May 11, 2015
Hot form: Blake Shinn riding on Hot Snitzel won the UBET BTC Cup at Doomben, Photo: Tertius Pickard. Photo: Tertius Pickard
Hot Snitzel provided the unexpected and a lot of firsts by scoring impressively in the BTC Cup at Doomben on Saturday.
Blake Shinn had never ridden five winners and never had a group1 double.
"I have won the Melbourne Cup [on Viewed], won for my family on Fenway [in the Vinery Stud Stakes] but I never had a day like this," Shinn said. "You dream of days like this.
"I knew Pornichet was very, very good, but this is a surprise from a horse that has been around for while. I knew he was going really well and he ran right up to that."
Peter Snowden had never had a feeling like it as he chalked up a treble for the day, Charlie Boy in the BRC Sprint and I've Got The Looks had got the job done earlier, both with Shinn in the saddle.
Snowden only recently took over all the Triple Crown Thoroughbreds horses and Hot Snitzel was one of them. He had not won since the Hall Mark Stakes last year.
"These people they are coming up to me and shaking," Snowden said. "Everyone of them want to shake my hand and they are shaking.
"It is just great because they didn't expect this. They have been racing this horse for a long time. He has been a very good horse but he's got a group 1 now."
It took Snowden's group 1 tally since leaving Darley to five.
"This is completely different to [Darley] where it was expected. Here the excitement is so raw because it is not expected," Snowden said. "That makes [it] more exciting for me, for everyone."
Hot Snitzel in a way was the villain, coming over the top of favourite Our Boy Malachi, who led but couldn't respond to the surge of the winner in the last 150 metres.
Hot Snitzel went away to win by three-quarters of a length from Knoydart, while Our Boy Malachi held on for third.
Tommy Berry was adamant Our Boy Malachi should not be judged on his first attempt at group 1. He felt the Rockhampton rocket was a bit flat.
"He just wasn't the same horse as in Sydney," Berry said. "I think that win on the heavy track got a fair bit out of him. He didn't tow me around to the gates like he did the other day. He just felt different that's why I held on to him for as long as I could."
Our Boy Malachi had led and when Berry asked for the effort at the 250m he found a length, not the three he did when so explosive in the Hall Mark Stakes last month.
"It felt as if he wasn't going to do that and he didn't," Berry said.
"He kept going and I wouldn't be too worried about him because he had that hard run and the trip up here."
Our Boy Malachi will continue on his winter preparation in the Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke.
"We will come back in a couple of weeks and try to win a group 1," owner Ross Donovan said. "It is disappointing not to win but to run third was great."
Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman believes the extra trip in the Doomben 10,000 we suit Knoydart. "He is going to get better at 1350m," he said.
Bring Me The Maid ran into fourth and trainer Peter Moody is hoping for rain in the next month. "She is a chance in the 10,000 if get a wet track," Moody said. "She doesn't go any quicker but others go slower."
Shinn walked away from Doomben with a couple of group 1s but his wins on Sadler's Lake and Charlie Boy could be pointers to another couple.
Sadler's Lake won the Rough Habit Plate and is on a Derby path, while Charlie Boy could be in the Doomben 10,000 and certainly the Stradbroke.
"Those two have their grand finals to come and felt like they are up to better things," Shinn said.
"I've Got The Looks was extremely special as well. I rode her for Guy Walter and it was 12 months ago on this day that I won his last group 1 on Streama."
Chris Roots SMH
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