Dec 29, 2018
A powerful finish has delivered a black-type win for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Military Zone in the $150,000 Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on Friday.
The well-supported gelding made it three wins from five starts and gave his sire, Peter Snowden’s former Group 1 winner Epaulette, a fourth individual Stakes winner.
A fast gallop set by She Will Reign's half-sister Rosina Kojonup, which received pressure from Tell Me played into the hands of Military Zone which was presented the widest by James McDonald on straightening before powering over the top of the leaders to draw clear and win easily.
“It was a dynamic win,” McDonald told Sky Racing. “We sat back and he produced a good turn of foot.
“The Snowdens know how to peak them for the right race."
Military Zone ($2.70 fav) defeated Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott's Terminology ($17) by 1-3/4 lengths with a length back to Tell Me ($4.40) in third. Rosina Kojonup ($3.40) weakened in the straight, beaten 3-1/2 lengths into fifth.
Paul Snowden said McDonald’s “execution of the ride was 10 out of 10”.
“I gave him a fair dinkum list and a half before he got on because he’d never ridden him before and he has got his little quirks,” he said.
“We thought they’d go a little bit hard today, he got good cover and finished off great.
“He’s always shown good black-type ability and hopefully there’s a little bit more to come for him.”
Words: racenet.com.au (Clinton Payne) Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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