Jan 18, 2019

Peter Snowden made the trip to Pakenham on Tuesday morning to oversee the trials of his two Blue Diamond hopefuls Catch Me and Anaheed as the build-up to Victoria’s premier two-year-old race intensifies.

Both won their respective 900-metre trials and are being aimed to run in the fillies division of the Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on January 26.

“They trialled how I wanted them to see them trial, the Blue Diamond is just around the corner on Saturday week so I wanted to see a nice trial from both fillies and I thought they delivered quite well today,” Snowden said.

“Physically there has been good improvement in them, which is what you always want to see, they were both two nice fillies before they went out and they have just got stronger this time and they look a little better for it.”

Catch Me, winner of the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on debut, won her heat in a time of 51.84 seconds, which was noticeably faster than Anaheed, who recorded a time of 53.17 seconds in the opening heat.

“It is shame we have got to compare them, they are two quality fillies, especially Catch Me, her win in the Gimcrack was outstanding," Snowden said.

"To see how she was and how far she won by just tells you what ability she has, it was a good trial again today.

“Anaheed, she won on Everest day, she won a two-year-old race by a big margin, she has good ability in her own right, it is just a shame they have to meet.

“They are both quick fillies, I’ve got no doubt they will both run 1200 metres but it is a good race to kick them off them.

“I will follow the traditional path with them, they will go from the 1000 metres to the 1100 metres and then in to the (Blue) Diamond, it is a good path and I’ve had them down here this whole preparation so they are savvy with this way of going.”

Snowden also indicated that Redzel is due to kick off his autumn campaign in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 9, ruling out the possibility of a trip to Melbourne.

“He is on track, he looks sensational, he is still very full of himself, still a bit of Christmas belly but he is coming along well,” Snowden said.

Words: Racing.com (Brent Zerafa) Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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