Ace trainer of two-year-olds Peter Snowden has indicated that his smart Ad Valorem gelding Pied A Terre is unlikely to take on their superstar stablemate Helmet in the Australian Guineas 2012 next month in Melbourne despite their eye-catching win in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield over the weekend.
Pied A Terre took their impressive career record to four wins from just five starts when putting a minimum three quarters of a length on their rivals in the Autumn Stakes on CF Orr Stakes Day.
On paper the three-year-old looks good for the upcoming $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 3, and while tempted to take them there along with multiple elite level performer Helmet, Snowden said they would likely bypass the race in favour of some smaller events in Sydney.
“It would be good to have two good chances in the (Australian) Guineas but I’m not sure if I will run him (Pied A Terre) yet,” Snowden said.
“He is still a bit soft and hasn’t furnished yet.
“There are options back in Sydney for him, probably more than down here really, but we will decide in the next couple of days what we do.
“The key to this horse is just to keep him fresh.
“He’s not a horse that trains on, and I think spacing his runs is the way to go with him because he is sharper.”
Pied A Terre has already amassed a smidge under $270,000 since their win on debut at Moonee Valley last July.
Saturday was their first stakes success after their sole defeat to date came when they went to black-type company for the first time last start to run second to At The Heads in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on January 14.
Their loss at Flemington is also in part the reason why Snowden is skipping the Australian Guineas with Pied A Terre, the dedicated horseman not hiding his disappointment at the horse not reaming undefeated.
“He had every chance to run the other horse down, and although it was a good run on paper, I thought it was a tad disappointing because he lost his ping,” Snowden said.
Pied A Terre is a $61 outsider in the 2012 Australian Guineas odds at Luxbet, futures betting on the classic firmly led by Helmet at $2.60.
Helmet is set to resume racing this Saturday at Flemington in the $200,000 Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m).
The early price on Helmet to take out the Australian Guineas in his Aussie swansong before heading overseas to race is sure to come in even tighter if they are successful first-up making now the time to get them in the Luxbet futures.