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Ace Sydney trainer Peter Snowden was over the moon with the Warwick Stakes win by Pinwheel on the weekend, but was realistic when saying he believed the 2011 Epsom Handicap would be out of the galloper’s reach this spring carnival.
Six-year-old Pinwheel ($2.70F) enjoyed their second Group race success on Saturday, emulating their famous sire Lonhro in winning the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) in an eye-catching one and three-quarter length victory over the Grahame Begg-trained Ilovethiscity ($7) while Startsmeup ($14) finished just a short-head further back for third.
Lonhro was a dual Warwick Stakes winner with victories in 2001 and 2033 but while the horse nicknamed ‘The Black Flash’, would go on to win an incredible 11 Group One races, Snowden is not so sure his son Pinwheel has that ability.
“That might be pushing it a little too far,” Snowden said when asked about going to the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 1.
Still, with 10 wins and 11 minor placings from 24 starts to their name, Pinwheel has certainly been a consistent and impressive addition to Snowden’s stables.
“What a pleasure to train a horse like Pinwheel,” Snowden said on Saturday.
“What you see is what you get with him, he’s just a very consistent, genuine racehorse.
“He’s probably a no-frills horse but probably deserves more credit than he gets.
“His toughness came out, that’s why he has the record he has.
“He has now won 10 races for us.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who bought Pinwheel from mid-field in the Warwick Stakes to the winning post first, was pleased with the horse’s efforts and said that the way they handled the 1400 metres for the first time hinted at their ability as a middle-distance runner and not just a sprinter.
“He’d run 2000 metres on that effort,” McEvoy said.
“He was very strong on the line.”
Based on McEvoy’s assessment, Snowden is considering a step up to the mile for Pinwheel’s next start in the $175,000 Group 3 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 3.
“He’s in the best for of his life, he’s very fit and the way he is relaxing in his races these days, I think he will get 1600 metres,” Snowden said.
“Winning over 1400 metres for the first time gives us options.
“We’ve always kept him to shorter trips but now we’ll be able to look at a race like the Chelmsford Stakes.”
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