Gerald Ryan’s classy filly Snitzerland kick started their three-year-old campaign in excellent fashion on the weekend beating home a crack field of highly-touted spring youngsters in the 2012 San Domenico Stakes in Sydney.
The daughter of Snitzel, runner-up to the undefeated Pierro in the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old, resumed on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens and enjoyed an easy one and three quarter length victory in the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
In a wonderful ride from Corey Brown Snitzerland ($3.60) lead all the way before finding the line well clear of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein ($3.60).
“That was just a nice barrier trial, she has had one trial and this filly does not cop a lot of work and she just helps herself,” said Ryan.
“It was a lively ride (by Corey Brown). He took the speed out of the race and set it up for herself. Simple, she is a good filly.
“I had my reservations about her as she was coming along until she trialled her a fortnight ago.
“She is such a laid back filly I do not know when she is going to jump out of the ground. After she trialled her next bit of work was sensational and then I knew she was back on track.
“She has only ticked over the last ten days and I am really happy as to where she is sitting at the moment.”
Easing $2.15 favourite All Too Hard failed to live up to the hype first-up finishing a further length away third but is tipped to be more competitive over more distance when they step up to 1400m for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at the track on September 15.
All Too Hard remains the $3.50 favourite in the Golden Rose odds at bookmaker.com.au despite their defeat on Saturday, jockey Dwayne Dunn not 100 percent happy with the horse’s efforts.
“I understand the times they ran from the front but I thought the two horses that he raced next to in the run, with his class I thought he would get past them a lot easier than he did,” Dunn said.
Snitzerland meanwhile has now won three of her six career starts to date for $950,300 and looks on track for a supercharged spring carnival, but she won’t be going to the Golden Rose.
Instead Ryan will take her interstate chasing the riches of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 3, her grand final.
“She is not going further than 1200 metres this time in, I reckon she will run 1400 metres but there are plenty of races in the autumn to find that out,” Ryan said.
She is expected to run second-up in the $220,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 8, Brown excited over her prospects there and further ahead this season.
“I wasn’t surprised that she led and got to the front so easily but I was laughing at the 600-metre mark because she just had it so easy in front and I knew they would have to run sensational times to get past her,” Brown said of the cruisy victory on Saturday.
“I like the way she went through her gears as well. She accelerated and then when I gave her a backhander at the furlong (200m) she found another gear. She’s right on track.”
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2012 San Domenico Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Gardens – 18/08/2012
|1||3||SNITZERLAND||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||–||6||56kg||$3.60|
|2||2||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1.8L||5||56kg||$3.60|
|3||1||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||2.8L||2||59kg||$2.15F|
|4||4||NINTH LEGION||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||3.3L||3||56kg||$18|
|5||5||DON’T BLINK||John O’Shea||Glyn Schofield||4.4L||4||54kg||$51|
|6||6||MATAVAI||Norman Rogers||Nathan Berry||9.5L||1||54kg||$201|