Barnmates chasing sizeable pot of Coast gold

Dec 20, 2019

A pair of expensive stablemates will go head to head at Randwick and bold showings will book their passages to Queensland and opportunities to earn a solid return on the investments their respective connections have made in them.

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden will be represented by debut winner Aim (Star Witness) and Stellar Pauline (Not A Single Doubt), a runner-up at her only appearance, in Saturday’s TAB Venue Mode H. with the duo on a mission to nail down places in the $2 million The Star Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Aim’s first-up victory at Rosehill went a long way toward securing himself a berth while Stellar Pauline will need to figure in the finish to ensure she is part of the stable’s travelling party to the Gold Coast.

“We just want to see them both run well to set them up for Queensland in a fortnight so we’ll be happy with a quinella,” Paul Snowden said. “Aim won the other day to put a bit of cash in the bank and a major placing probably guarantees him a spot.”

The colt had been given a couple of quiet trials ahead of his debut and, while he went out at double figure odds, the stable didn’t lack confidence.

“It wasn’t surprising to us. He wasn’t really wanted by the market, but from our point of view he’d done everything right,” Snowden said.

“We had two horses in the race and King’s Legacy was third and he’ll run in the BJ McLachlan S. in Brisbane next and he’ll need to win that to get in the Millions.”

Aim was purchased out of Newhaven Park’s draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $200,000 with the docket signed by the China Horse Club and Newgate while James Harron went to $1.4 million for King’s Legacy (Redoute's Choice), who was offered by Segenhoe Stud.

Aim as a yearling

Aim is a son of Vintage Strike (USA) (Smart Strike {USA}), who is a half-sister to the Group 2 winners Friesan Fire (USA) (A.P. Indy {USA}) and Villermont (All Too Hard). The dam is out of the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere {USA}), a daughter of the G1 Golden Slipper S. winner Bint Marscay (Marscay).

King’s Legacy is out of the multiple winner and black type performer Breakfast In Bed (Hussonet {USA}), a half-sister to the G1 Flight S. winner Oohood (I Am Invincible) and their dam is a half-sister to leading stallion Not A Single Doubt.

King's Legacy as a yearling

Gold on the Coast

Barbara Banke’s Kentucky-based Stonestreet Stables went to $875,000 at the Gold Coast to secure Stellar Pauline and she showed she had the talent to match her rich pedigree when runner-up on debut in the G3 Gimcrack S. behind Every Rose (Choisir) before a break.

“She was unlucky not to have won that and the winner has since run well at Wyong,” Snowden said. “Hopefully, our girl has improved with that initial preparation. She is in good order and Kerrin McEvoy is staying with her so that’s good.

“The run will bring her on, but we’re hoping she can get a little more money and get in the Millions.”

Stellar Pauline continues a successful association between the Snowdens and the Stonestreet operation.

“They’ve been good supporters and they bought Miracles Of Life at a tried horse sale and we won a Group 1 with her,” Snowden said.

Peter and Paul Snowden

Miracles Of Life (Not A Single Doubt) was a $900,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale buy and subsequently added the G1 William Hill Classic to her record and at the same auction two years later Stonestreet went to $1.9 million to purchase Bounding (Lonhro).

She had won the G3 Heath S. for the Snowdens prior to her sale and was retired to Stonestreet and her first foal by Curlin (USA) sold to Godolphin at this year’s Keeneland September Sale for US$4.1 million.

Credit: Paul Vettise, TDN Aus/Nz

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