heading into the Doomben Cup was Kerrin McEvoy, who has partnered Huetor since he arrived in Australia. Kerrin, who scored his 80th Group 1 win said:
“He is a lovely horse in the making and that was such a great performance today.”
After his run in the Q22 at Eagle Farm on 11 June 2022, Huetor is now enjoying a spell before coming back to focus on his Spring assignments.