Peter Snowden has confidence that his improving Commands colt Ambidexter, a full-brother to Group one winner Skilled, can reach elite level this prep and contest the 2011 Spring Champion Stakes during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival after they claimed an impressive win at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.
Nominations for the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), to run at Randwick on October 1, were taken by Racing NSW earlier this week with Darley’s top trainer Snowden entering eight of the stable’s three-year-olds.
Toping Snowden’s Spring Champion Stakes-bound gallopers is his dual Group 1 champion Helmet, who makes their new season debut this Saturday in the $125,000 Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Racecourse.
However, another emerging runner who Snowden believes has the potential to go all the way this spring is Ambidexter.
Yesterday Ambidexter broke their maiden status at their third career start when defeating a quality field in the $27,000 Ashcroft Handicap (1400m).
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Ambidexter ($2.20F) had one and a quarter lengths to spare over the Chris Waller-trained Mossmoney ($5) in the race while Anthon Cummings’ Morocco ($10) finished a close third.
After the race Snowden expressed his pleasure with Ambidexter having gotten their first win out of the way and indicated that they would continue on to the Spring Champion Stakes.
“He has a good pedigree, he’s a full-brother to Skilled and he’s a horse that has always shown us ability,” Snowden said.
“He has had three starts now and there’s probably a case to say he could have won all three.”
Snowden has the $175,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on September 14 scheduled as the next-up start for Ambidexter, after which he said he would have a better idea of just how much ability the colt has.
“He’s got to prove to me he’s that type of horse (a Group One horse), I think he is, but we’ll know more after Newcastle,” Snowden said.
Spring Champion Stakes betting, and odds on all the other Epsom Handicap Day features, are due to open at Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet shortly.