Apr 18, 2017
Calanda dug deep to make it back-to-back wins in the $50,000 Bowermans Office Furniture BenchMark 78 Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury on Easter Monday.
First up from a spell under the guidance of champion jockey Hugh Bowman, the son of Snitzel got caught deep early and settled midfield without cover for a majority of the journey however the pair made up significant ground at the 200 from what looked an impossible position and somehow found another gear with just 50 meters to go with an emphatic victory ahead of Queen of Kariba.
“I honestly didn’t think he’d get there in time. It was quite an effort, this horse has a great turn of foot,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“He’s still learning what it’s all about but you can see that he wants to win and that’s all you can ask.
“We’ll now look towards the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on April 29 and if all goes well there, the Scone Guineas in May but we’ll take it one race at a time.”
Team Snowden are having a super the run with Snitzel-bred horses with Russian Revolution, Invader and Redzel all saluting at stakes level in recent weeks.
Calanda, who races in the now familiar China Horse Club colours, has now extended his career record to three wins and two minor placings from just five starts for $231,775,000 in prizemoney.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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